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2019 Kia Niro EV

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$38,500 — $44,000 MSRP
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5 Seats
114 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 6 reviews

The Good

  • Spirited Sport mode
  • UVO touchscreen system standard
  • Outward visibility
  • Excellent rear headroom and legroom
  • Low cargo load-in height

The Bad

  • All-wheel drive not offered
  • Interior plastic
  • Regular Niro's lower mpg, less cargo room than Toyota Prius
2019 Kia Niro EV exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Kia Niro EV
  • New all-electric Niro EV model
  • Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions also offered
  • Five-seat hatchback body style
  • Five-seat hatchback body style Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard
  • Automatic emergency braking available

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2019 Kia Niro EV Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Kia Niro?

The Kia Niro is a compact hatchback with room for up to five people. It’s offered with a choice of a hybrid drivetrain, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain or an all-electric drivetrain. All models have front-wheel drive, and competitors include the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.

What’s New on the 2019 Kia Niro?

The new all-electric Niro EV has an EPA-estimated driving range of 239 miles on a charge.

What Features in the 2019 Kia Niro Are Most Important?

The Niro drives more like a conventionally powered car than a traditional hybrid thanks to its six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which it uses instead of a continuously variable automatic transmission. Standard features include a 60/40-split folding backseat, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and cruise control. Available active safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Should I Buy the 2019 Kia Niro?

The Niro offers respectable hybrid gas mileage without looking like something out of a science-fiction movie. Other practical elements include good visibility, a spacious backseat and low cargo load-in height. However, if all-wheel drive or a lot of cargo room are on your checklist, you should check out one of the many conventionally powered compact SUVs available.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Love this car

by Micheal’s dream car from Washington state on November 15, 2019

This is by far best car I’ve owned. I traded my 2018 Subaru Outback which I loved but hated putting money in gas companies pocket. Kia has a winner here and I would recommend to all, buy this car and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fuel efficient

by DesertKats from Bullhead City, Az on October 21, 2019

Sporty looking car with all the features we wanted. Smooth driving, excellent gas milage. Very comfortable and easy to get in and out of driver's seat, an important feature for us. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Kia Niro EV currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Niro EV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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