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2019 Kia Niro EV SX Touring Review

Our full tour and review of the 2019 Kia Niro EV SX Touring goes over everything you need to know if you're in the market for this ultra cute subcompact crossover electric vehicle. We discuss the differences in price for Canadian market Niros including the SX Touring and EX trims, along with what features you end up getting by going with the SX Touring. We also explain how the Canadian federal EV incentives work along with the incentives offered by the Québec provincial government.

We compare the dimensions and specifications between the 2019 Kia Niro EV and the 2019 Kia Niro Hybrid long term test vehicle we have, including exterior dimensions, interior head room, shoulder room, leg room, and cargo capacities. We also go over what features you get on the EV versus the same trim from the hybrid. After we go over how the EV technology works from Kia and how it differs from other full electrics we've featured on TestDrive to date.

We then take the 2019 Kia Niro EV SX Touring on a comprehensive road test in the rain to talk about how the EV performs and handles on the road, and how the electric drivetrain compares to other EVs and the Hybrid Niro. We also go without charging along the Autoroute de Cantons de l'Est, Québec's highway that connects downtown Montréal with the Eastern Townships north east of Sherbrooke. We managed to drive 407 km without charging the Niro EV before returning back to our studio with less than 4km range.

We continue with a second drive to go over how the regenerative braking works along with the smart brake regeneration system, and how this car performs in Sport mode over Eco mode. We then wrap up our episode on the 2019 Kia Niro EV SX Touring with a rundown of what we liked and disliked about this electric crossover and what we we calculated in terms of long-term ownership and cost benefit over the hybrid model.

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