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TEST – Kia Niro EV loses on these 3 parts to its EV competitors

We are actually very positive about the new Kia Niro EV for 2022. But precisely on these 3 parts, Kia’s electric SUV loses to the Cupra Born, Polestar 2 and Renault Megane E-Tech.

Last week we described how the Kia Niro EV beats its competitors on space and comfort. But the electric SUV also has disadvantages. We brought them to light in Auto Review 11/2022 and briefly summarized them here online.

1. Kia Niro EV: Fast charging is not fast

When fast charging along the highway, the new Niro EV falls through the basket. Like the e-Niro it replaces, the charging capacity never exceeds 80 kW. That was fine in 2018, but developments are hurtling forward. For example, the Cupra, Polestar and Renault all support 120 to 130 kW. As a Kia driver, you don’t have to wait half an hour, but three quarters of an hour. Those last 15 minutes also take the longest, because you have nothing to do. The coffee is finished and WhatsApp is updated.

At home or in the neighborhood, the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric is the only one to charge with a maximum of 22 kW, the on-board chargers of the other test cars put away the alternating current with 11 kW.

2. Electric does not automatically mean sporty

Many electric cars make a sporty impression, but the Kia Niro EV is not what you would call dynamic. It accelerates smoothly from a standstill, but that’s where its sporting talents end. The electric SUV leans into corners and its traction is poor.

You can forgive a practical family car for that, but it also disappoints in the brake test. Whether you make an emergency stop at 50, 100 or 150 km/h, the new Niro always has the longest braking distance. The difference with the Cupra Born is already three meters at 100 km/h.

3. You must exchange the caravan for a folding trailer

The Kia Niro EV has a meager towing weight of 750 kilos. The Renault Megane E-Tech Electric (900 kilos) and the Polestar 2 (1500 kilos) do that better. Cupra Born drivers are too hip for the campsite and are not allowed to hang a caravan or folding trailer behind their EV at all.

The Niro EV is equipped with a spacious trunk of 475 to 1392 liters and the competition has no answer to that.

Good news about the Kia Niro EV range

The Niro EV may not be a star in fast charging, but on the other hand you are less dependent on such fast charging stations, because your range is so large. Its test consumption is 17.0 kWh per 100 kilometers, which with a net battery capacity of 64.8 kWh equates to a realistic range of 381 kilometers – the longest driving range of all four.


The Kia Niro EV wins our comparison test in Auto Review 11/2022, but it has a few clear areas for improvement. The electric SUV also has the largest range, but fast charging takes longer than you would like. The brakes also deserve attention, because the braking distance is too long for a practical family car that values ​​safety. And with a higher towing weight, Kia would make many Dutch holidaymakers.

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