2021 Lemon Aid New Car Reviews - Electric and PHEV

Reflecting the requests from APA members, Lemon-Aid features a dedicated Electric-PHEV section for 2020 which gathers all the vehicles in the segment in one section.

Chevrolet Bolt  Hyundai IONIQ  MINI Cooper  Tesla Model 3 
2022 Chevrolet Bolt & Bolt EUV  2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5&  MINI Countryman  Tesla Model Y 
Ford Mustang Mach-E  Jaguar i-Pace  Mitsubishi Outlander  Volkswagen ID.4 
Honda Clarity  Kia Niro  Nissan LEAF  Volvo XC40 

2021 Chevrolet Bolt

 

 

 

What’s new
The delayed 2021 finally went on sale in February of 2021. Chevrolet has unveiled an updated Bolt, and a Bolt UEV companion model, which should go on sale by the fall of 2021. 

Performance
The electric motor of the Bolt is very strong and delivers vivid acceleration. Handling is very competent but not as precise as that of the Volkswagen e-Golf, but more satisfying than those of the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro and Nissan Leaf. The suspension is firm and can clunk loudly on poorly maintained roads. The steering of the Bolt has a reassuring heft. The interactive infotainment screen used in the Bolt engages and repels users in equal measure. 

Comments
The Bolt is Chevrolet’s all electric car meant to go head-to-head with the Nissan Leaf, the Ionic and Kona from Hyundai and their crosstown cousins, the Niro and Soul from Kia. When introduced, the Bolt looks like a breakthrough product in the affordable electric vehicle field but other makers are quickly catching up.
According to Chevrolet, the 200 horsepower electric motor can reach 100 km/h from a stop in about seven seconds. GM predicts a maximum range of up to 417 kilometres, with an 80 kilometre charge available in under two hours with a 240 volt charger, and up to 145 kilometres available in about 30 minutes if you employ a high voltage level III charger.
GM notes that the Bolt is a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot and the MyChevrolet Mobile App will help the driver to monitor vehicle charge status, start the car remotely and pre-condition cabin climate inside the cabin while the car is plugged in, which minimizes energy draw once the car is under its own power. The EV-specific navigation system of the Bolt is set up to maximize range and also display local charge points.
The tall hatchback body looks crisp and modern. Except for height, the Bolt is smaller is all dimensions than the Nissan Leaf but offers greater cabin space than the Nissan. The cabin of the Bolt is dominated by a sweeping dashboard with a large touch screen at its heart. While the cabin is roomy and dramatically styled, cabin materials are disappointing for a car in this price segment.

Pricing
The base LT trim is reasonably priced, especially considering its performance. Moving from the LT to the Premier adds blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, roof rails, a Bose-branded audio system, heated rear seats, wireless cellphone charging and a number of other comfort and convenience features, but is about $1000 overpriced. On the LT, the $795 Driver Confidence package adds rear parking sonar and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. The Driver Confidence II package contains forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, a lane departure warning and a lane-keep assist system, for $795, but requires the Driver Confidence package to be selected first. The Driver Confidence package is standard on the Premier trim.
The Bolt is a poor lease value for 2021, demonstrating Chevrolet does not want this car back at the end of a lease and have established terms to discourage leasing. Stackable rebates of $8000 from Quebec and $5000 from the Federal government, are available to Bolt buyers.  

Reliability
Very few complaints have been received. The budget cloth covering the driver's seat car wear prematurely but will be replaced during the warranty period. Electric cars are often reliable due to their simple mechanical elements. The battery pack warranty is eight years/100,000 km. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
Electric motor (200 HP)
Transmissions: None
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy:  n/a
Electric Mode Operation: 417 km


Active Safety Features:  Optional forward collision warning, including pedestrians, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings, and a lane keeping system


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000, 8/160,000 (on electric drivetrain)
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  United States

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: A

Head/Seat: G

Headlight: A

 

NHTSA Rating:


2022 Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV

 

NEW

 

 

 

 

What’s new
Chevrolet updates its Bolt for 2022 and adds a long-wheelbase version which will be sold as the EUV. Super Cruise, GM's limited self-driving system, has migrated down from Cadillac, where it debuted, down to the Bolt.  

Comments
Though following similar styling themes, Chevrolet notes that none of the body panels are interchangeable between the Bolt and the Bolt EUV. Built on the same platform as the original Bolt, the second generation car is more of a rebody than an all-new car. The EUV version, built on a 75 mm (3 inch) longer wheelbase, is 161 mm (6.3 inches) longer than the Bolt. Although the EUV is marketed as a crossover, it is only marginally taller than the regular version. 
While the new Bolt is instantly recognizable as such, the design is cleaner than its predecessor. The EUV is also very much a Bolt, but shares some elements, like the upsweep of the window line on the back door and a vaguely familiar face, with the recent Trailblazer.  
The cabin of the new Bolt will not shock owners of the first-generation car. The driver faces a small-format TFT gauge package displaying all the regular displays and those related to electric powertrain. The centre of the dash is dominated with a large-format infotainment screen that is very neatly integrated into the dashboard, as opposed to being slapped onto the top ot the dash. The door panels look very similar to what came before and press photos display attractive two-tone cabin finishes. While trim accents, apparently mandatory for electric cars, are shown in press photos of the car. The previous Bolt was a comfortable four seater, and based on a similar wheelbase, the new one should be equally spacious. The longer wheelbase of the EUV should make for generous rear seat legroom. 
The Bolts will be powered by a 65 kWh battery pack that produces 150 kW, or 200 horsepower. Under ideal conditions, the new Bolt has a range of 417 kilometres, with the EUV rated at 397 kilometres. The Bolts can be recharged in seven hours using a Level II (240 volt) charger. DC fast charging can add 160 kilometres of range in 30 minutes. Various states of regenerative braking is available, including an aggresive one that starts to brake the car the moment the throttle is moderated or released, resulting in one pedal driving. 

GM's Super Cruise, a limited self-driving technology that debuted with Cadillac, will be optional on the Bolt. 

The new Bolts should be available by this summer. 

Pricing
Pricing is not yet available.

Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliability is average. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB


Occupants: 2/3


Engines: Electric motors (200 HP estimated) 


Transmissions: None 


Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive


City Fuel Economy:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy: n/a


Active Safety Features: No solid information is available


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000, 8/160,000 on electrical drive components


Current Generation Debut:  2022


Country of Origin:  United States


IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


 

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

 

NEW

 

 

 

 

What’s new
The Mach-E is a purpose-built electric crossover that has appropriated the iconic Mustang nameplate.

Comments
The Mach-E, the first purpose-designed electric car from Ford, is not only a crossover, but also a Mustang. According to the denizens of Dearborn, the Mach-E is imbued with the spirit of the legendary Mustang Mach I that was produced between 1969 and 1973 (no comment on the Mach I version for the Mustang II). The idea of a Mustang crossover is bound to be a controversial one for Mustang aficionados, but most buyers won’t care and Ford may get some spin on the fact that the car has a marketing connection with the Mustang.
The Mach-E displays a number of traditional Mustang styling cues, including the galloping Mustang on the grille. The vehicle looks much sleeker and sportier in person than in photos. The interior of the Mach-E is, like the outside, very Mustang, and also looks reasonably roomy.
Ford has a history of announcing new vehicles well before they are ready for production, which creates lots of initial interest that progresses to frustration when the car fails to show up. Some cars will be produced by the end of 2020 but sizeable number likely won't be available until mid-2021.
The vehicle is built on an all-new electric-exclusive architecture to optimize space utilization and to keep the mass of the batteries low in the platform of the new car. The Mach-E is powered by an electric motor that can produce anywhere from 266 to 346 horsepower, with possible range from 355 to 475 kilometres. A 68 kWh battery pack is standard, with an 88 kWh battery pack optional. A 98.8 kWh battery pack was announced initially but has failed to transpire. All-wheel drive was expected to be standard in Canada but became optional when the production car arrived. 

Pricing
The base, rear-wheel drive Select, powered by a 68 kWh battery pack and equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 active safety suite, a large infotainment screen, is nicely equipped. With a foot-gesture power tailgate, heated front seats and steering wheek, a B&O audio system, and a non-opening glass roof panel, is well equipped but overpriced. All-wheel drive, optional on the Select and Premium trims, costs $3500. The California Route 1 trim, with rear-wheel drive and an 88 kWh battery pack, looks expensive, but is priced $2000 less than a Premium with the same battery pack. . 
Quebec offers an $8000 rebate on the Mach-E, B.C. offers $3000 on the Select trim and the car is too expensive to trigger a Federal government rebate. 

Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliability is below average. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB


Occupants: 2/3


Engines: Electric Motors (266HP, 290HP, 346 HP) 


Transmissions: None 


Drive Layout: Rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive


City Fuel Economy:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy: n/a


Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning including pedestrians, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and driver awareness warnings. Optional adaptive cruise control and a lane centring device


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000, 8/160,000 (electrical drive components)


Current Generation Debut:  2021


Country of Origin:  United States


IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


 

2021 Honda Clarity

 

 

 

 

 

What’s new
Few changes of note for this slow seller. 

Performance
Very interesting and well-thought out car. In normal driven, the car will drive up to 76 kilometres under full-electric power before it summons the efforts of the on-board gasoline-engine generator, which then provides electricity to power the wheels. If maximum acceleration is needed, the gas generator will activate even if the car is in full electric mode. When gentler accelation is required once the full-electric mode is exhausted, the power unit is quite refined. The car only become raucous if strong acceleration is needed after the full-electric mode is no longer available. Mid-range acceleration at highway speeds is quite brisk. Honda has done a great job on the ride-handling compromise of the Clarity as the car has a supple ride and confident handling. The Clarity's steering is nicely weighted and holds its line well on the highway and braking is strong. The Clarity is a very nice highway car. The Clarity's 17 kWh battery pack takes 150 minutes to recharge at 240 volts, with 12 hours needed to recharge using a domestic plug. 
The Clarity is, being totally unlike any other Honda, is a style outlier for the firm. It looks like it could have been developed behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Distinctive, but odd. What the "unique" style hides is some very advanced body engineering, including significant amounts of aluminum. The cabin also features a distinctive style, but materials are good, there is plenty of room and and materials, if unusual, are attractive enough. The rear seat itself is very comfortable and there is plenty of legroom, but there is no way to rest feet comfortably under the front seats, diminishing the comfort of rear seat riders. The trunk is large. Air conditioning copes well with sweltering weather. The touchscreen-based infotainment system is not user friendly. 

Comments
Only one powertrain, a plug-in hybrid with a combined power total of 212 horsepower, is available. Under ideal conditions, the car will travel up to 76 kilometres under full electric power. After the battery pack is depleted, the on-board gasoline engine acts as a generator that provides energy to power the wheels electrically. Observed fuel economy of 5.3L/100 kms, during very warm conditions, is good for a large car with brisk performance. 

Pricing
After a poor launch strategy and spotty availability ever since, the Clarity never really left the gate. Few dealers stock one even arranging for a test drive can be a struggle. However, there are some ardent devotees, who bought 700 examples of the car in Canada last year. The base Clarity is well equipped. The range-topping Touring, which adds leather seating and navigation, is quite luxurious but the amount charged is roughly twice the value of the additional equipment. Accord hybrid sales have not impacted those of the Clarity. Poor lease arrangements demonstrate that Honda does not want this car back and resale value may be low. Rebates of $8000 from Quebec, $1500 from B.C. and $5000 from the Federal government, are available. 

Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliability is average. Service expertise may be scarce and body parts will likely be equally scarce as the car ages.  

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB


Occupants: 2/3


Engines:

Electric Motor (212 HP) 

Transmissions: None 


Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive


City Fuel Economy:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy: n/a


Active Safety Features: Standard forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control


Warranty: 3/60,000, 5/100,000, 8/160,000 (electrical drive components)


Current Generation Debut:  2018


Country of Origin:  Japan


IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2021 Hyundai Ioniq

 


 

 

What’s new
No changes of note for the Ioniq in its last year is its current form. 

Comments
About the same size as an Elantra, the IONIQ is built on a different platform designed to accept conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric powertrains.
The exterior is modern, crisp and tidy but doesn’t signal the car is powered by alternative powertrains. With a 0.24 co-efficient of drag, the shape is very slippery. The cabin is practical and straightforward; rear seat legroom is more adequate than generous. In order to try to save some weight as well as reducing the use of oil, the hood and tailgate of the Ioniq are formed from aluminum. The interior door trims are fashioned from plastic, powdered wood and volcanic stone, with sugar cane materials employed to fashion the headlining and carpets.
A 104 horsepower 1.6L four is the basis for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Total system horsepower for the hybrid is 139 and maximum electric-only range for the plug-in is 37 kilometres. The hybrid and the plug-in send power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission but the all-electric variant dispenses with a transmission altogether. The full electric version is powered by an 100 kW motor with a maximum possible range of 274 kilometres.

