Kia Niro

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Hybrid

580mi Range

Seats 5

19.4ft3 Cargo

L=172
W=71
H=60

1.56kWh Battery

Car and Driver reviewers say: "The Niro is an approachable and practical crossover-like hatchback – one that just happens to have a hybrid powertrain and EPA city ratings of up to 52 mpg. Refreshingly straightforward, it has no unfortunate packaging concessions, no bizarre styling, and no weird controls that are different just for the sake of being different."

Kia calls the Niro "A new approach to what a hybrid crossover can be. It achieves an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined and a near-600-mile range. And it features a high-efficiency 1.6L GDI engine and a smooth-transitioning dual-clutch automatic transmission that deliver pure fun behind the wheel." Niro's designers aerodynamically sculpted the hybrid to improve fuel efficiency. The car's drag coefficient of .29 Cd cuts down drag to maximize performance. The car has achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Lowest Fuel Consumption. Driven 3,715 miles by professional test drivers – from LA to NY – the hybrid used only 4.1 tanks of gas. That’s a record-setting mark of an incredible 76.6 mpg.

Niro has a four-cylinder engine and a single AC electric motor/generator integrated within a six-speed automatic transaxle. The engine is an Atkinson-cycle 1.6-liter four-cylinder with exhaust-heat recovery and dual cooling circuits for quickly warming up the cylinder head. It generates 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. Kia claims it operates with 40 percent thermal efficiency, a high mark on that scale. The 6-speed is a dual-clutch unit, with two hydraulically actuated multiplate dry clutches. The combined system output to the front wheels is 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Kia Niro Hybrid comes in 5 trims: FE, LX, EX, Touring Launch Edition and Touring. All models get a rearview camera and a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Compared with the more affordable LX, the EX model adds significant interior comforts including standard heated front seats, rear A/C vents, upgraded trim, and an available sunroof. Touring models upgrade their audio significantly with an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon system and also get power front seats and leather upholstery. Adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking are among the features available on top EX and Touring models. The car comes with a power driver’s seat with lumbar support that adjusts up to 10 ways.

Niro is engineered with safety in mind. Its Iso-Structure™ construction is composed of over 50% advanced high-strength steel for excellent rigidity. Advanced airbags system, including a driver’s knee airbag plus high-tech sensors to help manage airbag inflation are standard. Specially engineered front and rear crumple zones help preserve structural integrity for improved protection. All the doors are reinforced with steel beams to help absorb impact energy and deflect side-impact force.

With the rear seats up, cargo space is 19.4ft3. Cargo space expands to 54.5ft3 with the seats down. Niro boasts more interior volume than the Toyota Prius and more headroom than the Honda HR-V.

Kia considers the Niro a serious player in its Next Gen line-up of cars. A plug-in-hybrid Niro is due in the USA next September. And a pure-electric version – likely in early 2018 – is expected to complete Niro's family. Says Car and Driver: "Those who choose a Niro because it is the size and shape they want probably will find a lot of value in this model’s generally pleasant driving experience and roomy interior – not to mention a lot more monetary value should gas prices rise." The car is described as a key part of Kia’s Green Car Roadmap, which aims to nearly triple its global green car lineup by 2020. Niro is part of the EcoDynamics sub-brand that previously introduced the Kia Optima Hybrid and Soul EV. There's a difference though: Niro is the first Kia on a new eco-car platform specifically engineered to accommodate a plug-in hybrid powertrain to be added later in the lifecycle.

MSRP for the Niro FE starts at $22,890. The 2017 Kia Niro was named a 10 Best Hybrid Car Under $40,000 by Kelly Blue Book's KBB.com.

Specs

Performance:

  • 1.6L liter, Inline 4 Full Parallel Hybrid System Engine
  • AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Electric Motor
  • Dual Clutch 6-Speed Automatic with Sportmatic Transmission
  • 4-Wheel Disc w/ Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
  • Suspension: Front – MacPherson Struts, Stabilizer Bar; Back – Independent, Multi-link, Stabilizer Bar

Interior:

  • UVO eServices with 7" Color Touch-Screen Display and AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM®
  • Android Auto™
  • Apple CarPlay™
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • BLUETOOTH® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Controls
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone, and Cruise Control Buttons
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Dual Front 12V Power Outlets
  • Supervision Meter Cluster with 4.2" Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD Trip Computer
  • Active Eco System
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Power Windows with Driver's One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Power Door Locks
  • Keyless entry system with illuminated keyhole
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control w/ Driver Only Mode
  • Auto Windshield Defog
  • Day/Night Interior Rear-View Mirror
  • Interior Lighting with Delay
  • Mood Lighting
  • Dual Map Lights
  • Overhead Sunglasses Holder
  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Door Scuff Plate
  • 4-Way Adjustable Driver's Seat
  • Height-Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat w/Center Armrest & Adjustable Rear Headrests
  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags, Driver's Side Knee Airbag, 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions, Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners, Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), Rear Child-Safety Door Lock
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • High Line Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones

Exterior:

  • Glossy Black Radiator Grille With Chrome Trim
  • Black Fender and Rocker Rail Cladding
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Body-Color Power Outside Mirrors
  • Body Color Door Handles
  • Solar Control Glass
  • Sound-Absorbing Front Windshield
  • Privacy Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Heated Rear Glass w/ Timer
  • Rear Wiper
  • Auto Light Control
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • LED Positioning Lights
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