Consumer Reports Recommends the 2022 Kia Niro EV

While the 2022 Kia EV6 gains quite a bit of attention as an electric vehicle, there is another EV in Kia’s lineup, the Kia Niro EV. This model is currently not available in every state, but it has gained praise from Consumer Reports. In fact, it is recommended by the publication, which is another win for new Kia EV models. The Niro EV has an estimated range of over 230 miles, boasts active safety features, and has a stylish design. It is characteristics like this that make the 2022 Kia Niro EV an ideal EV crossover, at least for the states that it is sold in.

What does Consumer Reports like about the Kia Niro EV?

The Kia Niro EV is another EV crossover from the Kia brand. And Consumer Reports likes it.
2022 Kia Niro EV | Kia

Consumer Reports has several key praises about this Kia EV crossover. It offers an enjoyable driving experience, as it is quick to accelerate and still feels engaging. According to Consumer Reports, the battery placement on this vehicle gives it a low center of gravity. This means that it corners well and overall feels a bit more sporty than other options.

Additionally, the Niro EV can come well-equipped. Even in its base form it offers things like Android Auto and Apple Carplay, along with helpful driver-assist features. For those shopping for a premium experience, the Niro EV can also come optioned with leather seating, a sunroof, and a battery-heating system to aid with charging in cold weather. 

It doesn’t hurt that the estimated range of the 2022 Kia Niro EV is 239 miles, and as an EV crossover, it has a spacious interior. Better yet, the cargo room is ample. The Niro EV has more cargo space than the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Kona Electric. Which are two of its direct competitors. 

Does the 2022 Kia Niro EV have drawbacks?

The biggest drawback to the Niro EV is its availability. It is not sold in all 50 states, so finding one available can be a difficult task. Unlike the 2022 Kia EV6, the Niro EV is not available with all-wheel drive. Which is something that some drivers searching for an all-electric vehicle prefer. 

Another con of this EV crossover is charging time. When using a 240-volt charger, expect a charging time of around 10 hours. Which is not as convenient as other electric vehicles. Pricing could also be a downside. As you add in options, the price can go well above the base MSRP of $39,990.

What are the trim levels of the 2022 Kia Niro EV?

A side view of Kia's EV crossover, the 2022 Kia Niro EV.
2022 Kia Niro EV | Kia

The new Kia Niro EV is available in two trim levels, these include the Niro EV EX and Niro EV EX Premium. The 2022 Kia Niro EV EX Premium has an MSRP of $44,650. This is more expensive than the base model, but it comes with things like a power sunroof and ventilated front seats. 

LED lighting is also featured throughout the EX Premium, as is ambient lighting. Which does help to make the cabin feel more comfortable. If you are in a cold climate, be sure to option on the battery heater and heat pump. These two features will help this EV crossover perform in winter weather. But Consumer Reports does not that even with no options, the Niro EV does come fairly well equipped.

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