Kia Niro EV Overview Updated June 4, 2021

Kia Niro EV

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Eight 'Kia Niro EV' stories

January 2018 - June 2021

Kia Niro EV features and specs

All Engine Electrical System Drivetrain Dynamic Performance Charging Exterior Dimensions Interior Dimensions Chassis/Suspension Steering Brakes Wheels/Tires Curb Weights GVWR Towing Capacity Energy Efficiency
EX EX Premium
Electric Motor
Motor Type Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor
Voltage 356V 356V
Horsepower 201hp/3,800-8,000 rpm (150kW/3,800-8,000 rpm) 201hp/3,800-8,000 rpm (150kW/3,800-8,000 rpm)
Torque 291 lb.-ft./0-3,600 rpm (395 N*m/0-3,600 rpm) 291 lb.-ft./0-3,600 rpm (395 N*m/0-3,600 rpm)
High-Voltage Battery Pack
Battery Type Lithium Ion Polymer Battery (LIPO) Lithium Ion Polymer Battery (LIPO)
Battery Voltage (V) 356V 356V
Battery Capacity (Ah) 180Ah 180Ah
Battery Energy (kWh) 64kWh 64kWh
Battery Power (kW) 170kW 170kW
Battery Weight (lbs.) 1,008 lbs 1,008 lbs
Transmission Type Gear Reduction Unit Gear Reduction Unit
Final Gear Ratio (Constant) 8.206:1 8.206:1
Max. Speed (mph) 103.8 mph 103.8 mph
Acceleration Performance (sec)
0 – 62.1 mph 7.8 7.8
49.7 – 74.6 mph 5.0 5.0
Brake Performance (ft.)
62.1 – 0 mph 137 ft. 137 ft.
On-board charger (OBC) 7.2 kW 7.2 kW
Port locations Behind front grille Behind front grille
Charging time
Level 1, AC charge with in Cable Control Box (ICCB) 59 hours (120V) 59 hours (120V)
Level 2, AC charge with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) 9 Hours 35 Min (7.2 kW) 9 Hours 35 Min (7.2 kW)
DC fast charge with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) to 80% charge 1 Hour 15 Min (50 kW) 1 Hour 15 Min (50 kW)
DC fast charge with Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) to 80% charge 1 Hour (100 kW) 1 Hour (100 kW)
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 in. 106.3 in.
Length (in.) 172.2 in. 172.2 in.
Width (in.) 71.1 in. 71.1 in.
Height, without roof rails (in.) 61.4 in. 61.4 in.
Height, with roof rails (in.) 61.8 in. 61.8 in.
Track, front/rear (in.) 62.0 in./62.4 in. 62.0 in./62.4 in.
Overhang, front/rear (in.) 34.8 in./31.1 in. 34.8 in./31.1 in.
Min. ground clearance (in.) 6.1 in. 6.1 in.
Approach Angle (degree) 16.6 16.6
Departure Angle (degree) 29.0 29.0
Head room
Front (in.) 40.1 in. 40.1 in.
Rear (in.) 37.7 in. 37.7 in.
Leg room
Front (in.) 41.7 in. 41.7 in.
Rear (in.) 36.0 in. 36.0 in.
Shoulder room
Front (in.) 56.0 in. 56.0 in.
Rear (in.) 55.1 in. 55.1 in.
Hip room
Front (in.) 53.7 in. 53.7 in.
Rear (in.) 48.3 in. 48.3 in.
Luggage capacity, rear seats upright, with luggage under tray (SAE, cu. ft.) 18.5 cu. ft. 18.5 cu. ft.
Luggage capacity, rear seats folded, with luggage under tray (SAE, cu. ft.) 53.0 cu. ft. 53.0 cu. ft.
Luggage capacity, passenger volume (SAE, cu. ft.) 96.6 cu. ft. 96.6 cu. ft.
Front suspension MacPherson type suspension MacPherson type suspension
Rear suspension Multi-link Multi-link
Type / Power source Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
Steering ratio 13.3:1 13.3:1
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.57 2.57
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.) 34.8 ft. 34.8 ft.
Type front/rear Ventilated Disc/Solid Disc Ventilated Disc/Solid Disc
Size (in.) front/rear 12.0 in./11.8 in. 12.0 in./11.8 in.
Booster Type Electric Booster (Regenerative Brake) Electric Booster (Regenerative Brake)
Regenerative braking Motor polarity reversal Motor polarity reversal
Parking brake type Electric Parking Brake (EPB) Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
Wheel size (in.) 7.0J x 17 Alloy 7.0J x 17 Alloy
Tire size P215/55R17 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Tire Mobility Kit (TMK) Tire Mobility Kit (TMK)
Curb Weight, min (lbs.) 3,854 lbs. 3,854 lbs.
Gross Weight (lbs.) 4,916 lbs. 4,916 lbs.
Towing Capacity Not recommended Not recommended
All Electric Range (miles) 239 miles 239 miles
City 123 123
Highway 102 102
Combined 112 112


Specs Niro EV Bolt EV Kona EV Leaf e-Plus
Range (miles) 239 238 258 226
Battery (kWh) 64 60 64 62
Motor Torque (ft-lbs) 291 266 291 250
Length 172.2 164 164.6 176.4
Width 71.1 69.5 70.9 70.5
Height 61.8 62.8 61.8 61.6
Wheelbase 106.3 102.4 102.4 106.3
Passenger Volume (Cu. ft.) 96.6 94.4 94.1 92.4

Kia Niro EV review

Electrek‘s Seth Weintraub reviewed the Kia Niro EV in 2019.

