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Kia e-Niro

THE ALL-NEW KIA e-NIRO
Short story

  • Class-leading driving range of 282 miles
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in as little as 54 minutes
  • Clean zero-emissions motoring
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends – crossover styling with electrification
  • Unique styling cues help to differentiate the e-Niro from the Niro Hybrid and PHEV
  • A single high-specification, feature-rich model
  • On sale at all Kia dealers from 1 April 2019

The e-Niro is Kia's second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model made its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in the UK from 1 April 2019. More than 200,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV have been sold around the world since 2016, with 65,000 examples sold in Europe and more than 11,000 here in the UK.

Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Created at Kia's design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the e-Niro incorporates the practicality and appeal of a crossover in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The Kia e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a 'Clean and High-tech' design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a de-bossed Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

The closed 'tiger-nose' grille design is housed within a newly designed front bumper, giving the car a clear family identity, while aiding aerodynamic performance, and providing a sleek and purposeful character to the front of the vehicle.

In profile, the slim character line, tapered rear windows and sturdy sill line help to emphasise and elongate the car's sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The e-Niro rides on new 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish, housing Kia's regenerative braking system.

At the back, a redesigned rear bumper features similar blue trim highlights to those found at the front of the car. A bold LED rear light design gives the e-Niro the same distinct and recognisable rear light signature as its Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid siblings.

The Kia e-Niro is available in a selection of five contemporary paint colours – including Pluto Brown, a shade that is unique to the e-Niro.

Modern interior with dedicated electric powertrain technologies and crossover utility
Inside the Kia e-Niro, the cabin combines a modern design with generous space and technologies that complement its zero-emissions powertrain. The interior is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly-ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode select, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The dashboard features bright blue trim around the air vents, echoing the trim highlights found on the outside of the car. A new mood lighting system illuminates the centre console and shift dial with subtle lighting in one of six colours – white, grey, bronze, red, green, and blue. New high-gloss black and blue trim also lines the doors of the e-Niro, further enhancing the futuristic atmosphere of the cabin. The shelf at the base of the instrument panel features a wireless charger for Qi-equipped smartphones.

The 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch colour-LCD driver instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car's charging status at a glance when charging.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375mm in length, it offers more cargo space – 451 litres (VDA) – than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.

282-mile driving range from next-generation all-electric powertrain
The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero-emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On the WLTP combined cycle, it provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions. On the WLTP city cycle, the Kia e-Niro is capable of driving up to 382 miles. The long-distance 64 kWh battery pack is paired with a 201bhp (150kW) motor, producing 395Nm of torque, enabling the Kia e-Niro to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the new electric model is front-wheel drive.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies
The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car's range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the e-Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while the Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) provides drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently. Eco DAS includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise vehicle range by suggesting when to coast or brake.

CGC alerts drivers as to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing the battery to regenerate under engine deceleration. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, the system alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster as well as an unobtrusive audible warning.

While the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between three levels of energy recuperation. The higher the level of recuperation chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest.

The e-Niro's Electric Parking Brake (EPB), is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Normal, Eco and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the powertrain with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the e-Niro's engaging handling character to the fore.

Low centre of gravity with fully-independent suspension for stable ride and handling
The Kia Niro was engineered from the start to accommodate a range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric powertrains. The e-Niro's ride and handling was therefore always readily adaptable to the introduction of an all-electric powertrain.

The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving the crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro offers drivers maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads, and minimal body roll under cornering. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high speed and immediate handling responses and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces.

The e-Niro's regenerative brakes – 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear – exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

The Kia e-Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The e-Niro boasts an even lower drag co-efficient (0.29 Cd) than Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models (0.30 Cd), suppressing wind noise and enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency. This is aided by laminated windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially-profiled door mirror casings and covers over the holes in the roof rails – which sit flush on the bodywork. Road noise is minimised further by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches, to reduce high frequency vibrations around the rear of the car and additional sound insulation material in the A- and B-pillars.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Matching the next-generation nature of its powertrain, the e-Niro offers drivers a range of Kia's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, supporting motorists in a range of driving conditions and scenarios to mitigate the risk of collisions.

The car is equipped, as standard, with Kia Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) for maximum stability under braking and cornering. If VSM detects a loss of traction, it uses the car's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system and the electric motor-driven power steering to help the driver retain control.

Other active safety systems available in the e-Niro include Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS).

Specification highlights
With the new e-Niro, Kia is offering a single, well-equipped ‘First Edition’ grade that encompasses all the essential equipment that an environmentally aware electric vehicle driver needs.

The exterior design of the e-Niro is punctuated by Halogen headlights with Bi-function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. Privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate deliver an upmarket appearance. The unique 17-inch alloy wheels have been especially designed and optimised for the pure-electric e-Niro, and the roof rails give a rugged and lifestyle-orientated appearance, accentuating its crossover stance.

Convenience features include rear parking sensors and a reversing camera system, electric windows all round, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and an engine stop/stop button with a Smart Entry System. The rear seats handily fold down in a 60/40 fashion, with a luggage area load cover designed to hide items from prying eyes. Other equipment includes rain sensing windscreen wipers, automatic headlight control, automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and welcome and follow-me-home light functionality, making arriving home late at night safer, lighting the pathway ahead. Occupant safety is taken care of thanks to seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees, and a cut-off switch so that a child safety chair can be positioned in the front seat. ISOFIX child safety fasteners are also provided for the rear outer seats.

A Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn’t reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally. Other potentially life-saving safety equipment included on all e-Niro models includes Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC) works in association with all of the other safety systems on the car to keep a safe distance from the car in front, slowing down and speeding up automatically according to the flow of the traffic. If another vehicle cuts in front, the system will automatically brake and adjust the speed of the e-Niro until a safe distance is once again achieved.

In-car entertainment has never been more important, and that’s why the e-Niro is fitted with a DAB radio and 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). In addition, Kia Connected Services includes TomTom® Live that incorporates traffic, speed cameras, local search and weather updates. As well as Bluetooth® with music streaming, the e-Niro includes Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control. An 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is provided for music aficionados, and a wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones. As an alternative, a fast charge USB port is incorporated into the centre console, and both auxiliary and standard USB ports are provided.

Black leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel all come fitted to the e-Niro, alongside a leather trimmed steering wheel, gear lever and armrests. A satin finish for the interior door handles, stainless-steel door scuff plates and high gloss black surfaces for the fascia, lower console, door inserts and steering wheel deliver a classy, modern aesthetic.

UK sales start in April 2019 with a 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty
Already in production at Kia's Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea, the all-electric Kia e-Niro is on sale in the UK from April 2019. In keeping with every Kia, the e-Niro comes with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty additionally covers the battery pack and electric motor for extra peace of mind. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.

The e-Niro is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

UK e-Niro line-up

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

Range (miles)

C02 g/km

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

282

0

 

 

 

THE NEW e-NIRO ON A PAGE                                                                
A quick resume of the new e-Niro for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Class-leading driving range of 282 miles
  • Slots into a market that is set to grow enormously over the coming years
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends – crossover styling with electrification
  • A single high-specification, feature-rich model
  • Underfloor position of the batteries ensures a no-compromise approach to interior space
  • More than 200,000 Niro Hybrid and PHEV models have been sold around the world since 2016, with 65,000 sold in Europe and more than 11,000 in the UK
  • More than 5,000 pre-orders for the e-Niro in South Korea

Body

  • Based on a platform exclusively developed for electrified cars
  • Five-door, five-seater front-wheel-drive crossover
  • At 4,375mm long, slots between the Ceed hatchback and Sportage SUV in size
  • Batteries located under the floor for low centre of gravity and satisfying driving experience
  • Made up of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel
  • Bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and chassis components are all made of aluminium to save weight
  • Signature design cues like the aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille ensures e-Niro is easily recognisable as a Kia. The grille handily doubles up as a neatly integrated charging point
  • Revised styling clearly identifies the e-Niro apart from the Niro Hybrid and PHEV
  • e-Niro takes inspiration from the Niro EV Concept car unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas
  • Redesigned air intakes and striking new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights

Interior

  • Redesigned cabin, incorporating Kia’s first rotary gear selector
  • Long, 2,700mm wheelbase and width of 1,805mm create ample space for five adults
  • Shapely front seats save 1.3kg each and offer excellent all-round support
  • Dashboard split into upper display area and lower control area with fewer, simpler switches
  • Horizontal trim line on dashboard emphasises width and space inside
  • Luxurious soft-touch materials and trim details attest to high-quality fit and finish
  • Boot capacity enhanced from 324 to 451 litres compared with Niro PHEV due to under floor mounted battery pack

Powertrains and running gear

  • 201bhp (150kW) pure electric drivetrain
  • 282 miles driving range (combined) or 382 miles in a city environment
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in just 54 minutes using a 100kW charger, and with a 50kW charger, the battery can be replenished to 80 per cent in 75 minutes

Technology and safety

  • Wireless phone charger included as standard for Qi-equipped smartphones
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live, providing speed camera, weather, traffic and local point of interest information
  • Reversing camera system and rear parking sensors included as standard
  • Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM standard equipment, giving access to navigation, music, hands-free calls and text messaging and voice recognition through smartphone apps
  • Advanced active safety technologies include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection (FCA), Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • DAB radio standard, with eight-speaker 320-watt JBL® premium sound system


DESIGN                                                                                                         
The practicality and appeal of a crossover in an EV package

Bespoke electric vehicles, as opposed to those developed from a purely combustion-engined car, have traditionally involved compromises in design, mainly to achieve the lowest air-drag co-efficient figure possible. That is why the majority have adopted a tear-drop hatchback profile – practical and efficient, but uninspiring and not what customers demand in a market increasingly attuned to SUVs and crossovers.

Kia was adamant it could overcome the design limitations of other electric vehicles without sacrificing practicality, versatility and aerodynamic efficiency. The result is the e-Niro, part of a range of Niro hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, with a modern, attractive crossover body style and ample room for five people plus their luggage. The remarkable feat is that this has been achieved in the e-Niro with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29, despite the standard roof rails.

To make this possible, Kia designers took a reverse approach during the creation of Niro: design an attractive, sporty, stylish and tough-looking crossover, then fine-tune the aerodynamics to suit the requirements of an electric vehicle. This novel way of going about things has resulted in a crossover which is appealing in its own right, but which is also a highly efficient electric vehicle.

Exterior styling
The design of e-Niro was a joint effort between Kia's studios at Namyang in Korea and Irvine, California. The car features the subtly sculpted surfaces and sharp lines that are now Kia design hallmarks. A wide stance gives pointers to the car's stability and low centre of gravity, while a long bonnet, short overhangs, elevated headlights and a rising shoulder line are other Kia distinguishing features. The body tapers towards the rear, where bold wheel arches, a re-profiled bumper and the high-mounted C-shaped tail light clusters emphasise the crossover stance. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic ‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a ‘de-bossed’ Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with light-blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

From any angle, the car exudes dynamism and strength. The body line linking the roof, glasshouse and bonnet adds crossover-style volume to the car, while a wide bumper with bold lines and the now-familiar aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille add a distinctive Kia family look. In profile, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasise the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The e-Niro rides on new five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish, housing Kia’s regenerative braking system. At the back, reshaped rear bumpers feature similar light blue highlights to those found at the front of the car, while new LED rear lights give the e-Niro its own light signature.

