2020 Kia Niro EV

MSRP range: $39,090 - $44,590
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MSRP$40,830
Edmunds suggests you pay$37,654

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2020 Kia Niro EV Review

  • 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
  • All-wheel drive isn't available despite crossover SUV-like styling
  • 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

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.

  • EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
    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.

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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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Kia Niro EV.

Average user rating: 4.7 stars
9 total reviews
5 star reviews: 67%
4 star reviews: 33%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • electrical system
  • value
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • seats
  • technology
  • maintenance & parts
  • road noise
  • climate control
  • driving experience
  • fuel efficiency

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Really solid car
Rich,
EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Decently priced (for an EV), decent range, decent comfort. It's basically just a really, really decent car, but it costs around £8 to 'fill the tank' and if you source your charges from renewables it's a really good eco-choice. It's enjoyable to drive (my wife shoves it in 'eco' and it feels like a slowish car - I shift it into 'sport' and it moves nicely). Practicality is decent, entertainment system is decent. I've done lengthy 700 miles trips and it handles it decently. Looks decent. I guess you get the picture - a decent car; but it's the first EV I've experienced that fills that niche. Teslas are cool and can sort of drive themselves, but also are built by people with serious sleep deprivation and you'd better not care too much about paint finish or panel gap. Jag/Audi EV's are great but you better be wealthy to buy one. Peugeot/Citroen et. al. might have EV's but I've never owned a car from them that didn't start shedding trim and mysteriously break 6 months out of warranty. The Niro a decent car, that will please the whole family, it's affordable enough for the class, so far it seems incredibly reliable, the build quality is good, the technology feels solid, it's nice looking and it's one of the few cars my wife hasn't complained about and that's a rarity.
5/5 stars, Astonishingly cheap if you buy at the right time
Drake,
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
After incentives and hard negotiating (following several hours of research, incl calling dealers in 3 states), I leased a 2020 EX for $700 down and $148.30/month. This is after the $5,000 EV incentive from NJ (Plus NJ has no sales tax on EVs, which is normally part of the down payment) and lease-end incentives from Kia. Unlike Tesla, the $7,500 federal tax incentive is still baked into the lease for Kia. You have to be nuts not to go EV in NJ with all the incentives, and this and the Kona (not quite as practical as the Niro) are the only real choices for value, performance and style.
4/5 stars, My Second Niro
My Niro EV,
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
Lots of pep and 250 mi range if you drive reasonably. Don't need sport mode for more pep and eco mode sucks. Doesn't have full dual zone climate control and voice recognition that were on my 2018 Niro hybrid. VESS warning sounds are loud and annoying.
4/5 stars, 2020 Niro EX EV is a fun to drive, affordable car
Eric,
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
This is the car to strongly consider if you are looking to get away from burning fossil fuels. It rides comfortably and quiet without too much body roll or road noise. Mileage anxiety should be put to bay as this car will easily achieve up to 270 miles on a full charge.

2020 Kia Niro EV video

[MUSIC PLAYING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: We first saw the Kia Niro EV, as it'll be known in the US, back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. Now, nine months later, it's making its debut in production form here in Paris, and we're told it'll be in US dealerships next year. Apart from a new grill and a bit of blue detail, it looks pretty much like any other Niro, which I think is a good thing. It doesn't feel the need to shout about its eco-pretensions. It should be effective, though. Kia's claiming a range around 240 miles, which will be highly competitive up against rivals like the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF. Inside, you get a bit more blue detailing, an extra storage box where the gear stick once was, and this 7-inch touch screen has been reconfigured with more information. There's even a function that allows you to calculate how much carbon dioxide you save by choosing EV compared with a gasoline alternative, so you can feel extra smug and self-righteous.

2019 Kia Niro EV | First Look | Paris Auto Show

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 Kia Niro EV, but since the 2020 Kia Niro EV is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$39,090
Battery & Range
EPA KWh/100 mi.: 30
Time To Charge Battery (At 240V): 9.5 hr.
EPA Electricity Range: 239 mi.
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 172.2 in. / Height: 61.8 in. / Width: 71.1 in.
Curb Weight: 3854 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 18.5 cu.ft.

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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

2020 Kia Niro EV

2020 Kia Niro EV

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

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.

Compare Kia Niro EV & Tesla Model 3 features 

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 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $39,090
  • EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) which starts at $44,590
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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 4dr SUV (electric DD), and EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD). For a full list of Niro EV models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Kia Niro EV

2020 Kia Niro EV Overview

The 2020 Kia Niro EV is offered in the following submodels: Niro EV SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV (electric DD), and EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD). The 2020 Kia Niro EV comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive. The 2020 Kia Niro EV comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Kia Niro EV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Kia Niro EV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Niro EV 4.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Niro EV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Kia Niro EV and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Niro EV featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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

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 $40,830. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $3,176 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,176 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,654.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

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 $46,295. The average price paid for a new 2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) is trending $2,842 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,842 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $43,453.

The average savings for the 2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) is 6.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 22 2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Kia Niro EVS are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2020 Kia Niro EV?

2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
112 compined MPG,
123 city MPG/102 highway MPG

2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
112 compined MPG,
123 city MPG/102 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG112
Transmission1-speed direct drive
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
DisplacementN/A
Passenger Volume115.1 cu.ft.
Wheelbase106.3 in.
Length172.2 in.
Width71.1 in.
Height61.8 in.
Curb Weight3854 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 Kia Niro EV?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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