2020 Porsche Taycan vs. 2020 Kia Niro EV

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Taycan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Kia Niro EV doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Taycan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Niro EV doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Taycan has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Niro EV doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Taycan helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Taycan offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Niro EV only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Taycan has standard Porsche Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Taycan and the Niro EV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head 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, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

The Porsche Taycan weighs 923 to 1278 pounds more than the Kia Niro EV. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The Taycan’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Niro EV’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche fourth in reliability. Kia is ranked 9th.

Engine

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The Taycan 4S’ standard electric motors produces 281 more horsepower (482 vs. 201) than the Niro EV’s electric motor. The Taycan 4S’ optional electric motors produces 361 more horsepower (562 vs. 201) and 188 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 291) than the Niro EV’s electric motor. The Taycan Turbo’s standard electric motors produces 469 more horsepower (670 vs. 201) and 335 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 291) than the Niro EV’s electric motor. The Taycan Turbo S’ standard electric motors produces 549 more horsepower (750 vs. 201) and 483 lbs.-ft. more torque (774 vs. 291) than the Niro EV’s electric motor.

As tested in Car and Driver the Taycan Turbo S is faster than the Kia Niro EV:

Taycan

Niro EV

Zero to 60 MPH

2.4 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6 sec

17.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

2.9 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

10.5 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

130 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

162 MPH

108 MPH

Transmission

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The Taycan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Niro EV doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Taycan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Niro EV:

Taycan 4S

Taycan Turbo S

Niro EV

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

16.5 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

14.1 inches

16.1 inches

11.8 inches

The Taycan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Niro EV are solid, not vented.

The Taycan offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Niro EV doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Taycan stops much shorter than the Niro EV:

Taycan

Niro EV

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Taycan has larger standard tires than the Niro EV (F:225/55R19 & R:275/45R19 vs. 215/55R17). The Taycan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Niro EV (F:265/35R21 & R:305/30R21 vs. 215/55R17).

The Taycan 4S’ standard 275/45R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Niro EV’s 55 series tires. The Taycan’s optional 265/35R21 front and 305/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Niro EV’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Taycan 4S has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Niro EV. The Taycan offers optional 21-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling

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The Taycan offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Niro EV doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Taycan uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Niro EV, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Taycan offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Kia doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Niro EV.

The Taycan has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Niro EV’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Taycan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Niro EV doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Taycan’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the Niro EV (114.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Taycan is 5 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Niro EV.

The Taycan’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.6% to 51.4%) than the Niro EV’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Taycan more stable handling and braking.

The Taycan Turbo S handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Niro EV EX pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Taycan is 7.5 inches shorter in height than the Niro EV, making the Taycan much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The front grille of the Taycan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Niro EV doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Taycan has .1 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front shoulder room than the Niro EV.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Kia. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in service department satisfaction. With a 68% lower rating, Kia is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The Taycan has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Taycan, the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Niro EV doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Taycan’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Niro EV doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Taycan’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Niro EV’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Taycan detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Niro EV doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Taycan has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Niro EV doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Taycan’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Niro EV offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Taycan and the Niro EV have standard heated front seats. The Taycan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Niro EV.

The Taycan offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Niro EV.

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