There are air curtains, like gills, in the front corners of the car. These channel air away from the front wheel arches to reduce turbulence in those areas, again to aid aerodynamic efficiency. The roof leads into a rear spoiler to direct air over the car in the most efficient manner.

The tailgate area is clean-looking and sits over a diffuser which aids airflow under the car. The C-shaped LED rear lamps are mounted immediately beneath the tailgate glass, while the contours of the wide and deep tailgate emphasise the smooth aerodynamic shape. Even the location of the standard rear-vision camera reduces drag: it is housed within the rear wiper mounting so as not to impede air exiting the rear. The rear corners of the car have been refined in minute detail to reduce drag without worsening visibility. There are specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covered holes in the roof rails, which sit flush on the bodywork.

The e-Niro has a specification that is based on the mid-range (grade ‘First Edition’) version of the Niro parallel hybrid and PHEV, and features the same chrome-coated exterior door handles, chrome belt-line mouldings, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps and body-coloured and high-gloss door mirrors with LED indicators.

Modern interior with EV-specific technologies and crossover utility
The ergonomic fascia and information clusters follow what is becoming a modern theme for Kia, starting with a wide dashboard set out on horizontal lines. There is an upper display sector with the instrument panel and infotainment screen at the same height for instant, easier reading, separated by a cabin-wide trim line from the lower control area, where the heating and ventilation and driver assistance switches are located.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly-ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode selector, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The five-seat e-Niro has an electric parking brake to release more space for oddments in the centre console and is fitted with a tyre mobility kit rather than a spare wheel to reduce weight, and ensure the boot is as large as possible. Space-saving front seats with special foam-backed covers and slim headrests contribute to the car's exceptional roominess and also save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of high-density foam and profiled springs and pads.

The cabin combines modern design with generous space and technologies that complement the zero-emissions powertrain. The interior of the e-Niro is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements. The dashboard features a new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of the centre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.

A new mood lighting system illuminates both the centre console and the shifter, and occupants can choose from six colours – white, grey, bronze, red, green and blue.

The 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch colour-LCD driver instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

The redesigned centre console creates more storage space at the base of the dashboard for smaller items – including a wireless smartphone charger. There is smart black leather, high-gloss black inserts on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector, an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and satin chrome interior door handles further attest to the car's quality.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car’s charge status at a glance from outside the car.

Aerodynamic considerations posed many challenges for the teams tasked with e-Niro's packaging. It was determined early on that e-Niro would be a compact hybrid crossover – shorter than the Sportage SUV, but longer than the Ceed hatchback. There had to be a limit on height to reduce drag, but this was not to be at the expense of a raised seating position. And space, versatility, ease of entrance and visibility were not to suffer in any way. The result is one of Kia's most efficiently packaged cars ever.

Thanks to the long, 2,700mm wheelbase there is generous space for five people. There is up to 1,059mm of legroom in the front and 950mm in the rear; the class-leading headroom of up to 1,018mm in front and 993mm behind is greater than in many C-segment SUVs; and the 1,805mm wide body provides 1,423mm of shoulder room for the two front occupants and only slightly less, at 1,402mm, in the rear.

One major difference with the e-Niro is that luggage capacity has been enhanced compared to its hybrid and PHEV counterparts, with 451 litres of space with all five seats occupied. This compares to 382 litres on the Hybrid and 324 litres for the PHEV. The boot expands to 1,405 litres – up from the 1,380 litres of the Niro parallel hybrid and 1,322 of the PHEV – with the 60/40 split rear seats folded.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375 mm in length, it offers more cargo space than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.

 

THE TECHNICAL STORY
An electric drivetrain with a class-leading driving range

The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero-emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On the WLTP combined cycle, it provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions. On the WLTP city cycle, the Kia e-Niro is capable of driving up to 382 miles. The long-distance 64 kWh battery pack is paired with a 201bhp (150kW) motor, producing 395Nm of torque, enabling the Kia e-Niro to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the new electric model is front-wheel drive.

The lithium-ion polymer battery system is mounted under the floor, between the two axles, and is liquid-cooled. It operates at 356 volts, has a capacity of 180 Ah and has a total battery system weight of 457kgs.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies
The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car's range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while the Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) provides drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently. Eco DAS includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise vehicle range by suggesting when to coast or brake.

CGC takes information from the satellite navigation system so that the car can anticipate road conditions to reduce energy use and identify opportunities to harvest additional electrical power through coasting. CGC alerts drivers to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing energy to be regenerated. It also means the driver can brake later and maintain momentum when traffic conditions allow, reducing the likelihood of the need to stop at a junction or traffic lights. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, the system alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster, as well as an unobtrusive audible warning.

While the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between three levels of energy recuperation. The higher the level of recuperation chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest.

The e-Niro's Electric Parking Brake (EPB), is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Normal, Eco and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the powertrain with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the Kia e-Niro's engaging handling character to the fore.

Low centre of gravity with fully-independent suspension for stable ride and handling
The Kia Niro was engineered from the start to accommodate a specific range of hybrid and fully-electric powertrains. The e-Niro's ride and handling was therefore always readily adaptable to the introduction of an all-electric powertrain.

The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving the crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro offers drivers maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads, and minimal body roll under cornering. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high stability and immediate handling responses and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces.

The e-Niro's regenerative brakes – 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear – exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

The e-Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The e-Niro boasts an even lower drag co-efficient (0.29 Cd) than Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models (0.30 Cd), suppressing wind noise and enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency. This is aided by laminated windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially-profiled door mirror casings and covers over the holes in the roof rails – which sit flush on the bodywork. Road noise is minimised further by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches, to reduce high frequency vibrations around the rear of the car and additional sound insulation material in the A- and B-pillars.

Charging times
Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 per cent only takes 54 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger, or 75 minutes using a 50kW DC charger. With the 7.2kW on-board charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 50 minutes. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located at the front of the car, underneath a flap that is integrated into the aerodynamically-optimised ‘tiger nose’ grille. Two battery charging cables are supplied with the e-Niro; one with a standard three-pin plug allowing the car to be connected to a domestic socket and a Type 2 to Type 2 cable for connection to a public or workplace charging point.

Engine power, performance, driving range and CO2 emissions

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

C02 g/km

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

0

 

An all-new platform exclusively for electrified vehicles
There will be no combustion engine-only Niro. Its all-new platform has been engineered exclusively for electrified vehicles and has been designed to accommodate present and future electrical components within a compact vehicle footprint with minimal intrusion into the spacious interior and luggage area.

The structure is particularly strong and includes 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel, which ensures that rigidity and safety do not compromise weight. This is aided by extensive use of aluminium for the bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and several chassis elements, including the front knuckles, front lower arms and brake calipers. The aluminium bonnet and tailgate alone save 11kg when compared with comparable steel components. The front seats save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of their high-density foam, while specially profiled springs and pads provide high levels of thigh, hip and side support.

As a result of all of this, the e-Niro’s kerbside weight is 1,812kg. To ensure body integrity and rigidity in critical areas, hot-stamped steel is used to reinforce the A- and B-pillars, roof rails and wheel arches.

The battery pack is housed underneath the floor, which allows for a larger boot compared to the parallel hybrid and PHEV versions of the Niro.

No compromises in safety, comfort and refinement
By re-engineering some existing components, Kia has endowed the e-Niro, Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a unique chassis specifically designed for electrified vehicles, while ensuring they are the equal of the brand's other compact models for ride comfort, handling and refinement.

The driving characteristics begin with fully independent suspension all round, based on MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement with dual lower arms at the rear. It has been tuned to deliver maximum on-centre steering feel, high-speed stability and immediate response to steering inputs. Because each rear wheel is able to absorb bumps independently, shocks are less likely to be transmitted to the cabin than with a cheaper torsion beam rear axle, while the wide stance and low centre of gravity enhance stability.

Capitalising on the experience gained through the development of two generations of Optima Hybrid (neither sold in the UK), the Soul EV and the Niro and Optima PHEVs, Kia has been able to give the e-Niro consistent and linear deceleration and brake feel unusual in an electrified car. All-disc brakes are used, ventilated at the front, and there is a dashboard-mounted electric parking brake. The anti-lock braking system includes Brake Assist, which ensures maximum retardation in an emergency stop, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver.

Steering is via Kia's proven column-mounted motor-driven power-assisted system (C-MDPS), which gives the car a compact turning circle of 10.6 metres and requires less than 2.7 turns of the wheel between the extremes of lock. The steering gear has been mounted well forward and features an increased gear ratio and a larger electric motor for greater self-centring and responsiveness. Agility is also helped by aluminium front suspension knuckles, lower arms and brake calipers, all of which save weight and counter inertia.

Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, which collectively control skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, are standard, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on gradients.

Passive safety provisions start with the rigidity of the body structure, which is reinforced in critical areas and features crumple zones front and rear and anti-intrusion beams at the sides. There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver's knees; all-round height-adjustable headrests; height-adjustable front seat belts with an automatic tightening device in the event of emergency braking; ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors; and doors which unlock automatically after an impact.

Road noise is minimised by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches and additional insulation in the A- and B-pillars. The low drag co-efficient (Cd) of 0.29 contributes towards the suppression of wind noise, aided by laminated windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covers over the holes in the roof rails, which sit flush with the bodywork.

 

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY                                                                     
Up-to-the-minute connectivity, convenience and safety

The e-Niro features a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience. There is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and a Speed Limiter. An 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping, a reversing camera system and Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live ensures the car is fully connected, and there is a wireless mobile phone charger to power mobile devices without the need for cables and connectors. And an 8-speaker JBL® premium sound system with a 320-watt external amplifier, subwoofer and front centre speaker, provides concert hall-style in-car entertainment. 

The DAB radio-equipped audio system supports Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity and music streaming, along with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM which, via pre-downloaded apps, links smartphones to navigation, music, hands-free calls, text messaging and voice recognition services.

Preventive safety
The Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection system brings the car to a halt if the driver fails to react to a potential accident. It uses short- and long-wave radars to monitor the proximity of vehicles and pedestrians in front of the car. If the sensors detect an imminent collision and the driver does not respond, the brakes are applied automatically. The system is split into three main categories:

City, which can avoid low-speed urban accidents at up to 13mph.
Inter-Urban, which operates between 31mph and 50mph.
Pedestrian, which detects pedestrians and other vulnerable road users such as cyclists at up to 44mph.

Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC) maintains the distance to the car ahead, automatically slowing and accelerating the car in accordance with the flow of traffic.

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a camera behind the rear-view mirror to 'film' the lane ahead of the car. It then passes this information to an electronic control unit which detects the lane and markings. If the control unit recognises that the car has moved out of its lane with no indicators activated, it issues sound and visual alerts to the driver and steers the car back into the lane, if necessary.

