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2020 Kia e-Niro

Updated 2020 Kia e-Niro priced from £34,495

2020 Kia e-Niro

The in-demand Kia e-Niro has been refreshed for 2020 with the old First Edition model replaced by a new ‘4’ grade. Prices start from £34,495 including the Plug-in Car Grant (the list price, which nobody pays, is £37,995).

Kia has already updated the Niro range; now it’s time for the all-electric e-Niro to benefit. Highlights include a crisp new 10.25-inch touchscreen sat nav system with built-in telematics.

2020 Kia e-Niro

Heated black leather front seats are standard, as is a premium JBL sound system and wireless smartphone charging. There’s also climate control and smart cruise control.

With a 64 kWh battery, the e-Niro has an official range of 282 miles. It’s also capable of 0-62 mph in a sprightly 7.5 seconds. Power is ample at 201hp, and it has a diesel-like pulling power figure of 291lb ft.

2020 Kia e-Niro

The multi-award-winning e-Niro famously sold out as soon as it went on sale this time last year, and Kia dealers have been battling ever since to secure stocks.

The firm actually closed the order books for 2019 deliveries; the introduction of the new e-Niro 4 in early 2020 will see them finally open again.

A Kia spokesman told Motoring Research the firm is much more confident of being able to get sufficient stocks next year, particularly in the second half of 2020.

3,000 people on waiting list for electric Kia e-Niro

Kia e-Niro waiting list

Joining the list of supercars and sports cars that command long waiting lists is the Kia e-Niro crossover. Three thousand people have put their their names down so far, as demand outstrips supply.

Happily, Kia plans to ramp up production of its new EV. It expects the 3,000 orders to be fulfilled within the first six months of 2020.

Joining the e-Niro in 2020 will be Kia’s new Soul EV, a quirky SUV with the same electric architecture as the Niro. The long-range e-Niro has 280 miles of range and will set you back £34,495 after the Plug-in Car Grant is deducted from the price.

Kia e-Niro waiting list

Those who have yet to order an e-Niro will receive their car no sooner than July 2020. Deliveries of the Soul EV, which opened for orders this last July, are expected to start in April. The Soul is £700 cheaper than the Niro post-grant.

“Since launching e-Niro at the beginning of the year, we have received unprecedented demand which has been a challenge to fulfil,” said Paul Philpott, president and CEO of Kia Motors UK.

“As we enter 2020 with the Soul EV and e-Niro, we and our 190-strong dealer network are ready to meet customer demand for all-electric cars.”

Kia e-Niro waiting list

Demand for electric cars is on the up and the values of second-hand electric cars are holding strong – and increasing in the case of the Renault Zoe.

That’s a marked contrast to the first few years of mainstream electric cars being on sale in the UK, when they depreciated far faster than combustion cars.