Kia e-Niro: record of electric autonomy! – After the Hyundai Ioniq, the Kia Niro will be the second vehicle (and the first in its segment) to offer both a hybrid engine, plug-in hybrid and electric. The latter will arrive in late 2018 and announces a comfortable range of 485 km in …

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[Mise à jour du 05/12/2018] Following an error during the test of approval, the autonomy of Kia Niro Electric has been revised downward. It goes from 485 to 455 km with the battery of 64 kWh, and from 312 to 289 km with the battery of 39,2 kWh.

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The Kia Niro is a C-segment SUV (4.36 m long) that has won (7,776 sales in France since 2016) thanks to real family skills, a good driving pleasure and an offer of more engines. virtuous than that of the competition, named Nissan Qashqai or Peugeot 3008. With the arrival of a 100% electric version which will be unveiled at Paris Motor Showin early October, the Korean will take a step ahead, especially since this electric version is based on two offers.

The Kia e-Niro available with two batteries

Like its cousin the Hyundai Kona Electric which it takes the chain of traction, the e-Niro will offer a "small" and a "big" battery. The first, already generous, has a capacity of 39.2 kWh which authorizes 289 km of range according to the new WLTP certification cycle. The propulsion is ensured by an electric motor of 100 kW (136 hp) For a couple of 395 Nm. Kia announces great acceleration with the 0 to 100 km / h covered in 9.8 s.

But the model with the battery 64 kWh does a lot better. Already in terms of autonomy with 455 km in mixed cycle WLTP and even 615 km in the WLTP urban cycle. These figures make it the all-electric record-holder, apart from the very exclusive Tesla S. The dynamism will not be outdone because this battery of greater capacity is accompanied by an increase in the power to 204 ch. With the same configuration, the Kona Electric, tried in July, we packed! It will probably be the same with the e-Niro. Kia speaks of 7.8 s to go from 0 to 100 km / h, which corresponds to a small sports acceleration.

Kia e-Niro

The propulsion system is identical to that of Hyundai Kona Electric.

The charging solutions are also innovative with the possibility of aFast burst (CSS combo standard) at 100 kW (subject to finding a terminal). It can recover 80% of the capacity in 54 minutes. Many energy saving systems are also present. To start: a motor brake adjustable in four levels (maximum deceleration = 0.25 G), the last allowing driving in the city using the accelerator pedal. The e-Niro also inherits a freewheel system and a predictive energy control that are connected to the navigation system. By anticipating the topography and turns, they tell the driver when it can decelerate to save energy.

Obviously both versions of the e-Niro will benefit from the same 7 year or 150,000 km manufacturer warranty as the other models in the Kia range.

Rates have not yet been announced but the 39 kWh version should start around 40 000 € and the 64 kWh be close to

€ 45,000. Both will obviously benefit from the $ 6,000 green bonus and a possible € 2,500 conversion premium if you discard a diesel registered before 2001 or a gasoline vehicle registered before 1997.