Kia EV6 vs. Kia Niro EV

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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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, Automotive Editor - March 23, 2022

Kia is on a mission to bolster its lineup of electric vehicles. With the launch of the all-new Kia EV6, the South Korean automaker now has two electric vehicles on sale. The sporty EV6 is a preview of other electric cars that are to come from the automaker. It has the brand’s latest design language, E-GMP platform, and high-tech features.

While the EV6 is the latest and greatest electric car from Kia, the automaker also sells the Niro EV. While it’s not nearly as new as the EV6, it still offers a good amount of range, an extensive list of standard features, and a relatively affordable starting price tag.

Choosing between the EV6 and Niro EV can be difficult, but we’ll pick a winner in this comparison to find which vehicle deserves a spot in your garage.

What the Kia Niro EV Gets Right

The Niro EV gets things off on the right note with a starting price tag of $41,205. The EV6 is slightly more expensive with a starting price of $42,115. Despite costing less, the Niro EV has more range than the EV6 when you compare the vehicles’ base configurations. The Niro EV has a range of up to 239 miles on a single charge, while the base EV6 is rated to travel up to 232 miles.

Because of the EV6’s sporty design, the electric vehicle doesn’t have the same amount of cargo space as the Niro EV. The Niro EV’s SUV shape results in a maximum cargo capacity of up to 54.5 cubic feet. The most the EV6 can hold is up to 50.2 cubic feet of cargo.

Read Our Overview of the Kia Niro EV

What the Kia EV6 Gets Right

While the Niro EV has more range than the base EV6, it can’t match the latter’s maximum range of up to 310 miles. Additionally, the EV6 offers far more performance than the Niro EV. The upcoming EV6 GT will have a dual-moto configuration for up to 576 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to get the EV to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The Niro EV is front-wheel drive only and is rated at 201 hp.

The EV6 comes with far more tech features than the Niro EV. A 10.25-inch touchscreen is standard with the Niro EV, while the EV6 comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard.

On the charging front, the EV6 offers DC Fast Charging compatibility to be able to get 80% of its charge in roughly 20 minutes. Plugging the Niro EV into a Level 3 DC Fast Charging station will result in the EV getting 80% of its charge back in one hour and 15 minutes. A Level 2 charger can fill the EV6 in six hours, while the same charger will take nine hours and 30 minutes with the Niro EV. Additionally, the EV6 comes with vehicle-to-load charging that allows the EV to power small appliances and other electric cars.

Read Our Overview of the Kia EV6

Don’t Forget About Availability

While the Niro EV has a few qualities that make it a better choice than the EV6, Kia’s newest EV is the better option in this comparison. The Niro EV is a budget-friendly model with an impressive amount of standard range, but it can’t compete with the EV6 which has more range, available all-wheel drive, blistering performance, and more tech. Kia plans to sell the EV6 in all 50 states, too, while the Niro EV is only sold in select states.

Our Verdict

Unless you’re looking to save some money, the Kia EV6 is the easy winner in this comparison. It’s one of the best non-luxury electric cars in the segment and is an exciting preview of what’s to come from the brand.

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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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