2019 Kia Niro EV vs. 2019 Tesla Model X

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 Model X doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To help make backing safer, the Niro EV’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Model X doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Niro EV and the Model X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 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 Model X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Niro EV 2 years longer than Tesla covers the Model X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Model X ends after only 8 years.

The Niro EV’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than the Model X’s (5/100,000 vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 12 times as many Kia dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Niro EV’s warranty.


From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Tesla vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 22 places higher in reliability than Tesla.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Niro EV has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Model X doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Niro EV stops shorter than the Model X:

Niro EV

Model X

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Niro EV has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Model X’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the Niro EV’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the Model X’s (34.8 feet vs. 40.7 feet).


The Kia Niro EV may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1400 to 1550 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The Niro EV is 2 feet, 2.1 inches shorter than the Model X, making the Niro EV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Niro EV is 10.4 inches narrower than the Model X, making the Niro EV easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

The Niro EV’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 6-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.


To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Niro EV has a standard rear wiper. The Model X doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Niro EV’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Model X doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Niro EV has standard extendable sun visors. The Model X doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Niro EV EX Premium keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Model X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Niro EV has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

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