In an exclusive preview in Germany, we had the chance to get to know the new Kia EV3, officially unveiled worldwide on May 23rd. Currently, it is the most compact SUV in the electric family, which already includes the EV6 and the larger EV9 (here’s our review).

The EV3 boasts an interesting design and a form factor that maximizes interior space relative to its size, maintaining the brand’s quality and some of the best electric technology on the market.

New Kia EV3 in brief

The Kia EV3 has all the qualities to make a mark in the Nordic electric market, both in Norway and Denmark, where it will be appreciated for its significantly lower price compared to its bigger siblings. Its distinctive design, though somewhat understated compared to the other models in the family, gives it a modern and unique look, especially with its particular rear shape, offering ample space for the rear passengers. With a range of up to 560 km on the WLTP cycle for the Long Range version with an 81.4 kWh battery, it unfortunately does not have the ultra-fast charging capability of the EV6 and EV9, but it supports up to 130 kW DC charging and offers an optional 22 kW onboard charger. All this is combined with new infotainment, exceptional interior design, and notable sustainability.

Prices in Scandinavia

Currently, Kia has not announced the official prices for Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.

New Kia EV3
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The EV3 will compete with models like the Volvo EX30, Smart #1, and Renault Megane E-Tech. Additionally, it will challenge the Cupra Born and Volkswagen ID.3, despite their slightly different profiles. In other countries like Germany, the prices starts from 35.000 €, and it’s to be expeted similar in Scandinavia.

Design and Dimensions

The new Kia EV3, measuring 4.30 meters in length and with a wheelbase of 2.68 meters, positions itself closer to the C-segment rather than the typical B-segment SUVs. This compact yet spacious design ensures ample interior room, complemented by a width of 1.85 meters and a height of 1.56 meters. The EV3 offers a generous 460 liters of trunk space, plus an additional 25 liters in the front trunk (frunk).

New Kia EV3
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The design evolution of the EV3 draws inspiration from the larger EV9 but maintains a unique identity. The front headlights configuration and the squared-off rear design are distinctive features. Sharp cuts and a streamlined underbody, along with 3D-printed elements and movable cooling vents, contribute to enhanced aerodynamics.

Battery and Range

The new Kia EV3 offers two battery options: the Standard Range with a 58.3 kWh battery and the Long Range with an 81.4 kWh battery. The Standard Range version delivers a range of 410 km, while the Long Range can go up to 560 km on a single charge. Both versions are powered by a single front electric motor producing 204 horsepower, allowing for brisk acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds for the Long Range and 7.7 seconds for the Standard Range.

New Kia EV3
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Charging capabilities include standard 11 kW onboard charging, with an optional 22 kW charger available from 2026. For DC fast charging, the Standard Range supports up to 100 kW, while the Long Range can handle up to 130 kW. The EV3 also features bidirectional charging compatibility.

Interior and Infotainment

The interior of the new Kia EV3 focuses on sustainability, connectivity, and comfort. Recycled materials are extensively used, with up to 28.5 kg of recycled plastic in each vehicle. Comfort features include reclining seats with a Relax mode and a sliding central console that doubles as a storage compartment and a table.

New Kia EV3
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Connectivity is a standout feature, with a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 5-inch screen for climate controls. The digital key can be used with an iPhone, Samsung, or Google smartphone to unlock and start the vehicle, even with a dead battery. This key can be shared with up to seven users via the Kia app. The infotainment system supports video and music streaming, personalized themes, and In-Car Games, and it is capable of receiving over-the-air updates. Voice commands are enhanced with ChatGPT integration for a more intuitive user experience.


The Kia EV3 is equipped with advanced driver assistance systems that provide Level 2 autonomy, nearly reaching Level 2.5 with features like autonomous lane changing and adaptive cruise control that adjusts based on road conditions and speed limits. Additional safety features include collision avoidance systems for cross-traffic scenarios.


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