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Kia NIRO ESTATE 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT

Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
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Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
Kia NIRO 1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG76.30
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed101 mph
  • C0286 g/km
  • BHP139
  • Torque195 lbs/f
  • P11D22%

Review

Kia reckons that this Niro model offers the best of both worlds, combining fashionable 'Crossover' looks with exemplary hybrid efficiency. It's not, perhaps, the kind of car you'd expect from this growing Korean brand but in its own way, it promises to be a very appealing one. There's a choice of hybrid, PHEV plug-in hybrid or full-electric e-Niro models. Here, our focus is on the upgraded hybrid variants.

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The improved Kia Niro offers an appealing dose of hybrid technology to buyers in the small Crossover segment. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The Niro was Kia's first ever dedicated hybrid model and in recent years, the company has been no stranger to automotive electrification. Hybrid versions of the marque's larger Optima have been on sale in the USA since 2011 - and a Plug-in version of that car is available here. Plus Kia has been marketing a completely battery-powered version of its even smaller Soul Crossover model since 2014. The Niro though, saw the Korean maker's futuristic engineering showcased to a much wider audience when it was introduced in 2017, first in self-charging hybrid form, then as a plug-in PHEV and finally, in 2018, as the full-electric e-Niro BEV. Having established the Niro range, Kia has now moved to improve it, hence the upgraded range we're looking at here. The hybrid versions we're focusing on have certainly been cleverly developed. Instead the old-fashioned nickel metal hydride batteries and belt-driven CVT auto gearbox you get in, say, a more expensive Toyota Prius, here there's properly modern lithium-ion battery technology and a smoother, more sophisticated dual-clutch auto transmission to work with the hybrid system. Plus there's good looks, decent interior space and up-to-the-minute media connectivity in a car neatly positioned in size between Kia's two biggest sellers, the cee'd family hatch and the Sportage family Crossover.

Driving Experience

The hybrid Niro is available in either conventional Hybrid or Plug-in PHEV guises. Either way, the hybrid technology is mated to a 105PS 1.6-litre petrol powerplant. In the conventional self-charging hybrid variant, this is mated to a 32kW electric motor. In the PHEV model, it's mated to a more powerful 44.5kW motor. In both cases, the total system output - 141PS - is pretty much the same either way, the petrol engine and the electric motor combining effectively to provide 265Nm of torque, enough for sprightly acceleration away from standstill. As you'd expect from a hybrid, regenerative braking is used to send power back to the battery, but Kia says it's paid special attention to brake feel, reducing the grabby nature that you get from the brakes in other hybrids. The transmission is the latest version of Kia's 6DCT CVT auto 'box, re-engineered specifically for use with the Niro's advanced hybrid powertrain, delivering a more direct and immediate response - and a more entertaining drive - than a traditional continuously-variable transmission would. The Niro's 6DCT is able to shift gears automatically, while keener drivers can pull the gear lever towards them to put the car into Manual Sports mode and allow manual shifting. A series of measures have been adopted to ensure low levels of noise, vibration and harshness. These include specially-designed asymmetric engine mounts to manage powertrain movements at each point in the front subframe, high density under-bonnet insulation and a sound-deadening acoustic shield with a special support structure to improve the sound of the engine accelerating across the most used range of engine speeds.

Design and Build

The Niro occupies a useful space within the brand's model line-up in terms of its size. It's 4,355mm in length, 1,800mm wide and 1,535mm tall, making it smaller overall than the brand's larger Sportage Crossover, though occupying a larger footprint than the cee'd hatchback or the Stonic small SUV. There's nothing particularly exciting about the shape but it's likely to chime with buyers at the larger end of the compact Crossover segment and has a relatively sleek 0.29Cd drag factor. Changes to this revised model include smarter bumpers and a redesign for the front and rear lights. Inside, there's now a higher quality cabin, with greater use of soft-touch materials and an upgraded 10.25-inch widescreen centre-dash infotainment screen provided you avoid base trim. Top-spec models get a TFT screen for the instrument cluster too. The centre screen uses Kia's new UVO CONNECT telematics system. UVO CONNECT features a new Kia Live system, which uses its own SIM card to retrieve and update live data. This gives owners access to live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, fuel prices, and details of potential on and off-street parking - including price, location and availability. The second element of the UVO system is the UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app offers users peace of mind with a range of features to provide diagnostic data about their car and the trips they take. As for practical stuff, well there's reasonable rear seat space and decent boot capacity too - 421-litres.

