What first name would you like to appear in the review?
What is the make and model of your EV?
Kia e-Niro Model 4 64kWh
What year was your EV registered?
How long have you owned your EV?
1 – 2 years
What is the mileage on your EV?
10,000 – 20,000 miles
How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first
What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?
Why did you choose this car?
The range and design suited my needs at a reasonable price.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?
- Good range
- quite quick when needed.
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?
- All the ‘bing bong’ noises when you start up that can’t be turned off
- Road noise is a little louder than I like on certain road surfaces
- Some of the reflective trim used on the dashboard needs a rethink.
Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?
The summer range is way in excess of the maker’s claims. 341 miles after one 100% charge during the summer. All 100% charges were over 300 miles over the summer. Kia claim a maximum of 282, so that’s unusual and a pleasant surprise.
What car are you interested in next and why?
I’ll look at anything Kia and Hyundai produce because they seem to be getting things right. I always keep an eye on Tesla because they seem to be ahead on technology. Unfortunately, Tesla doesn’t seem interested, at present at least, in producing a practical, ‘normal’ car.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Wallbox Pulsar Plus tethered – yes, I would recommend it because to-date it had been very reliable. Support was good on the one occasion I had problems with the timed charging.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
We were with Green until they went bust recently and were happy with them. We were automatically signed up to Shell Energy as an immediate replacement but haven’t been with them long enough to recommend them or not. Electricity prices are so volatile at present that it’s difficult to know who is best.
What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?
I don’t have to use public charging that often but I have used the following, starting with the most frequent:
- ChargePlace Scotland – they dominate Scotland where I live and are either free or relatively cheap. To-date, I’ve found them quite reliable.
- IONITY – very reliable but very expensive
- Pod Point – reasonably reliable but relies on their App which is something I dislike. Reasonably priced
- Genie – quite reliable but on the expensive side
Gridserve – gradually replacing the very poor Ecotricity units. Contactless payment very good, reliable & reasonably priced.
Ecotricity – gradually being replaced thank goodness, very unreliable and dominated the motorways, so expensive as well.
Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
LV – yes, I would recommend them. Prices are reasonable for the cover provided and when someone damaged a previous vehicle they were quite tenacious in pursuing a settlement.