Don'T, get me wrong as someone that breathes air. I appreciate the clean kind, but what about the punchy performance? No oil changes, less maintenance, no standing at gas pumps in extreme hot and cold climates, and plenty of them travel over 200 miles on a charge these days, the Kia Niro evie is one of them. The EPA figures it'll go 2' with a fully topped off battery. If you want the neighbors to know that you're a trendsetter you'll have to tell them yourself, it doesn't look much different than the other neros, and that might be a good thing. Remember. Nero is available with three different power trains, a regular, hybrid sort of like a Prius that does not get a charge port, a plug in hybrid version, with an all electric range of 26 miles according to the EPA before the gasoline engine kicks on taking you as Far as you want to go, and this all electric evie model only batteries no gas engine, but it all depends on where you live. Unlike the other two, the Puri V model is only sold in the 14 states that have largely adapted California's carb standards as they scroll by to this lovely elevator music. Keep in mind that if you don't live in one of them, you can always travel to buy one there's, no law against that, but service could be problematic if that's needed. Ok, let's ditch that music, but back to servicing V's don't have complex engines and transmissions plus brake components tend to last far longer because much of the stopping comes from the resistance of the motor generator sending electricity back to the battery a spotters guide.
The Eevee gets blue trim that might attract the attention of BMW, designers and lawyers. The lower intake looks different and the tiger nose grille that's, not actually a grille, is body colored inside it looks a little bit different, especially this section it's more open, it's, easier to see the ambient lighting at night. Other neros get a standard, looking shift lever and the gauge cluster treatment is different. This is a 2019 eex premium model, 20 20s will get subtle, changes like a larger touchscreen. First things. First checking real world range. We like luxury cars because they're quiet right. Well, electric cars are very, very quiet, Nero is no different. Eevee'S are more efficient in city driving, like this half of my miles were on the highway extreme hot and cold temperatures affect range to the average was around 50 degrees. Can I just say that when you're driving just to drive just to burn off range, it gets a little boring? I really have no place to go. I purposely mix things up as best I could pushing it hard in some cases easing off and others. I even got lucky hitting an hour or two of heavy rain which reduces range in the end. I easily could have hit the EPA's 2' mile figure, but my wife has chores for me to do here's what makes Nero Eve ego buried under all of this is a 201 horsepower motor with 291 pounds of torque. I always like to demonstrate what a vehicle sounds.
Like here that's, all your ears are gon na get, there is no transmission to maintain and Nero is strictly front drive no option of all wheel drive and there are drive modes, though I didn't notice a huge difference between them. It'S really easy to forget to turn an electric car off and even leave it in Drive because they're so quiet this one has a safety feature. It goes into park automatically when you open the door. Ask me how I discovered that what's up with these, this pedal reduces the amount of regeneration drag while coasting this one increases it. It always defaults to minimum on restart owners will want level 2 charging at home the 240 kind. What dryer uses a full charge takes. Nine and a half hours that's, basically overnight at 50 kilowatt hour, commercial, fast charge stations and 80 percent charge takes an hour and 15 minutes. 120 voltage would take two and a half days, not recommended. Oh and the 64 kilowatt hour lithium ion polymer battery is mounted in the floor, making up half a ton of Nero V's. Three thousand eight hundred and fifty pound weight that's over 25 percent. Nero ez is pretty darn quick, zero to sixty happens in about six and a half seconds, and the thing about electric cars is, they feel faster off the line than they are because of the instant torque, it's, very soul, satisfying if you haven't, driven an electric car, You really need to experience them when you look at it as a regular car.
The kind families will use to do everyday stuff, it's remarkable how unremarkable this evie is in a good way. It looks like a normal wagon II crossover. It has plenty of room, and since it goes some 240 miles, there's no worries, driving and driving and driving. I still have half the range to burn off no range anxiety in this car at all and if you're on a trip, the Navi system not only shows how far the car can travel graphically. It displays charge stations so planning the next power draw is less stressful, got ta, say the visibility in the Nero evie is pretty darn good, nice, big greenhouse and that would apply to any Nero. This is a comfortable car and since it's, an Eevee it's quiet even on the highway. All you really hear is wind noise. Rushing over the car and it's pretty subtle, there's a lot of standard, active electronic safety, tech on Nero Evi, blind spot warning, automatic emergency braking adaptive cruise control and a very good lane keep assist that tracks smoothly on the highway when it comes to pedal, feel the Transition from regenerative braking to the actual physical disc brakes is pretty good. However, if you do a panic, stop they're pretty grabby. There goes my equipment. The gauge cluster offers up what the powertrain is doing. So drivers know how much energy they're, using or recapturing in its most aggressive regeneration mode, Nero evey slows modestly, but does not come to a complete stop.
You actually have to use a brake pedal, so one pedal driving in this car not really a thing. As far as the driving experience goes Nero evey motors around much the way, it looks nothing flashy. It just goes about its business. Let'S talk about handling, typically, electric cars have their heavy batteries mounted in the floor, which lowers the center of gravity and that's. A good thing now, generally, when I get to this part of the review I'm talking about how much fun this thing is to drive and Nero is good, but because the suspension is set for comfort, there is some understeer or front end plow, and you really chuck It hard into a corner so enthusiasts take note on that now, the fully electric mini is fresh in my mind and it's, a hoot to bomb around in it's a whole different car, though, with literally half the range, the Nero nails, the practical crowd it's aimed at The normalcy just keeps on coming inside if you're in the camp that thinks one giant screen is the way to go in a car. This evie is not for you there's, something to be said about controls that are right at hand without paging. Through menus, the cars climate system is equipped with an optional heat pump at 1080 it's more efficient and it's paired with a battery heater minnesotans. You should consider it some plastics have a budget, look, others look and feel good. The seats with moderate bolstering will handle bigger drivers, they're heated and vented, and though they're leather, the stiffness feels like synthetic leather.
