2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Audi e-tron

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Niro EV has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The e-tron doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Niro EV and the e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available front and rear parking sensors.


The Niro EV comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The e-tron’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the e-tron. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the e-tron ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Kia dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Niro EV’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 2 places higher in reliability than Audi.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Niro EV gets better fuel mileage than the e-tron (123 city/102 hwy vs. 74 city/73 hwy MPGe).

The Niro EV’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 239 miles on a full charge, 17% further than the e-tron’s 204-mile range.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the e-tron’s (34.8 feet vs. 40 feet).


The Niro EV is 1 foot, 8.8 inches shorter than the e-tron, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Niro EV is 5.2 inches narrower than the e-tron, making the Niro EV easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The Niro EV has .3 inches more front headroom and .9 inches more front legroom than the e-tron.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the e-tron only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

On extremely cold winter days, the Niro EV EX Premium’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The e-tron doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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