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We have a limited number of reviews for the 2022 Niro EV, so we've included reviews for other years of the Niro EV since its last redesign.

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Astonishingly cheap if you buy at the right time

Drake, 11/16/2020
2020 Kia Niro EV EX 4dr SUV (electric DD)
24 of 24 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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4 out of 5 stars

A solid "B"!

Allboutenergy , 07/27/2021
2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)
16 of 16 people found this review helpful

I finally got my long sought EV in February; the culmination of a very long love story going back to the late 80s. Pros: All the normal things associated with an electric car. Kia does a good job of packing a lot of features into their standard packages that would be extras in other cars. Kia dealers will also deal aggressively on occasion resulting in exceptional deals. I chose Niro as it’s interior space was slightly larger than the alternatives at the time, like Bolt and Leaf+, and was easier to get in and out of for this aging frame. Most EVs today have aggressive and useful adjustable regenerative braking and my Niro is no exception. In fact, I think the most transformative feature of electric driving is not the quiet, excellent acceleration, nor the efficiency (4.2 mi/kwh). It’s the one-pedal driving! So effortless, particularly while negotiating hilly / curvy terrain. And I never thought I’d ever use Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping. But they sure come in handy in rush-hour, stop and go traffic. I drove 65 miles through the city during rush hour sans brakes, accelerator and steering! I no longer dread rush-hour. I say to my car, “Lester, take me where I’m going and tell me when you’re done”. Cons: Noisy! Yes, the road noise renders the high quality tunes useless. And any tire noise gets transmitted up to the “B” pillar right next to my ear. I’ve also bought some driving gloves as the steering wheel, though “leather” wrapped, is too slippery. I’m also none too happy that the switch, available on European models, that disables the VESS (faux-engine sound and LOUD back-up beeper) is not available on US models. The most egregious though, the charging algorithm for the “Aux” 12 V battery is undependable. I would have thought that a no brainer. I tried to use the car one morning, and in spite of a 60 mile trip the previous day, the 12 V battery was dead dead. Used my 1989 Astro to go to my doctor appointment…. It got towed to the dealer only to be told “nothing was wrong with the car”. Apparently after being jumped by the tow truck operator it still had enough umph to start for coming off the tow truck and into the service bay. Checking Bing/Google, YouTube, I see where this is unnervingly common! Apparently the 12V charge algorithm doesn’t work very well. If this were an ICE I’d just replace the alternator. So, one additional $68 cost of the car is now the jump-start gizmo I had to buy from Costco (Michelin “Power Bank”) so my new Kia would be as dependable as my 32 year old Chevy. In summation: I love this thing! But can’t wait for the lease to be up in three years to see what non-Tesla (can't drive a car with an i-pad) alternatives are available by then (Ioniq-7, ID-4/6, Ariya, Mach-E?). Exciting stuff

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5 out of 5 stars

Great Decision

Matthew Sonstein, 05/07/2021
2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)
15 of 15 people found this review helpful

14,000 and 14 months later, I still love this purchase. The car has been flawless in operation and a blast to drive when I want to be frisky. The estimated mileage has been continuously spot on. I’ve averaged around 285 per full charge and on long distance highway trips about 250 (10-15miles less with a/c on). Seating five in a pinch, carrying lumber or dogs, Stashing goods in the hidden compartments, this car got me out of my diesel and gas cars and I’m not looking back.

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5 out of 5 stars

I love this car

Happy Niro EV Owner, 12/17/2021
2022 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)
22 of 23 people found this review helpful

The Niro EV is nimble, comfortable, practical, attractive, and a blast to drive. The screen doesn't stick up in front of the windshield as seems to be popular with many new cars. Instead, it is un-obtrusive and complimented by several convenient manual controls for things like volume and climate control. The leather-like upgraded seats are very comfortable and seem quite durable. The interior space is great for how compact, overall, the car is. It feels like it has the form factor of a European family wagon/hatchback. Easy to park, responsive to drive, but with enough room for most of life's tasks. I couldn't recommend the car more highly. Oh, and don't forget, that Kia still offers a10 year/100,000-mile warranty even though their build quality has gone up immensely since the company was founded. It's hard for me to think of a better vehicle for the price.

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5 out of 5 stars

Really solid car

Rich, 11/15/2020
2020 Kia Niro EV EX Premium 4dr SUV (electric DD)
27 of 29 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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