Making life easier
e-Niro owners have access to an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation system, European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel. These are linked to a reversing camera integrated with the navigation screen. It also features Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live. This provides live traffic updates, refreshed once a minute, with suggested alternative routes to avoid congestion; local weather forecasts; local searches under 500 categories, from Kia dealerships and petrol stations to restaurants and supermarkets; and alerts for such things as speed cameras and accident blackspots. Kia Connected Services is free for seven years from the day the car is bought.

Kia Connected Services is also linked to Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM. Android AutoTM works with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher and connects the user's smartphone to the car's infotainment system. Through pre-downloaded apps, it then gives access to a variety of services such as Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and text messages and voice recognition. Apple CarPlayTM functions with iPhone 5 or newer and enables full Siri voice control of the phone's apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps or Google Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.  

The e-Niro is Bluetooth®-enabled for hands-free phone calls and music streaming and has a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility, while an eight-speaker 320-watt JBL audio system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is standard equipment.

There is also a wireless mobile phone charger, located in the centre console tray, which uses inductive charging to power the batteries of compatible electronic devices. Occupants are therefore able to recharge mobile phones or MP3 players without the inconvenience of wires and connectors, which frequently change when new devices are introduced. The wireless charger features foreign object detection, switches on automatically when a phone is placed upon it and displays the phone's charge status in the instrument cluster. An in-built safety system prevents overheating, while drivers and passengers are warned if they are about to leave the car with the phone still on the charging pad.

 

RANGE FINDER
 Everything you need in a single equipment level

With the new e-Niro, Kia is offering a single, well-equipped ‘First Edition’ grade that encompasses all the essential equipment that an environmentally aware electric vehicle driver needs.

The exterior design of the e-Niro is punctuated by Halogen headlights with Bi-Function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. Privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate deliver an upmarket appearance. The unique 17-inch alloy wheels have been especially designed and optimised for the pure-electric e-Niro, and the roof rails give a rugged and lifestyle-orientated appearance, accentuating its crossover stance.

Convenience features include rear parking sensors and a reversing system camera, electric windows all round, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and an engine stop/stop button with a Smart Entry System. The rear seats handily fold down in a 60/40 fashion, with a luggage area load cover designed to hide items from prying eyes. Other equipment includes rain sensing windscreen wipers, automatic headlight control, automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and welcome and follow-me-home light functionality, making arriving home late at night safer, lighting the pathway ahead. Occupant safety is taken care of thanks to seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees, and a cut-off switch so that a child safety chair can be positioned in the front seat. ISOFIX child safety fasteners are also provided for the rear outer seats.

A Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn’t reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally. Other life-saving safety equipment included on all e-Niro models includes Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SSC) works in association with all of the other safety systems on the car to keep a safe distance from the car in front, slowing down and speeding up automatically according to the flow of the traffic. If another vehicle cuts in front, the system will automatically brake and adjust the speed of the e-Niro until a safe distance is once again achieved.

In-car entertainment has never been more important, and that’s why the e-Niro is fitted with a DAB radio and 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). In addition, Kia Connected Services includes TomTom® Live that incorporates traffic, speed cameras, local search and weather updates. As well as Bluetooth® with music streaming, the e-Niro includes Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control. An 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is provided for music aficionados, and a wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones. As an alternative, a fast charge USB port is incorporated into the centre console, and both auxiliary and standard USB ports are provided.

Black leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel all come fitted to the e-Niro, alongside a leather trimmed steering wheel, gear lever and armrests. A satin finish for the interior door handles, stainless-steel door scuff plates and high gloss black surfaces for the fascia, lower console, door inserts and steering wheel deliver a classy, modern aesthetic.

Range

‘First Edition’

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

 

17" Alloy Wheels (215/55R17)

l

Matt Black Colour Radiator Grille

l

Body Coloured / High Gloss Door Mirrors

l

Chrome Coated Exterior Door Handles

l

Black Side Sill & Wheel Arch Body Mouldings

l

Chrome Beltline Mouldings

l

Roof Rails

l

Rear Spoiler

l

Solar Glass

l

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

l

Manual Headlight Levelling Device

l

Automatic Headlight Control

l

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

l

Halogen Headlights with Bi-Function projection

l

Front Fog Lights

l

LED Daytime Running Lights

l

LED Rear Combination Lights

l

Rain Sensing Front Wipers

l

Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicators

l

Driver's Wide View Door Mirror

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Standard Paint

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Optional Paint

OPT

Premium Paint

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

Black Leather Upholstery*

l

8-way Driver's Power Adjustable Seat (Sliding, Reclining, Height Adjustment)

l

Heated Front Seats

l

Driver's Seat Power Lumbar Support

l

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

l

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

l

Leather Trimmed Gearshift

l

Heated Steering Wheel

l

High Gloss Black Steering Wheel Trim

l

High Gloss Black Lower Console Trim

l

High Gloss Black Door Insert Trim

l

High Gloss Black Centre Fascia Trim

l

Leather Trimmed Door Armrests*

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Front & Rear Centre Armrests

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Satin Finish Interior Door Handles

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Stainless Steel Door Scuff Plates

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Electric Parking Brake with auto-hold

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Single Automatic Air Conditioning

l

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

l

All-round Electric Windows with Driver and Front Passenger Auto Up/Down Function

l

Speed Limiter

l

Adaptive Smart Cruise Control Function (SCC)

l

Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

l

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

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STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

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3 x Passenger Assist Grips

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Cupholders in Rear Armrest

l

Rear Ventilation Duct

l

Seatback Pocket (Front Passenger)

l

Seatback Pocket (Driver)

l

Front & Rear Door Storage

l

Centre Console Storage Box

l

Tyre Mobility Kit (TMK)

l

Luggage Area Load Cover

l

Luggage Net Hooks

l

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with Subwoofer, External Amp & Front Centre Speaker

l

DAB Radio with MP3 Compatibility

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Shark Fin Antenna

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Front USB & AUX Port

l

USB port in centre console (Fast Charge)

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Bluetooth® with Music Streaming **

l

Apple CarPlay™ with Voice Control**

l

Android Auto™ with Voice Control**

l

Wireless Mobile Phone Charger**

l

8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

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Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (Traffic, Speed Cameras, Local Search & Weather Updates)**

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Reversing Camera System (Integrated into Satellite Navigation Screen)

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Rear Parking Sensors***

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Digital Clock     

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Trip Computer - Distance, Average Speed

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ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

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Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

l

Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

l

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)

l

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

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Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

l

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

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Drive Mode Select (Eco, Sport)

l

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

Twin Front Airbags

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Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

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Twin Side Airbags (Front)

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Twin Curtain Airbags with Roll-over Sensor

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Knee Airbag (Driver)

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All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests

l

ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

l

Front Seatbelts Height Adjusters

l

All-round 3-point Seatbelts

l

Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

l

SECURITY

 

Alarm System and Engine Immobiliser

l

Locking Wheel Nuts

l

Visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

l

Door Deadlocks

l

Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

l

Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-Activated Feature)

l

 

 

* Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

 

** Please check with your dealer for mobile phone compatibility

 

*** Parking sensors may not match exterior body colour

 

 

 

 


FUTURE PROOF YOUR DRIVING
 How Kia’s EV crossover stacks up on running costs

Kia's ultimate goal is to decarbonise road transport completely, and the company is actively working on all forms of alternative powertrain, including a hydrogen fuel-cell car, and already sells mild hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models. Kia is investing more than £6 billion and recruiting some 7,300 research and development engineers with the future in mind.

As with every Kia, repairability has been engineered in from the start of the design stage to keep insurance costs to a minimum, while servicing intervals mean that most owners will need to visit a dealer only once a year. And every e-Niro is covered by Kia's unique seven-year or 100,000-mile transferable warranty.

Benefit-in-kind taxation (BiK) rates and vehicle excise duty (VED) bands (2018-19)

Model

CO2

BIK rate

First year VED cost / thereafter

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

0

13%

£0 / £0

 

Engine power, performance, driving range and CO2 emissions

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

Range (miles)

C02 g/km

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

282

0

 

Insurance

 Model

Group

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

tba

 

Servicing
Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The e-Niro is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The magnificent seven-year warranty
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model, and this also includes the e-Niro. The warranty additionally covers the battery pack and electric motor for extra peace of mind.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

The Kia Promise

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                                         
Built at Hwasung, Kia's largest factory

All versions of Niro are built alongside the European Optima saloon and Sportswagon at Kia's Hwasung plant in Asan Bay, South Korea.

Hwasung is Kia's largest factory, with a production capacity of 600,000 cars a year. It opened in 1989 and manufacturing began in 1991. Hwasung is also home to a 200-acre proving ground with 16 driving courses, opened in 1993, and it houses an employee sports centre, giving the 12,000 workers and their families access to a fitness centre, swimming pools, squash courts and weight-training and community facilities.

In recent years Hwasung has undergone major changes to improve the quality of production processes and the cars leaving the factory gates. The improved quality has been recognised by the American publication, Consumer Reports.

Constant efforts are also being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced, and Hwasung has sent no waste to landfill since 2008.

Improved paint facilities have been installed and every aspect of vehicle production has been scrutinised to ensure the plant uses less energy. Water and power consumption, dust, CO2, contaminants and the amount of waste per vehicle have all been reduced.

Waste reduction
Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in each of its production facilities. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

The overall waste generated by Hwasung is under constant review and a number of programmes have seen dramatic improvements.  Recycling has increased and now stands at well over 90 per cent. Exhaust pollutants from Hwasung – dust, NOx and SO2 – have also decreased dramatically.

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated, and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

Pump invertors have been fitted to coolant and collectant pumps to control the rpm according to load. This has led to energy savings and a reduction in CO2 equivalent to around 4,000 tons per year.

Another simple energy-saving process has been implemented within Hwasung’s huge and complex air conditioning systems. A fixed amount of heat was supplied to some areas of the plant, regardless of the outside temperature. Using smart control units, the fans now run to supply heat only where and when needed.

More technology is being employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil, helping to reduce oil use to less than half of one per cent.

And at the end of a car's life…
Hwasung is also instrumental in the development of end-of-life treatment technologies to reduce the environmental and social impact of the company's cars. It is home to Kia's major Automobile Resource Regeneration Centre, which not only dismantles cars once they are no longer serviceable, but is also helping to devise new ways in which cars are designed and assembled, as well as with the choice of materials used in manufacturing.

Modern cars contain explosive materials to trigger their airbags in an accident and large quantities of environmentally hostile solids and liquids, which must all be recycled or disposed of safely. Metal components such as the car body, engine and gearbox are relatively easy to recycle, as is the battery and exhaust catalyst, but plastics and rubbers present a greater challenge. Now only five per cent of a scrapped car is incinerated without energy recovery.

Kia has developed an eight-stage dismantling process at Hwasung's ARR centre to recoup as many materials as possible for re-use, while ensuring the few components which cannot be recycled are disposed of with the minimum environmental impact. Once the car to be scrapped has been registered, it is taken into an explosives chamber, where its airbags are triggered in a spectacular display of pyrotechnics. The car is then pre-treated for scrappage before all fluids are removed. The exterior, interior and powertrain components are systematically removed in sequence and finally the remnants of the car are crushed in a press.

The ARR centre works on a conveyor system, just like when cars are being made, so that large numbers can be dismantled and recycled in a short time span.

