Thursday, August 13, 2020

Kia e-Niro Review & Road Test

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The Kia e-Niro is an electric SUV and quite staggeringly being out for a year still has a sizeable waiting list.
 
What is it that really appeals about this electric SUV?  
 
The fully electric e-Niro is powered by a 64 kW motor, one speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery which has preheating.
 
The model we had on test was the first edition however the one you can buy today is the '4'. 
 
There are 3 Kia Niro models to choose from PHEV, Self charging hybrid and the e-Niro. 
 
We had the vehicle on review for seven days, the thing that staggers you about the SUV is it has 282 mile range however if you take into the city it increases to 382 miles.
 
The 4 Edition comes with a bigger infotainment screen and LED headlamps to mention but a few, it retails for just under £35,000 with the government grant.
 
It's roomy, practical and full off premium materials as well as great tech and it produces 395nm of torque and has 201bhp meaning it is punchy.
 
It will wheelspin and it'll give you a rather engaging drive and hit 60 in 7.5 seconds, it comes with adaptive cruise control with stop-go and this smart EV will even give you tips on how to economise.
 
The regen system on the e-Niro is rather smart and you activate it using the paddles on the back of the steering wheel.
 
Similar to the system that you would change gear on a sporty car, the paddles operate the three levels of regen, on three we managed to recoup a few miles back into our battery the system works exceptionally well one thing we did notice when you got in the vehicle after say 24 hours the range had not dropped.
 
Over the course of seven days we took the Kia electric SUV to the Lake District up and down some hills looking for snow, testing its capabilities and seeing how range was affected with the cold, steep climbs and erratic driving. 
 
This is a remarkable electric vehicle, try one.
 
 
 
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The Kia CEED 2019 CRDI 2 Review & Road Test

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The Kia Ceed has come along way as has the Kia brand, this car is ready to take on the German premium hatchbacks. The model we have is the '2' which is the base model of the CEED, sayong that base level has some great option, auto lights with self dip and Apple car Play and Android Auto.

This car also returns around 70mpg, it is also NCAP 5 and looks rather cool too, find out more in the video review.

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Kia Picanto GT-Line Full Review and Road Test

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Last week we kicked off 2018 with our first car review, the Kia Picanto GT-Line. We started the week with a long haul drive from Nottingham to London to the Lake District, as well as going about our daily tasks testing the practicality, functionality, what its like to drive, we then bring you our verdict on if this is the car for you.

 
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The Kia Stonic

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The Kia Stonic is a B SUV built on the same platform as the Rio, it's roomy, punchy and great value. This is our 8th best performer this month on our youtube channel, and it's not surprising.

The model we had came with 1 litre turbo charged 3 cylinder with a 6 speed manual gearbox, we gained around 40 - 45 mpg.

Infotainment includes DAB, Apple carplay and Android Auto.

 

The video shows a full review including our driving experience.

 

 

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2018 Kia Stinger Performance Sedan

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If I said to you 5 years ago that Kia are pitching a sports sedan to rival the Mercedes CLS, Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ you would have laughed. But a lot can change in 5 years. Introducing the Kia Stinger with a 356bhp V6 that can outrun the Jaguar XJ to 62mph by almost a second and leave most of its German rivals in its rear view mirror.  

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