Auto123 puts the Kia Niro EV to the long-term test. Today, part 20, as we wrap ‘er up.
In our previous chapter, what my colleague elegantly called the penultimate verdict was made as we wound down our long-term test drive of a 2020 Kia Niro EV. That meant, thoughtfully, leaving the ULTIMATE verdict to me. But, they did such a thorough job summarizing the vehicle's technical specs while drawing attention to its strengths and weaknesses, that I feared for a moment I'd have nothing left to say in this final chapter!
Fortunately, I found stuff to go on about. Let’s start with the brickbats, before we get to the bouquets.
Oh boy, those brakes!
Braking is possibly the most disconcerting aspect of an EV when you first drive one. Along with the silence. Luckily, the art and science of recovering energy by modulating the pressure you apply to the accelerator pedal is easily learned. Another lesson you learn quickly is that, in most EVs, you can choose the degree of regeneration you want to get when you take your foot off the “gas”.