The Kia e-Niro – Kia’s electric compact crossover – comes with a WLTP range of 301 miles, and 382 miles if used in urban traffic.
We’re not entirely convinced the new WLTP regime is going to deliver economy and emissions figures which truly relate to real world conditions. But they do seem to be more grounded in reality than fantasy.
So Kia’s announcement that their new electric Niro – the Kia e-Niro (Kia seem to have decided it’s e-Niro, not Niro EV) – has achieved an official range of 301 miles under WLTP testing does auger well for its real-world range, which should be more than enough for even weekend jaunts away.
Not only that, but Kia say the urban performance of the e-Niro in the WLTP tests returned a range of 382 miles, which is as much as you’d get out of any ICE equivalent.
The figures are for the more powerful 64kWh battery version of the e-Niro, but even the entry-level 39.2kWh battery version returned a combined range of 193 miles. Which is hardly shoddy.
Adding to the real world convenience of the e-Niro is its ability to use 100kW fast chargers, which means under an hour to charge the 64kWh version to 80 per cent.
The Kia e-Niro gets its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show in a couple of weeks, and Kia say it will be on sale in the UK before the end of 2018.