Why did you choose this car?
Having owned a hybrid I wanted to go the whole hog and be ahead of the game.
Had a very reliable Kia diesel previously and the 282 range of the e-Niro suited me.
Range, rapid charge and boot space.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?
- Easy to live with
- Very roomy.
- Good design inside
- Plenty of legroom
- 7 year Kia warranty.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?
- Map updates have to be paid for – these are free on similarly spec’d cars at this price
- Service costs are high for what they actually do
- Only just about fits into my garage!
- Kia insists owners in the UK have to take their cars to a dealer for map & software updates £40
- Service costs are high for what they do
- Paint scratches easily.
- Road noise intrudes the cabin
- No ‘froot’ as standard
- Charger connection at the front makes reversing to chargers impossible.
- Paying extra for non-grey colour
- No spare wheel.
Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?
There is loads of storage under the boot floor if you take out the redundant polystyrene trays and you can fit an aftermarket frunk.
It’s efficiency is greater than what is specified.
It was larger than I expected.
How fast it can accelerate.
I love the faces of Audi and BMW drivers when you easily out accelerate them from a roundabout.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Granny charger and an extension lead with a cable protector across the pavement, which is safe if you know what you are doing.
Pod Point 7.2kW home charger – I would recommend it as I have had zero problems with it in nearly 2½ years.
myenergi zappi 2 – highly recommended as I can use my excess PV power to charge the car.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Pure Planet – cheaper and greener including the gas and since I can only granny charge at 10 amps I need it be the same rate all day.
EDF GoElectric – 0.08p per hour from 10pm until 7am and all weekend.
Octopus Agile – I would recommend it if you’re willing to watch and adapt usage to the half hourly price updates.
Ecotricity EV tariff – not cheapest but highly ethical.
Octopus Go Faster – highly recommended. This tariff gives 5 hours charging at the cheap rate of 5.5p/kWh. It also has different time slots during the evening from 20:30 to 03:30. Also has a three hour time slot at 4.5p/kWh and a 4 hour time slot at 5p/kWh.
What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Instavolt, Osprey, Pod Point and the new Gridserve/Electric Highway chargers. Contactless payment or app and always seem to work.
ChargePlace Scotland – widely available across Scotland and growing all the time.
Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
LV – EV friendly and cheapest for an EV.
Direct Line – I would recommend to others as they were not only the least expensive but they also include cable theft cover and battery damage cover in their policy for EVs.