2020 Kia Niro EV
MSRP Range: $39,090 - $44,590

Pros
  • Lots of standard safety features
  • Suitable amount of range for an affordable EV
  • Fun to drive thanks to zippy acceleration and secure handling
  • Clever interior storage options
Cons
  • All-wheel drive isn't available despite crossover SUV-like styling
What's new
  • Redesigned headlights
  • EX trim level gets standard 8-inch touchscreen
  • EX Premium trim now includes 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Part of the first Niro generation introduced for 2017
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$40,312
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2020 Kia Niro EV Review

The 2020 Kia Niro EV is a fully electric version of, yes, Kia's Niro. Kia also sells the Niro as a regular hybrid as well as a plug-in hybrid, but the EV only uses electricity. For power, it uses a 64-kWh battery with a 201-horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels. The result is both quick acceleration and an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles. That's not quite as much as rivals such as the Chevrolet Bolt or Tesla Model 3 are capable of, but it's still plenty for most EV drivers.

There's more to the Niro EV than just some impressive numbers. You'll also like its roomy seating and impressive amount of technology and safety features. This is one of our top-ranked electric vehicles, and it's definitely worth checking out.

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Our verdict

8.3 / 10
The Kia Niro EV is a feature-packed hatchback with 239 miles of range and an eager-to-please personality. Quick acceleration and stable handling also make the Niro EV more fun to drive than its eco-friendly nature might suggest. Other highlights include a spacious and well-thought-out interior and plenty of standard features.

How does it drive?

8.0
Kia markets the Niro EV as a crossover SUV, but it moves and handles more like a small performance car. Power is plentiful, immediate and delivered smoothly. In Edmunds testing, our Niro EV test car accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. That's noticeably quicker than rival EVs such as the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf, though the Tesla Model 3 is quicker still.

Braking is smooth and consistent. The Niro offers partial one-pedal driving, but it won't bring you to a complete stop unless you hold the steering paddle. The steering is direct but doesn't translate much feedback from the road. When the Niro is pushed, the suspension keeps the car planted and composed. It's fun to drive this car quickly, though the eco-oriented tires provide only modest amounts of grip.

How comfortable is it?

8.5
We like the Niro's ride quality. It smooths out bumps in the road without being overly soft or bouncy. The front seats are well shaped and firm, but they don't offer many adjustments. The dual-zone climate control works quickly and evenly, and the rear air vents are a welcome feature for passengers.

The Niro EV is very quiet with little wind, tire or road noise coming into the cabin. At low speeds, the car emits a futuristic whirring sound that's required to help alert pedestrians. It fades away above 20 mph.

How’s the interior?

8.5
Kia nailed the Niro's interior. The rear offers plenty of legroom and headroom — something we've knocked some competitors for not having — and there's quite a bit of open space up front. It's also easy to get in and out of.

The rear window is a bit small, which can hamper your view when backing up or trying to see what's behind you in traffic. Otherwise the Niro EV is pretty easy to see out of. All of the controls are easy to find and use too.

How’s the tech?

8.5
The Niro's infotainment system is functional and easy to use. There are EV-specific screens that show range, driving data and more, which is a welcome feature for eco-conscious drivers. Syncing a smartphone is easy, and the Niro quickly reconnects once you get back inside. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. There are one data and two charging USB ports as well as a wireless charging pad.

Like the related Hyundai Kona Electric, the Niro comes standard with a full suite of advanced driver aids. We like the smooth and easy operation of the adaptive cruise control, especially in traffic. But we found the lane keeping assist to be too aggressive; it's constantly fighting your hands to keep things straight.

How’s the storage?

7.5
Rear cargo space is lacking. As EVs go, the Niro ranks near the bottom of the class with the Chevy Bolt when it comes to total storage capacity. But it makes the most of it with an easy-to-load nature and rear seats that fold flat.

Up front, you'll find a lot of places to store your small items inside the cabin. All four doors feature pockets and water bottle holders. The main cupholders are adjustable and can be folded away to provide another bin or room for larger water bottles. Finally, we've found that it's pretty easy to install child safety seats in the Niro EV thanks to the roomy rear seat and easily accessible seat anchors.

How economical is it?

8.5
The EPA estimates the Niro EV will use 30 kWh of electricity for every 100 miles driven. That's about average for an EV in this price range. Total EPA-estimated range is 239 miles, which is also average. But in real-world driving we've found that this figure to be pretty conservative. Depending on your route and driving style, you'll probably be able to clear 250 miles without much trouble.

Is it a good value?

8.5
You get a lot for your money relative to other EVs. Besides standard features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Niro comes standard with dual-zone climate control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist. The available ventilated front seats are nice too.

The Niro is solidly put together, but we noticed a few small finishing issues including a small bubble on the plastic shifter. Still, there was nary a squeak or rattle from the car, especially important given just how quiet the Niro EV is on the road.

