Everything you need to know about the Kia Eco Range.
Date posted: 10 December 2020
Stop Wondering. Start Driving.
Deciding to make the switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle can seem like a daunting decision, but it doesn’t have to be!
With a wide range of Eco vehicles available, choosing an Eco Vehicle from Kia can not only help save you money and reduce your carbon footprint, but you can do all that without compromising on style and practicality.
And, with the introduction of new plates Green number plate from 8 December 2020, going green now comes with even more benefits. Designed to not only raise awareness of the growing number of zero-emission vehicles, sporting a green plate can also help you benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones. Find out more about the new plates below.
Not only does Kia have an impressive range of Electric, Plug-in Hybrid, Self-Charging Hybrid and Mild-Hybrid models to choose from but they also come with a whole host of features.
Why choose Kia
From advanced technology to uncompromised safety features and clever design extras as standard, when you choose Kia you can enjoy a unique and comfortable driving experience.
At Kia, we also believe that a great car deserves a great warranty. The entire Eco range is engineered to the highest standard, that’s why every Kia model – and their battery – come with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year / 100,000-mile warranty. You can also pass on the remaining time or mileage of your warranty when you resell within the warranty terms.
With a wide range of powertrains available, there has never been a better time to make the switch to an Eco Vehicle. Whether you want to embrace a fully electric vehicle or simply want to improve your fuel economy with a mild hybrid, at Lloyd Kia we have an Eco car to suit every lifestyle and driver.
Different powertrain options available
Find out about the different powertrains available:
Switching to Electric is a lot easier than you think and comes with a host of benefits too. All the Kia electric vehicles use a large battery and powerful electric motor to deliver refined driving with zero emissions, meaning they are kinder to the environment and good for your wallet too.
Electricity is much cheaper than petrol or diesel, so your journey may cost less than a third of what it would in a combustion-engined car. Of course, electric cars are incredibly quiet inside, making for a relaxing atmosphere. Driving is easy, too, because electric motors produce maximum torque at all revs, so acceleration is instant.
With two impressive models available, the choice is yours.
Kia Models available
Kia Models AvailableIf you opt for a Plug-In Hybrid, you will have four impressive models to choose from:
Kia Models AvailableThere are two fantastic models to choose from:
Kia Models AvailableThere is a range of models to choose from:
With a range of high-quality, design-led, and cost-effective models to choose from, the Kia Eco range is ideal for any driver. At Lloyd Kia, we have a variety of Kia Eco models available including everything from the Kia e-Niro to the Sportage Mild-Hybrid and the All-New Kia Sorento Self-Charging Hybrid.
Find out more about the different models below:
The Kia Niro family offers attractive crossover styling with a wide choice of advanced Eco powertrains.
The unique design of the Niro means you can enjoy ample interior space without compromising on style. With a host of smart technology and plenty of boot space, you can enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable journey.
When it comes to the Niro there is a whole host of powertrains available from the self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid to the fully electric e-Niro which boasts up to 282 mile range potential.
Benefiting from an impressive 282 mile range potential, the e-Niro gives you instant acceleration, easy charging, and long-range driving. All in the comfort of a spacious, stylish, and extremely quiet cabin. Making it the perfect choice for drivers that carry out longer distance journeys.
The Niro Plug-in Hybrid pairs the 1.6-litre GDI engine with an 8.9kWh (59kW) lithium-polymer battery pack, striking an ideal balance between optimum fuel efficiency and an electrically driven city-condition range. Plugging it in to charge is also easy and convenient – for even longer range whenever you need it.
Combining a combustion engine and electric motor, the Kia Niro Self-Charging Hybrid provides a fun driving experience whilst keeping emission to a minimum, making it the perfect choice for those who want to do their bit for the environment without compromising on power or great looks.
If you’re looking for a bold and distinctive design, look no further than the Kia Soul EV. With up to a 280 mile range, its crossover shape makes for a roomy and practical car. Plus, with a range of technology features including Harman Kardon sound system and 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation that will guide you to your nearest charge point en route, what’s not to love.
Available with a range of efficient Eco powertrains including mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid, there is a Kia Ceed family model to suit your needs.
Whether you want the sophisticated crossover styling of the All-New XCeed, the sleek looks of the ProCeed or the all-round talent of the Kia Ceed – there is a Ceed family model to suit you.
Each comes packed with features such as air conditioning, automatic headlights, and a colour touchscreen as standard
If you’re looking for style and space, the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is ideal. Combining radical crossover coupé styling with 18" wheels to enhance the athletic profile, while LED lights and 'Ice Cube' LED daytime running lights shine at the front.
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Available as a plug-in hybrid, the Ceed Sportswagon is ideal if you’re looking athletic design with ample space and practicality
Discover the Ceed SW Plug-in Hybrid
Combining SUV styling with a spacious design the Sportage is available with new Eco dynamics+ mild-hybrid technology, meaning its now even more efficient.
Mild-hybrid technology is offered on all Sportage grades – so you can choose the specification that’s right for you, while still enjoying the benefits of electrification.
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The All-New Sorento is the epitome of luxury travel with comfortable seating for seven, premium materials and impressive high-tech equipment. Journeys have never been so relaxing.
The Sorento comes with a self-charging hybrid powertrain that pairs a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine with Kia’s advanced hybrid system – so you get performance and efficiency in equal measure. A refined plug-in hybrid version is also available.
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Charging your Electric and plug-in hybrid Kia has never been easier. Technology is advancing every day and accessibility to chargers both at home and out and about has never been better with charge points located at more than 11,000 locations across the UK.
Where can I charge Electric and plug-in hybrid Kia?
