The all-new 2022 Kia Niro EV is a stylish and practical electric crossover SUV. It has a spacious and well-equipped interior, plus a long list of standard and available features.
The Niro EV has excellent range and charging capabilities, making it a great choice for electric vehicle shoppers.
The 2022 Kia Niro EV is a practical small electric crossover. If you’ve been thinking about the giant leap from gasoline to electric, the Kia is ideal for the first electric car. It has the practicality of a small crossover, decent interior space for its size, and up to 239 miles on a full charge.
2022 Kia Niro EV Review
The 2022 Kia Niro EV is an all-electric version of the gasoline-powered Niro Hybrid as well as a plug-in hybrid, the Niro (both reviewed separately).
A 64-kWh battery pack powers the front motor and provides an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles.
However, the Niro EV went 285 miles On a single charge in real-world testing, it’s one of the longest distances we’ve got from an affordable EV.
2022 Kia Niro EV Performance
Kia markets the Niro EV as a crossover SUV, but it moves and handles more like a small performance car. Plenty of power and smooth instant delivery. Our Niro EV tester sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
Braking is smooth and consistent. The Niro offers partial one-pedal driving, but it won’t bring you to a complete stop unless you hold the steering wheel. Steering is direct but doesn’t translate much feedback from the road.
When the Niro is pushed, the suspension holds the car Planting and composition. While the eco-oriented tires offer only modest grip, it’s fun to drive this car fast.
2022 Kia Niro EV Interior
The Kia Niro’s interior isn’t anything to capitalize on, but we wouldn’t call it uncomfortable. Considering the price, the design and quality of the interior are OK.
The layout of the controls is ergonomic and there are some soft-touch materials at common touchpoints, But we’re talking about a car that’s priced similarly to the Tesla Model 3 which is a more premium car.
Considering the size of the Niro EV, this interior is quite spacious. There’s plenty of room in both the front and rear, with rear seats suitable for adults. Cargo space is good, but larger crossovers like the Volkswagen ID.4 have more starting prices.
2022 Kia Niro EV Exterior
Like many electric crossovers, the Kia Niro EV has a sleek nose that suggests it doesn’t need a traditional grille.
Other than that, it looks a lot like a hybrid version of the Niro. We think that’s a good thing because the Niro is a stylish little crossover that looks good from every angle.
The Kia Niro EV is similar in size to the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, but rides lower. The Niro EV is 6 inches longer than the Hyundai Kona Electric, which means more interior space.
2022 Kia Niro EV Comfort
We love the Niro’s ride quality. It smooths out bumps in the road without being overly soft or bouncy. The front seats are well-shaped and firm, but they don’t offer much adjustment.
Dual-zone climate control works quickly and evenly, and the rear vents are a welcome feature to a passenger. The Niro’s ventilated front seats for cooling are a rare and welcome feature for an EV at this price.
The Niro EV is very quiet, with little to no wind tires or road noise inside. At low speeds, the car emits a futuristic whir to help alert pedestrians. It disappears at speeds above 20 mph.
2022 Kia Niro EV Technology
Niro’s infotainment system is powerful and easy to use. There are EV-specific screens showing range driving data and a more welcome feature for eco-conscious drivers.
Syncing your smartphone is easy, and the Niro reconnects quickly once you’re back inside. Apple CarPlay and Android Automatic smartphone integration is standard.
Our test Niro EV has three USB ports (one data port and two charging ports) and a wireless charging pad.
2022 Kia Niro EV Models
The 2022 Kia Niro EV is available in EX and EX Premium trims. The EV is powered by a 64-kilowatt-hour battery pack and has an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles.
The front motor is rated at 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque.
Niro EV Battery Power, Charge Times, And Range
An electric motor connected to a lithium-ion battery pack powers the Kia Niro EV. It makes 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, making it quicker.
While fast and fun to drive, it also achieves an EPA-estimated range of up to 239 miles.
All Niro EV models are front-wheel drive. Unfortunately, there is no AWD option.
- Permanent magnet electric motor
- 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
- 201 horsepower
- 291 lb-ft of torque
- EPA city/highway fuel economy: 123/102 MPGe
- Range on a full charge: 239 miles
- Charging times will vary depending on the charging method you use, but you can be confident that your Niro EV will fully charge overnight (about 9 hours) using a 240-volt Level 2 charger.
2022 Kia Niro EV Prices
The base price of the Kia Niro EV is $39,990 for the EX trim and $44,650 for the EX Premium model. Remember the Niro EV is still eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit which brings down the price considerably.
Additional state tax credits could make the Niro EV more affordable. One A destination charge of $1175 applies to all Niro EV models.
2022 Kia Niro EV Specifications
The 2022 Kia Niro EV is a sub-compact crossover SUV that seats five and is available in three trim levels: EX, EX Premium and Touring.
It’s powered by a 201-horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels and delivers up to 239 miles of range on a full charge.
Standard features include LED headlights, automatic high beams, heated mirrors, remote start, keyless entry, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, lane following assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection,
And a driver drowsiness monitor. The EX Premium adds leather upholstery, while the Touring gets larger alloy wheels and an upgraded audio system.