The Euro-spec e-Niro is different compared to the U.S.-spec Niro EV

The Kia e-Niro is all set to debut in its Euro-spec avatar at the Paris Motor Show next month. Essentially, it’s the same car as the U.S.-spec model, but there are quite a few differences apart from the name. For starters, the e-Niro has 65 miles of extra range over that of the Niro EV. Jealous? Don’t be. It’s because of the difference in the measuring cycles as well.

You Can Travel A Lot More In the e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro Electric Crossover Has an All-Electric Range of 301 Miles
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Kia says the e-Niro has been certified to provide a driving range of up to 301 miles on a single charge.

In comparison, the U.S.-spec Niro EV provides a range of 236 miles with the same battery pack.

This is because the measuring cycles are different; while the e-Niro’s range is determined using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), the Niro EV’s range is calculated based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cycle.

The Smaller Battery Pack Is Also Impressive

The Kia e-Niro Electric Crossover Has an All-Electric Range of 301 Miles
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The combined range figures are really impressive as well; the e-Niro is capable of covering 382 miles on the WLTP urban test cycle, which is much more than many petrol cars available in the market today.

These figures are for the top-of-the-range 64-kWh battery pack.

This battery can be recharged from naught to eighty-percent in 54 minutes, using a 100 kW fast charger. The e-Niro will also be offered with a 39.2 kWh battery, which will provide a driving range of 193 miles, as per the WLTP cycle, on a single charge.

Kia has worked hard on the battery pack to make the e-Niro an efficient car in a true sense. This includes integrating regenerative braking, Coasting Guide Control (CGC), and Predictive Energy Control (PEC). CGC and PEC are linked to the navigation system, alerting drivers when they could coast to harvest additional energy.

Under The Hood

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The 64-kWh battery pack trim comes paired to a 150-kW electric motor that generates 201 horses and 291 pound-feet of torque. The car zooms to 62 mph from standstill in 7.8 seconds!

The 39.2-kWh battery pack powers a 100-kW motor that produces 134 ponies and 291 pound-feet of torque.

0-62 mph is achieved in 9.8 seconds. Just like its other siblings, power is sent to the front wheels in the e-Niro as well.

To back their claims, Kia is offering a 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard for the e-Niro, which covers the battery pack and electric motor as well - A very, very nice touch by Kia.

Our Take

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On paper, the e-Niro looks like a strong contender. The long driving range and fairly attractive looks do a good job convincing the customer to go for this EV. But, it’s actually the seven-year warranty that could skew a confused customer to buy the e-Niro. The EV segment is still blooming, and such warranties give you the peace of mind. Did you like the e-Niro? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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