Eco-friendly recognition
The green landscape around Kia facilities is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ecology gardens which are filled with trees and plants resistant and also sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the facility.

These gardens are continually monitored, since they act as real-world indicators of air quality. Each site is broadening the green patches in and around its compound and constantly monitors air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is a stream clean-up programme, where Kia cleans and maintains local, natural water courses. This is not only to monitor cleanliness, but also to keep them maintained for local communities to enjoy.

The overall effect of the many green initiatives has resulted in Hwasung being officially recognised as an eco-friendly work site by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

  1. What is the importance to Kia of electric vehicles?
  2. A. The electric market is growing rapidly, not just in the UK but in Europe, too, and we want a share of it. But of greater significance, is that all manufacturers are required to lower average CO2 emissions to 95g/km or less in Europe by 2020/21, and electric and electrified vehicles are essential to achieve this. We also have our own internal targets of a 25 per cent reduction in average CO2 emissions, based on 2014 levels, by 2020.

 

  1. Why do you offer electric, PHEV and hybrid Niro models?
  2. A. We believe in giving customers choice in cutting-edge technology, with different degrees of electrification being suited to a wide range of customers. And while there is a growing number of buyers wanting to buy into the technology and demonstrate their environmental credentials, not all our customer’s lifestyles allow them to run a pure electric vehicle. For that reason, we also offer plug-in hybrid technology that allows zero-emissions running, together with the back-up of a combustion engine to allow the coverage of longer distances when required. And our Niro dedicated parallel hybrid delivers efficiency gains to reduce running costs at relatively little expense.

 

  1. What level of sales is Niro achieving in the UK, and is it mostly a fleet or retail car?
  2. A. The Niro is another of Kia’s success stories, and in the first 9 months of this year, we have already surpassed the sales figures for the entire of 2017, when we sold more than 4,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and just under 300 Niro PHEV models, with the latter only going on sale on 1st September 2017. The vast majority of PHEV registrations will be to fleets, for obvious cost and taxation benefit reasons.

 

  1. Is the e-Niro on sale at every Kia dealership, and can all dealers service it because of the extra safety demands when working with electric components?
  2. A. Every Kia dealer has at least one technician plus a Kia Master Technician trained in handling the high-voltage systems associated with electrified cars, so the e-Niro will be sold at, and can be serviced at, any Kia dealership in the UK. Model-specific training is provided at two-day courses to coincide with the launch of each new Kia electric vehicle.

 

  1. In Europe there’s the option of a 39kWh e-Niro – why isn’t it sold in the UK?
  2. A. We have taken the decision to simplify the e-Niro line-up for UK buyers and we will just sell the class-leading 282-mile range e-Niro with 64kWh electric motor as it has the most sales potential. The choice of two power outputs and different maximum driving ranges could potentially confuse customers with multiple messages, and so we wanted to concentrate on a single strong product with a clear understanding about its environmental credentials and its class-leading driving range.


FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT
 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

  1. How important is the e-Niro to Kia in the UK?

            The launch of Kia’s second electric vehicle in Europe delivers a clear message that Kia is serious about its environmental responsibilities. The launch of the e-Niro, a vehicle that has a class-leading range of 282 miles, adds to the choice that buyers have, with three carefully-focussed Niro models to suit different budgets, needs and priorities – e-Niro, Niro PHEV and Niro Hybrid.

  1. What sales targets have you set for the new e-Niro for the UK market?

            We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the e-Niro to build on the achievements of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV so far and continue to account for a significant sales volume of electrified vehicles here in the UK. Looking at the sales statistics up until the end of September 2018, we have already exceeded the figures achieved during 2017, when we sold more than 4,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and 296 Niro PHEV models. Bear in mind that the Niro PHEV only went on sale on 1st September 2017, and so was only on sale for one-third of the year.

  1. And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?

            Despite some considerable challenges in the UK new car market, we fully expect to reach a new sales record in 2018 of in excess of 95,000 units. At the end of the third quarter of this year, we have passed 78,000 sales – an increase for Kia by 2.8 per cent – in a market that is down by 7.5 per cent. This indicates that Kia is outperforming a hugely tough market by more than 10 per cent, which is a phenomenal achievement.

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Kia e-Niro

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Powertrain

 Electric motor

 Permanent magnet AC synchronous type

 Power output bhp (kW)

 201 (150) @ 3,800-8,000 rpm

 Torque output Nm (lb ft)

 395 (291) @ 0-3,600 rpm

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 One-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear Ratio 1

 Final Gear Ratio 2

 2.263

 2.263

 3.526

 3.526

On-board charger and high-voltage battery pack

 On-board charger voltage

 6.6 V

 Energy

 64 kWh

 Battery pack type

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Battery pack voltage

 356 V

 Battery capacity

 180 Ah

 Battery weight

 457 kg

 Battery position

 Under floor

Battery charge

 AC normal charge

 With 2.3kW In-Cable Control Box: 230V / 10A / 29 hours

 With 7.2kW EV Supply Equipment: 230V / 32A / 9 hours 50 minutes

 DC fast charge

 With 50kW EV Supply Equipment:

 400V / 125A / 1 hour 15 minutes to 80 per cent of capacity

 DC fast charge

 With 100kW EV Supply Equipment:

 380V / 125A / 54 minutes to 80 per cent of capacity

Suspension, steering and braking

 Wheels (alloy)

 7.0J x 17

 Tyres

 215/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled dampers,

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, solid rear discs

 Park Brake

 Electric

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor-driven power assist

 Minimum turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 5.3

 Turns lock-to-lock

 Turns

 2.66

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,700

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,375 / 1,805 / 1,570

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 451 / 1,405

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,812

 Tow weights (braked/unbraked)

 kg

 0 / 0

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Drag co-efficient

 Cd

 0.29

Performance and Driving Range                             

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 7.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 104

 Maximum driving range

 (City/combined)

 miles

 382 / 282

 CO2 tailpipe emissions

 g/km

 0

 Electric energy consumption

 (City/Combined)

 Wh/km

 118 / 149

GENERAL

Kia e-Niro

THE ALL-NEW KIA e-NIRO
Short story

  • Class-leading driving range of 282 miles
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in as little as 54 minutes
  • Clean zero-emissions motoring
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends – crossover styling with electrification
  • Unique styling cues help to differentiate the e-Niro from the Niro Hybrid and PHEV
  • A single high-specification, feature-rich model
  • On sale at all Kia dealers from 1 April 2019

The e-Niro is Kia's second globally-sold electric vehicle after the Soul EV. The new model made its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in the UK from 1 April 2019. More than 200,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV have been sold around the world since 2016, with 65,000 examples sold in Europe and more than 11,000 here in the UK.

Futuristic design inspired by 2018 Niro EV Concept
Created at Kia's design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the e-Niro incorporates the practicality and appeal of a crossover in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly sculptured surfaces. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The Kia e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a 'Clean and High-tech' design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a de-bossed Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

The closed 'tiger-nose' grille design is housed within a newly designed front bumper, giving the car a clear family identity, while aiding aerodynamic performance, and providing a sleek and purposeful character to the front of the vehicle.

In profile, the slim character line, tapered rear windows and sturdy sill line help to emphasise and elongate the car's sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The e-Niro rides on new 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish, housing Kia's regenerative braking system.

At the back, a redesigned rear bumper features similar blue trim highlights to those found at the front of the car. A bold LED rear light design gives the e-Niro the same distinct and recognisable rear light signature as its Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid siblings.

The Kia e-Niro is available in a selection of five contemporary paint colours – including Pluto Brown, a shade that is unique to the e-Niro.

Modern interior with dedicated electric powertrain technologies and crossover utility
Inside the Kia e-Niro, the cabin combines a modern design with generous space and technologies that complement its zero-emissions powertrain. The interior is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly-ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode select, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The dashboard features bright blue trim around the air vents, echoing the trim highlights found on the outside of the car. A new mood lighting system illuminates the centre console and shift dial with subtle lighting in one of six colours – white, grey, bronze, red, green, and blue. New high-gloss black and blue trim also lines the doors of the e-Niro, further enhancing the futuristic atmosphere of the cabin. The shelf at the base of the instrument panel features a wireless charger for Qi-equipped smartphones.

The 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch colour-LCD driver instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car's charging status at a glance when charging.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375mm in length, it offers more cargo space – 451 litres (VDA) – than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.

282-mile driving range from next-generation all-electric powertrain
The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero-emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On the WLTP combined cycle, it provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions. On the WLTP city cycle, the Kia e-Niro is capable of driving up to 382 miles. The long-distance 64 kWh battery pack is paired with a 201bhp (150kW) motor, producing 395Nm of torque, enabling the Kia e-Niro to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the new electric model is front-wheel drive.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies
The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car's range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the e-Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while the Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) provides drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently. Eco DAS includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise vehicle range by suggesting when to coast or brake.

CGC alerts drivers as to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing the battery to regenerate under engine deceleration. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, the system alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster as well as an unobtrusive audible warning.

While the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between three levels of energy recuperation. The higher the level of recuperation chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest.

The e-Niro's Electric Parking Brake (EPB), is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Normal, Eco and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the powertrain with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the e-Niro's engaging handling character to the fore.

Low centre of gravity with fully-independent suspension for stable ride and handling
The Kia Niro was engineered from the start to accommodate a range of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric powertrains. The e-Niro's ride and handling was therefore always readily adaptable to the introduction of an all-electric powertrain.

The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving the crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro offers drivers maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads, and minimal body roll under cornering. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high speed and immediate handling responses and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces.

The e-Niro's regenerative brakes – 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear – exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

The Kia e-Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The e-Niro boasts an even lower drag co-efficient (0.29 Cd) than Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models (0.30 Cd), suppressing wind noise and enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency. This is aided by laminated windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially-profiled door mirror casings and covers over the holes in the roof rails – which sit flush on the bodywork. Road noise is minimised further by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches, to reduce high frequency vibrations around the rear of the car and additional sound insulation material in the A- and B-pillars.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Matching the next-generation nature of its powertrain, the e-Niro offers drivers a range of Kia's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, supporting motorists in a range of driving conditions and scenarios to mitigate the risk of collisions.

The car is equipped, as standard, with Kia Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) for maximum stability under braking and cornering. If VSM detects a loss of traction, it uses the car's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system and the electric motor-driven power steering to help the driver retain control.

Other active safety systems available in the e-Niro include Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS).

Specification highlights
With the new e-Niro, Kia is offering a single, well-equipped ‘First Edition’ grade that encompasses all the essential equipment that an environmentally aware electric vehicle driver needs.

The exterior design of the e-Niro is punctuated by Halogen headlights with Bi-function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. Privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate deliver an upmarket appearance. The unique 17-inch alloy wheels have been especially designed and optimised for the pure-electric e-Niro, and the roof rails give a rugged and lifestyle-orientated appearance, accentuating its crossover stance.

