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Which would you choose for a few weeks at no cost?

  • BMW i3S

    Votes: 3 17.6%
  • Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE

    Votes: 7 41.2%
  • Kia e-Niro.

    Votes: 7 41.2%

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The wife's i3S had a corner knocked off it by another driver yesterday. Their insurer's have admitted liability and have offered us the choice of a like for like rented i3S, Hyundai Kona Premium SE or a Kia e-Niro. No Model 3 left unfortunately - All out on rent to customers who've smashed theirs up and are awaiting parts.

Anyhoo, neither of us can decide, so we need some help - Which of the 3 would you choose just for the sake of having something different...Or would you go for you what you know and have the like-for-like i3S?
 

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Unless you need to carry something big/want a larger car for the week I'd choose between the Kona and the i3, easier to park etc.
Kona has much longer range, some have said i3 has more premium interior. I think @stageshoot has owned both and rated Kona as "better" car, but i3 as more engaging car?
 

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For practicality I would go for the Niro or Kona. If there are just 2 adults Kona or i3 are a great choice

if you need to put people the back or buggies etc then the Niro is the more sensible choice
 

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I would suggest the Niro because it has more space for those in front seats than the Kona. You might find the Kona a little bit cramped in the front after the i3. Yes the Niro is larger and not as manoverable as the i3 but if that is a no-no then Kona it would be.
 

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As per others, unless your parking is restricted, try something different.
Also, who are the insurers? Quite handy they will provide an EV I"m not sure many would.
 

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As per others, unless your parking is restricted, try something different.
Also, who are the insurers? Quite handy they will provide an EV I"m not sure many would.
Sounds like its being arranged by the 3rd parties insurance or an Accident Mgmt company, as they have admitted liability,

AFAIK the only insurer that currently guarantees an EV in case of an accident is LV, They have an EV policy that covers that and also things like loss or theft of the charging cable or damage to home charger by vandalism etc. Also they cover transport to a charger in the case of running out of charge...
 

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e-Niro or Kona
They are both basically the same car underneath, but long wait list if you wanted buy one: so worth taking for the experience.
 

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The wife's i3S had a corner knocked off it by another driver yesterday. Their insurer's have admitted liability and have offered us the choice of a like for like rented i3S, Hyundai Kona Premium SE or a Kia e-Niro. No Model 3 left unfortunately - All out on rent to customers who've smashed theirs up and are awaiting parts.

Anyhoo, neither of us can decide, so we need some help - Which of the 3 would you choose just for the sake of having something different...Or would you go for you what you know and have the like-for-like i3S?
Can you find out who the company is that rents them out (when you get it) please and post here?

I've got a v.big drive from Caithness to Cornwall to do and would rather a bigger range than my 30kWh Leaf Tekna (as much as I love it).
 

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As per others, unless your parking is restricted, try something different.
Also, who are the insurers? Quite handy they will provide an EV I"m not sure many would.
It’s a non-fault accident. Third party’s insurers called us the following morning begging to send us a like for like replacement immediately and transport the S to BMW for repairs. They were obviously concerned I might go direct to an accident management firm and wanted to mitigate their costs.

3rd party’s insurers are Provident and they’ve been excellent.

Rental company they use for specialist vehicle replacements is SVH in Portsmouth. They’ve a selection of EVs for hire including i3, i3S, Niro, Kona, Model 3 & S, Leaf and they’ve a ZS EV and an ID3 on order.
 

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It’s a Kia e-Niro. That’s never going to happen 🤣
...from what the reviews say you might be surprised.
I'd go for the KIA for just the novelty factor on the basis they are otherwise very hard to get hold of and just to see what all of the fuss is about .
 

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...from what the reviews say you might be surprised.
I'd go for the KIA for just the novelty factor on the basis they are otherwise very hard to get hold of and just to see what all of the fuss is about .
Did just over 100 miles in it yesterday, ironically to go and test drive the Model 3 in MK.

Interior space is generous. Took the 9 week old’s pushchair, seat and other gubbins easily although the carrycot and pushchair wouldn’t fit together in the boot leaving the carrycot on the back seat next to the baby seat.

Comfortable with lots of room. Quality of materials is higher than expected.

Feels planted on B roads and cruises well on As and motorways. Acceleration impressive compared to the i3S. Not as quick, but it’s a heavier car.
Being front wheel drive the tyres scrabble against the linear torque off the line if you’re overly clumsy with the right foot. Bit of torque steer too.
I stand by my frequently repeated statement that EVs are better pushed from the rear than dragged from the front.

What kills it for us is 4 fold:

1. We don’t want or like anything that resembles an SUV. There’s a huge list of reasons why that I can’t be bothered to type here. It’s endless.

2. It’s front wheel drive (see above)

3. The apparent unsolved inconsistent quality issues with the drivetrain. The pitch of the whine that persists in ours is actually deafening at 40mph. Posted an audio file in the Kia Niro section on this site. Yes it’s a fault. Could probably be fixed. But others haven’t been and a month old with less than 2k miles when it arrived with us, I presume it passed QC at PDI with the issue.

4. The 40 minutes we took it in turns to hoof around MK in the Model 3 sold it to us. It’s a bit more cash, but it’s far superior in every way, and incredibly, the saloon style boot swallowed the pushchair and carrycot together, something most hatchbacks haven’t managed so far
 
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