The Niro EV arrived for 2019 as an electrified variant of Kia’s subcompact crossover. And with a second-gen refresh coming for 2023, we wanted to see how far the first-generation Niro EV has stretched so far. 

This 2022 model is still powered by the same front drive 201 horsepower electric motor, drawing energy from a 64 kWh battery. This leads to an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles. And it takes about an hour for an 80 percent charge on a DC fast-charger.

So, what has changed since ‘19? Outside its mostly branding. The 2022 Niro EV adds the latest Kia logo across the grille, tailgate and wheel caps. Inside it’s comfortable substance. A 10 1/4-inch touchscreen is now standard, as is a Harman Kardon sound system, navigation and wireless smartphone integration. But, overall, it remains the same quirky little crossover with sensible accommodations and enough tech to keep everyone happy. 

One more change; the starting price. Up slightly to just over $41,000 with destination, but before tax incentives. It also remains a pretty economical way to go first time EV-ing.