Wildcard

8.5
This car is way more fun than you expect it to be and shines both in traffic and on a twisty road. It's small and nimble, which makes it easy to place into a corner or slide into a small gap in traffic. The steering may not have much feedback, but it's quick and weighted well. With a better set of tires, the Niro could be a lot of fun on an autocross course. As it stands, it's a quick little hatchback.

The styling is more conservative-looking than some rivals, but we dig the design and blue accents inside and out. The plastic cladding gives it a bit of an SUV vibe, but it's really just a small hatchback playing a game of dress-up.

Which Niro EV does Edmunds recommend?

With the Niro EV, we recommend the base trim, the EX. It comes with a lot of standard equipment, including an 8-inch touchscreen, traffic-adaptive cruise control and heated front seats. If you want a few more luxury items such as a sunroof, a larger touchscreen and a premium sound system, go with the EX Premium, but know that both trim levels get the same powertrain and the same estimated range.

Kia Niro EV models

The Kia Niro EV is a five-passenger electric vehicle with a 64-kWh battery and a 201-hp electric motor. That combo is good for an EPA-estimated 239 miles of range on a full charge. The Niro EV comes in two trim levels: the base EX and the EX Premium. Highlight features include:

EX
Starts you off with:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • DC fast-charge connector (up to 100 kW capable)
  • Xenon headlights
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth and simulated leather upholstery

Standard tech features include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Safety equipment includes:

  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle behind you is about to cross your vehicle's path while in reverse)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Niro EV back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Niro EV and the car in front)

The EX Premium model adds:

  • Sunroof
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Full simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless device charging pad
  • 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

Options include:

  • Cold Weather package
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Battery heater (improves battery performance in very cold weather)
    • Heat pump (heats the cabin more efficiently than normal heater)
  • Crossbars for the roof rails
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Niro EV safety features:

    Blind-Spot Detection
    Alerts you with visual and audio warnings when a vehicle in the adjacent lane is in your blind spot.
    Smart Cruise Control
    Maintains a set speed and distance behind the car ahead and will bring the car to a stop briefly before relinquishing control.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Identifies lane markings and alerts you if you begin to drift out of your lane.

    Kia Niro EV vs. the competition

    Kia Niro EV vs. Hyundai Kona Electric

    Kia and Hyundai are corporately connected, and as a result the Niro EV and the Kona Electric have a lot of similarities. They have the same battery and electric motor, for instance, and offer many of the same features. The Kona is a bit smaller and provides a bit more range, but the Niro has a roomier back seat.

    Compare Kia Niro EV & Hyundai Kona Electric features

    Kia Niro EV vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV

    Like the Kona, the Bolt is a bit smaller than the Niro and that comes with some benefits and some drawbacks. The Bolt has an impressive range of 259 miles, and it's fun to drive, just like the Niro. But its interior isn't nearly as nice, and you can't get as many upscale features as you can with the Niro EV.

    Compare Kia Niro EV & Chevrolet Bolt EV features

    Kia Niro EV vs. Tesla Model 3

    While it's more expensive than the Niro EV, the Tesla Model 3 does provide more of just about everything. It's quicker, and it offers a longer range and access to Tesla's Supercharger network. There's also the Model 3's minimalist interior. It looks great, though we do prefer the Kia's more traditional setup with easier-to-use buttons and controls.

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    FAQ

    Is the Kia Niro EV a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Niro EV both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.3 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Niro EV energy consumption, so it's important to know that the Niro EV gets an EPA-estimated 112 mpg-e. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Niro EV has 18.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Niro EV. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Kia Niro EV?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Kia Niro EV:

    • Redesigned headlights
    • EX trim level gets standard 8-inch touchscreen
    • EX Premium trim now includes 10.25-inch touchscreen
    • Part of the first Niro generation introduced for 2017
    Learn more
    Is the Kia Niro EV reliable?
    To determine whether the Kia Niro EV is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Niro EV. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Niro EV's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Kia Niro EV a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Kia Niro EV is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Niro EV and gave it a 8.3 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Niro EV is a good car for you. Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Kia Niro EV?

    The least-expensive 2020 Kia Niro EV is the 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $39,090.

    Other versions include:

    • EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $44,590
    • EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $39,090
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    What are the different models of Kia Niro EV?
    If you're interested in the Kia Niro EV, the next question is, which Niro EV model is right for you? Niro EV variants include EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD), and EX 4dr SUV (electric DD). For a full list of Niro EV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2020 Kia Niro EV Overview

    The 2020 Kia Niro EV is offered in the following submodels: Niro EV SUV. Available styles include EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD), and EX 4dr SUV (electric DD).

    What do people think of the 2020 Kia Niro EV?

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    What's a good price for a New 2020 Kia Niro EV?

    2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)

    The 2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $46,945. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $1,201 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,201 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,744.

    The average savings for the 2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 2.6% below the MSRP.

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    2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)

    The 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,445. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $1,168 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $1,168 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40,277.

    The average savings for the 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 2.8% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 12 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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