You can charge your car both at home and out and about, usually, the most cost-effective and easiest way to charge is at home using a Pod Point At home ChargePoint from Pod Point – Kia’s charging partner.
Another major perk is home charging. Imagine waking up every day with a ‘full tank'. There's also a £350 OLEV government grant available to help with the cost of a home charge point. So, for a standard installation, our partner, Pod Point, can supply and install a home charge point for as little as £450 for a 7kW charger.
Pod Point At home ChargePoint's are weather-proof, so you can charge when it’s raining. The charge point is smart, and WiFi-enabled so it can keep track of how much you have spent on charging – so you can invoice for travel costs for example. It can even save you money by charging when electricity is cheapest.
If you’re out and about you can easily charge your Kia using a public charging point which can be found in town centres, supermarkets, and motorway services.
There are different charging points available for and for public rapid DC charging (50kW-100kW) Kia electric vehicles use the CCS (Combined Charging System) connector. For charging between 3.6kW-22kW, Kia’s plug-in and electric vehicles are compatible with the Type 2 charger.
How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
The Kia electric models make your money go further too. They can cost just 4p per mile to fuel – that’s less than half of a similar-sized less powerful diesel equivalent.
Kia Roadside Assistance
It’s unlikely that you would ever run out of charge while on the road – your car will guide you to the nearest charge point if you’re low. However, if you were to need a top-up, the RAC has special patrol vehicles that can give an electric car enough power to get to a proper charge point. Or, you can be towed home or to the nearest rapid charger.
Less fuel. Reduced tax. Lower emissions. These are just some of the benefits of switching to an Eco Vehicle. Read below for even more benefits:
- Less to maintain
- With fewer moving parts than a traditional petrol or diesel engine, Electric cars, therefore, require less work when being serviced. Additionally, Hybrid powertrains reduce engine strain, while regenerative braking decreases brake wear which can prolong the life of parts.
- Strong resale values
- Electric cars – along with plug-in hybrid and self-charging hybrid vehicles – are good at holding their value, so you should be pleasantly surprised if you ever decide to sell your car. Plus, the Kia 7 year /100,000 warranty is transferable when the car is sold within warranty terms.
- Favourable whole-life costs
- While the purchase price of an electric or hybrid car may be higher, the potential savings mean that you could spend less over the course of ownership compared to a petrol or diesel equivalent. Factor in the lower running costs and significant tax reductions and the potential for savings can easily outweigh the increased purchase price.
- Lower BIK tax
- The Kia Eco range also makes fantastic business sense should you be looking for a company or fleet vehicle.
- Electric cars offer considerable savings in BIK tax you pay nothing for the first year. For someone in the 40% tax bracket, this could mean you save as much as £10,000 over three years compared to a similar, less powerful diesel vehicle. All Kia hybrid powertrains also benefit from lower BIK tax rates and still have the potential to save you thousands of pounds compared to traditional petrol or diesel equivalent.
Green number plates will be seen on roads for the first time from 8 December 2020 as the country prepares to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles as part of our commitment to reach net-zero by 2050.
The introduction of the new plates on UK roads will raise awareness of the growing number of zero-emission vehicles, as well as helping motorists benefit from local initiatives such as cheaper parking and cost-free entry into zero-emission zones.
The new number plates can be retro-fitted to any existing vehicles, including cars, vans, buses, HGVs, taxis and motorcycles as long as they emit no CO2 emissions at the tailpipe. They will consist of a green flash on the left-hand side of the plate and can be combined with the Union flag and national identifiers already permitted by the regulations.
The Kia Eco range offers state-of-the-art technologies that make driving relaxing and enjoyable, while also improving efficiency to help you save on running costs.
Here are just a few of the technologies that you can benefit from:
Regenerative BrakingOrdinarily, when you slow down, the kinetic energy of the car is wasted. With regenerative braking, however, when you decelerate, it turns a generator, which recharges the battery. Using the paddles mounted on the steering wheel, you can choose the effectiveness of the system – increase the strength and it’ll harvest more energy while slowing the car more quickly when you release the accelerator. You can even hold the left paddle (for a minimum of 0.5 seconds) to slow to a standstill without using the brake pedal, thus increasing battery range. Release the paddle, or use the right paddle to return to normal.
Drive Mode SelectWhether you want to save energy or just have some fun behind the wheel, Kia’s clever drive mode select means your electric car can adapt to suit your mood. ECO and ECO+ both fine-tune the car’s characteristics for maximum range and efficiency, while Sport increases throttle and steering response for a more exciting, dynamic drive. There’s also a Normal mode that can adapt to any driving behaviour while still being very efficient.
Kia’s intelligent UVO Connect system offers you a wealth of useful real-time information and gives you new ways to connect with your car remotely thanks to the mobile app.
The app is available for Apple and Android smartphones works with the car’s UVO connect system to give you features such as:
- Live traffic information from TomTom®
- Charging locations – including plug availability, compatible connector types and payment methods
- Camera and accident locations
- Detailed weather forecast
- Points of interest
- Parking information – including parking locations, prices, and availability
- Fuel information – including filling station locations and prices
- Check battery charging progress and pause or resume charging for your electric or plug-in hybrid car
Our Eco range vehicles maximise efficiency through clever aerodynamic enhancements. For example, some models use an active air flap that opens to cool the engine but closes at higher speeds to improve efficiency.
Kia’s fully electric models also come with Programmable charging. Using the telematics system, you can set when your electric or plug-in hybrid car begins to charge. That way, you can plug in when you return home – or when it is most convenient – but charging won’t begin until your given time, so you can take advantage of cheaper night-time tariffs and lower your running costs.
Ready to start your #GoElectric journey today with Kia’s Eco Range?Get in touch with our electric experts at Lloyd Kia today to find out more:
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