The All-New Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
Is this the car to convince you into a hybrid?
With a combined fuel consumption of 217.3 mpg
The Kia Niro is built on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq, but is designed to appear more like an SUV than a Prius-rivalling hybrid. A hybrid is exactly what it is though – there are no conventional petrol or diesel versions offered, but instead a basic hybrid or a more expensive plug-in version with a superior electric-only range.
In addition to the Ioniq and Prius, rivals include the Toyota C-HR and plug-in hybrids such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mini Countryman PHEV.
There’s a useful amount of storage in the front of the Niro, although be warned that the tray ahead of the gear lever containing the optional wireless phone charger doubles as a chocolate-melting device. Just saying.
The batteries are packaged under the rear seats, so boot space is good in the standard model, although the wheel arches do intrude noticeably. The plug-in hybrid Niro PHEV sacrifices a fair chunk more boot space for its larger batteries. What’s more, Kia’s solution for carrying the charging cables around - in two large bags that live in the boot - is rather inelegant.
We do however like the low loading lip, and seats that fold flat in a 60/40 split make it possible to carry larger loads. Space for passengers in the rear is also more generous than in the Hyundai Ioniq; there’s enough room to fit one six-footer behind another and the flat floor helps with carrying a third person in the middle seat. The outer rear seats come with Isofix, but the way the seat belts are mounted slightly further forward than in other cars can make it slightly awkward to fit some child seats.
While being an all-new car makes it a little hard to say exactly how reliable the Niro is likely to be, Kia’s track record is superb.
It finished joint first (along with Volvo) in the 2017 JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, and its seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty is market-leading. All of which means we’d be very surprised if the Niro didn’t turn out to be a completely dependable car.
All-New Niro PHEV
- 16” Alloy Wheels****
- 8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping
- 8-speaker JBL® Premium Sound System
- Kia Connected Services Featuring TomTom® **
- Black Leather Upholstery *
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors ***
- Heated Front Seats
- Heated Steering Wheel
- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Smart Cruise Control
- *PiCG = Plug-in Car Grant (£2,500 deduction from the original OTR price)