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Costs and real consumption: Kia Niro EV Inspiration

The Kia Niro EV Inspiration, which costs 47,590 euros, comes up for a consumption check.

When it comes to leaving everyday life behind, the Kia loses courage. Its powertrain comes largely from its predecessor. Only the battery received an additional 0.8 kWh. In order to extend the life of the front tires, the maximum torque was reduced from 395 to 255 Newton meters. That takes the Kia a little explosiveness, but not the emphasis when starting. He cracks his factory specification in the zero hundred sprint by two tenths and feels anything but limp.

, He just doesn't want to get too carried away. The steering responds tranig and does not let through any road information. Instead, there is only an exaggerated restoring moment, but it's not really worth fighting against, because the Kia doesn't have much more to offer apart from body roll, body movements and understeer. He remains safe, but also strictly everyday. It can convince with its comfortable chassis and the talent of always being the last to reach the charging station. And what about the fuel and maintenance costs?

Our test consumption

Kia specifies a WLTP consumption of 16.2 kWh per 100 kilometers for the Niro EV Inspiration. He moves away from this value in everyday life. We have determined an average consumption of 22.0 kWh, which causes electricity costs of 11.66 euros per 100 kilometers. On the Eco lap, the Kia used 18.1 kWh while on the Commuter route it consumed 21.3 kWh. If the Kia was moved in a sporty manner, consumption rose to 29.2 kWh. In November 2022, auto motor und sport calculated a total average price per kWh of charging current for using an electric car in Germany: 52.96 (rounded 53) cents.

Monthly maintenance costs

If you drive as resource-efficiently as we do on our eco tour, you reduce the electricity costs for 100 kilometers to 9.59 euros. The rather violent gait results in a sum of 15.48 euros. The vehicle tax costs 0 euros per year for the Kia, the liability insurance is 445 euros. Partial and fully comprehensive insurance cost an additional 109 and 423 euros respectively. Monthly maintenance costs of 276 euros are paid by those who drive the Kia 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage is double, the sum increases to 489 euros. We leave out the loss in value in this calculation.

This is how it is tested

This is how auto motor und sport measures the power consumption: 70% commuter consumption: short distances of 21 km driven several times with 70% city, 30% overland share. 15% eco-consumption: economically driven driving profile using the maximum range with urban, rural and motorway sections. Motorway speed 130 km/h. 15% sports driver consumption: Constant driving with 80% Vmax (maximum 160 km/h) plus consumption information from a comparison drive, country road and motorway.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The basis for the calculation is the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and fully comprehensive insurance with Allianz including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance. ,


In the auto motor und sport test consumption, the 47,590 euro Kia Niro EV Inspiration ended up with an average value of 22.0 kWh per 100 kilometers. This means that the electricity costs over this distance are 11.66 euros. The monthly maintenance costs are 276 euros (15,000 km annual mileage) or 489 euros (30,000 km annual mileage).


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