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Kia Niro EV Review

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Nikia ianero a small suv that gets a lot right and some things not so right after spending more than a week with it what are my thoughts is it worth a try i answered this and a lot more in this review starting at the front of the career nearer you’ve got this tiger grill which i rather like and replaces the normal sort of grille you get on the cars and it’s also

Got the charging port with a light which is awesome at nighttime let me tell you behind here you’ve got a ccs2 combo charger so you’ve got your ac and your dc and this is capable accepting uh from 2.3 kilowatts which is the 10 amp charge you get with the car up to 100 dc on a fast charge there’s a few accents around the e nero such as these blue tinges on the front

And on the rear just to note it’s actually electric got your radar down here and led headlights the side profile of the car i actually quite like the front no no the heat or there the back yeah it takes all the right boxes you’ve got this little plastic line here along here which is a little bit of a bumper for car parks and supermarket trolleys and things like

That you’ve got your ketus entry which if you’ve got the key in the pocket it just says kind of cool thing that you’re thinking yourself great look the mirror’s come out and i’m going to get into the car but no you actually need to push the button on the door to be able to get into and out of the car and then finish off at the back you’ve got the new kia logo

Large rear glass you can actually see through quite well a bit of a sloping roof line obviously a washer reverse camera which kind of 480p aka 1990 that could do with an update and quite a good size boot for again what is a small suv the kia inero features a removable roller blind which is great for keeping prying eyes out boot space is generous with the seats

Up it’s 451 litres and with a seat sound 1405 under the floor you’ve also got space for a spare tyre if you want to do that sort of thing or conversely it comes with a foam molding that holds all your charging equipment that 10 amp 2.3 kilowatt charger and yeah pretty good package and speaking of storage space it must be mentioned there is no frontier instead

You get a hangover from what was a petrol car the interior of the kia in era is actually pretty nice gently speaking there’s leather steering wheel leather seats which are eight-way adjustable including lumbar support that goes in and out the passenger seat is a manual fare that has six-way adjustment though so it’s still pretty good so you can find a nice comfy

Position because the steering wheel is also both tilt and telescopic in and out the continued use of high quality materials can be felt on the top of the dash here which is kind of weird because you don’t normally put your fingers up here like this this is something that people do in car reviews but on the side where you’ve got leather on the actual armrest so

It’s a nice comfy position as well as here on the center console so yep beautiful have your hands down the bottom of the steering wheel for comfortable driving when you’re cruising but then it’s got some really nasty hard plastics on the top of the seals and the back seats as well and down here on surfaces that you’re going to be touching like you know the glove

Compartment it doesn’t make sense it’s black the piano finish so it feels a little bit dated and it’s awesome to pick up fingerprints um and that’s a bad thing by the way but yeah it’s kind of well i don’t know but the thing i do like about it is that at night time wow it’s the business the red orange sort of ambient lighting of the all the buttons it gives you

This audi bmw vibe and although the switch gear is very much clear and typical of the brand it feels premium it feels definitely a bit above what a normal keyer is and something that i think kids should be very proud of for the driver you’ve got full control over all the windows including full auto for the front windows and increments for the back central locking

Is standard as well as full control of your mirrors which also fold in when the car is parked you’ve got the usual buttons here to control things like your headlight position as well as a button to actually stop a timed charge on the steering wheel is quite busy and a lot going on but you get used to it pretty quickly and things like voice assistant with android

Auto or apple carplay frequently used app so it switches between the last three things telephone volume up and down mute lane keep assist radar cruise control and some trip mode stuff on the computer screen in front of you one of my dislikes with the kia nira is that every time i get into the car and turn it on it defaults to either eco or normal mode but never

Remembers that i had it in sport mode additionally it never remembers i had order hold on also it doesn’t remember that i had it on cruise control and it doesn’t remember that i want lane keep assist honest to goodness that’s super annoying so one two three four buttons i need to push to be able to get this car to where i had it last time and sure on the actual

