2021 Kia Niro EV Gets Few Enhancements, Same Specs

Kia America announced the 2021 Niro EV, which compared to the outgoing 2020 model year has received some technology and convenience enhancements.

There are no changes to the specs – battery capacity of 64 kWh and an EPA range of 239 miles (385 km) remain the same. Also, the starting price is the same at $39,090 (MSRP) for the EX trim. The EX Premium trim starts at $44,650.

The changes include:

  • Standard Rear Occupant Alert (door-logic based)
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (EX)
  • Remote Start functionality allows for cabin preheating or cooling
  • Niro EV expands the available DriveWise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)2. including Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, Highway Driving Assist and Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve

The list of DriveWise features includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning
    Std: EX, EX Premium
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance-Assist (FCA-Cyc & FCA-Ped) with camera and radar (vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist detection)
    Std: EX, EX Premium
  • Blindspot Collision Warning (BCW) with Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
    Std: EX, EX Premium
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    Std: EX, EX Premium
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
    Std: EX, EX Premium
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (SCC w/S&G)
    Std: EX
  • Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve with Stop and Go (NSCC-C)
    Std: EX Premium
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
    Std: EX Premium
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
    Std: EX, EX Premium
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW) with Lead Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)
    Std: EX, EX Premium

We did not expect any significant changes to the Niro EV, as the South Korean manufacturer is now focused on its all-new Kia EV6 model.

Model Base Price Dest. Charge Tax Credit Effective Price
2021 Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) $39,090 +$1,175 $7,500 $32,765
Model Drive Battery
2021 Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) FWD 64 239 mi
(385 km)
7.5 104 mph
(167 km/h)

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