With €10,000 off, is this electric car a good deal?

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You may have noticed that the price war is currently raging on the electric car market. Still particularly high, prices nevertheless tend to gradually decrease as technology becomes more widely available.

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Even if the time may seem long to some, in recent months we have observed the arrival of electric models for less than €25,000. Although they are still rare on the market, some brands must already anticipate a drop in sales of some of their models against a backdrop of fiercer competition. And this one is not necessarily Chinese, by the way.

A richly equipped electric SUV at a reduced price

The manufacturer Kia offers a good range of electric models with rather classic technology. Unfortunately, its flagship model, the Niro, an electric SUV capable of traveling more than 460 km on a single charge, is no longer eligible for state aid in France due to production deemed too polluting.

After discounts of €5,000 at the end of last year, and €8,000 in April, the Kia Niro EV benefits from a reduction of €10,000 in June. Thus, its starting price in the entry-level Motion version drops from €45,690 to €35,690.

As is often the case with South Korean manufacturers, the standard equipment is very generous since the electric SUV has a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and even the autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian and cyclist detection.

What is the competition doing at this price?

But be careful, despite a significant drop in prices, the Kia Niro EV remains in the wake of its biggest competitor, the Tesla Model Y, which starts at €44,990 in the Propulsion version, and even €40,990 with the ecological bonus of 4000 € in France. And for good reason, the American SUV is manufactured in Europe, in the Berlin Gigafactory.

The Renault Scénic E-Tech, which offers a little more space, starts at €46,990 with the large 87 kWh battery, but claims a range of 600 km. He too is entitled to the €4,000 bonus, thus seeing his price drop to €42,990, but its standard equipment is less generous than that of the Kia Niro.

We will have to draw on the options to match the South Korean SUV at this level and, consequently, increase the bill. The Scénic is also available with a small 60 kWh battery for a range of 430 km and a starting price of €39,990, excluding bonuses.

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