2020 Kia Niro EV

Just bought one in May. My two Fiat 500e's were fun and cute, but the range of 80 miles and less in the winter made round trips of 30 miles dicey. I also could use a bit more space.

I researched the Chevy Bolt, the Hyundai Kona and the Kia. I'm tall, so the 2019 Bolt was out, many complaints, and the 2020 was just coming too late in the year, as my Fiat lease is up in a month.

So it was really down to the Hyundai and the Kia... probably the biggest differentiator was the rear seat room, with the Hyundai, if the front seats are way back, there is basically a friction fit for perople's legs in the back seat. The Kia is about 4-1/2 inches longer overall, and there is 4-1/2 inches more legroom in the back seat. Also there is significantly more interior cargo space, like one more large suitcase... mostly from the wider rear opening and the 4-1/2 inches in length.

In 2020 there is a larger display inside and it is much nicer than the previous year.

Stuff to do/improve:

First day of driving: There is a shiny silver trim piece going across the bar, with a couple of bends in it. If the sun is shining down, there WILL be a blinding reflection of the sun in your eyes, and it gets really bad some times. I'm going to look for a matte vinyl trim put on this. Have to be careful they don't slice the dash, or cover the lights underneath it.

 Stifle the backup warning noise, beeps outside, and inside, although inside beep can be disabled, but turns back on next drive

Find a way to have sport mode "remembered", resets every time

Charging

Well, apparently the "let me help you optimize your life" idiots have invaded the simple task of charging. Why do I say this?

  1. You cannot enter the charging schedule in the car, you must use the stupid app.
  2. The app is really goofy, you cannot just enter the special rate hours for charging, you must enter TWO schedules for when you want the car charged, a "departure" time. WTF? Where I live the super off peak rates are midnight to 6am weekdays and midnight to 12pm. So the way this apparently works is it "helps" you be sure the car is charged before you go, as the schedules just ask when you need to leave, so I told it 6am on the weekdays, and 9am on the weekends. I'll report back if this works as I am guessing.
  3. Apparently you may be able to set this in the car if you get some extra cost software, more later.
  4. If you don't have the schedule set, it automatically charges as soon as you plug in your charger, and I have seen the damn thing start charging even with a schedule set... so the normal thing is you drive home, plug in the charger go inside and eventually go to sleep, but now you have to watch the stupid thing and if it starts charging right away, you have to stop it, and of course now you need to use the app.

Here is a link to show the hours and pricing, I have to print this up for my wife so we don't run high capacity appliances during the day:

 https://www.sdge.com/residential/pricing-plans/about-our-pricing-plans/electric-vehicle-plans

 

Roof Racks

https://www.carid.com/2020-kia-niro-base-rack-systems/

 

https://www.micksgarage.com/d/roof-racks-and-bars/kia/kia-niro/niro-2016-onwards/products/3017708-36798/aluminium-roof-bars-for-kia-niro-2016-onwards-with-solid-roof-rails

Quirks / tips

 

Mats

 

https://www.tuxmat.com/products/484-kia-niro-ev-custom-mat?year=2020&variant=28552748892220

weathertech

 

maxliner

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073RMYWY4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1#

 

Engineering Mode / Menu

There's a lot on the web, with passwords, etc. Go to the software version menu (where you see the update bar at bottom), tap 5 times just to the left of that bar, and then one time just to the right. No password required.

There's not much you can do, but there is a part where you can enable/disable stuff.