With the addition of the Kia Niro EV for the 2019 model year, the burgeoning Niro line has three sub-models — hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV, standing for electric vehicle. The Niro EV is yet another expression of Kia’s willingness to change the paradigm, climb out of the box, and mix the metaphor.
Is the Niro a crossover suv or a boxy station wagon? In size, ground clearance, and ride height, it is a mashup between vehicles like the electric Chevrolet Bolt, the hybrid Toyota Prius, and a small crossover SUV like the Kia Sportage. After one look at its fresh styling, you’ll be convinced that it’s good-looking, but you might not be able to name a vehicle that is its equivalent. Its owners are on the receiving end of an impressive EPA-estimated range of 239 miles on a single charge of its 64-kWh battery. Its 201-horsepower electric motor with a gargantuan 291 lb-ft of torque enable the EV to deliver substantial driving enjoyment.