Convenience features include rear parking sensors and a reversing camera system, electric windows all round, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and an engine stop/stop button with a Smart Entry System. The rear seats handily fold down in a 60/40 fashion, with a luggage area load cover designed to hide items from prying eyes. Other equipment includes rain sensing windscreen wipers, automatic headlight control, automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and welcome and follow-me-home light functionality, making arriving home late at night safer, lighting the pathway ahead. Occupant safety is taken care of thanks to seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees, and a cut-off switch so that a child safety chair can be positioned in the front seat. ISOFIX child safety fasteners are also provided for the rear outer seats.

A Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn’t reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally. Other potentially life-saving safety equipment included on all e-Niro models includes Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC) works in association with all of the other safety systems on the car to keep a safe distance from the car in front, slowing down and speeding up automatically according to the flow of the traffic. If another vehicle cuts in front, the system will automatically brake and adjust the speed of the e-Niro until a safe distance is once again achieved.

In-car entertainment has never been more important, and that’s why the e-Niro is fitted with a DAB radio and 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). In addition, Kia Connected Services includes TomTom® Live that incorporates traffic, speed cameras, local search and weather updates. As well as Bluetooth® with music streaming, the e-Niro includes Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control. An 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is provided for music aficionados, and a wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones. As an alternative, a fast charge USB port is incorporated into the centre console, and both auxiliary and standard USB ports are provided.

Black leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel all come fitted to the e-Niro, alongside a leather trimmed steering wheel, gear lever and armrests. A satin finish for the interior door handles, stainless-steel door scuff plates and high gloss black surfaces for the fascia, lower console, door inserts and steering wheel deliver a classy, modern aesthetic.

UK sales start in April 2019 with a 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty
Already in production at Kia's Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea, the all-electric Kia e-Niro is on sale in the UK from April 2019. In keeping with every Kia, the e-Niro comes with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty additionally covers the battery pack and electric motor for extra peace of mind. It is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.

The e-Niro is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

UK e-Niro line-up

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

Range (miles)

C02 g/km

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

282

0

 

 

 

THE NEW e-NIRO ON A PAGE                                                                
A quick resume of the new e-Niro for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Class-leading driving range of 282 miles
  • Slots into a market that is set to grow enormously over the coming years
  • Successfully combines two of the fastest growing trends – crossover styling with electrification
  • A single high-specification, feature-rich model
  • Underfloor position of the batteries ensures a no-compromise approach to interior space
  • More than 200,000 Niro Hybrid and PHEV models have been sold around the world since 2016, with 65,000 sold in Europe and more than 11,000 in the UK
  • More than 5,000 pre-orders for the e-Niro in South Korea

Body

  • Based on a platform exclusively developed for electrified cars
  • Five-door, five-seater front-wheel-drive crossover
  • At 4,375mm long, slots between the Ceed hatchback and Sportage SUV in size
  • Batteries located under the floor for low centre of gravity and satisfying driving experience
  • Made up of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel
  • Bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and chassis components are all made of aluminium to save weight
  • Signature design cues like the aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille ensures e-Niro is easily recognisable as a Kia. The grille handily doubles up as a neatly integrated charging point
  • Revised styling clearly identifies the e-Niro apart from the Niro Hybrid and PHEV
  • e-Niro takes inspiration from the Niro EV Concept car unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas
  • Redesigned air intakes and striking new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights

Interior

  • Redesigned cabin, incorporating Kia’s first rotary gear selector
  • Long, 2,700mm wheelbase and width of 1,805mm create ample space for five adults
  • Shapely front seats save 1.3kg each and offer excellent all-round support
  • Dashboard split into upper display area and lower control area with fewer, simpler switches
  • Horizontal trim line on dashboard emphasises width and space inside
  • Luxurious soft-touch materials and trim details attest to high-quality fit and finish
  • Boot capacity enhanced from 324 to 451 litres compared with Niro PHEV due to under floor mounted battery pack

Powertrains and running gear

  • 201bhp (150kW) pure electric drivetrain
  • 282 miles driving range (combined) or 382 miles in a city environment
  • Can be recharged to 80 per cent battery life in just 54 minutes using a 100kW charger, and with a 50kW charger, the battery can be replenished to 80 per cent in 75 minutes

Technology and safety

  • Wireless phone charger included as standard for Qi-equipped smartphones
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live, providing speed camera, weather, traffic and local point of interest information
  • Reversing camera system and rear parking sensors included as standard
  • Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM standard equipment, giving access to navigation, music, hands-free calls and text messaging and voice recognition through smartphone apps
  • Advanced active safety technologies include Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection (FCA), Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • DAB radio standard, with eight-speaker 320-watt JBL® premium sound system


DESIGN                                                                                                         
The practicality and appeal of a crossover in an EV package

Bespoke electric vehicles, as opposed to those developed from a purely combustion-engined car, have traditionally involved compromises in design, mainly to achieve the lowest air-drag co-efficient figure possible. That is why the majority have adopted a tear-drop hatchback profile – practical and efficient, but uninspiring and not what customers demand in a market increasingly attuned to SUVs and crossovers.

Kia was adamant it could overcome the design limitations of other electric vehicles without sacrificing practicality, versatility and aerodynamic efficiency. The result is the e-Niro, part of a range of Niro hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, with a modern, attractive crossover body style and ample room for five people plus their luggage. The remarkable feat is that this has been achieved in the e-Niro with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.29, despite the standard roof rails.

To make this possible, Kia designers took a reverse approach during the creation of Niro: design an attractive, sporty, stylish and tough-looking crossover, then fine-tune the aerodynamics to suit the requirements of an electric vehicle. This novel way of going about things has resulted in a crossover which is appealing in its own right, but which is also a highly efficient electric vehicle.

Exterior styling
The design of e-Niro was a joint effort between Kia's studios at Namyang in Korea and Irvine, California. The car features the subtly sculpted surfaces and sharp lines that are now Kia design hallmarks. A wide stance gives pointers to the car's stability and low centre of gravity, while a long bonnet, short overhangs, elevated headlights and a rising shoulder line are other Kia distinguishing features. The body tapers towards the rear, where bold wheel arches, a re-profiled bumper and the high-mounted C-shaped tail light clusters emphasise the crossover stance. The car demonstrates that, in seeking greater on-road efficiency, electric vehicle buyers need not sacrifice emotionally engaging design or crossover versatility.

The e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a series of exclusive design features. Taking inspiration from the Niro EV Concept unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the exterior is based on a ‘Clean and High-tech’ design concept. Its futuristic and aerodynamic ‘tiger-nose’ grille features an integrated charging port, bearing a ‘de-bossed’ Niro logo. Redesigned air intakes and new arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combine with light-blue trim highlights to help it stand out further.

From any angle, the car exudes dynamism and strength. The body line linking the roof, glasshouse and bonnet adds crossover-style volume to the car, while a wide bumper with bold lines and the now-familiar aerodynamic 'tiger-nose' grille add a distinctive Kia family look. In profile, the slim character line and tapered rear windows emphasise the car’s sleek profile, while allowing greater room for the muscular wheel arches. The e-Niro rides on new five-spoke 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels with a diamond-cut two-tone finish, housing Kia’s regenerative braking system. At the back, reshaped rear bumpers feature similar light blue highlights to those found at the front of the car, while new LED rear lights give the e-Niro its own light signature.

There are air curtains, like gills, in the front corners of the car. These channel air away from the front wheel arches to reduce turbulence in those areas, again to aid aerodynamic efficiency. The roof leads into a rear spoiler to direct air over the car in the most efficient manner.

The tailgate area is clean-looking and sits over a diffuser which aids airflow under the car. The C-shaped LED rear lamps are mounted immediately beneath the tailgate glass, while the contours of the wide and deep tailgate emphasise the smooth aerodynamic shape. Even the location of the standard rear-vision camera reduces drag: it is housed within the rear wiper mounting so as not to impede air exiting the rear. The rear corners of the car have been refined in minute detail to reduce drag without worsening visibility. There are specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covered holes in the roof rails, which sit flush on the bodywork.

The e-Niro has a specification that is based on the mid-range (grade ‘First Edition’) version of the Niro parallel hybrid and PHEV, and features the same chrome-coated exterior door handles, chrome belt-line mouldings, privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps and body-coloured and high-gloss door mirrors with LED indicators.

Modern interior with EV-specific technologies and crossover utility
The ergonomic fascia and information clusters follow what is becoming a modern theme for Kia, starting with a wide dashboard set out on horizontal lines. There is an upper display sector with the instrument panel and infotainment screen at the same height for instant, easier reading, separated by a cabin-wide trim line from the lower control area, where the heating and ventilation and driver assistance switches are located.

The design of the centre console represents the biggest change for the e-Niro, with the all-electric powertrain not requiring a traditional gear lever and gear linkage. The physical transmission has therefore been replaced with a new 'shift-by-wire' rotator dial drive selector. The drive selector dial sits on its own highly-ergonomic panel which extends out from the base of the central armrest. In addition to the rotator dial, this new panel also houses buttons for the electronic parking brake, heated seats, heated steering wheel, drive mode selector, parking sensors, and the e-Niro's braking 'Auto Hold' function. The new panel requires no bulky transmission tunnel, enabling Kia's designers to create a larger storage area at the base of the centre console.

The five-seat e-Niro has an electric parking brake to release more space for oddments in the centre console and is fitted with a tyre mobility kit rather than a spare wheel to reduce weight, and ensure the boot is as large as possible. Space-saving front seats with special foam-backed covers and slim headrests contribute to the car's exceptional roominess and also save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of high-density foam and profiled springs and pads.

The cabin combines modern design with generous space and technologies that complement the zero-emissions powertrain. The interior of the e-Niro is differentiated from other Niro models with a range of new features and design elements. The dashboard features a new light blue trim, echoing that of the exterior, while the design of the centre console has been simplified to accommodate the car’s shift-by-wire drive selector – Kia’s first ‘dial’-style shift knob.

A new mood lighting system illuminates both the centre console and the shifter, and occupants can choose from six colours – white, grey, bronze, red, green and blue.

The 8.0-inch touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) in the centre of the dashboard offers a series of features specific to Kia's new electric vehicle. It enables owners to locate nearby charging points and monitor the level of remaining charge and range. It also lets owners gauge their trip and lifetime CO2 reduction from driving the e-Niro, compared to a petrol car of a similar size. The HMI lets owners set an approximate departure time for their next journey, enabling the car to heat itself to a set temperature before the driver departs. The charge management function also intelligently manages the flow of electricity to the battery when charging, to help extend the life of the battery.

The 7.0-inch colour-LCD driver instrument cluster shows driving and battery charge information on-the-move. The display also gauges the driving style of whoever is sitting at the wheel, attributing a percentage to the amount of 'economical' driving they manage on each journey. For drivers preferring to enjoy the car's low centre of gravity and instant off-the-line acceleration, the display also shows what percentage of a journey has been completed with 'dynamic' driving.

The redesigned centre console creates more storage space at the base of the dashboard for smaller items – including a wireless smartphone charger. There is smart black leather, high-gloss black inserts on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear selector, an 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system and satin chrome interior door handles further attest to the car's quality.

A lamp is integrated into the top of the dashboard, with a light displaying whether the battery pack is recharging or fully charged when plugged in. This enables owners to quickly see the car’s charge status at a glance from outside the car.

