2021 Kia Niro EV vs. Its Competition

2021 Kia Niro EV
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Oh how rapidly the set of affordable electric vehicles is expanding.

When the Niro EV was introduced in 2019, there were only a few small crossovers with a rated range of more than 200 miles and prices starting under $40,000.

But with the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4, in base versions, in that price range, it’s all soon going to change.

The Nissan Leaf Plus offers up to 226 miles of range and faster 100-kw fast charging.

The Hyundai Kona Electric has a 258-mile range and has better ride-and-handling behavior than the Niro EV.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the current champ of the non-Tesla models for range, offering 259 miles.

The Tesla Model Y is larger and more expensive, but it opens the door to even more range and the convenience of Tesla’s Supercharger network.

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Quick Specs
6.6
The 2021 Niro EV offers a roomy layout and a long driving range, but it might not add up to the stunning value elsewhere in the Kia lineup.
6.8
The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV provides a long driving range in a flexible hatchback body for the city—but it comes up short in charm and polish.
6.8
The 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric is hard to find in some U.S. markets, but it's one of the best affordable long-range electric vehicles.
7.0
The 2020 Nissan Leaf has outgrown its nerdy, commuter-car phase and steers now toward mainstream.
7.4
The 2020 Tesla Model Y adapts the formula of the best-selling Model 3 and applies it to a more popular crossover style for a winning combination.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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