2023 KIA NIRO EV Review, Specs, Pictures

Review of KIA Niro EV, a versatile all-electric crossover with impressive 253 miles range. Enjoy utility, convenience, and an exhilarating drive with 0-60 in 6.5 seconds

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Salman Chaudhary, Founder Pinkywheels.com

6/29/20234 min read

2023 KIA NIRO EV Review, Specs and Photos

Experience the sustainable thrill of the 2023 Kia Niro EV, a versatile all-electric crossover. Enjoy utility, convenience, and an exhilarating drive, all while treading the eco-friendly path.

Highlights

The Niro EV offers impressive capabilities and exceptional comfort. Powered by a 201 horsepower electric drive motor generating 188 lb-ft of torque, it delivers a dynamic driving experience. With an EPA-estimated range of 0-253 miles, you can confidently embark on long journeys. The sleek design is accentuated by 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, and stylish exterior body cladding in gloss black. Enjoy convenience features like a smart power tailgate and auto rain-sensing windshield wipers. Inside, dual-zone auto climate control ensures personalized comfort. Enhance sustainability with the available Preserve Package.

Convenience and innovation in the Niro EV. Stay informed with the 10.25-inch digital instrument display and navigate seamlessly with the 10.25-inch touchscreen display featuring Kia Connect, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, and built-in navigation. Stay connected with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. Enjoy keyless entry and start with the smart key and push button start, and start your vehicle remotely with remote start. Keep your devices powered up with the wireless phone charger. Find optimal comfort with the power driver's seat and adjustable lumbar support. Stay cozy with heated front seats and enjoy the premium feel of the SynTex & cloth seat trim. Cruise effortlessly with smart cruise control featuring stop and go functionality. Drive with confidence using the highway driving assist system.

Experience the advanced safety features of the Niro EV with Kia Drive Wise driver assist technology. Stay protected with enhanced auto emergency braking technology featuring junction turning detection. Benefit from the blind spot detection technology and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist for added peace of mind. Stay in your lane with lane keeping and lane following assist. Maneuver confidently with rear parking sensors. Stay alert with driver attention warning and leading vehicle departure alert. Enjoy improved visibility with high beam assist. Plus, the safe exit warning ensures safety when exiting the vehicle. Drive with confidence, knowing that your safety is prioritized.

Premium Features:

Front-Wheel Drive Traction

Front-wheel drive traction gives you the confidence to forge ahead in adverse conditions.

Heat Pump

The available heat pump helps preserve your driving range in cold weather driving conditions by reducing energy required to warm the cabin.

Heated Seats and Steering Wheel

Keep the cold at bay with the comfort and warmth of heated seats and available heated steering wheel, giving you a more enjoyable ride on those winter days.

Remote Cabin Warming

Say goodbye to freezing trips outside to warm up your vehicle. Niro EV lets you remotely warm up the cabin so you can get in and go in comfort.


Dual Panoramic Displays

Available Dual Panoramic Displays offer a driver-centric 20-inch interface with touchscreen capabilities for navigation, diagnostic, convenience, entertainment, and immersive vehicle information features.

Room for Comfort

With ample legroom and more passenger room than a Tesla Model 3, the Niro EV offers a comfortable and spacious driving experience.

Ample Cargo Space

This all-electric crossover features best-in-class cargo space with up to 63.7 cu. ft., more than a Tesla Model 3. And with the Smart Power Tailgate, loading up your gear has never been easier.3

Digital Key

The available Digital Key lets you share access to your vehicle via smartphone, with permissions ranging from locking and unlocking to starting the engine. Allow a delivery driver to leave a package in your trunk or loan your car to a friend with the ability to enable and disable key access at any time.

Head-Up Display

The available 10” Head-Up Display lets you get a clearer view of your driving performance and key vehicle information, including speed and turn-by-turn directions, without taking your eyes off the road.

Connectivity

Connect your personal device or Apple Watch® to your vehicle via the Kia Connect app to remotely set cabin temperatures, monitor energy usage, and more. You can also enjoy all your entertainment with Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Wireless smartphone charging also lets you keep your compatible smartphone charged up at all times.

Kia Niro EV Dimensions:

Exterior

  • Length: 174.0 in.

  • Width: 71.9 in.

  • Height: 61.8 in.

  • Wheelbase: 107.1 in.

  • Track: Front/Rear: 61.9 / 62.2 in.

  • Ground Clearance: 5.9 in.

Interior

  • Headroom: Front / Rear: 40.5 / 38.1 in.

  • Shoulder Room: Front / Rear: 56.3 / 55.4 in.

  • Hip Room: Front / Rear: 53.3 / 52.7 in.

  • Leg Room: Front / Rear: 41.5 / 36.9 in.

  • Cargo Volume: Rear Seat Up/Down (SAE): 22.8 / 63.7 cu. ft.

  • Total Interior Volume (SAE): 99.7 cu. ft.

  • Curb Weight: minimum/maximum: 3,721-3,803 lb

  • Gross Weight: 4,784 lb.

Performance

  • Acceleration 0 - 100 km/h: 6.5 sec

  • Top Speed: 167 km/h

  • Electric Range: 385 km

  • Total Power: 150 kW (204 PS)

  • Total Torque: 255 Nm

  • Drive: Front

  • Battery

  • Nominal Capacity: 68.0 kWh

  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • Number of Cells: 294

  • Architecture: 400 V

  • Useable Capacity: 64.8 kWh

  • Cathode Material: No Data

  • Pack Configuration: 98s3p

  • Nominal Voltage: 358 V

  • Charging

  • Home / Destination

  • Charge Port: Type 2

  • Port Location: Front Side - Middle

  • Charge Power: 11 kW AC

  • Charge Time (0->385 km): 7 hours

  • Charge Speed: 56 km/h

  • Fast Charging

  • Fastcharge Port: CCS

  • FC Port Location: Front Side - Middle

  • Fastcharge Power (max): 80 kW DC

  • Fastcharge Time (39->308 km): 41 min

  • Fastcharge Speed: 390 km/h

Bidirectional Charging (V2X)

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  • Vehicle-to-Load (V2L)

  • Max. Output Power: 3.6 kW AC

  • Exterior Outlet(s): 1 x Type 2 (Adapter)

  • Interior Outlet(s): 1 x Standard Socket

Kia Niro EV Range

  • City - Cold Weather: 380 km

  • Highway - Cold Weather: 275 km

  • Combined - Cold Weather: 325 km

  • City - Mild Weather: 580 km

  • Highway - Mild Weather: 355 km

  • Combined - Mild Weather: 445 km


PROS: Decent driving range, handsome design inside and out, generous standard features.

CONS: Tepid acceleration, banal handling, not eligible for governmental EV rebates.

VERDICT: The Niro EV is a well-rounded and smartly-outfitted EV SUV, but its rivals offer more excitement and are more desirable as a result.