Center console here you’ve got profiles but that only remembers settings for things like your volume level and your car radio stations and stuff like that not for seat memory and definitely not for those four different buttons i spoke about before it’s really annoying front and center you’ve got a nice clear pinnacle that displays your stator charge your battery

How much range you have left based upon mode so if i was to change the mode now from eco to bought back to eco normal or press and hold it to push into eco plus which now turns the air con off and yeah it’s 39 degrees outside so we’re not going to do that shared between yourself and your passenger is this lovely 10.25 inch screen which is quite modern and i like

How that integrates the sort of map into the background with that lovely color scheme and again at nighttime this thing just looks absolute delight being black and having very high contrast levels fingerprints are definitely a theme but look what infotainment system doesn’t have fingerprints on it the center console is quite complete you’ve got again this nice

Armrest with storage under there and a usb port you’ve got a hearty cupboard one of the four drink spots that you can actually put some cups into plus also in the doors you’ve got another four there as well a cute feature that my daughters liked about honest to goodness why would you ever do it again it’s this little thing where you push in the cup holder and

Oh it comes out it’s quite exciting to do but again if you have these tucked in your drinks or whatever you’re going to have and they’re just going to rattle all around the place it doesn’t make sense in the rear seat space is actually pretty good especially for a small suv knee room’s great head room as well underfoot not too bad sitting across two people two

Kids baby capsules no dramas whatsoever but if you want to get three across the back here it’s gonna be a bit squishy let’s face it you’ve got a very hard center um rest here that actually comes down to work as an armrest for the rear passengers so you’ve got support on both sides plus the benefit of cupholders but yeah shoulder width is going to be a bit tight

And i don’t think the person the center is going to appreciate that but remember it’s actually a small suv windows coming down for the rear passengers is nice as well comes down to almost near the bottom and the steel height isn’t that tall either so kids can look out quite comfortably the vents down the bottom are good especially very welcome in australia where

We have very hot summers but an omission that i don’t get is that there’s no usb there there’s three at the front plus the 12 volt socket but none of the back it’s 20 22 and why is that and speaking of modern net things the dome lights the incandescent bulbs they shouldn’t be on a car built this year no there needs to be leds so i think here could improve on those

Things i’ve been driving the kia ener for over a week now and it has this awesome summary screen of your actual energy consumption for each trip and as you can see is varying between 17.6 kilowatt hours per hundred k’s to as best as eight kilowatt hours to 100ks which is excellent if you’ve got more spirited driving uh yeah you you’re not going to be getting 455

Clicks out of it no more like 400 410 still not bad considering it’s a 66 kilowatt hour battery can you hear that sound when you’re reversing or going forward at slow speed at less than 30ks per hour it warns pedestrians that you’re around and about which is awesome perfect but i don’t understand that whilst here at a standstill it’s making the noise after

All internal combustion engine cars petrol diesel whatever with the stop start systems when they turn off like you know they put the car into best in the engineering run them you don’t hear them so why in god’s name is it going now it’s a little bit frustrating driving the kia near up the front is a single motor capital producing 150 kilowatts of power or 395

Nanometers of torque which is actually quite punchy you think just back in the 2000s when you could get holden commodore v6 this thing is more powerful than that so 0-100 time is pretty respectable to help with range you can actually get the car into eco plus mode there’s actually four modes there’s eco there’s normal and there’s sport but if you press and hold

The driving button it pushes it into this plus mode and uh by doing so you can kind of have some fun and game it as to well if i do this like take my foot off sooner and accelerate slower it gives you this actual hey by doing this you’re going to get another 100 meters out of the car or another 200 meters out the car but give you a quick demo now oh there we go

So we just got 100 meters by letting the car use a regen braking up to its absolute maximum and speaking of gaming these pedals in the back of the wheel to change the amount of regen you get you you use the left one to increase the amount of regen you get and that that gives more energy back to the battery when the car slows down or use this right one to actually

