The 2019 Kia Niro EV is finally here, and priced starting at $39,495. The pricing is a little higher than anticipated. The electric motor has 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, giving it a range of 239 miles per charge. Expect some additional legroom and overall exterior dimension compared to other EVs.
Standard features on the Niro EV base EX trim include a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and cloth/artificial leather seats. The EX has plenty of safety features, including forward collision avoidance assist, forward collision warning, driver attention warning, blind spot collision warning, lane change assist, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
Jumping up the EX Premium adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a wireless phone charger, power sunroof, and navigation. The EX Premium pricing starts at $44,995. There is an optional $1,000 Launch Edition package that adds LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, plus front and rear parking distance warning.
With the Niro EV starting at $39,495, that’s $1,500 more than a base Kona Electric. Neither of the prices include the $7,500 federal tax credit. This still makes the Niro EV more expensive than vehicles in the same market. The Nissan Leaf Plus is priced at $37,445 before the $7,500 tax credit. The Chevrolet Bolt starts at $37,495, but only gets a $3,500 tax credit.
The 2019 Kia Niro EV will have a smaller production run and only be offered in 12 states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington.
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