20 September 2021
At the beginning of September we had a joyful event in front of us: the wedding of very good friends in Germany. No better reason to travel long distances again as a family. For the occasion VitaeMobility gave us the chance to test drive the Kia e-Niro. 2 times 450 km to find out if this is a good family car and if it is a good electric car for long distances. So on a sunny Thursday afternoon, courtesy of Kia Vermant, we set out with the 64 kw version of the Kia e-Niro.
The driver on duty found the cruise control very pleasant to drive because it makes the car accelerate very gently, and therefore does not accelerate too sportily or too abruptly. And that is an aspect that the passengers can also enjoy.
Furthermore, the lane assist is very functional. It follows the lane sections in a natural way so that you experience the lane assist as a real support rather than having the impression that you are leaving the steering to the car. This also means that the car does not easily "complain" when you follow the steering movements with both hands on the wheel rather than actively steering yourself. This is sometimes the case with other cars that steer more actively themselves, resulting in an irritating squeak or ping.
The Kia e-Niro has a long driving range (Kia bills 450 km) with a good charging speed. We had planned our lunch break strategically so that with an hour of charging we could easily get to over 300 km of extra driving range. This of course only applies when you can charge at a fast charger. For this we definitely use the app A Better Route Planner. In this particular case, the app planned our charging route way better than the car's own navigation. We ended up not finding our way around that, which is a shame. Paying for the charging sessions went super smoothly with the VitaeMobility Charging Card.
It's safe to say that the Kia e-Niro is a spacious family car: spacious and pleasant on the inside, and a good trunk in the back with plenty of room for our luggage. Our driver did not find a good seating position in the seat, because of the headrest that comes too far forward in relation to the backrest - an annoying drawback. Personally, I didn't have a problem with that. Trying it out!
It is a pity that a potential trunk space in the front is not exploited. Under the boot lid it becomes clear that there is also a version with an internal combustion engine, and that they did not opt for a small extra effort which could increase the loading space of the car even more. The charging cables are not in the front space either, but under the bottom plate of the boot - not a problem with fast chargers, but annoying when you have to use your own cable and your trunk turns out to be fully loaded.
Our backseat thought the Kia e-Niro was "good," "fun," and "fantastic." And the latter probably had a lot to do with the ease with which Mom's cell phone could be linked to the car to let their favorite music reverberate from the speakers.
A good boot space ...
and a missed opportunity ...
Although it doesn't seduce with its looks, the Kia e-Niro is a comfortable family car that you can feel free to take long distances with. Both the battery size and the charging speed convince.
Combine that with pleasant stops, and long trips become a pleasant fact of life, even electrically!
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