Thanks to intriguing lighting elements and two-tone body panels, the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro EV will be a lot more noticeable on the road than its predecessor. The all-electric subcompact SUV also has a snazzier interior that includes distinctive styling and digitized instruments. Kia touts the extensive use of recycled materials inside, too. While the outgoing Niro EV featured a 201-hp electric motor feeding the front wheels, its replacement’s power source is still a mystery. Likewise, its battery size and driving range are also remain under wraps for now, but we expect the 2023 Niro EV to be able to travel farther than the 239 miles that the EPA estimated its predecessor could go on a single charge.
What’s New for 2023?
For 2023, Kia introduces the second generation of its diverse Niro family, which again includes an all-electric model. As with its hybrid and plug-in-hybrid counterparts (reviewed separately), the Niro EV receives a new look inside and out. However, we’re still waiting on further information about its powertrain, interior dimensions, and roster of features.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Kia hasn’t announced pricing or specific trim levels for the 2023 Niro EV. If the previous generation is any indication, it’ll be offered as either an EX or EX Premium trim level. Those two 2022 models had a price range that started between $41,165 and $45,825, respectively.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the 2023 Niro EV will look completely different than its predecessor. Kia’s designers have incorporated angled surfaces into the door panels and top of the dashboard. The digital instrument panel and infotainment display highlight the cabin’s technical vibe. The steering wheel has a distinctive two-spoke design, and the center console hosts a rotary shifter along with other miscellaneous controls. Kia says the interior contains recycled materials, and elements from eucalyptus leaves were used to make the seats. Small-item storage appears to be plentiful, with what looks to be large door pockets and useful cubbies in the center console.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Engine, Transmission, and Performance
- Range, Charging, and Battery Life
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage