Kia Niro EV GT-Line 2022 Review

Is the Kia Niro EV GT any good

Niro EV GT – A few weeks ago we drove the Kia Niro EV S model, this week it’s the top spec GT-Line turn.         2022 Kia_Niro_EV GT-Line front qtrThe Niro is a small EV based hatchback crossover SUV vehicle that is perfectly designed for the urban jungle.

The NIRO EV is powered by a 64.8 kilowatt hour battery pack with a Single Speed Transmission (reduction gear), provides 150kW power and 255Nm of torque, and a single charge driving range of 460 kilometres. In real life that’s about 400km.

The GT-Line has an extensive list features including:

  • Heated and Ventilated Seats (Front),
  • Heated Steering Wheel,
  • 25″ Digital Driver Cluster,
  • Head-Up Display (HUD),
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA-Entry),
  • Smart Power Tailgate,
  • Wireless Qi Device Charger ,
  • Telematics (Kia Connect) and
  • Smart Key  with Push Button Start.

2022 Kia Niro GT EV charging tray

The EV GT-Line, representing the flagship model of the range, also receives a:

  • Power Tilt and Sliding Sunroof,
  • Front Passenger Premium Relaxation Seat,
  • 8 Speaker Harmon/Kardon Premium Sound System and
  • Exterior Vehicle to Load Adaptor (V2L).

Another key function is that you can use the V2L adapter plug to charge devices  and even other electric cars.

Kia NIRO EV GT-Line is priced from $72.100 plus the usual costs.

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Niro EV GT Quick Thoughts

  • NIRO EV is an ideal size for an urban runabout. Small enough to nimbly navigate inner city streets, large enough for a weekend away with friends
  • The interior in the GT Line is comfortable and luxurious
  • Its simple and functional
  • Central screen for infotainment and connectivity is class leading
  • I like the style, like a smaller Seltos
  • Driving the EV GT Line is a breeze.
  • Once you master the art of one pedal driving the regenerative braking works for you
  • Its responsive, quiet and tight
  • Kia Connect would be a cool function for owners, not so much on a week long test drive
  • It has excellent real world range over 400km.
  • However charging times are VERY slow especially at home

2022 Kia Niro GT EV charging

What is good?

  • EV Range good for real conditions
  • Simple and easy to drive
  • Comfortable interior

What is not so good?

  • Its expensive especially over the hybrid version
  • Very slow charging times
  • No full size spare

2022 Kia Niro GT EV back seats

Also look at:

The small to medium EV Crossover SUV segment is growing. You could look to the Hyundai Kona EV, Polestar 2, Volvo XC40 EV, VW ID.4, Lexus UX 300e,  BMW IX3Peugeot 3008 GT PHEV,  and the MG ZS EV

2022 Kia Niro EV GT-Line V2L charge point

More Kia Niro EV GT notes.

Niro EV GT-Line models come with both the interior and exterior V2L function. The adapter plug enables the car to charge anything from external domestic appliances to other EVs (with a trickle charger).

Interior V2L is standard across the all-new Niro EV range, a function offering significant charging flexibility. An Integrated Charging Control Unit (ICCU) enables up to 3.6kW of power to be discharged from the vehicle’s battery. Inside the cabin, a handy charging port located under the rear seats allows passengers to charge devices from the vehicle’s battery without the need for additional adapters.

2022 Kia Niro EV GT-Line central screen

Kia Connect

 The all-new Niro includes an extensive range of high-tech features designed to make life easier both behind the wheel and away from the car, as this is the first Kia model available in Australia to offer Kia’s Connected Car Services system; Kia Connect.

Kia Connect provides customer benefits in safety and security, control, connectivity, and LIVE services by using telematics to transfer real time data such as weather and traffic information, charging station information and more.

An advanced Voice Car Control system featuring Natural Voice Recognition technology allows occupants to control key vehicle systems such as temperature and audio settings with ease.

The Kia Connect smartphone app allows users to connect with their vehicle remotely. Drivers can sync calendars, plan journeys with online navigation and access onboard features including live traffic alerts and real-time weather forecasts. Valet Mode enables customers to monitor their vehicle remotely when it is being driven by another user, providing added peace of mind.

Kia Connect is available as standard on both the HEV and EV GT-Line trims and offers features such as:

  • Safety and Security
  • Remote Vehicle Controls
  • Live Services (Weather, Traffic)
  • AI Voice Control
  • Vehicle Status
  • Monthly Driving Info
  • Map and Location Features
  • Send Destination to Car
  • Scheduled Charging/Climate Control (EV)

Note: The use of this Remote Smart Park Assist (RSPA) feature does not comply with “The Road Traffic Code 2000” in WA and thus it should not be used while within Western Australia.

2022 Kia Niro EV motor

Kia NIRO  


Niro EV GT-Line

Model Price$72,100 MLP*
EngineElectric motor permanent magnet
Drivetrain1 Sp reduction FWD
Battery Capacity / type64.8kWh / Lithium Ion
Range (WLTP) / efficiency460Km / 26Kw/h
Fast Charge / Home (240V)45 mins (350Kw) / 27h & 30 mins
Safety5 Star ANCAP (tested June 2022)
CO2 EmissionsZero driving emissions
0-100kmh/Top Speed7.8 secs / TBA
ServicingCapped Price 12mths / 15,000km
Warranty7yr/ Unlimited km
Road side assist7Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges).

2022 Kia Niro EV GT-Line interior front

Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose9
Value for Money7

2022 Kia Niro EV GT-Line boot


Overall Length4420mm
Wheels17×7.0 Alloy
Tyres215/55 R17 94V
Max ground clearanceUp to 150mm
Wading DepthN/A
Departure angleN/A
Turning Circle KTK10.6m
Boot Capacity Min475L
Boot capacity Max1392L
Battery Weight443Kg
Kerb Weight1727kg
Payload (kg)473kg
GVM (kg)2200kg
Towing Capacity750kg
Tow Ball rating100kg

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.