Pricing
Hybrid (HEV) model: Moving up from the Essential to the Preferred trim adds blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, L.E.D headlamps, heated rear seats, Keyless Go and a sunroof, is very good value. Migrating up to the range-topping Ultimate model brings a forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, leather seating, a Harmon-Kardon branded audio system and wireless cellphone charging, at a tempting price. PHEV: Migrating from the Essential to Preferred trim adds L.E.D. headlamps, heated rear seats, Keyless Go, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel and blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, at a bargain price. The Ultimate trim, with leather seating, a power driver's seat, navigation, a Harmon-Kardon branded audio system, and a plethora of minor items, is a bargain. BEV: only the Preferred and Ultimate trims are offered on the BEV variant. The Ultimate includes leather seating, L.E.D. headlamps, a power driver's seat and a sunroof, at a bargain price. Opting for the PHEV version of the Ioniq over the HEV will cost from $5200 to $7000. Migrating from the PHEV to the BEV version of the Ioniq will set you back from $6450 to $7750. 
Rebates of $1500 for the PHEV and $3000 for the BEV are available from Briish Columbia. The Federal government offers rebates of  $2500 for the PHEV and $5000 for the BEV.   
Reliability: New vehicle, insufficient data on Hyundai hybrid vehicles thus far.

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB
Occupants: 2/3
Engines:
1.6 L-4 H (139 combined), 1,6 L-4 H Plug-in (104 HP gas, 45 kW electric)*, Electric (100 kW)
Transmissions: 6A (dual clutch/Hybrids)
Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive
City Fuel Economy:  4.5L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy:  4.6L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Optional adaptive cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings as well as la ane keep assist system 


Warranty: 5/100,000, 8/160,000 (on electric drivetrain)
Current Generation Debut:  2017
Country of Origin:  South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


 

2022 Hyundai Ionic 5 

 

NEW

 

 

 

 

What’s new
The Ionic 5 is the first Hyundai product to be built on an electric-specific architecture that will underpin an array of BEV vehicles. 

Comments
Built on Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the Ioniq 5 is the first of an array of BEVs that will launch over the next few years. Many previous electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf and the BEV version of the previous Ionic, were compact hatchback cars. Like Volkswagen with its ID.4, Hyundai has decided to move its initital E-GMP-based model to the crossover format which now dominates new car sales. Compared with the ID.4, the Ioniq 5 is about the same length and width, but at 1605 mm (63 incnes) tall, is substantially lower than the VW and built on a 234 mm (9.2 inch) longer wheelbase.  
Hyundai is making a habit of showing future production cars as concepts long before they are on sale. Like the new Tucson, which is a four-door version of the Vision T concept shown in Toronto in February 2020, the Ioniq 5 is a four-door version of the Hyundai 45 show car that was unveiled by the firm at the Montreal Salon last January. 
Hyundai has been crowing about the Ioniq 5 reprising the styling themes of the seminal (and In Canada anyway) ill-fated Pony. Though the Pony is said to be the thought behind the Ioniq 5, it actually looks much more like the Lancia Delta, that was also a product of of Pony designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, of Ital Design. Like with the new Tucson, some aspects of the Ioniq 5's styling are intended to shock rather than please. The reverse Z motif (or arrow-head, like on the Elantra) impressed into the sides of the car simply mar the flanks of the car for no reason. The frontal styling follows themes explored by the Lancia Magia and Kayak show cars. The overall shape of the car is quite pleasing and its proportions and long wheelbase should provide for good passenger space. 
The cabin is dominated by a large, rectangular computer tablet, like the one used in the A, and CLA models from Mercedes-Benz. The rectangle is split into two fields, vehicle information in front of the driver and infotainment functions at the centre of the dash. The rest of the dash has a strong horizontal emphasis. Photos reflect an upscale look inside the Ioniq 5. Hyundai makes use of recycled polyethylene terephthalate bottles, plant-based and natural wool yarns and eco-porcessed leathers, to fashion the cabin of the Ioniq 5. 
Mechanically, the Ioniq 5 can be powered by power packs with outputs of either a 58 kWh or a 72.6 kWh. No firm data is available in March 2021, but rear-wheel drive will likely be standard, with all-wheel drive, optional. Horsepower is likely to be about 215 for the 58 kWh battery pack, with 302 horsepower produced by the 72.6 kWh battery pack. Range for the 72.6 kWh model with rear-wheel drive is stated to be around 470 kilometres under ideal conditiions. Hyundai notes the Ioniq 5 can be charged using an 800 volt charger in addition to tthe commonly available 400 volt DC charging network. Charging at 350 kW, the car can go from 10 percent to 80 percent in 18 minutes and can add 100 kilometres of range in just five minutes. The Ioniq 5 offers a Vehicle to Load (V2L) function that allows other devices, like electric scooters, to be charged from the car when it is turned off. 
No solid information is available regarding active safety equipment.  

