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24/05/2024

New 2024 Kia EV3: Price, specs and release date

Written By Richard Aucock

2025 Kia EV3

The new Kia EV3 is an exciting new electric SUV that aims to shake up the small SUV sector.

The new Kia EV3 immediately stands out thanks to its distinctive styling, which brings the squared-off look of the award-winning Kia EV9 into a much more accessible sector.

Set to be very competitively priced, with a long electric range, the new Kia EV3 is an exciting new entrant that will provide stern competition to rivals when it arrives here later in 2024.

The new Kia EV3 will also have a long electric range, with the top-spec version set to offer an EV range of over 370 miles.

The new Kia EV3 is set to go head-to-head with the Volvo EX30, along with other small electric SUVs such as the new MINI Aceman, Smart #1, Jeep Avenger and the upcoming electric Ford Puma Gen-e.

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The new Kia EV3 has distinctive, squared-off lines that give it an ultra-modern appearance similar to the acclaimed Kia EV9 luxury SUV.
2025 Kia EV3
The new Kia EV3's high-tech LED headlights help create a new interpretation of the Kia 'Tiger Face' and feature the very latest 'Star Map' lighting signature.

New 2024 Kia EV3: price and release date

The new Kia EV3 has been fully revealed to the world and more details about its UK release will follow over the summer. The first cars could arrive here before the end of 2024. 

New Kia EV3 prices are anticipated to be very competitive. Entry-level models could start from around £30,000. 

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The new Kia EV3 has a very clean and sophisticated interior with plenty of neat design touches and the latest in fully-connected infotainment tech.

New 2024 Kia EV3: exterior and interior

The new Kia EV3 is a refreshingly bold and modern-looking new small family SUV. It brings the ‘Opposites United’ styling cues of the large Kia EV9 into a more compact family SUV segment.

At the front, the new Kia EV3’s sleek vertical headlights are positioned at the far ends of the vehicle. They give it a distinctively wide and confident stance. The front end design has a new interpretation of the Kia Tiger Face family look, set off by the latest Star Map LED lighting signature.

The new Kia EV3’s clean, aerodynamic appearance is further enhanced by smart new colours including this eye-catching Aventurine Green – a colour unique to the new Kia EV3.

From the side, the new Kia EV3’s long wheelbase places the wheels right into the corners for maximum space efficiency. This also give it a confident stance, and we love some of the ultra-modern alloy wheel designs Kia will offer.

The new Kia EV3 has a long and sloping roofline, which blends into the rear hatchback. The side profile also shows off the very bold lines including the squared-off, bulging wheel arches. The GT-Line version pictured here features an extended gloss black lower section, enhancing the appearance yet further.

Inside, the new Kia EV3 has a clean and spacious interior that is packed with cool and modern design touches. The centrepiece is a combined widescreen display, which stretches nearly 30 inches across the dashboard. It comprises a 12.3-inch driver display, 5.0-inch climate control panel and a 12.3-inch touchscreen display.

The new Kia EV3’s infotainment system is fully connected and features over-the-air updates. It is also the first Kia EV to feature the firm’s AI Assistant technology. This uses Generative AI to process and understand voice commands, meaning owners can interact far more easily with their new Kia EV3.

Pleasingly, for those who would rather have physical buttons, the new Kia EV3 has a row of buttons below the central screen for operating mapping, media and vehicle configuration – along with a series of buttons on the steering wheel.

The new Kia EV3 has a practical new centre console design, featuring a sliding table and storage area. The table is ideal for working on laptops while charging, and the storage area is big enough for small backpacks, as well as road trip snacks.

For those who prefer to snooze while charging, the new Kia EV3’s front seats feature a fold-back relaxation mode.

In the rear, the new Kia EV3 will be roomy enough for adults, while the boot has a 460-litre capacity which is the largest in its class. With the rear seats folded, it expands to 1250 litres. There is also a 25-litre ‘frunk’ for storing charging cables.

The new Kia EV3 measures 4300mm long, 1850mm wide and 1560mm tall. This makes it around 70mm longer than a Volvo EX30. It is based on the Kia Electric Global Modular Platform, or E-GMP.

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The new Kia EV3 will have 'best in class' range with the Long Range version targeting more than 372 miles between charges.

New 2024 Kia EV3: range and performance

The new Kia EV3 electric SUV will launch in front-wheel drive guise. This will be the most efficient version. There will be a choice of two battery sizes, either 58.3kWh Standard Range or 81.4kWh Long Range.

Full technical details are to follow – but it is anticipated the new Kia EV3 Long Range could have a range of more than 372 miles. The company is targeting “best in class” driving range.

The new Kia EV3's Standard Range battery is expected to have a range of over 255 miles, so even this more affordable version will be ample for many. 

Kia adds that ‘ultra-fast’ charging will allow it to charge from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes. The speed is 102kW for the Standard Range and 128 kW for the Long Range. It will facilitate Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) charging too, so owners can use their new Kia EV3 to power external devices such as laptops, coffee machines or hairdryers.

The new Kia EV3 will produce 204PS in launch guise. It will accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and have a top speed of 105mph. It will also feature a new ‘i-Pedal 3.0’ regenerative braking system, giving drivers the option of one-pedal driving.

It is expected more versions will follow later, including a dual-motor version with all-wheel drive.

The new Kia EV3 will also come with plenty of safety assist tech, which the firm says is “usually reserved for the large EV SUV sector”. Clever gadgets include remote smart parking assist, allowing owners to move the new Kia EV3 in and out of tight spaces without having to sit in the vehicle.

Kia Soul EV Review 2023 frontright exterior

Find a used Kia Soul EV for sale

The Kia Soul EV is the electric predecessor of the new Kia EV3, with similarly boxy and distinctive styling. There were two versions, and we prefer the most recent model, which has modern looks and a high-tech interior. Amazingly, you can get a 2021 used Kia Soul EV from around £15,000, with plenty of choice under £20,000. 

Looking for more new car news?

If you like the new Kia EV3, another new small electric SUV that may be of interest is the new MINI Aceman. And if you're after a bargain electric SUV, you're in luck. We have news here at heycar on how the new Vauxhall Mokka Electric is more than £7k cheaper, and how £5k has been cut from the Honda e:Ny1. In other news, the new Ford Puma is a refreshed version of Ford’s best-selling new car that arrives in time for spring 2024. Meanwhile, Kia really has been busy recently, with a facelifted Kia Picanto city car and an updated Kia EV6 premium car. 

The new Kia EV3 will offer “best in class” range, says the firm. It is targeting a range of more than 372 miles in the most efficient version with the largest Long Range battery.

The new Kia EV3 will be available in a choice of nine colours. Two of them are all-new for this model – Aventurine Green and Terracotta.

The new Kia EV3 GT-Line is a sportier-looking version with bolder exterior trim and, inside, the choice of an exclusive Onyx Black colourscheme.

Exclusive look at the new KIa EV3

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