The drivers has powered the passengers is not as far as storage cubbies are concerned. There are a whole bunch of normal ones, all throughout the cabin and they're generous in size. The center console is flexible if you don't, eat or drink in your car. This space can give you extra room, for I don't know, hats gloves, which reminds me the steering wheel is heated. The touchscreen interface is the same. Hyundai kia layout it's easy to figure out it's, not particularly quick, there's. Some lag happening here, maybe the 2020 models – 10 and a quarter inch unit will get better response than this 8 inch screen. There'S wireless charging in Nero Android, auto and apple carplay, our standard kit, but phones need to be plugged in to use it and the upgraded Harman Kardon sound system is quite good for a mainstream vehicle got ta, say people have written in saying evil twin hasn't been So evil lately maybe, but they don't, know what I did to your Miata last night. You probably don't either let's talk about the back seats of the Nero Evie has a big battery and it goes in the floor that raises it a couple inches, leading to two things: less foot, room and less thigh support, because your knees are higher. My other big gripe, no power port to charge my phone door slots are shaped to hold water bottles. Both seat backs, get pockets yeah and at five foot nine I find Headroom is generous.
The seats back here are not heated, but they're wide enough, so that three adults should tolerate short trips together. My tip avoid bulky Footwear and your experience in the Nero Evie back seat will be more pleasant. This is not available with a power tailgate kept open or otherwise, hey I'm at Costco. Am I doing the TP front test well kind of sort of leaving the store with the six bundles that would fit back. Here looks bad these days, so here's my shopping. That includes paper products that my wife will be happy to see, despite what you might think, we're dangerously low on this stuff, so yeah, the nero has a useful cargo hold there's space under the floor for the charge cord that comes with the car and there's room For the security shade to be stashed, that's nice, no physical, spare tire, though only a repair kit, it's easy enough to reach in and drop the seats down, no pass through or 402040 split seats on the narrow and the lone floor, isn't completely flat. But it'll do stuff, like this new leaf, blower and trimmer load up without a hitch in the IDI spirit, I'm. Finally, switching to battery powered tools. These are supposed to be quite good. My thought is: if I can't get haircut soon, no use the weed, whacker yeah, I'll, use safety. Glasses pricing can be tricky with v's, because there's, a 7500 federal tax credit available with the Nero Evie and any incentives your state might offer I'm going to.
Let you do the math retail pricing starts at thirty. Six thousand nine hundred dollars with destination for the base e ex model, getting leather heated seats and the sunroof means moving up to the e X premium model of 5500 jump and there's. The heat pump option for a total of just over forty seven thousand dollars for this fully loaded model or just under forty grand with the federal tax credit. I did a little math for you at one hundred and seventy two inches long it's fifteen inches shorter than Tesla Model y eight inches longer than a Chevy bolt evey, so it's kind of a tweener in size. Look at the Nissan Leaf and Niro's stablemates so Levy and Hyundai Kona evey, as a brand Kia has done an exceptionally good job when it comes to design it's widely considered to have some of the best looking mainstream vehicles on the road today, Niro isn't, looking too Advanced the style of useful family transportation, it looks good in an inoffensive way, let's call it french, vanilla, it's, pitched as an SUV crossover by Kia. I see it as a taller station wagon, but whatever this is a vehicle that works, whichever powertrain it's bought with. If buyers only understood that pure V's come with serious benefits, not just a few perceived limitations, I'm convinced that they would be much more popular, less expensive to fuel and maintain the powerful Niro evey is the best of the three siblings hope that clears the air.
To those who think the internal combustion engine is dead, far from it, gas powered cars will be with us for decades until charging stations are ubiquitous on city streets or in parking lots. Eevee'S are for people that own homes have condos or apartments with Chargers or can charge at work they're not for everyone. Yet I will make a plug as it were, for plug in hybrids. The Nero version goes about 26 miles on pure electric power before it defaults to the gas engine. Now this is great, because 26 miles is about what most people drive in a day and then, if you want to go on to a road trip, you just simply switch fuel sources very convenient actually also, since electric range is in critical, installing expensive level, 2 charging Isn'T necessary I charge on 110 current, as I've said before my wife and I both drive plug in hybrids. She a Chevy, Volt and me a Cadillac ELR. Typically I buy maybe one tank of gas a year. She drives more buying a couple. Maybe three the disadvantages there's an engine to maintain, though oil changes are, I don't know every two years or so for us in closing, as the rain squall starts coming in here, let me just say: yes, I understand gasoline prices are at historic lows. I get it, but that is not a reason to dismiss electric vehicles. I am an july's because they're fun to drive if you've never driven one get out there you'll see what I mean.
There'S also less maintenance, and you know we do need to start paying attention to the environment. This whole save the earth stuff. Forget that save us, the planet we'll always be around. And yes, you can make a difference. That old, saying no one raindrop thinks it's responsible for the flood.