Kia Niro EV S 2024 price rises $1290, new tech inclusions are well worth it

    Kia Australia has announced that the Kia Niro EV S will have a 2024 refresh that includes the same larger and more modern 10.25 inch infotainment screen equipped with built-in Kia Sat Nav (7 years free updates) and Kia Connect remote control app (7 years of service included) as the higher spec GT-Line version. These new features come with a $1290 price rise.

    The new prices before on road costs are $72,360 for the GT-Line and $66,590 for the S model.

    The flagship Kia Niro EV GT-Line also rose in price (by $260) but it still has the same specifications as before.

    I spoke with a Kia Australia spokesperson this afternoon and they confirmed:

    “There is a very small number of MY23 Niro EV S available in the dealer network, however these won’t last long, and all future orders of Niro EV S will be MY24”.

    “Niro EV variants are in good supply, we can’t supply an exact number as it does change on a regular basis”.

    “If a customer were to order one (Niro EV S or GT-Line) through a dealer today, they can expect delivery within 3 months”.

    I have recently test driven media loan Kia Niro EV GT-Line and Kia Niro EV S models, both for a week and a half.

    The interior of the current Kia Niro EV S 2022/2023 version that I drove last month is pictured below, so you can see the 8 inch central infotainment and system menu screen.

    It’s perfectly functional but looks odd with so much empty space around it and while using it I could tell it was running an older and less nice looking version of Kia and Hyundai’s shared car user interface software.

    Since there is no built-in Sat Nav you have to use either wireless Android Auto or Carplay to see live maps as you drive.

    Since I drove the higher spec Kia Niro EV GT-Line (pictured above) a few months ago I can say that the base S model getting the same central infotainment system software and screen, Kia Sat Nav maps and Kia Connect app (all pictured below from the GT-Line I tested) is a really big upgrade in usability so well worth the extra $1290 price rise.

    Both the Kia Niro EV GT-Line and Kia Niro EV S impressed me during my longer test drives such as the one below, they’re both designed to provide a smooth driving experience and great energy consumption efficiency.

    Neerav Bhatt
    Neerav Bhatt
    Thanks to his broad general knowledge, research skills and ability to explain complex issues Neerav Bhatt has appeared in the online, print, radio and TV media including: ABC (Online, TV, Radio), SBS (Online, Radio), BBC World Service (Radio), 10 News TV, Sky News TV, Australian IT, Technology Spectator, Ausdroid, iTnews, APCMAG, IDG CSO and a variety of other publications. In 2023 he joined the techAU team and represents them at Sydney events.

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