Kia Niro EV is the first of its kind premium electric SUV in Nepal. The overall styling takes a considerable amount of inspiration from the popular SUV, Kia Sportage. Like Sportage, Kia will go up against similar heavy hitter, Hyundai Kona.
According to Kia Motors Nepal, Kia Niro EV has seen its fair share of popularity with reported 280+ happy Niro EV customers! In order to continue that trend, the company is set to continue the trend in 2020. As for the pricing, the Kia Niro EV 2020 price in Nepal is set at Rs. 66,90,000. That’s about Rs. 90,000 increments from the 2019 model.
But there’s a catch! That’ll be the price only if you book Kia’s electric SUV by the end of December. After that, there’s a probable chance of price increase.
For argument’s sake, let’s say you have booked it, right? So, when can you get your hands on it?
As luck has it, Kia Motors Nepal is prepping up for an early launch, as early as March of 2020! If everything goes according to the plan, customers can get their hands on the brand-new Kia Niro EV 2020 by April!
Kia Niro EV 2020 Overview
Kia Niro EV 2020 resembles the same features as Kia Niro EV 2019. So, Kia Niro EV is powered by a 64kWh battery that can pump out a max torque of 291. On a full charge, it is expected to provide a range of up to 385km. Moreover, it is expected to come with a modern list of features like an updated infotainment system, plush interiors, and general premium feel.
Talking about the charging time, you could rival it against the Hyundai Kona. Theoretically, with a typical home AC charger, you could charge the Kia Niro at 100% full charge overnight (around 9-10 hours).
Talking about the features, you’ll get a ton of it!. You’ll get 6-speaker Audio System, Rear-camera, Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Smart Infotainment System, Heated Seats, Smart Key, and so much more. Interestingly, you get more of a premium SUV vibe with features to match that vibe! However, the overall pricing is close to reasonable for a premium electric SUV.
Let’s just say this comes with a whole lot of features, which could even rival the competition.
2019 Kia Niro EV 2020 Key Specifications
- Motor: Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous
- Battery: 180Ah Li-Ion / 64kWh
- Charging Time (Power Charger): 9-10hrs
- Driving Range: 385km
- Suspension: n/a
- Ground Clearance: 6.3-in
- Tire: P215/55R17
- Kerb Weight: 1008kg
2019 Kia Niro EV 2020 Price in Nepal: Rs. 66,90,000
Kia Niro EV 2020 vs Hyundai Kona Electric: What Do You Get for Paying More?
As far as I tell from the spec sheet, there’s a little difference between the two. However, these differences add up in the longer run.
Personally, I think Hyundai Kona wins in terms of design and overall looks. It genuinely looks and feels premium, with sharp design. However, comparing the interiors of both vehicles, Kia Niro EV 2020 wins by a long shot!
Likewise, I think Kia Niro EV is more of a practical car, with more boot space and spacious interiors. All in all, Niro EV has a slightly bigger, with more features, and practical in comparison. So, the extra price is kind of justified!
In fairness, both are some excellent “premium SUVs” in the market right now. Trust me, whichever you end up getting, it’s worth it.
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