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Kia e-Niro 4+: First impressions

This year we’ve welcomed a Kia e-Niro* to the Sims family fleet, and so far I’ve been pretty impressed.

I’ve been driving an EV as my daily run-around since 2012 and have tested a fair few models in that time. Having thoroughly researched the market I’ve opted for the Kia e-Niro 4+, which has a 64kWh Li-ion polymer battery and delivers 201 bhp.

Having had the car for six weeks now, the overriding thing that has impressed me so far is the car’s efficiency. It has a large battery, but how the car uses that energy is excellent. The heat pump seems very efficient, as is the motor and electronics. In terms of day-to-day driving, this means that you’re able to use it as you would an ICE vehicle – not compromising on speed or heating – without worrying about range.

For example, I recently drove from home to Heathrow, which is a 200-mile round trip. When I got to Heathrow I couldn’t charge, but that wasn’t an issue as I knew I’d be able to do the return journey without a problem. Having that peace of mind is really important for motorists.

It’s also really user friendly with a huge amount of technology. The user interface is good and has both a touchscreen and conventional buttons, which are easier to use while you’re on the move.

For me, one slight downside is that it’s front-wheel drive. This is a bit of a negative from a pure driving enjoyment point of view, and it’s quite easy to spin the front wheels when pulling off a roundabout. Also, the rapid charging capability isn’t optimum, but considering the car’s range and that I typically only charge overnight at home, these aren’t important factors for me personally.

For such a well kitted out car, the Kia e-Niro 4+ is well priced. As with all electric cars, the bigger the battery, the higher cost, but for such a battery size, this Kia is competitively priced.

I’ll keep you updated how I’m getting on during the ownership process.

*This is not a paid partnership – choosing the Kia e-Niro was a personal choice and investment. My opinions are my own and not influenced by a paid collaboration.

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About Alexander Sims

The 36-year-old Corvette Racing driver has been involved in motorsport since he was 10 years old, initially racing karts before moving on to single seater, GT and Endurance racing and most recently four seasons in the all-electric FIA Formula E World Championship. With wins across the board including Spa 24 hours, Nurburgring 24 hours, Petit Le Mans and the Diriyah E Prix Sims continues to showcase his skill and race raft on the global stage.

Alongside his racing activities, Alexander is a passionate advocate for sustainable technology and electric mobility on the road, having owned and driven EVs since 2012, and aims to incorporate sustainable choices in his daily lifestyle wherever possible.