Kia claims this new Niro EV variant offers more range than its rivals in this price range.
In the next few years, Kia will expand its electric car range with as many as 11 new EVs by 2026, starting with the 2022 Kia EV6. But right now, the only battery-electric cars in Kia's US lineup are the Niro EV and Soul EV. In the US, the Niro EV has been a slow seller, but the hatchback is proving popular in Europe.
In the UK, the Niro EV is sold as the e-Niro and was the UK's best-selling EV in the first two months of 2021. To capitalize on its popularity, Kia has introduced a new mid-range variant dubbed the Kia e-Niro 2 Long Range.
The new EV packs the larger 64-kWh battery pack providing 282 miles of range on a single charge and up to 382 miles in city driving based on WLTP estimates. This is the only battery pack offered in the US version, but the European variant is also sold with a smaller 39-kWh battery pack.
In the UK, the new e-Niro 2 Long Range starts at £34,945 ($48,137) before government grants. Its lower price tag means its eligible for a £2,500 ($3,443) government grant, bringing the price down to £32,445 ($44,694). Kia claims the new variant offers "more range than any other sub-£35,000 electric vehicle."
At current exchange rates, this still makes it more expensive than America's Kia Niro EV, however, which starts at $39,090 for the base EX trim and $44,590 for the EX Premium trim.
While the e-Niro 2 Long Range loses some features included in higher trims, it's still generously equipped. As standard, you get an eight-inch touchscreen display with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a reversing camera system, and rear parking sensors. Other luxuries include adaptive cruise control and a push-button start. Orders for the Kia e-Niro 2 Long Range are now open in the UK, with customer deliveries starting in July.