Kia Niro review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, hybrid
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Introduction

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The Kia Niro may appear to be just another small SUV, but it's one of the many mainstream cars that have adopted hybrid technology to improve efficiency and help save the planet. 

Like the well-known Toyota Prius, the Niro self-charging hybrid uses an electric motor and battery pack to augment its petrol engine. Electric assistance helps it deliver comparatively low CO2 emissions of 86g/km, while official fuel consumption figures of 76.3mpg easily outshine the most frugal of its diesel-powered alternatives. 

There’s also a plug-in hybrid variant (PHEV) in which you can charge the battery pack independently for greater all-electric range. If you can fit daily charging into your lifestyle, this could usefully reduce running costs; its CO2 emissions are as low as 23g/km, with official – but we’d suggest optimistic – fuel economy of 217.3mpg.

If neither of those is quite green enough for your liking, there's also a fully electric Kia e-Niro that can provide a 282-mile range; we rate it highly enough to have named it our overall Car of the Year for 2019. 

As we’ve come to expect from Kia, the Niro is good value, too. It undercuts the Prius while offering more equipment and a class-leading seven-year warranty. It also beats the Prius and hybrid SUV rivals such as the Toyota C-HR when it comes to practicality; the Kia’s SUV body shape and well-concealed battery pack allow generous boot space and plenty of room for passengers. 

Read on over the next few pages for our detailed impressions of the Kia Niro and how it compares with conventionally powered alternatives. And don’t forget, once you’ve decided which new car is right for you, head to our New Car Buying pages to see how much you could save. 

At a glance

Number of trims3 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid, hybrid
MPG range across all versions65.7 - 76.3
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty7 years / 100000 miles

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