Aerodynamic considerations posed many challenges for the teams tasked with e-Niro's packaging. It was determined early on that e-Niro would be a compact hybrid crossover – shorter than the Sportage SUV, but longer than the Ceed hatchback. There had to be a limit on height to reduce drag, but this was not to be at the expense of a raised seating position. And space, versatility, ease of entrance and visibility were not to suffer in any way. The result is one of Kia's most efficiently packaged cars ever.

Thanks to the long, 2,700mm wheelbase there is generous space for five people. There is up to 1,059mm of legroom in the front and 950mm in the rear; the class-leading headroom of up to 1,018mm in front and 993mm behind is greater than in many C-segment SUVs; and the 1,805mm wide body provides 1,423mm of shoulder room for the two front occupants and only slightly less, at 1,402mm, in the rear.

One major difference with the e-Niro is that luggage capacity has been enhanced compared to its hybrid and PHEV counterparts, with 451 litres of space with all five seats occupied. This compares to 382 litres on the Hybrid and 324 litres for the PHEV. The boot expands to 1,405 litres – up from the 1,380 litres of the Niro parallel hybrid and 1,322 of the PHEV – with the 60/40 split rear seats folded.

When the Niro was first launched in 2016, its new platform was engineered to accommodate a variety of advanced powertrains. The introduction of a battery-electric powertrain has had minimal impact on packaging and versatility, meaning the Kia e-Niro offers greater practicality and versatility by design than many other electric and hybrid cars. Its 2,700mm wheelbase ensures all occupants enjoy generous legroom, while space and a sense of roominess is boosted by its crossover design. Its body is 1,805mm wide and 1,570mm tall, ensuring maximum head- and shoulder-room throughout the cabin. At 4,375 mm in length, it offers more cargo space than many other plug-in and electric vehicles. The boot features a dedicated storage area beneath its floor, providing space for owners to store the charging cable.

 

THE TECHNICAL STORY
An electric drivetrain with a class-leading driving range

The Kia e-Niro has been designed to merge crossover-inspired design with long-distance, zero-emissions driving and enjoyable performance. It achieves this with a next-generation electric powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia electric vehicles.

The e-Niro offers buyers a convincing alternative to compact crossovers powered by traditional petrol or diesel internal combustion engines. It gives owners the opportunity to complete both long-distance drives and daily commutes with zero emissions and ultra-low running costs.

The e-Niro is equipped with a high-capacity 64 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. On the WLTP combined cycle, it provides a driving range of more than 282 miles on a single charge, producing zero on-road CO2 emissions. On the WLTP city cycle, the Kia e-Niro is capable of driving up to 382 miles. The long-distance 64 kWh battery pack is paired with a 201bhp (150kW) motor, producing 395Nm of torque, enabling the Kia e-Niro to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like the Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the new electric model is front-wheel drive.

The lithium-ion polymer battery system is mounted under the floor, between the two axles, and is liquid-cooled. It operates at 356 volts, has a capacity of 180 Ah and has a total battery system weight of 457kgs.

Energy-harvesting and predictive driving assistant technologies
The e-Niro provides owners with a range of technologies to enhance battery efficiency and improve the car's range.

Regenerative braking technology allows the Niro to harvest kinetic energy and recharge the battery pack while coasting or braking, while the Eco Driving Assistant System (Eco DAS) provides drivers with intelligent guidance on how to drive more efficiently. Eco DAS includes Coasting Guide Control (CGC) and Predictive Energy Control (PEC), enabling drivers to maximise vehicle range by suggesting when to coast or brake.

CGC takes information from the satellite navigation system so that the car can anticipate road conditions to reduce energy use and identify opportunities to harvest additional electrical power through coasting. CGC alerts drivers to the best time to lift off the accelerator and coast towards a junction, allowing energy to be regenerated. It also means the driver can brake later and maintain momentum when traffic conditions allow, reducing the likelihood of the need to stop at a junction or traffic lights. Operating at certain speeds when a navigation destination is set, the system alerts drivers when to coast via a small icon in the instrument cluster, as well as an unobtrusive audible warning.

While the electric motor requires no transmission, the car still features a pair of paddles behind the steering wheel. These paddles let drivers choose between three levels of energy recuperation. The higher the level of recuperation chosen by the driver, the more energy the regenerative brakes try to harvest.

The e-Niro's Electric Parking Brake (EPB), is operated by a button on the new centre console panel. The driver can manually apply the parking brake once stopped. When moving off, the EPB switches off automatically, allowing a seamless start.

A battery heating system is also fitted to the e-Niro, designed to insulate and warm up the battery while the vehicle is plugged in, minimising the adverse effects of cold temperatures.

The e-Niro is also equipped with a Drive Mode Select system, enabling owners to tailor their driving experience. Switching between Normal, Eco and Sport modes, Drive Mode Select alters the level of effort required to steer the car, and subtly changes the character of the powertrain. Eco mode maximises the potential for greater efficiency by limiting the maximum torque and power of the motor, softening throttle responses, and offering more relaxed steering inputs. Normal mode is the most suitable for day-to-day driving, combining the innate efficiency and performance of the powertrain with direct steering and throttle responses. Sport mode enhances throttle responses and enables maximum acceleration, as well as weighting up the steering for more decisive responses to driver inputs, bringing the Kia e-Niro's engaging handling character to the fore.

Low centre of gravity with fully-independent suspension for stable ride and handling
The Kia Niro was engineered from the start to accommodate a specific range of hybrid and fully-electric powertrains. The e-Niro's ride and handling was therefore always readily adaptable to the introduction of an all-electric powertrain.

The battery pack is located low down in the body, between the two axles, giving the crossover a centre of gravity more akin to that of a saloon or a hatchback. With a relatively wide stance, the e-Niro offers drivers maximum stability and driving enjoyment on winding roads, and minimal body roll under cornering. The car is equipped with fully independent rear suspension, tuned to deliver high stability and immediate handling responses and filter out small vibrations at higher speeds when travelling over poor surfaces.

The e-Niro's regenerative brakes – 305 mm in diameter at the front, 300 mm at the rear – exhibit a consistent, linear deceleration and braking feel, and harvest kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack on the move.

The e-Niro is refined and quiet at low speeds thanks to its all-electric powertrain. The e-Niro boasts an even lower drag co-efficient (0.29 Cd) than Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models (0.30 Cd), suppressing wind noise and enhancing its aerodynamic efficiency. This is aided by laminated windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially-profiled door mirror casings and covers over the holes in the roof rails – which sit flush on the bodywork. Road noise is minimised further by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches, to reduce high frequency vibrations around the rear of the car and additional sound insulation material in the A- and B-pillars.

Charging times
Charging the lithium-ion polymer battery up to 80 per cent only takes 54 minutes using a 100kW direct current (DC) fast charger, or 75 minutes using a 50kW DC charger. With the 7.2kW on-board charger, charging with alternating current (AC) takes 9 hours 50 minutes. Drivers also have the option of charging their car at a compatible regular household power socket using the ICCB-cable (in-cable control box). The charging port is located at the front of the car, underneath a flap that is integrated into the aerodynamically-optimised ‘tiger nose’ grille. Two battery charging cables are supplied with the e-Niro; one with a standard three-pin plug allowing the car to be connected to a domestic socket and a Type 2 to Type 2 cable for connection to a public or workplace charging point.

Engine power, performance, driving range and CO2 emissions

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

C02 g/km

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

0

 

An all-new platform exclusively for electrified vehicles
There will be no combustion engine-only Niro. Its all-new platform has been engineered exclusively for electrified vehicles and has been designed to accommodate present and future electrical components within a compact vehicle footprint with minimal intrusion into the spacious interior and luggage area.

The structure is particularly strong and includes 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel, which ensures that rigidity and safety do not compromise weight. This is aided by extensive use of aluminium for the bonnet, tailgate panel, front bumper back beam and several chassis elements, including the front knuckles, front lower arms and brake calipers. The aluminium bonnet and tailgate alone save 11kg when compared with comparable steel components. The front seats save 1.3kg each thanks to their high-strength steel frames, yet they are still able to cushion occupants against bumps and vibrations as a result of their high-density foam, while specially profiled springs and pads provide high levels of thigh, hip and side support.

As a result of all of this, the e-Niro’s kerbside weight is 1,812kg. To ensure body integrity and rigidity in critical areas, hot-stamped steel is used to reinforce the A- and B-pillars, roof rails and wheel arches.

The battery pack is housed underneath the floor, which allows for a larger boot compared to the parallel hybrid and PHEV versions of the Niro.

No compromises in safety, comfort and refinement
By re-engineering some existing components, Kia has endowed the e-Niro, Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV with a unique chassis specifically designed for electrified vehicles, while ensuring they are the equal of the brand's other compact models for ride comfort, handling and refinement.

The driving characteristics begin with fully independent suspension all round, based on MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement with dual lower arms at the rear. It has been tuned to deliver maximum on-centre steering feel, high-speed stability and immediate response to steering inputs. Because each rear wheel is able to absorb bumps independently, shocks are less likely to be transmitted to the cabin than with a cheaper torsion beam rear axle, while the wide stance and low centre of gravity enhance stability.

Capitalising on the experience gained through the development of two generations of Optima Hybrid (neither sold in the UK), the Soul EV and the Niro and Optima PHEVs, Kia has been able to give the e-Niro consistent and linear deceleration and brake feel unusual in an electrified car. All-disc brakes are used, ventilated at the front, and there is a dashboard-mounted electric parking brake. The anti-lock braking system includes Brake Assist, which ensures maximum retardation in an emergency stop, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver.

Steering is via Kia's proven column-mounted motor-driven power-assisted system (C-MDPS), which gives the car a compact turning circle of 10.6 metres and requires less than 2.7 turns of the wheel between the extremes of lock. The steering gear has been mounted well forward and features an increased gear ratio and a larger electric motor for greater self-centring and responsiveness. Agility is also helped by aluminium front suspension knuckles, lower arms and brake calipers, all of which save weight and counter inertia.

Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, which collectively control skids when cornering or accelerating on surfaces with uneven levels of grip, are standard, while Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on gradients.

Passive safety provisions start with the rigidity of the body structure, which is reinforced in critical areas and features crumple zones front and rear and anti-intrusion beams at the sides. There are seven airbags, including one to protect the driver's knees; all-round height-adjustable headrests; height-adjustable front seat belts with an automatic tightening device in the event of emergency braking; ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors; and doors which unlock automatically after an impact.

Road noise is minimised by high-insulation rigid bushes in the front subframe, high-strength steel in the rear wheel arches and additional insulation in the A- and B-pillars. The low drag co-efficient (Cd) of 0.29 contributes towards the suppression of wind noise, aided by laminated windscreen glass, a cowl over the front windscreen wipers, specially profiled door mirror casings and – as an example of the attention to detail of Kia's engineers – covers over the holes in the roof rails, which sit flush with the bodywork.

