Kia - Real-World Variability. What Affects Range?

The WLTP test is performed in controlled test conditions to provide customers the ability to see a like-for-like comparison.
In the real world, as with petrol or diesel vehicles, there are multiple factors that influence and impact range performance:

How long to charge?
This isn’t an easy question to answer because all electrified vehicles are different. However, we can provide you with an estimate based on the types of charging methods that are available.

Incidentally, if you choose a Kia hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) such as the all-new Niro Hybrid, you won’t need to worry about this because all hybrids are self-charging. On the other hand, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) like the XCeed PHEV or a fully electric vehicle (EV) such as the new EV9 requires manual charging. But don’t worry, there are plenty of options…
Socketed - 4 Hours If you require faster home charging speeds, a specially installed wallbox presents an elegant solution. As opposed to 3 kW charging delivered via a domestic socket, a dedicated wallbox offers quicker 7 kW charging.
Tethered - 1 Hour Most public charge points feature a cable that’s already attached which means you don’t need to use your own. You’ll also enjoy rapid-charging speeds (rated at 50 kW and higher), ensuring lower waiting times while your car receives the necessary charge.

Where Can I Charge my Electric Vehicle?

When it comes to your plug-in hybrid or 100% electric Kia, you won’t want for charging options.


Currently, there are more than 48,400 individual public chargers located around the UK. This means that whenever you’re on the road, you’ll never be far from your nearest chargepoint.

Did you know that approximately 80% of PHEV/EV drivers charge their vehicle at home? Of course, not everyone is easily able to connect their car to a power point at home, but if it’s something that you can do, it’s a very convenient option.

Many businesses and organisations provide specially installed charge points that offer fast-charging speeds. At the very least, and with your employer’s permission, you should have access to a three-pin power source.

Benefits of electric

Get even more from your driving experience with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or 100% electric Kia.

Cost of daily use Thanks to the evolution of hybrid and pure-electric technology, electrified vehicles are now able to deliver equal parts performance and efficiency. This means greater everyday savings, not just on fuel but also where Clean Air Zone charges are concerned, such as the daily ULEZ tariff.
Cost of maintenance EVs in particular tend to be more affordable to service because an electric drivetrain is made up of fewer working parts than a conventional combustion engine.
Government’s electric schemes A number of government-backed schemes are available that help make electric motoring even more affordable. Check out the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles’ (OZEV) electric and hybrid grant schemes by visiting GOV.UK.
Contact Us If you’d like to know more about our hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric Kia vehicles and how they can benefit you, please contact our Chichester, Eastbourne or Washington team today.