Kia e-Niro line-up expanded with entry-level battery option
The Kia e-Niro has only been offered in a single spec in the UK since launch - a 64kWh battery with a range of around 282 miles - but that it about to change as demand for the EV continues to grow.
For the first time the 39kWh entry-level battery pack will be available to UK lessees. With a reduced range of around 180 miles on a single charge, the battery pack is paired with a 134bhp (100kW) electric motor that produces 395Nm of torque and allows the e-Niro to accelerate to 60mph in 9.5 seconds. The newcomer is priced at just £29,595, after the Plug-in Car Grant has been deducted (£32,595 without).
Other unique additions include 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, a powered driver’s seat lumbar support, a charging indicator on the dashboard, battery heating system and an engine start/stop button with Smart Entry System.
An 8-inch infotainment featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also features which can be used via the touchscreen or steering wheel controls.
Driver assistance features include automatic lights, adaptive cruise control and forward collision avoidance.
The other addition to the e-Niro line-up is a top spec ‘4+’ model. This flagship vehicle feature the same high-powered 64kWh battery pack and a driving range of more than 282 miles as the currently available ‘3’ model and adds an upgraded 11kW three-phase AC charger. This helps reduce the time to charge the battery to seven hours.
As well as the upgraded charger, the 4+ also adds an electric sunroof, bi-function LED headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an eight-speaker JBL stereo. Like the current ‘3’ model, the 4+ is fitted with latest 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment including satnav as well as wireless charging. It's priced from £36,145 after the government grant (£39,145 without).