Kia completed the hat trick for its line of Niro electrified small crossovers with the addition of the 2019 Niro EV full battery variant. It follows the Niro gas-electric hybrid rolled out in the U.S. for the 2017 model year and the plug-in-hybrid Niro for 2018.
Despite its SUV-like shape and weight, the Niro EV is EPA-rated for 239 miles of range on a full charge of its 64-kilowatt-hour battery, just short of Kia Soul Electric stablemate (243 miles) and corporate cousin Hyundai Kona Electric (258), both of which are mechanically similar. Other EV rivals by range or price include the Chevrolet Bolt EV (259) and Nissan Leaf Plus (215 to 226).
All three versions of the Niro share body and interior design, as well as ergonomics, starting with the 2017 hybrid. But for now, the EV is the hardest one to get. Kia says that a currently short supply of EV batteries for the Niro, Soul and Kona has limited initial availability to California and a dozen other states, mostly those where EV sales are, or will be, required.
Are you interested in this SUV-like green machine? We’ve driven it, as well as its other versions, and compared it with rivals. Here’s a roundup of our comprehensive coverage, which can tell you everything you need to know about the 2019 Kia Niro EV:
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