Market and Model

For buyers of the conventional hybrid Niro model, there are three trim grades currently on offer - '2', '3' and '4'. Pricing starts from around £25,000. You'll need a budget closer to £32,000 for the PHEV version which comes only with '3'-spec trim. All Niro models are comprehensively equipped with comfort, luxury, connectivity and driver assistance features. And this upgraded Niro range sees the introduction of a series of extra active driver-assistive safety technologies. Already available with Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, the upgraded Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are now offered with additional Stop & Go functionality. Adaptive Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go follows the preceding vehicle and can now bring the Niro to a stop if traffic slows to a halt, bringing the car back up to speed as the car in front moves off. Lane Following Assist is available for the first time on Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, following its introduction on the electric e-Niro. This technology tracks vehicles in front of the car in traffic and detects road markings to keep the Niro in its lane on the motorway. The system controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front, using external sensors to maintain a safe distance, while also assisting the driver change lanes. Lane Following Assist operates between zero and 81mph. The Niro continues to be offered with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies. Depending on specification, these include Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, Blind-spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-traffic Collision Warning and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning.

Cost of Ownership

So, how do the figures stack up? Well, let's look at the conventional hybrid model most will choose. This car's headline efficiency figures can't match those of Toyota's Prius but they're still pretty impressive: 58.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 99g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. That's achieved using some impressive tech. The Niro uses the Lithium-Ion Polymer battery that is both compact and powerful - so much so that Kia has been able to do away with a 12v battery in the car. Kia has also developed a Predictive Energy Control system to use navigation data that predicts changes to the road ahead and maximises the efficiency of the hybrid system. The 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack is the lightest and most efficient pack used by Kia to date, with up to 50% higher energy density and 13% greater energy efficiency than the battery packs found in key rivals. Weighing just 33 kg, the Niro's battery pack - with an advanced power relay - allows the battery to regenerate electrical energy under deceleration. We ought to cover the alternative Plug-in Hybrid Niro variant too. This derivative puts out just 31g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 and is supposed to be able to return an NEDC combined cycle reading of 201.8mpg - those figures based on calculations assuming that owners will be making full use of the 30-mile driving range potential provided by this variant's 8.9 kWh battery. Charging a Niro Plug-in Hybrid takes 2hours 15mins using a 3.3 kW AC charger.