Pricing
No pricing details are available in March of 2021. 

Reliability
New car, not rated. Predicted reliability is below average. 

Specifications


Body Style:  4HB


Occupants: 2/3


Engines: Electric Motors (215 estimated and 305 HP estimated)


Transmissions: None 


Drive Layout: Rear-wheed drive, all-wheel drive


City Fuel Economy:  n/a
Highway Fuel Economy: n/a


Active Safety Features: No solid information is available


Warranty: Unknown


Current Generation Debut:  2022


Country of Origin:  Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


 

2021 Jaguar i-Pace

 

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What’s new
The on-board battery charger has been updated from a single phase 7 kW device to a three-phase 11 kW unit, and the battery thermal management system has been refined. The all-wheel drive management system has been updated. Cordless cellphone charging and a head-up display system are new options this year and the rear seat USB ports now feature "C" type receptacles. A "Bright" appearance package with chrome accents to replace black trim elements, is available for 2021. Additional cabin updates include a new 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat with a ski-sack and a new Pivi- Pro infotainment interface using dual sim technology and 2 LTE modems that can accept over the air updates.
Comments
Built on a dedicted electric-vehicle platform, the tall-hatchback format i-Pace is marketed as a crossover. The electric motor puts out 394 horsepower, with its 90 kWh battery pack providing enoungh energy to deliver 377 kilomteters of range under ideal conditions. Driven briefly, the i-Pace is very fast, with power delivered in the linear manner expected of electric cars. The all-wheel drive system gets power to the road in an efficient manner. Typical for Jaguar, ride, handling and steering are all honed to a very high level. Strong braking. If there is a fault, road noise is higher than expected in this class.
The i-Pace is sublimely beautiful, even for a Jaguar. The cabin uses typical Jaguar cues, like wood, leather and chrome, in new and pleasing ways. Most controls are accessed via touch screens, which is not that practical when on the move. Comfortable seats, front and rear, but rear legroom is adequate, but no more. The new 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat enhances flexibility of the big truck this year. Like various Teslas and the new Volvo XC40 Recharge, the i-Pace has an additional trunk under the hood.
Pricing

Built on a dedicted electric-vehicle platform, the tall-hatchback format i-Pace is marketed as a crossover. The electric motor puts out 394 horsepower, with its 90 kWh battery pack providing enoungh energy to deliver 377 kilomteters of range under ideal conditions. Driven briefly, the i-Pace is very fast, with power delivered in the linear manner expected of electric cars. The all-wheel drive system gets power to the road in an efficient manner. Typical for Jaguar, ride, handling and steering are all honed to a very high level. Strong braking. If there is a fault, road noise is higher than expected in this class.
The i-Pace is sublimely beautiful, even for a Jaguar. The cabin uses typical Jaguar cues, like wood, leather and chrome, in new and pleasing ways. Most controls are accessed via touch screens, which is not that practical when on the move. Comfortable seats, front and rear, but rear legroom is adequate, but no more. The new 40/20/40 split-fold rear seat enhances flexibility of the big truck this year. Like various Teslas and the new Volvo XC40 Recharge, the i-Pace has an additional trunk under the hood.

