Kia has clever combined the e-Niro’s long-range 64kWh battery with a more affordable ‘2’ trim grade to create Britain’s best-value long-range EV
The decision to restrict the Plug-in Car Grant to cars priced less than £35,000 has caught many car manufacturers by surprise – but Kia has already responded with a new long-range version of the top-selling e-Niro EV.
Kia has combined the more powerful 64kWh battery with a more affordable ‘2’ trim grade. This has enabled it to achieve a list price of £34,945… meaning it’s eligible for the £2,500 Plug-in Car Grant discount.
Ordering is open now and deliveries begin in July.
The headline stat of the Kia e-Niro 64kWh is its 282-mile WLTP range. Owners who restrict it to city centre use may see up to 382 miles – again, according to official figures.
This is significantly greater than the 39kWh model’s 180-mile range, which was previously Kia’s only e-Niro eligible for the revised Plug-in Car Grant.
Although it's entry-level '2' grade, this is hardly a stripped-out version, as standard equipment remains comprehensive.
Included are 17-inch alloy wheels, 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all-round parking sensors, reverse camera and ‘smart’ cruise control which keeps pace with the vehicle in front, even if it stops and goes again.
The Kia e-Niro was Britain’s best-selling EV in early 2021, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 UK-wide EV registrations.
That record seems set to continue when this new high-value, low-price, long-range model arrives…