A joy at the wheel

With 395Nm of instant torque, the Niro EV leaves the regular pack in the dust. It has premium amenities such as cordless phone charging and ventilated seats. And as an electric car, it can save $20,000 in fuel expenses over 10 years for its owner.
With 395Nm of instant torque, the Niro EV leaves the regular pack in the dust. It has premium amenities such as cordless phone charging and ventilated seats. And as an electric car, it can save $20,000 in fuel expenses over 10 years for its owner. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
With 395Nm of instant torque, the Niro EV leaves the regular pack in the dust. It has premium amenities such as cordless phone charging and ventilated seats. And as an electric car, it can save $20,000 in fuel expenses over 10 years for its owner.
With 395Nm of instant torque, the Niro EV leaves the regular pack in the dust. It has premium amenities such as cordless phone charging and ventilated seats. And as an electric car, it can save $20,000 in fuel expenses over 10 years for its owner. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
With 395Nm of instant torque, the Niro EV leaves the regular pack in the dust. It has premium amenities such as cordless phone charging and ventilated seats. And as an electric car, it can save $20,000 in fuel expenses over 10 years for its owner.
With 395Nm of instant torque, the Niro EV leaves the regular pack in the dust. It has premium amenities such as cordless phone charging and ventilated seats. And as an electric car, it can save $20,000 in fuel expenses over 10 years for its owner. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN

The Kia Niro EV sits in a sweet spot in terms of size, comfort, driveability and value proposition

Astronomers estimate there are as many as 40 billion Goldilocks planets in our galaxy. The fairy-tale term describes planets which orbit not too far and not too near a sun, setting the basis for life.

In the small but fast-expanding electric car universe, the Niro EV from Kia may well be the first Goldilocks model.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2019, with the headline 'A joy at the wheel'. Print Edition | Subscribe