KIA Niro EV 2022 electric car owner review

KIA Niro EV 2022 electric car owner review

Paul drives a KIA Niro EV 68kWh 2022.

This is Paul’s first electric car, he’s owned the KIA Niro EV less than 1 year and drives 10,000-15,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 1,000-5,000 miles and he achieves 220 miles from a full charge.

 

Why did you choose the KIA Niro EV?

  • Decent size family car
  • good claimed range of 285 miles
  • reasonable price.

 

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Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car

  • Nice smooth relaxing drive
  • decent looks.

 

Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car

  • Infotainment overly complicated
  • heating can often not work without having to go through the menu
    the app is rubbish, if you use it to pre heat the car sometimes you can’t engage drive.

 

Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

The app causes software issues with the car when using the pre-heat function. KIA seem to know about it but have yet to resolve the issue. The dealership told me not to use the app until the issue is rectified but it has been months and no word of a fix.

 

What are the standout technological features of the car?

Pre-heat function

 

What electric car(s) are you interested in next and why?

KIA EV6 – amazing looks and great reviews.

 

Home charging unit – outline both positive & negative elements

myenergi zappi – I bought this charger as I have solar panels and the zappi allows you to charge the car with excess solar. I’ve been very impressed with it, it does everything you need it to.

 

Electricity supplier & tariff – outline both positive & negative elements

Octopus Energy – switched to Octopus as Bulb wouldn’t do anything to help with a dumb smart meter. Octopus are sending out an engineer to hopefully resolve the issue with the smart meter so that I can get onto their Intelligent tariff.

 

Do you use public charging networks?

No

 

Please itemise where you’re saving money (or not) owning & running a KIA Niro EV

Difficult to work out the cost of charging at the moment but I would estimate that cost of charging is approximately half of what it was costing to run a diesel. Cost to charge should significantly reduce once my smart meter has been fixed and I can switch to an EV tariff.

 

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