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Astonishingly cheap if you buy at the right time

Drake, 11/16/2020
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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.

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Really solid car

Rich, 11/15/2020
EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)
16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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.

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My Second Niro

My Niro EV, 03/03/2021
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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.

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2020 Niro EX EV is a fun to drive, affordable car

Eric, 09/20/2020
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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.

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Overall wonderful / remarkably stupid electronics

Harstine Steve, 04/15/2021
EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Wonderful, peppy driving experience; good driving range; practical body design. But this rig has some big and completely unnecessary flaws. The first you will experience is that when in reverse the car issues a VERY LOUD beep like a Home Depot forklift. It will turn all eyes your way and wake up your neighborhood. Really? There are three more serious flaws that have to do with battery management -- the lifeblood of an EV: 1) there is practically no information provided in the Niro User's Guide on the proper care and feeding of EV batteries. It's up to the owner to search the Web, hoping that Tesla batteries and Kia batteries should be treated the same; 2) the display that gives estimated mileage constantly re-calibrates itself based upon your recent drives, which means the driver can NEVER LEARN TO TRUST what the gauge is telling him. Tesla doesn't try to be so stupidly smart. Instead they offer you 3 estimates - based upon past 15 minutes of driving style, past hour, past day (or something like that), giving you a much better sense of your expected range for your current trip. 3) EV batteries should not be charged to 100% unless you are planning to start your drive right away, which makes it important to be able to set the time of charging completion to match your intended departure time for a long trip. But the Niro EV delayed charging system is USELESS. The algorithm it uses starts the charging at the start of the next cheap electric rate period, regardless of the intended departure. Really?

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