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Kia Niro EV review

£34,940 - £40,440
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Published: 04 Mar 2024
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Interior

What is it like on the inside?

It’s not just the outside where the Niro has been revamped. The interior has been given a complete overhaul too, with Kia’s new-age, two-spoke steering wheel happily staring you straight in the face as you drop onto the basic (but comfy) seats. Both of those come heated in everything but the entry trim level, too.

What's the tech like?

All models get Kia’s familiar 10.25-inch dial display and a 10.25-inch central infotainment screen that sits nicely in the curved dash section. You also get a separate touch pad below the central screen that switches between showing audio and climate controls at the touch of a button. Neat way to save on physical buttons while still offering proper shortcuts. Nice work Kia.

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The ‘Driver Only’ option for the air conditioning may seem like a gimmick, but if you’re alone it’ll give you around 10 miles more range on the readout. Not to be sniffed at, that. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity comes as standard across the range, while everything but the entry trim gets wireless phone charging. Oh, and the top-spec ‘4’ also gets a 10-inch head-up display as standard. Just as well equipped as the previous generation, then. 

Is it spacious?

In the rear seats (which are also heated in '4' guise) there’s plenty of space and loads of glass, although the floor-mounted battery does still mean your knees are raised up high.

Interestingly though, with the rear seats in place the EV has the biggest boot of all the Niros at 475 litres. Drop the seats and you’re looking at 1,392 litres – a figure only beaten by the 1,445 litres of the HEV.

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