The Best Mainstream Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Singapore



Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – Hyundai Kona Electric
Page 3 – Kia Niro Electric
Page 4 – MG ZS Electric


Kia Niro Electric

Our pick: Kia Niro Electric from S$153,999 with COE (Aug 2021)
Read our review of the Kia Niro Electric here

Hyundai’s fellow Korean carmaker Kia has their own mainstream EV offering too, with the Kia Niro Electric sharing essentially the same underpinnings as the Hyundai Kona. But the Niro takes the form of a slightly larger family SUV, and thus offers that bit more practicality.

In Singapore at least, the Niro Electric is only available in long range form, and as such uses essentially the same powertrain as the flagship Kona Electric. That means a driving range of about 500km on a full charge, making it one of the most long-ranging EVs currently on sale here.

It achieves that through the same 204hp electric motor, which also puts out 395Nm of torque, as the Kona, giving it a lively and spirited drive. Similarly, like the Kona, the Niro Electric can accept fast charging, and so recharging shouldn’t be much of a problem if you have access to a fast DC charger.

It is slightly cheaper than its Hyundai equivalent too, at S$153,999 with COE, and for that money you get a versatile crossover that has plenty of space for the family. Boot space is significantly bigger than the Kona too, making the Niro a more practical option for those looking for a reasonably priced Korean mainstream family EV.

The Niro still comes fairly extensively equipped as well, with many of the same driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring also available here. Fundamentally, the Niro is effectively the Kona’s twin, the main difference being that the Kia doesn’t have a cheaper version with less range. But in return, you get a car that’s actually bigger in size, and so the Niro is the one to go for if you want a mainstream EV that’s perfect for family duties.

Continue to Page 4 for a Chinese contender that proves to be excellent value

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Ben Chia
CarBuyer's senior staff writer went out to explore the Great Big World, including a stint working in China (despite his limited Mandarin). Now he's back, ready to foist upon you his takes on everything good and wonderful about the automotive world. Follow Ben on Instagram @carbuyer.ben