In April 2019 Kia will be launching their latest electric car offering in the UK. It is the New Kia e-Niro. They aim to answer customer concerns with electric cars with this game changer, it is stated to have just under 300 mile range on one charge.
What are the key points?
Is the e-Niro a car that you can live with?
What are the downsides to the e-Niro?
What do we think to the e-Niro?
If you are considering going electric then the Kia e-Niro is worth considering. Although the electric vehicles are generally quite expensive the e-Niro compares well against 2 of the most popular options, Nissan Leaf (£32890 OTR) and the Renault Zoe (£31520 OTR). And the Kia has a far superior mileage range. The Kia is also more practical with much more space as a SUV against the 2 hatchback options.
The benchmark for manufacturers to compete with is still the Tesla model S with about 330 mile range however this is slightly unfair as the Tesla has a price tag of over double that of the Kia. So those looking at a Tesla would not be comparing it to Nissan or Renault so the Kia does compare favourably in it’s niche market. Details of the Volkswagen ID Concept prototype have been published 1 year ahead of it’s launch and this could add more competition as although lower in range is it being promoted as the people’s electric car with a price point of £22500 which could mix things up in the EV car market.
With this all said the Kia e-Niro is not here yet and the real answers will come once people have had a chance to live with the car and see what the REAL range is in real life situations running in the winter with heater on full wipers going and lights on. Time will tell.
What about electric car lease deals?
As mentioned already the high cost of these vehicles along with the uncertainty over future values have a baring on how the cheap car lease deals will look, as without the support from the manufacturer the monthly lease price will still make these cars look expensive against the tradition fuel alternatives.
With the great advantage to Benefit In Kind for the company car driver they do lend themselves to the business car leasing however personal car lease deals are also available and for the person looking at the green issues of low and zero emissions then leasing is the perfect way to protect yourself against the unknown future values.
Is there more to come?
The Kia e-Niro looks to be a good indicator of things to come. We believe that all manufacturers will be working hard to develop higher mileage range electric models along with improved charging technology to keep the downtime to a minimum. It is exciting times ahead for the EV market.
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