Summary

If you started out wanting to buy a small 'Juke'-style Crossover, you probably weren't expecting to be considering a Hybrid. And, if you started out wanting to buy a Hybrid, you probably weren't expecting to be considering a small Crossover. Get over it. In this Niro, Kia has a car that does a pretty good job in combining fashion and frugality and if you're shopping in either of these segments, it's well worth your consideration. Inevitably, as with any blended concoption, there's an element of compromise here. Some other Hybrids are more frugal, just as some other small Crossovers are more fashion-conscious. Take the view that life is about effectively managing compromise though and you're probably the sort of person who'd really appreciate what Kia has tried to do here. This Niro is, after all, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. It looks good and overall, will almost certainly work out cheaper to run than a comparable diesel alternative. That doesn't necessarily mean it'll be right for you, but there's no doubt of one thing: in terms of the kind of wishlist that a buyer in this part of the market might have, the Niro ticks a lot of boxes.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
All round electric windows with drivers auto up/down function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic defog system
Automatic headlight control system
Black beltline mouldings
Black side sills
Body colour bumpers
Body coloured/high gloss door mirrors
Chrome door handles
Driver's side wide angle mirror
Electrically folding/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED indicators
Front fog lights
LED daytime running lights
LED rear combination lights
Manual headlight levelling
Matt black radiator grille
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgate
Projector headlamps
Rain sensing front wipers
Rear spoiler
Rear wiper
Roof rails
Solar glass
Welcome and follow-me home light functionality
Wheel arch mouldings
Driver Convenience
8" touch screen
Adaptive smart cruise control function (SCC) with stop and go
Apple car play/Android Auto with voice control
Digital clock
Drive mode selector
Driver attention warning
Forward collision avoidance assist
Lane Following Assist (LFA)
Lane keep assist
Motor driven power steering
Rear parking sensors
Reversing camera
Speed limiter
Trip computer with distance/fuel consumption/average speed
Entertainment
'Shark fin' mobile antenna
4.2" supervision cluster with TFT colour display
6 speakers
Bluetooth with music streaming
DAB Radio with MP3
Steering wheel mounted controls
USB connection located in centre console
USB port
Interior Features
3 x passenger assist grips
60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
All-round height adjustable headrests
Centre console storage box
Centre rool lamp
Cloth/leather upholstery
Door armrest in leather
Driver's seat height adjuster
Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Front and rear door storage
Front passenger seatback pockets
Front/rear centre armrests
Headlining in Light grey
High gloss black lower console trim
High gloss black steering wheel trim
Illuminated ignition key hole
Interior door lock/unlock function
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather trimmed gearshift
Leather trimmed steering wheel
Luggage area lamp
Luggage compartment cover
Luggage net hooks
Overhead console lamp with sunglasses case
Passenger seat height adjuster
Rear armrests with cupholder
Satin finish inner door handles
Steering wheel mounted paddle shift
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Under floor storage box
Ventiliation ducts to rear compartment
Packs
Towing pack - Niro
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
ABS
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact
Drivers knee airbag
Electric parking brake with auto hold function
Electronic stability control
Emergency stop signalling system
Front passenger airbag cut-off switch
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist control (HAC)
Traction control
Twin curtain airbags with roll over sensor
Twin front and side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
Alarm system and engine immobiliser
Deadlocks
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central door locking with fold away key
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Visible vehicle identification number
Trim
High gloss black centre fascia
High gloss black door inserts
Wheels
16" alloy wheels
Tyre mobility kit
Electric Vehicle Data
Battery Capacity in kWh 1.56
Battery Type Lithium-ion
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.16
CO2 (g/km) 86
HC 0.023
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.003
Particles 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 110
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1580
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 76.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 70.6
EC Urban (mpg) 83.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 47.1
WLTP - MPG - High 67.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 64.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 68.9
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 139
Coin Description GDi
Coin Series 2
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 11E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 83
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 80
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 4
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 57
NCAP Safety Assist % 59
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 7
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs) 11.1
Engine Power - BHP 139
Engine Power - KW 104
Engine Power - RPM 5700
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 195
Engine Torque - MKG 27
Engine Torque - NM 265
Engine Torque - RPM 4000
Top Speed 101
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Rear 205/60 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1535
Height (including roof rails) 1545
Length 4355
Wheelbase 2700
Width 1805
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 45
Gross Vehicle Weight 1930
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1380
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 382
Max. Loading Weight 440
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Minimum Kerbweight 1490
No. of Seats 5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £184.33 p/m £9.00 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £194.32 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £197.40 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £204.72 p/m £9.00 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £225.11 p/m £16.00 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £244.87 p/m £39.16 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £309.46 p/m Call Us
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £178.68 p/m £10.00 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £187.63 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £194.13 p/m £18.08 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £198.90 p/m £12.00 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £216.74 p/m £31.34 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £232.40 p/m £42.97 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £247.65 p/m £52.84 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £173.62 p/m £14.00 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £178.23 p/m £19.35 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £184.37 p/m £22.14 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £190.51 p/m £24.94 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £206.14 p/m £35.14 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £221.66 p/m £48.45 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £233.82 p/m £59.16 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £246.20 p/m £72.37 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £221.20 p/m £10.80 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £233.18 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £244.07 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £245.66 p/m £10.80 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £270.13 p/m £19.20 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £293.84 p/m £46.99 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £214.42 p/m £12.00 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £225.15 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £232.96 p/m £21.70 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £238.68 p/m £14.40 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £260.09 p/m £37.60 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £278.88 p/m £51.56 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £297.18 p/m £63.41 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £208.35 p/m £16.80 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £213.87 p/m £23.22 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £221.24 p/m £26.57 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £228.61 p/m £29.93 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £247.37 p/m £42.17 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £265.99 p/m £58.14 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £280.58 p/m £70.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £295.44 p/m £86.84 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Premium paint £585.00
Paintwork
Premium paint - Graphite £585.00
Premium paint - Midnight black £585.00
Premium paint - Ocean blue £585.00
Premium paint - Runway red £585.00
Premium paint - White pearl £585.00
Solid - Silky silver FOC
Trim
Cloth/leather - Black FOC
* option prices shown are estimated