It’s not often you’re invited to one of the world’s most heavily armed regions to test a new car, but that’s exactly what I’ve done to get behind the wheel of the latest electric model due to arrive in the UK next year.
I’ve travelled all the way to the demilitarized zone – or DMZ – separating South from North Korea to try Kia’s answer to the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X, the all-new e-Niro.
While it might not have the premium feel to go into battle with these £60,000-plus luxury vehicles, the £33,000 version I’ve been driving has all the artillery to become a worthy zero-emissions option for British car buyers wanting to ditch petrol and diesel.
There’s a small storage compartment under the boot floor to carry the charging cables
2019 Kia e-Niro facts
On sale: From April 1, 2019
Price: (First Edition model) £32,995 after £3,500 taxpayer-funded Government-grant
Width: 1,805 mm
Weight: 1.812 tonnes
Drive: Front-wheel drive
High capacity Long range (64kW battery pack) average: 282 miles
Acceleration 0-60mph: 7.5 seconds
Top speed: 104mph
Transmission: 1 speed automatic
Wheels: 17 inch alloy
Propulsion: 150kWh (201bhp) electric motor
Power: 64 kWh Li-on polymer battery pack Number of cells: 294
Domestic plug full charge (AC 230V): 29 hours
Fast charge: AC (7.2kW ): 9 hours 50 minutes
Rapid charger: DC Charge time (50kW): 80 per cent charge: 1 hour 15 minutes
DC charge (100kW) 80per cent charge: 54 minutes
Warranty: 7 years/100,000 miles. Also covers battery and electric motor