Kia calls the Niro EV two trim packages Wind and Wave. Both run on an electric motor that creates 201 horsepower, which is more powerful than the Niro Hybrid and Niro PHEV models. With a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds, the near-instant torque provides the acceleration needed for merging onto highway traffic, while the Drive Mode Select allows customization between Eco, Normal, and Sport. It’s possible to tow up to 1,653 pounds with this Niro EV.
According to the official fuel economy estimations performed by the EPA, the ’24 Niro EV provides 113 combined MPGe (which beats the Volkswagen ID.4), and it offers a 253-mile range. Using a DC fast charger, the 64.8-kWh battery can refill from 10 to 80 percent in just 43 minutes.
The Wind has remote start, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, a 10-way power driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support, a blend of SynTex and cloth upholstery, a 10.25-inch instrument display, five USB ports (3 front, 2 rear), a 12V power port, ambient interior lighting, a SynTex-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, power-adjustable heated side-view mirrors with built-in turn indicators, LED taillights and daytime running lights, a gloss-black rear spoiler, roof rails, and 17-inch alloy wheels. A heat pump and battery heating system are optional via the available Wind Preserve Package so that passengers can stay warm without sacrificing range.
As the higher trim, the Wave gets the heat pump and battery heater standard and is otherwise upgraded with perforated SynTex upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, driver’s seat memory, a 10-way passenger seat with 2-way lumbar support, a power sunroof, LED fog lights, a smart power tailgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a HomeLink universal garage-door opener. Kia offers a battery heating system that helps in cold weather. Both trims offer available heated outboard rear seats.
All Niro EVs have Kia’s Drive Wise technology suite for better safety on the road. Its components are lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane following assist, adaptive cruise control, highway driving assist, traffic sign recognition, driver attention warning with leading vehicle departure alert, rear seat alert, safe exit warning, pedestrian and cyclist warning, high-beam assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward collision avoidance, and blind-spot warning. The Wave also gets front parking sensors, reverse parking collision avoidance, Remote Smart Parking Assist, and blind-spot collision avoidance with parallel exit assist.
Both Niro EV trims have a 10.25-inch infotainment system that can be managed using the touchscreen or voice recognition. The system’s standard features are navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Wind has a 6-speaker audio system, while the Wave receives an upgraded Harman Kardon premium sound system with seven speakers.