The e-Niro is based on the existing Niro crossover and will be sold with two variants at launch: one with a 39.2kWh lithium ion battery pack offering a range of up to 193 miles from a full charge, and another using a 64kWh version of the same battery pack offering up to 301 miles of range. Only the latter, larger capacity variant will be sold in the UK, and Kia is targeting a sub £30,000 price with the government grant taken into account.
Both figures are calculated using the new, more real-world WLTP test cycle, with the larger capacity model claiming up to 382 miles on the urban driving cycle. By way of comparison, a Jaguar I-Pace uses a 90kWh battery giving a claimed range of 298 miles on the combined cycle.
Two power outputs are also offered with the e-Niro. The base variant produces 134bhp and 291 lb ft of torque, allowing it to get from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds. The longer range version produces the same amount of torque, but the motor makes 201bhp. Kia claims a 0-62mph time for that variant of 7.8 seconds. Both put their power through the front wheels only.
From a 100kW charge point, Kia claims that the higher-capacity Niro EV will attain 80% charge in 54 minutes, and a 20% to 80% charge in 42 minutes.