If I had to choose between the Bolt, Kona, Niro, and Leaf with the same features and range, I would stick with my decision to buy the Chevy Bolt EV. Besides being available for purchase, the Bolt is straight up fun to drive. Driving the Niro is amusing at best, utility at worst. Also I love the smaller footprint of the Bolt versus the longer Niro, particularly in my tight garage.

That said, the Niro is fantastic for the utilitarian customer it is aimed at. It is pleasant inside, drives nicely, has very long range and very decent power. The stereo and infotainment are great, as is the ride height. Charging options are as good as they are going to get for a non-Tesla EV.

The problem however is that both Hyundai and to a lesser extent Kia never make enough of their EVs, nor do they market them, or sell them outside of ZEV states. That means dealers will try to price gouge, and we’ve already heard of markups of this car that approach the $7,500 federal tax credit, which is a real shame. A lot of people would love to drive this car.

Kia Niro EV price

Kia lists the starting price for the Kia Niro EV at $38,500. We’ve done the hard work of calling around to various dealerships to find what they are offering. Find the lowest purchase and lease price here on Electrek.

Kia Niro EV range

Seth noted in his review about the range and charging with Kia Niro EV:

The car I got came with an orange Level 1 110V charger and frankly, for most people, this is all you will “need” on a day-to-day basis. Because of the Niro’s solid efficiency, this equates to 5 miles/hour of charge out of a normal outlet. A 12-hour overnight charge will give you at least 60 miles of range, more than enough for the average commuter.

The Niro, as most EVs do now, can accept up to 7.2kW of power (or over 11 in 3 phase Europe) on 240V outlets, which will take the car from empty to full in under 10 hours. That means if you have a 240 at the house, you wake up with a full “tank” every morning.

Fully charged, the Kia Niro EV gets 238 miles on a single charge.



Kia Niro EV Stories June 4

Kia America has announced the 2021 version of its Niro crossover EV will soon be available to consumers. The automaker is completely transparent in admitting the 2021 Kia Niro is essentially a carryover from the 2020 EV but with some “technology and convenience enhancements.”

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Kia Niro EV Stories November 25, 2020

Black Friday deals are here! Our Electric Vehicle Price Guide and Electric Vehicle Lease Guide have been updated with the latest EV offers, many of which are set to expire on November 30. Below are some of the best lease deals and discounts we’ve found…

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Kia Niro EV Stories September 29, 2020

Tesla isn’t the only company that makes an end of the quarter sales push. There are still a couple of days left to score a great end-of-quarter deal on several popular EVs all over the US. Even better, often you can get a local dealer to match or at least come down close to these best-in-nation deals. Here are some of the best offers currently on our Electric Vehicle Price Guide and Electric Vehicle Lease Guide

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Kia Niro EV Stories December 4, 2019

Kia Motors UK this week announced that it has sufficient supply to clear an existing waiting list for 3,000 Niro EVs in Europe. It will take the company six months, through the middle of 2020, to make those deliveries.

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Kia Niro EV Stories May 7, 2019

Ever since it was announced, Kia’s Niro EV has been an interesting proposition. Fred did a fantastic one day first look at the Niro earlier this year, but I wanted to spend some more quality time with it and throw in my family for “extreme” testing.

Our Tesla Model X lease is ending soon and my wife is looking for a replacement that rides high, has good range, and is all-electric. Obviously the Model Y makes a lot of sense for us, but it won’t be ready until late next year and figuring “Elon Time”, ramp up, and first dibs to Californians, it will probably be well into 2021 before these are rolling out en masse.

A recent trip to the Bay Area to visit relatives provided a good week-plus opportunity to test the Kia Niro EV with the whole family and without a 240V home charger…

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Kia Niro EV Stories January 31, 2019

For a whole day this week, I had the chance to test drive the Niro EV, Kia’s next-generation electric vehicle after the Soul EV. I came out of that day thinking that it is one of the most important EVs to hit the market.

Here’s why in my first drive review of the Kia Niro EV: expand full story

Kia Niro EV Stories June 8, 2018

After revealing the all-electric Niro concept earlier this year, Kia is now unveiling the production version of their new all-electric vehicle at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show today in Korea.

The vehicle appears to feature the same powertrain as the electric version of the Hyundai Kona. expand full story

Kia Niro EV Stories January 9, 2018

After the Kia Soul EV, the Korean automaker is expected to launch a second all-electric vehicle this year, an all-electric version of the Niro.

Ahead of this launch, Kia unveiled a ‘Niro EV concept’ at CES in Las Vegas this week. expand full story

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