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Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid

EV=26mi
Total=560mi
Range

Seats 5

19.4ft3 Cargo

L=171.5
W=71.1
H=60.8

8.9kWh Battery

Kia Niro received a plug in 2018. The 2021 model continues to be a standout in the EV World.

Three main factors that make the 2021 Kia Niro plug-in an excellent choice for consumers who want a Eco-friendly car that transitions them into the Next Gen Phase of EVs:

1: The base model LXS has a low MSRP of $29,590K.

2: The Niro PHEV qualifies for a $4,543 Federal tax credit, reducing the base MSRP to $25,047 before taxes and fees.

3: This plug-In gets 26 pure electric miles, averages an EPA-Estimated 105 MPGe combined, and gets a whopping EPA-Estimated 560 miles of total range! Its EPA-Estimated gas mileage is excellent as well: 48/44/46 city/highway/combined.



The Kia Niro hybrid comes in 3 trims: LXS (MSRP: $29,590), EX (MSRP: $33,390), and EX Premium (MSRP: $36,550)

The Niro Plug-in’s powertrain uses a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 104 horsepower; a 6-speed automatic transmission; and a 60-hp AC Synchronous permanent magnet motor energized by an 8.9 kWh battery. The battery – tucked under the cargo area – and the electric motor, are larger than what’s found in the standard Niro. Kia says a 240-volt Level 2 charger replenishes the battery in approximately 2.5 hours, while charging with a standard 120-volt household outlet takes nearly nine hours.

Says caranddriver.com reviewers Eric Stafford and Drew Dorian: “The 2021 Kia Niro is a gas-electric subcompact crossover in the vein of the iconic Toyota Prius. Unlike the Toyota alternatives, the Kia has lower fuel-economy ratings and isn't available with all-wheel drive like the regular Prius. But it's objectively better looking and possesses the higher seating position that makes crossovers desirable to many. Behind the wheel, the Niro is neither quick nor engaging, but its impressive fuel economy embarrasses even the thriftiest Mazda CX-30 or Hyundai Kona. Likewise, the only other plug-in hybrid currently in this class is the Subaru Crosstrek, which has all-wheel drive but worse fuel efficiency. This more than anything separates the 2021 Niro from the competition.”

All 3 trims come with: 63.2 cu. ft. of total cargo room with seats folded down, Privacy Glass, a UVO link w/ 8-inch Color Touch-Screen Display, Wireless Apple CarPlay, Wireless Android Auto, Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start and Remote Start on a Key Fob, Dual-Zone Climate Control.

The midgrade EX trim adds: Power-adjustable driver's seat, Leather seats with cloth inserts, a Cargo cover, Heated front seats, a Wireless phone charger, Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Niro and the car in front), Lane keeping system.

The EX Premium adds: LED headlights, a Sunroof, Auto-dimming rearview mirror, Heated and ventilated front seats, a Heated steering wheel, an Integrated navigation system, a 10.25-inch touchscreen display (deletes the wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), an Eight-speaker premium audio system.

Standard Kia Drive Wise Technology includes: Auto Emergency Braking Technology, Blind Spot Detection Technology, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist Technology, and Driver Attention Warning.

Extensive additional safety features include:
• 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
• 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
• Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
• Traction Control System (TCS)
• Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
• Brake Force Assist System (BAS)
• Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
• High Line Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
• Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
• Rear Child-Safety Door Locks



Caranddriver.com reviewer Bengt Halvorson says: “The best plug-in hybrids sell themselves on low running costs and not overcomplicating things, and that’s exactly what Kia has done with this Niro. The carmaker has managed to fit its battery under the back seat without encroaching on seating or cargo space. The Niro plug-in hybrid doesn’t sacrifice any livability for its additional electrons. Kia smartly pushed the stepped floor just a bit forward of the lower back-seat cushion to accommodate the larger battery pack under the floor, something that few back-seat occupants would likely ever notice. It has exactly the same hip point for the seat, the same seat cushion, and the same nearly flat seat-folding capability as the hybrid.”



Says Edmunds reviewer Calvin Kim: “With the Niro Plug-In Hybrid, you get great fuel economy and SUV-like styling at a reasonable price.” Kim gives 5 stars for the Niro Plug-In’s driving position: “The tilt-and-telescoping steering column has a lot of adjustment, and the optional power driver's seat has two-way lumbar adjustment and height adjustment. It's pretty easy to find a comfortable driving position thanks to copious amounts of head and legroom to suit a wide range of drivers.”



Niro's low MSRP and excellent hybrid range, make this environmentally-friendly car a huge value.

REVISED JUNE 2021

Specs

Performance:

  • 1.6 L 4-cylinder and Full Parallel Hybrid System
  • Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC), 16-valve
  • Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
  • Lithium-Ion Polymer Electric Battery
  • Dual Clutch 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
  • Steel Unibody
  • Electric, Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
  • Front Suspension: MacPherson Struts, Stabilizer Bar
  • Rear Suspension: Independent, Multi-link, Stabilizer Bar
  • 4-Wheel Disc with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

Interior:

  • UVO link w/ 8-inch Color Touch-Screen Display and AM/FM/USB Audio
  • Wireless Android Auto
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • Rear-View Camera w/ Dynamic Parking Guidelines
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Cruise Control
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone, and Cruise Control Buttons
  • USB Audio Input
  • Front 12 V Power Outlet
  • USB Power Outlet
  • Supervision Instrument Cluster w/ 4.2-inch TFT LCD Display
  • Drive Mode System w/ Shift Paddles
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Power Windows w/ Driver's Window One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Power Passenger's Window w/ One-Touch Auto-Down
  • Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start, Remote Engine Start, and Immobilizer
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control w/ Driver Only Mode
  • Auto Windshield Defog
  • Front Center Console w/ Armrest and Storage
  • Folding Rear Center Armrest w/ Cup Holders
  • Dual Front Cup Holders
  • Front Driver and Passenger's Seat Back Pockets
  • Luggage Board w/ Under Floor Storage Tray
  • Day/Night Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Interior Lamps with Delay
  • Dual Map Lamps and Room Lamp
  • Overhead Sunglasses Holder
  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Door Scuff Plate
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • 4-Way Adjustable Driver's Seat
  • 4-Way Adjustable Passenger's Seat
  • Height-Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel & Gear Shift Knob
  • Satin Chrome Inside Door Handles
  • 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
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Force Assist System (BAS)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • High Line Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Rear Child-Safety Door Locks
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKA)
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW) w/ Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA)
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)

Exterior:

  • Gloss Black Radiator Grille w/ Chrome Lower Trim
  • Black Fender and Rocker Rail Cladding
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Body-Color Power-Adjustable Outside Mirrors
  • Body-Color Outside Door Handles
  • Roof Rails
  • Solar Control Glass
  • Sound-Absorbing Front Windshield
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Heated Rear Glass w/ Timer
  • Rear Glass Wiper
  • Auto Light Control
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • High-Beam Assist (HBA)
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Rear Combination Lights
  • LED Rear Combination Lights
  • Center High-Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL)
  • 16-inch Aero Wheels w/ Full Cover
  • Tire Emergency Solution
* Information and statistics pertaining to cars on this page are subject to change.
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