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Bolt EV vs Kia Niro EV - help with decision please!

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:28 pm
by oceanroad
Hi everyone, happy to be part of the Niro EV forum!

I'm shopping for an EV and of course the comparisons are all over the place, but it's hard to find specifics on the Bolt EV vs the Niro EV, and those are the 2 that my wife and I are most interested in. They have the specs I want, and the looks that she wants.

Of course, price for the Niro EV is still in the air so I understand that's a variable, but assuming the cost is similar to the Bolt, what do you think about the 2 when comparing them?

RE:Bolt EV vs Kia Niro EV - help with decision please!

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:29 pm
by anonamos
I love the look of the Kia Niro, it and the Kona EV are on my shortlift for my next var since GM can't seem to get anything larger than the Bolt CUV out to market

RE:Bolt EV vs Kia Niro EV - help with decision please!

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:30 pm
by oceanroad
Actually, the Niro EV and Kona EV have the same wheelbase as the Bolt EV, they just look larger. Perhaps inside (like cargo space) is better?

RE:Bolt EV vs Kia Niro EV - help with decision please!

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:30 pm
by anonamos
Yes, sorry, that's what I meant. Wheelbase is the same, but for a family of 5, we sat in the Bolt EV and it is too tight. The Niro seems to have better back seat room for 3 munchkins?

Re: Bolt EV vs Kia Niro EV - help with decision please!

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:53 pm
by KeiJidosha
oceanroad wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:28 pm
Hi everyone, happy to be part of the Niro EV forum!

I'm shopping for an EV and of course the comparisons are all over the place, but it's hard to find specifics on the Bolt EV vs the Niro EV, and those are the 2 that my wife and I are most interested in. They have the specs I want, and the looks that she wants.

Of course, price for the Niro EV is still in the air so I understand that's a variable, but assuming the cost is similar to the Bolt, what do you think about the 2 when comparing them?

"In the meantime, my Bolt’s lease is up in about a year. After today’s drive, the Kia Niro EV is the frontrunner to become my next electric car. Now, it’s a matter of waiting to see exactly how the all-electric Kia is priced."

https://insideevs.com/2019-kia-niro-ev-first-drive/

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Re: Bolt EV vs Kia Niro EV - help with decision please!

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:31 am
by dNiroNW
There are several good reviews out there. I'll put in some links. My two cents: the Kia Niro EV is a much better buy than the Bolt for quality, performance, and comfort. It might top out higher than the Chevy Bolt, and it's likely to be money well spent.

Niro EV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF_MQWbToaY&t=118s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFf8P5_XVgQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccSxZ7BXfTo

Of course, Bjørn Nyland has interesting things to say and show about all cars EV.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdWaVlVhCrQ&t=2740s

Bolt vs Niro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lsVDdgLXho

Other comparisons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhBAQXW4qYc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_D1qgcDE8U

You've probably seen some of these. I simply watched lots of EV reviews and came to the decision to buy a Niro.

Cheers!