 

CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY                                                                     
Up-to-the-minute connectivity, convenience and safety

The e-Niro features a series of Kia’s latest advanced driving assistance and infotainment systems, building on its reputation for high occupant safety and high-tech convenience. There is Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and a Speed Limiter. An 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping, a reversing camera system and Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live ensures the car is fully connected, and there is a wireless mobile phone charger to power mobile devices without the need for cables and connectors. And an 8-speaker JBL® premium sound system with a 320-watt external amplifier, subwoofer and front centre speaker, provides concert hall-style in-car entertainment. 

The DAB radio-equipped audio system supports Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity and music streaming, along with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM which, via pre-downloaded apps, links smartphones to navigation, music, hands-free calls, text messaging and voice recognition services.

Preventive safety
The Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with pedestrian and cyclist detection system brings the car to a halt if the driver fails to react to a potential accident. It uses short- and long-wave radars to monitor the proximity of vehicles and pedestrians in front of the car. If the sensors detect an imminent collision and the driver does not respond, the brakes are applied automatically. The system is split into three main categories:

City, which can avoid low-speed urban accidents at up to 13mph.
Inter-Urban, which operates between 31mph and 50mph.
Pedestrian, which detects pedestrians and other vulnerable road users such as cyclists at up to 44mph.

Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SCC) maintains the distance to the car ahead, automatically slowing and accelerating the car in accordance with the flow of traffic.

Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a camera behind the rear-view mirror to 'film' the lane ahead of the car. It then passes this information to an electronic control unit which detects the lane and markings. If the control unit recognises that the car has moved out of its lane with no indicators activated, it issues sound and visual alerts to the driver and steers the car back into the lane, if necessary.

Making life easier
e-Niro owners have access to an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation system, European mapping and a Traffic Messaging Channel. These are linked to a reversing camera integrated with the navigation screen. It also features Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live. This provides live traffic updates, refreshed once a minute, with suggested alternative routes to avoid congestion; local weather forecasts; local searches under 500 categories, from Kia dealerships and petrol stations to restaurants and supermarkets; and alerts for such things as speed cameras and accident blackspots. Kia Connected Services is free for seven years from the day the car is bought.

Kia Connected Services is also linked to Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM. Android AutoTM works with Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher and connects the user's smartphone to the car's infotainment system. Through pre-downloaded apps, it then gives access to a variety of services such as Google Maps navigation, Google Play music, hands-free calls and text messages and voice recognition. Apple CarPlayTM functions with iPhone 5 or newer and enables full Siri voice control of the phone's apps and functions while linking the car to Apple Maps or Google Maps, calls and text dictation, music streaming and audiobooks.  

The e-Niro is Bluetooth®-enabled for hands-free phone calls and music streaming and has a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility, while an eight-speaker 320-watt JBL audio system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is standard equipment.

There is also a wireless mobile phone charger, located in the centre console tray, which uses inductive charging to power the batteries of compatible electronic devices. Occupants are therefore able to recharge mobile phones or MP3 players without the inconvenience of wires and connectors, which frequently change when new devices are introduced. The wireless charger features foreign object detection, switches on automatically when a phone is placed upon it and displays the phone's charge status in the instrument cluster. An in-built safety system prevents overheating, while drivers and passengers are warned if they are about to leave the car with the phone still on the charging pad.

 

RANGE FINDER
 Everything you need in a single equipment level

With the new e-Niro, Kia is offering a single, well-equipped ‘First Edition’ grade that encompasses all the essential equipment that an environmentally aware electric vehicle driver needs.

The exterior design of the e-Niro is punctuated by Halogen headlights with Bi-Function projection, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination clusters. Privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate deliver an upmarket appearance. The unique 17-inch alloy wheels have been especially designed and optimised for the pure-electric e-Niro, and the roof rails give a rugged and lifestyle-orientated appearance, accentuating its crossover stance.

Convenience features include rear parking sensors and a reversing system camera, electric windows all round, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and an engine stop/stop button with a Smart Entry System. The rear seats handily fold down in a 60/40 fashion, with a luggage area load cover designed to hide items from prying eyes. Other equipment includes rain sensing windscreen wipers, automatic headlight control, automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and welcome and follow-me-home light functionality, making arriving home late at night safer, lighting the pathway ahead. Occupant safety is taken care of thanks to seven airbags, including one for the driver’s knees, and a cut-off switch so that a child safety chair can be positioned in the front seat. ISOFIX child safety fasteners are also provided for the rear outer seats.

A Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is standard equipment, designed to prevent accidents due to inattention from the driver. If the system senses that the driver hasn’t reacted to an event ahead, the car can automatically bring the car to a stop or lessen the impact of a crash. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor the vehicle’s position in the lane, with the system able to guide the e-Niro back into the centre of the lane. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) maintains brake pressure on a hill as you switch from the brakes to the accelerator pedal, helping to avoid the car rolling back unintentionally. Other life-saving safety equipment included on all e-Niro models includes Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (SSC) works in association with all of the other safety systems on the car to keep a safe distance from the car in front, slowing down and speeding up automatically according to the flow of the traffic. If another vehicle cuts in front, the system will automatically brake and adjust the speed of the e-Niro until a safe distance is once again achieved.

In-car entertainment has never been more important, and that’s why the e-Niro is fitted with a DAB radio and 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC). In addition, Kia Connected Services includes TomTom® Live that incorporates traffic, speed cameras, local search and weather updates. As well as Bluetooth® with music streaming, the e-Niro includes Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM with voice control. An 8-speaker, 320-watt JBL® premium sound system with subwoofer, external amplifier and front centre speaker is provided for music aficionados, and a wireless mobile phone charger is provided for Qi-equipped smartphones. As an alternative, a fast charge USB port is incorporated into the centre console, and both auxiliary and standard USB ports are provided.

Black leather upholstery, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats and steering wheel all come fitted to the e-Niro, alongside a leather trimmed steering wheel, gear lever and armrests. A satin finish for the interior door handles, stainless-steel door scuff plates and high gloss black surfaces for the fascia, lower console, door inserts and steering wheel deliver a classy, modern aesthetic.

Range

‘First Edition’

EXTERIOR FEATURES & LIGHTING

 

17" Alloy Wheels (215/55R17)

l

Matt Black Colour Radiator Grille

l

Body Coloured / High Gloss Door Mirrors

l

Chrome Coated Exterior Door Handles

l

Black Side Sill & Wheel Arch Body Mouldings

l

Chrome Beltline Mouldings

l

Roof Rails

l

Rear Spoiler

l

Solar Glass

l

Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

l

Manual Headlight Levelling Device

l

Automatic Headlight Control

l

Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

l

Halogen Headlights with Bi-Function projection

l

Front Fog Lights

l

LED Daytime Running Lights

l

LED Rear Combination Lights

l

Rain Sensing Front Wipers

l

Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicators

l

Driver's Wide View Door Mirror

l

Standard Paint

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Optional Paint

OPT

Premium Paint

OPT

INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

Black Leather Upholstery*

l

8-way Driver's Power Adjustable Seat (Sliding, Reclining, Height Adjustment)

l

Heated Front Seats

l

Driver's Seat Power Lumbar Support

l

Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

l

Leather Trimmed Steering Wheel

l

Leather Trimmed Gearshift

l

Heated Steering Wheel

l

High Gloss Black Steering Wheel Trim

l

High Gloss Black Lower Console Trim

l

High Gloss Black Door Insert Trim

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High Gloss Black Centre Fascia Trim

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Leather Trimmed Door Armrests*

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Front & Rear Centre Armrests

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Satin Finish Interior Door Handles

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Stainless Steel Door Scuff Plates

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Electric Parking Brake with auto-hold

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Single Automatic Air Conditioning

l

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

l

All-round Electric Windows with Driver and Front Passenger Auto Up/Down Function

l

Speed Limiter

l

Adaptive Smart Cruise Control Function (SCC)

l

Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

l

Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

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STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats

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3 x Passenger Assist Grips

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Cupholders in Rear Armrest

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Rear Ventilation Duct

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Seatback Pocket (Front Passenger)

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Seatback Pocket (Driver)

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Front & Rear Door Storage

l

Centre Console Storage Box

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Tyre Mobility Kit (TMK)

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Luggage Area Load Cover

l

Luggage Net Hooks

l

AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System with Subwoofer, External Amp & Front Centre Speaker

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DAB Radio with MP3 Compatibility

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Shark Fin Antenna

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Front USB & AUX Port

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USB port in centre console (Fast Charge)

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Bluetooth® with Music Streaming **

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Apple CarPlay™ with Voice Control**

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Android Auto™ with Voice Control**

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Wireless Mobile Phone Charger**

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8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping & Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)

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Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® (Traffic, Speed Cameras, Local Search & Weather Updates)**

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Reversing Camera System (Integrated into Satellite Navigation Screen)

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Rear Parking Sensors***

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Digital Clock     

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Trip Computer - Distance, Average Speed

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ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

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Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

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Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

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Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)

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Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)

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Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

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Drive Mode Select (Eco, Sport)

l

PASSIVE SAFETY

 

Twin Front Airbags

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Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch

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Twin Side Airbags (Front)

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Twin Curtain Airbags with Roll-over Sensor

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Knee Airbag (Driver)

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All-round Height Adjustable Head Rests

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ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

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Front Seatbelts Height Adjusters

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All-round 3-point Seatbelts

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Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

l

SECURITY

 

Alarm System and Engine Immobiliser

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Locking Wheel Nuts

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Visible Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

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Door Deadlocks

l

Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

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Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking (Dealer-Activated Feature)

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* Some parts of the leather upholstery contain faux leather

 

** Please check with your dealer for mobile phone compatibility

 

*** Parking sensors may not match exterior body colour

 

 

 

 


FUTURE PROOF YOUR DRIVING
 How Kia’s EV crossover stacks up on running costs

Kia's ultimate goal is to decarbonise road transport completely, and the company is actively working on all forms of alternative powertrain, including a hydrogen fuel-cell car, and already sells mild hybrid EcoDynamics+ technology, full hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric models. Kia is investing more than £6 billion and recruiting some 7,300 research and development engineers with the future in mind.

As with every Kia, repairability has been engineered in from the start of the design stage to keep insurance costs to a minimum, while servicing intervals mean that most owners will need to visit a dealer only once a year. And every e-Niro is covered by Kia's unique seven-year or 100,000-mile transferable warranty.

Benefit-in-kind taxation (BiK) rates and vehicle excise duty (VED) bands (2018-19)

Model

CO2

BIK rate

First year VED cost / thereafter

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

0

13%

£0 / £0

 

Engine power, performance, driving range and CO2 emissions

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

Range (miles)

C02 g/km

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

201

395

7.5

104

282

0

 

Insurance

 Model

Group

‘First Edition’ 64 kWh lithium-ion auto

tba

 

Servicing
Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The e-Niro is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first three and five services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The magnificent seven-year warranty
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model, and this also includes the e-Niro. The warranty additionally covers the battery pack and electric motor for extra peace of mind.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

The Kia Promise

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                                         
Built at Hwasung, Kia's largest factory

All versions of Niro are built alongside the European Optima saloon and Sportswagon at Kia's Hwasung plant in Asan Bay, South Korea.

Hwasung is Kia's largest factory, with a production capacity of 600,000 cars a year. It opened in 1989 and manufacturing began in 1991. Hwasung is also home to a 200-acre proving ground with 16 driving courses, opened in 1993, and it houses an employee sports centre, giving the 12,000 workers and their families access to a fitness centre, swimming pools, squash courts and weight-training and community facilities.