Put it into a more typical manual or automatic car so i take my foot of the accelerator and it’s got a coast it’s actually probably using energy to do this mind you and can i just make it top tip if you are brand new to evs get used to using regen braking because it’s going to give you that additional range and you can slow the car down to almost a near stop almost

At near stop by using your regen so i’ll put it back up to three at the maximum and as you can see the little you know hey you’re doing great here uses eco stuff this is awesome but it’s kind of a hit of a miss that why if this has got radar cruise control and it can come to a complete stop in traffic and handle stop start traffic why can’t it actually blend in

Brakes at the very end and do true one petal driving the kia inero has a full suite of safety systems that you’d expect in a calf in 2022 such as rear cross traffic alert cycle and pedestrian warning autonomous braking so on and so forth and i’ll put the full list on the screen right now it’s comprehensive and not much is missing from this list one of my top

Five pet peeves with the care in era is that why doesn’t it have one pedal driving if i take my foot off the accelerator right now i’m in level three regem and i pull on the paddle i’ve just come to a complete stop we’re rolling a little bit because the electric motor hasn’t well or rather the brakes haven’t engaged so i it baffles me it it’s a simple solution

It can be fixed through software and i would highly recommend kia either a dress-up or at least i don’t know i’m hoping to get my hands on the ev6 that’d be awesome yeah the ear nearer comes equipped with auto hold as well as an electronic park brake which when you put it into drive will disengage and away you go but when you come to a stop and i put it into park

Mode through the center dial why doesn’t it also engage the park brake in full every other car driven the last five years has this feature it’s very disturbing if you’re like on a slight hill or even a more drastic hill and you get out the car yeah the car will shift and it’s yeah it’s not very good i don’t understand why it just hasn’t if i push p i mean park brake

Yeah it doesn’t make it doesn’t make sense the ride and handling of the kia ian arrow is actually pretty good supposedly it wasn’t tuned to australian conditions and this is more like a european setup so you’ve got the first instructs at the front you’ve got multi-link at the back and it’s a little firm but it doesn’t roll it handles really nicely through corners

So if you want to get into some spirited driving and go up the mountain and do that sort of stuff you wouldn’t think to do it in this car but you definitely can wind noise is actually pretty good um you get the usual stuff from the mirrors at the front the glass isn’t that special laminate sort of glass so it’s typical noise levels but compared to i think the

Mg zv this actually a more refined better experience in here and not as noisy and uh yeah i think if better than the tesla model 3 again it actually feels quite nice in here and that cockpit design it really it gets me going it gets me excited what are my final thoughts there are very few dislikes here such as the one pedal driving which you’ll get used to

The perhaps more than outdated looks that might be superseded later this year the annoying little quirks of how it forgets things such as the electronic park brake mode of driving lane keep assist and so forth but there are things that does really well such as that 450 kilometers of range well-tuned suspension even though it wasn’t tuned to australian conditions

They’re more premium feeling interior and the infotainment system that is fast zippy great looking and has apple carplay and android auto but the real stickler here i think is price because as of today’s date this is roughly the same as a tesla model 3 and it doesn’t have those front sensors the tech the charging network like tesla does nor autopilot so i’d be

Kind of hard to suggest someone go out and buy this but for others they’d be thinking themselves you know what i’d much rather have that peace of mind with kia’s seven year unlimited warranty that 150 000 kilometer warranty on the battery and the knowledge that they’re buying something from a car maker who knows how to make really good cars so my recommendation

Is this go out and at least give it a go very soon there’ll be an updated model perhaps or the ev6 is just around the corner as well and i really like to get my hands on that so here if you can please let me have a line over i really would like to have a go at that vehicle and guys girls if you’ve enjoyed this video please do consider giving me a subscribe it’s

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Kia Niro EV Review By Electric Chris [Chris Vanderstock]