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Pricing Revealed for 2019 Kia Niro EV

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2019 Kia Niro EV
Photo: Kia Motors

The 2019 Kia Niro EV now has a price tag — one that’s a bit steeper than the Kona EV, its cousin from Hyundai.

The Niro EV’s base trim, the EX, has a starting MSRP of $39,495, or $31,995 after the federal tax credit for electric vehicles kicks in. That’s about $1,500 more than the Kona. For the price, customers will get futuristic design, DC fast-charging capability, a 7-inch touch screen, and active-safety tech like automatic emergency braking, lane centering, blind-spot warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The Niro EV’s highest trim, the Premium, sells for a starting MSRP of $44,995, or $37,495 after the federal credit. It comes with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless charging, leather-trimmed seats (with heating and ventilation in the front), and a sunroof.

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2019 Kia Niro EV
Photo: Kia Motors

Although the Niro EV doesn’t quite match the price (or the 258-mile range) of the smaller Kona EV, it does come out ahead of another competitor: the Chevrolet Bolt EV. 

Although the Bolt EV has a cheaper starting MSRP of $37,495, it’s only eligible for a reduced tax credit of $3,750 instead of the Niro EV’s $7,500. Once that credit is applied, the Bolt costs $33,745 — $1,750 more than the Niro EV. Another small point in the Niro EV’s favor: Its estimated range of 239 miles beats the Bolt by 1 mile.

The Kia Niro EV is available at dealerships in the U.S. now. However, its availability is still fairly limited, with the focus on California and other states that mandate or prioritize electric vehicle sales.

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News Source: Autoblog