In recent years Hwasung has undergone major changes to improve the quality of production processes and the cars leaving the factory gates. The improved quality has been recognised by the American publication, Consumer Reports.

Constant efforts are also being made to minimise the plant's effect on the environment. There have been major initiatives to increase recycling, reduce the amount of pollutants and waste in the production process, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cut air pollution through more eco-friendly production systems. Energy-saving measures have also been introduced, and Hwasung has sent no waste to landfill since 2008.

Improved paint facilities have been installed and every aspect of vehicle production has been scrutinised to ensure the plant uses less energy. Water and power consumption, dust, CO2, contaminants and the amount of waste per vehicle have all been reduced.

Waste reduction
Kia has made reducing the amount of raw materials being fed into the production process a major priority in each of its production facilities. The last few years have seen significant progress in reducing waste, increasing recycling and developing cleaner production processes.

The overall waste generated by Hwasung is under constant review and a number of programmes have seen dramatic improvements.  Recycling has increased and now stands at well over 90 per cent. Exhaust pollutants from Hwasung – dust, NOx and SO2 – have also decreased dramatically.

New technology is playing a significant part in environmental improvement. Typical cast melting furnaces produce large amounts of dust and contained within this is a high proportion of zinc. The captured dust is treated, and the zinc extracted before being re-used within the production process.

Pump invertors have been fitted to coolant and collectant pumps to control the rpm according to load. This has led to energy savings and a reduction in CO2 equivalent to around 4,000 tons per year.

Another simple energy-saving process has been implemented within Hwasung’s huge and complex air conditioning systems. A fixed amount of heat was supplied to some areas of the plant, regardless of the outside temperature. Using smart control units, the fans now run to supply heat only where and when needed.

More technology is being employed in the machining shops where gearboxes are produced. Compressed air is used as a coolant when machining intricate gearbox internals, rather than cutting oil, helping to reduce oil use to less than half of one per cent.

And at the end of a car's life…
Hwasung is also instrumental in the development of end-of-life treatment technologies to reduce the environmental and social impact of the company's cars. It is home to Kia's major Automobile Resource Regeneration Centre, which not only dismantles cars once they are no longer serviceable, but is also helping to devise new ways in which cars are designed and assembled, as well as with the choice of materials used in manufacturing.

Modern cars contain explosive materials to trigger their airbags in an accident and large quantities of environmentally hostile solids and liquids, which must all be recycled or disposed of safely. Metal components such as the car body, engine and gearbox are relatively easy to recycle, as is the battery and exhaust catalyst, but plastics and rubbers present a greater challenge. Now only five per cent of a scrapped car is incinerated without energy recovery.

Kia has developed an eight-stage dismantling process at Hwasung's ARR centre to recoup as many materials as possible for re-use, while ensuring the few components which cannot be recycled are disposed of with the minimum environmental impact. Once the car to be scrapped has been registered, it is taken into an explosives chamber, where its airbags are triggered in a spectacular display of pyrotechnics. The car is then pre-treated for scrappage before all fluids are removed. The exterior, interior and powertrain components are systematically removed in sequence and finally the remnants of the car are crushed in a press.

The ARR centre works on a conveyor system, just like when cars are being made, so that large numbers can be dismantled and recycled in a short time span.

Eco-friendly recognition
The green landscape around Kia facilities is an important part of each plant make-up. One ongoing programme is based on a number of ecology gardens which are filled with trees and plants resistant and also sensitive to environmental changes in air pollution. This has the added benefits of providing a more comfortable environment for the staff and local population and offsetting some of the CO2 output from the facility.

These gardens are continually monitored, since they act as real-world indicators of air quality. Each site is broadening the green patches in and around its compound and constantly monitors air pollution in neighbouring communities. A monthly task for each facility is a stream clean-up programme, where Kia cleans and maintains local, natural water courses. This is not only to monitor cleanliness, but also to keep them maintained for local communities to enjoy.

The overall effect of the many green initiatives has resulted in Hwasung being officially recognised as an eco-friendly work site by the Korean Ministry of the Environment.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

  1. What is the importance to Kia of electric vehicles?
  2. A. The electric market is growing rapidly, not just in the UK but in Europe, too, and we want a share of it. But of greater significance, is that all manufacturers are required to lower average CO2 emissions to 95g/km or less in Europe by 2020/21, and electric and electrified vehicles are essential to achieve this. We also have our own internal targets of a 25 per cent reduction in average CO2 emissions, based on 2014 levels, by 2020.

 

  1. Why do you offer electric, PHEV and hybrid Niro models?
  2. A. We believe in giving customers choice in cutting-edge technology, with different degrees of electrification being suited to a wide range of customers. And while there is a growing number of buyers wanting to buy into the technology and demonstrate their environmental credentials, not all our customer’s lifestyles allow them to run a pure electric vehicle. For that reason, we also offer plug-in hybrid technology that allows zero-emissions running, together with the back-up of a combustion engine to allow the coverage of longer distances when required. And our Niro dedicated parallel hybrid delivers efficiency gains to reduce running costs at relatively little expense.

 

  1. What level of sales is Niro achieving in the UK, and is it mostly a fleet or retail car?
  2. A. The Niro is another of Kia’s success stories, and in the first 9 months of this year, we have already surpassed the sales figures for the entire of 2017, when we sold more than 4,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and just under 300 Niro PHEV models, with the latter only going on sale on 1st September 2017. The vast majority of PHEV registrations will be to fleets, for obvious cost and taxation benefit reasons.

 

  1. Is the e-Niro on sale at every Kia dealership, and can all dealers service it because of the extra safety demands when working with electric components?
  2. A. Every Kia dealer has at least one technician plus a Kia Master Technician trained in handling the high-voltage systems associated with electrified cars, so the e-Niro will be sold at, and can be serviced at, any Kia dealership in the UK. Model-specific training is provided at two-day courses to coincide with the launch of each new Kia electric vehicle.

 

  1. In Europe there’s the option of a 39kWh e-Niro – why isn’t it sold in the UK?
  2. A. We have taken the decision to simplify the e-Niro line-up for UK buyers and we will just sell the class-leading 282-mile range e-Niro with 64kWh electric motor as it has the most sales potential. The choice of two power outputs and different maximum driving ranges could potentially confuse customers with multiple messages, and so we wanted to concentrate on a single strong product with a clear understanding about its environmental credentials and its class-leading driving range.


FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT
 Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

  1. How important is the e-Niro to Kia in the UK?

            The launch of Kia’s second electric vehicle in Europe delivers a clear message that Kia is serious about its environmental responsibilities. The launch of the e-Niro, a vehicle that has a class-leading range of 282 miles, adds to the choice that buyers have, with three carefully-focussed Niro models to suit different budgets, needs and priorities – e-Niro, Niro PHEV and Niro Hybrid.

  1. What sales targets have you set for the new e-Niro for the UK market?

            We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the e-Niro to build on the achievements of the Niro Hybrid and PHEV so far and continue to account for a significant sales volume of electrified vehicles here in the UK. Looking at the sales statistics up until the end of September 2018, we have already exceeded the figures achieved during 2017, when we sold more than 4,000 examples of the Niro Hybrid and 296 Niro PHEV models. Bear in mind that the Niro PHEV only went on sale on 1st September 2017, and so was only on sale for one-third of the year.

  1. And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?

            Despite some considerable challenges in the UK new car market, we fully expect to reach a new sales record in 2018 of in excess of 95,000 units. At the end of the third quarter of this year, we have passed 78,000 sales – an increase for Kia by 2.8 per cent – in a market that is down by 7.5 per cent. This indicates that Kia is outperforming a hugely tough market by more than 10 per cent, which is a phenomenal achievement.

For further information on Kia please visit www.kiapressoffice.com or contact:

Stephen Kitson
Director of Corporate Communications

E: skitson@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 075 M: 07795 011 936

Daniel Sayles
Press Relations Manager

E: dsayles@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 073 M: 07747 149 149

Sara Robinson
Senior Press Officer

E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 072 M: 07919 482 332

Moyosola Fujamade
Press Officer (Events)

E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 069 M: 07471 216 343

Lauren Martin
Press Officer (Press Fleet)

E: lmartin@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 071 M: 07557 268 252

Chloe Farmer
Press Office Assistant

E: cfarmer@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 079 M: 07795 011 475

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Kia e-Niro

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Powertrain

 Electric motor

 Permanent magnet AC synchronous type

 Power output bhp (kW)

 201 (150) @ 3,800-8,000 rpm

 Torque output Nm (lb ft)

 395 (291) @ 0-3,600 rpm

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 One-speed automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear Ratio 1

 Final Gear Ratio 2

 2.263

 2.263

 3.526

 3.526

On-board charger and high-voltage battery pack

 On-board charger voltage

 6.6 V

 Energy

 64 kWh

 Battery pack type

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Battery pack voltage

 356 V

 Battery capacity

 180 Ah

 Battery weight

 457 kg

 Battery position

 Under floor

Battery charge

 AC normal charge

 With 2.3kW In-Cable Control Box: 230V / 10A / 29 hours

 With 7.2kW EV Supply Equipment: 230V / 32A / 9 hours 50 minutes

 DC fast charge

 With 50kW EV Supply Equipment:

 400V / 125A / 1 hour 15 minutes to 80 per cent of capacity

 DC fast charge

 With 100kW EV Supply Equipment:

 380V / 125A / 54 minutes to 80 per cent of capacity

Suspension, steering and braking

 Wheels (alloy)

 7.0J x 17

 Tyres

 215/55 R17

 Spare wheel

 Tyre repair kit

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled dampers,

 anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs, solid rear discs

 Park Brake

 Electric

 Steering

 Column-mounted motor-driven power assist

 Minimum turning circle (diameter)

 metres

 5.3

 Turns lock-to-lock

 Turns

 2.66

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,700

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,375 / 1,805 / 1,570

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 451 / 1,405

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,812

 Tow weights (braked/unbraked)

 kg

 0 / 0

 Max roof weight

 kg

 100

 Drag co-efficient

 Cd

 0.29

Performance and Driving Range                             

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 7.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 104

 Maximum driving range

 (City/combined)

 miles

 382 / 282

 CO2 tailpipe emissions

 g/km

 0

 Electric energy consumption

 (City/Combined)

 Wh/km

 118 / 149



e-Niro News

KIA MOTORS UNVEILS NEW MODELS AT 2018 PARIS MOTOR SHOW

Kia Motors has revealed the all-new Kia ProCeed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The shooting brake makes its public debut alongside the all-new high-performance Ceed GT and ProCeed GT, as well as the Ceed ‘GT-Line’. The all-new Kia e-Niro electric crossover also makes its European premiere at the show.

Oct 2, 2018
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KIA REVEALS ALL-ELECTRIC NIRO EV AT BUSAN MOTOR SHOW

Kia Motors has revealed its all-new Niro EV at the 2018 Busan International Motor Show today in Korea. With a range of 450 kilometres, the all-electric Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design, and crossover utility with a zero-emissions powertrain.

Jun 7, 2018
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