2022 Kia Niro Interior, Exterior, Performance Based A Complete Review

2022 Kia Niro Interior, Exterior, Performance Based A Complete Review
2022 Kia Niro EV

The Kia Niro EV may be a feature-packed hatchback with 239 miles of range and an eager-to-please personality. Quickening and stable handling also make the Niro EV more fun to drive than its eco-friendly nature might recommend. Other highlights include a spacious and well-thought-out interior and many standard features.

Without the interest drawn by Tesla models or the favored branding of the Mustang Mach-E, the 2022 Kia Niro EV struggles to face out. While Kia's subcompact crossover is handsome enough, it can't match the cachet of these snazzier alternatives.

The 2022 Niro EV receives a couple of minor changes. It now  garbs Kia's newly designed symbol and adds more standard features. The latter includes a 10.3-inch touchscreen that replaces the previous 8.0-inch base unit; it also comes with built-in navigation, a Harman/Kardon sound system , and SiriusXM satellite radio.

We'd recommend the bottom EX trim level, which comes well equipped and costs significantly but the EX Premium. Its standout standard features include heated front seats, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and driver assists like automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. We'd only add the weather package (heated steering wheel, battery heater, and–most notably–an apparatus , which may be a more efficient way of heating the car’s cabin that also improves driving range in cold weather).

Interior & Comfort

Kia nailed the Niro EV's interior, which is surprisingly very different from the quality Niro's. The EV's front console has much extra storage space and adds an intuitive dial shifter to complement the rest of the easy-to-use cabin controls. The available 10.25-inch screen features a premium look to it.

2022 Kia Niro Interior, Exterior, Performance Based A Complete Review

As far as space goes, there is a generous amount up front. The rear offers much legroom and headroom for its size — something we've knocked some competitors for not having. It is also easy to get in and out thanks to the square door openings. The car window is a bit small, which may hamper your view when backing up or trying to see what's behind you in traffic. Otherwise, the Niro EV is pretty easy to work out of.

We just like the Niro's ride quality. It smooths out bumps within the road without being overly soft or bouncy. The front seats are well shaped and firm, but they do not offer many adjustments. The dual-zone climate control works quickly and evenly, and therefore the rear air vents are a welcome feature for passengers. The Niro's available ventilated front seats for cooling are a rare and appreciated feature for an electrical vehicle at this price.

The Niro EV is extremely quiet with little wind, tire or road noise coming into the cabin. At low speeds, the car emits a futuristic whirring sound that's required to assist alert pedestrians. It fades away above 20 mph.


Kia markets the Niro EV as a crossover SUV, but it moves and handles more sort of a small performance car. Power is plentiful, immediate and delivered smoothly. In Edmunds' testing, our Niro EV tester speeded up from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. That's noticeably quicker than rival EVs like the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf, though the Tesla Model 3 is quicker still.

The braking is smooth and consistent. The Niro offers partial one-pedal driving, but it won't bring you to an entire stop unless you hold the steering paddle. The steering is direct but doesn't explain much response from the road. When the Niro is hard-pressed, the suspension keeps the car fixed and composed. It's exciting to drive this car quickly, though the eco-oriented tires offer only modest amounts of grip.

Range and Efficiency

The EPA estimates the Niro EV will use 30 kWh of electricity for each 100 miles driven. Total EPA-estimated range is 239 miles, which is additionally average. But in the real-world of driving, we have found this number  pretty conservative.

In Edmunds' testing, the Niro traveled 285 miles on one charge and was more efficient, using 25.3 kWh for each 100 miles. This is often the second-longest tested range behind the Hyundai Kona at 315 miles. counting on your route, the weather and your driving style, you'll likely be able to outperform the EPA's estimates as well.

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