Reliability
Not rated as too little information is available on Kia's hybrid system reliability. It is important to maintain the car using the "Severe Service" schedule exclusively at a Kia dealer to maintain a verifiable maintenance record in the event of engine failure. An extended powertrain warranty should be considered a necessity in the event you plan to keep a Niro with a gas engine past the warranty period. 

Specifications


Body Style: 4HB

Occupants: 2/3

Engine: 1.6L-4 H (146 HP combined)

Transmissions: 6A (dual clutch)  

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 4.6L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 5.1L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Optional adaptive cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings.


Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2017

Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: n/r

Mod. Front: n/r

Side: n/r

Roof: n/r

Sm. Front Pass.: n/r

Head/Seat: n/r

Headlight: n/r

 

NHTSA Rating:


2020 Kia Niro

 


 

 

What’s new
The 2021 Niro was still not available in early March 2021.    
Comments
Based on the same component set as the Hyundai Ioniq, the Niro is a five-door tall hatchback that Kia will market as a compact hybrid CUV. The Niro’s 103 horsepower Atkinson cycle 1.6L four combines with a 43 horsepower electric motor for a total system output of 146 horsepower.
The plug-in hybrid version of the Niro has a maximum possible full-electric range of 43 kilometres under ideal conditions; with a combined power rating of 139 horsepower. The full electric model produces 201 horsepower and a whopping 291 lb-ft of torque. A 64 kWh battery pack can take on 160 kilometres of charge in 30 minutes when using its standard Level 3 charger, and can be fully charged using a Level 2 charger in 9.5 hours.
Though tidy enough and unlikely to offend, the exterior styling of the Niro is not the styling tour-de-force observers have come to expect from Kia. Design aside, the Niro's exterior envelope encloses a commodious cabin with good space for four adults and whatever chattel they choose to bring with them. Attractive instrumentation, practical controls and attractive materials make the Niro a good space to inhabit.

2020
Pricing
Hybrid: Moving up from the L to the EX is extraordinary value and includes convenience features such as Keyless Go, heated steering wheel, wireless cellphone charging as well as blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors. Moving up to the EX Premium adds active cruise control, lane keep assist, leather upholstery and cooled front seats, at a tempting price. The price for migrating to the SX range-topper reflects the value of the additional content.

PHEV: The PHEV is offered only in the EX Premium and SX Touring trims. The EX Premium, with forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and driver awareness monitors, lane keep assist and a lane centring device, is good value. Moving up to the SE Touring adds LED headlamps, heated rear seats, cooled front seats, leather seating and a name-brand audio system, at a bargain price. The PHEV versions of the Niro are priced $4200 (EX Premium) and $3000 (SX Touring) higher than the equivalent hybrid models. Quebec provides a taxpayer subsidy of $4000 for Niro PHEV buyers and the Federal Government offers a $2500 subsidy for the purchase or 48 month lease of a new Niro PHEV.

BEV
The BEV version of the Niro is offered only in EX and SX Touring trims. The PHEV and BEV variants only intersect at the SX Touring trim, the BEV version of which commands a $16,500 supplement. Of the BEV models, the SX Touring, with LED headlamps, leather seating, front and rear heated seats, cooled front seats, a name brand audio system, a heat pump system and a full suite of active safety equipment such as forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot and rear cross traffic warnings, active cruise control and a lane keep assist system, is priced to reflect its additional equipment. Niro BEV buyers enjoy an $8000 taxpayer subsidy from Quebec and a $5000 subsidy from the Federal Government.
Reliability
Not rated as too little information is available on Kia's hybrid system reliability. Some reports of failed electric motor bearings have been reported. 

Specifications


Body Style: 4HB

Occupants: 2/3

Engine: 1.6L-4 H (146 HP combined)

Transmissions: 6A (dual clutch)  

Drive Layout: Front-wheel drive

City Fuel Economy: 4.6L/100 km
Highway Fuel Economy: 5.1L/100 km

Active Safety Features: Optional adaptive cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane departure warnings.


Additional airbags: Driver's side knee airbag
Warranty: 5/100,000
Current Generation Debut: 2017

Country of Origin: South Korea

IIHS Ratings:

Sm. Front Driver: G

Mod. Front: G

Side: G

Roof: G

Sm. Front Pass.: G

Head/Seat: G

Headlight: P

 

NHTSA Rating:


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