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24 Mar 2021

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.

| Driver: Alexander Sims| Team: Mahindra Racing| Number: 29| Car: Mahindra M7Electro|Car: Spark SRT05e|
| Photographer: Lou Johnson| Event: Preseason Testing| Circuit: Circuit Ricardo Tormo| Location: Valencia| Series: FIA Formula E| Season: 2020-2021| Country: Spain| Keyword: Season 7| Keyword: Season Seven| Keyword: S7| Keyword: motorsport| Keyword: electric racing| Keyword: single seater| Keyword: open wheel| Keyword: 2020|
| Team: Mahindra Racing| Car: Mahindra M7Electro|Car: Spark SRT05e|
| Keyword: Pitlane| Keyword: Pit Lane|
| Session: afternoon|

About Alexander Sims

The 33-year-old Londoner has been involved in Formula E since the series’ inception in 2014, initially testing cars before securing a race seat in Season 5 with BMW i Andretti Motorsport. Highlights in his first season included a pole position and second place finish in New York. Alexander had an impressive start to his second season, taking pole positions for both races of the opening round in Saudi Arabia and taking his maiden win in race two. It also made him the first driver to take three consecutive pole positions in Formula E.

Alexander currently races for Mahindra Racing.

Alongside his Formula E racing activities, Sims is a passionate advocate for sustainability and electric mobility on the road, having owned and driven EVs since 2012 and aims to incorporate sustainable choices into his daily lifestyle.

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