Kia EV6 vs. Niro EV

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, Automotive Editor - August 1, 2023
2023 Kia EV6

Kia is hard at work on bolstering its lineup of all-electric vehicles. The South Korean automaker currently has two all-electric SUVs available with the EV6 and Niro EV. The EV6 arrived as an all-new flagship model in 2022, while the Kia Niro was originally introduced in 2019, but received a full redesign for 2023.

With two similarly sized electric vehicles on sale, shoppers may find it difficult to choose between the two. In this comparison, we’ll explore how the EV6 and Niro EV compare to one another in important factors for shoppers to name a winner.

Kia EV6 vs. Niro EV Price

2023 Kia Niro EV

There’s a large difference in pricing between the EV6 and Niro EV. The most affordable Kia Niro EV Wind starts at $40,875, while the most expensive Kia Niro EV is the Wave that’s priced at $45,875.

Meanwhile, Kia EV6 prices start at $43,920 for the base Light trim and go up to $62,925 for the GT e-AWD model. There’s a $3,045 price difference between the Niro EV and EV6 for entry-level trims. When you compare range-topping models to one another, the Niro EV and EV6 are separated by $17,050.

As the more affordable electric SUV of the two, the Niro EV is available with far more affordable lease deals than the EV6. Shoppers looking to purchase one of the EVs will find that both are available with similar cash rebate deals and financing rates.

Kia EV6 vs. Niro EV Motor & Performance

2024 Kia EV6 Engine

The Kia Niro EV is positioned as the entry-level EV in Kia’s lineup. The SUV comes with a single electric motor on the front wheels that makes 201 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. A 64.8-kWh battery pack is included and brings a total range of up to 253 miles on a single charge.

As Kia’s flagship EV, the EV6 offers a far more impressive all-electric powertrain than the Niro EV. Kia offers the EV6 with three different powertrains. The base powertrain consists of a single electric motor on the rear wheels that makes 225 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and a 77.4-kWh battery pack.

Unlike the Niro EV, the EV6 is available with dual electric motors that produce 320 hp and 446 lb-ft of torque or 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque in the GT e-AWD trim. Dual-motor configurations come with AWD. With RWD, the EV6 offers up to 310 miles of range.

The Niro EV can get to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, while the EV6 can make the sprint in just 3.2 seconds.

Kia EV6 vs. Niro EV Design & Technology

2024 Kia Niro EV Dashboard

The all-electric Niro EV shares its overall design with the rest of the Niro lineup. Compared to other Niro models, the Niro EV doesn’t have any differentiating exterior design elements.

Built from the ground up to be an EV, the Kia EV6 features a far more futuristic exterior design than the Niro EV. The SUV has a sporty, modern design that highlights the SUV’s performance-oriented electric powertrain.

The Niro EV offers DC fast-charging capability that allows it to go from 10 to 80% charged in roughly 45 minutes. With its 800-volt architecture, the EV6 can go from 10 to 80% in less than 18 minutes when plugged into a 350-kW fast charger.

As the more expensive EV, the EV6 comes with more advanced tech features than the Niro EV. The EV6 is available with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 14-speaker Meridian audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a wireless charging pad, five USB ports, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Niro EV is available with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a seven-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, wireless smartphone connectivity, a wireless charging pad, and five USB ports.

Kia EV6 vs. Niro EV Cargo Space

2023 Kia EV6 Interior

Despite being the smaller of the two electric SUVs, the Niro EV offers more cargo space than the EV6. The Niro EV has 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 63.7 cubic feet of total cargo space. The SUV also has a small storage space in the front trunk.

The larger EV6 has 24.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place. Folding the rear seats down results in up to 50.2 cubic feet of space.

Surprisingly, the Niro EV is the more family-friendly electric SUV.

Which Is Better: Kia EV6 vs. Niro EV?

While the Kia EV6 and Niro EV are both electric vehicles from Kia, they’re meant to appeal to two different shoppers. The EV6 is Kia’s flagship EV. It has a striking design, a high-performance powertrain, and high-tech features befitting a flagship model. It costs more than the Niro EV, but the EV6 feels like an EV for the future, while the Niro EV feels like an EV for now.

The Niro EV doesn’t win this comparison, but it’s an excellent choice for shoppers who are looking for an affordable EV for daily use. It has a competitive amount of range, a bold exterior design, advanced tech features, and a relatively spacious cargo area. It trails the EV6 when it comes to performance, range, and excitement.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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