Always-connected hybrid and PHEV crossovers gain uprated active safety systems from e-Niro

Revised versions of the Kia Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) are now on sale in the UK, priced from £24,590. 

Four trim levels are available, each powered by the firm's 1.6 GDi petrol engine. Hybrid models receive a 1.56kWh lithium ion polymer battery pack, with plug-in variants using a larger 8.9kWh unit. 

Prices range from less than £25,000 for entry-level 1 trim, to £31,945 for top-spec plug-in hybrid versions.

Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the compact SUV's facelift adds greater connectivity and a tweaked exterior design.

Both the hybrid and plug-in hybrid Niro receive new front and rear bumpers inspired by those of the electric e-Niro, with new LED daytime running lights as standard and Kia's 'ice cube' projection headlights. LED headlights and foglights will be available as options. New paint colours and alloy wheel designs have also been added to the range.

Bigger changes can be found inside, where Kia has upgraded the dashboard with soft-touch materials and added red-orange and plum colour trim packs. The manual handbrake has been replaced by an electric parking brake and the steering wheel gains paddle shifters to take manual control of the six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system can now be upgraded to a 10.3in widescreen and the 4.2in instrument cluster can be exchanged for a 7.0in Supervision display. Kia's UVO Connect telematics system has also been added to the range, providing always-connected functionality such as live traffic information, fuel prices and charging station information through an integrated SIM card. 

Our Verdict

Kia Niro

Kia taps into the zeitgeist with an all-new hybrid compact crossover, but conventional models like the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and Honda HR-V will take some beating

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The updated Niro is now available with optional stop-and-go cruise control and active lane-keeping assistance for the first time.

“The Niro has become a key growth driver for Kia in Europe and is a cornerstone of our electrified product strategy," said Kia Europe CEO Emilio Herrera. "New enhancements to quality and design and the adoption of our ‘connected’ UVO system will make the Niro family an even more compelling proposition.”

The Niro is now one of Kia's best-selling European models, with more than 14,000 hybrid and PHEV models sold in the UK alone since its introduction in 2016.

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28 February 2019

Here's a good way as any to settle various arguments that crop up time to time on this website. Take the 3 versions of the Niro, see how much they cost to run in the real world and hey presto see which one wins the plug-in, mild hybrid or EV.  As far as the private buyer goes running costs will be the most interesting especially now the £2,500 for plug-in Hybrids has gone!  

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

28 February 2019
xxxx wrote:

Here's a good way as any to settle various arguments that crop up time to time on this website. Take the 3 versions of the Niro, see how much they cost to run in the real world and hey presto see which one wins the plug-in, mild hybrid or EV.  As far as the private buyer goes running costs will be the most interesting especially now the £2,500 for plug-in Hybrids has gone!  

That comparison would make for an interesting read. Your move Autocar....

Whilst there's a lot more to buying a car than simply cost (driving enjoyment, refinement, practicality, etc etc) knowing how much extra the EV might cost (I'm assuming it would be more expensive) over 3 or 5 years would help to work out whether the extra power and refinement it brings are worth it.

1 March 2019

Based on current costs in Spain - the e-Niro costs €12,500 over the equivalent normal hybrid (taking account of discounts available)

This would represent about 10 years of petrol for the mileage I do

This ignores cost of electricity, charging point cost, savings in road tax

 

 

5 March 2019
sierra wrote:

Based on current costs in Spain - the e-Niro costs €12,500 over the equivalent normal hybrid (taking account of discounts available)

This would represent about 10 years of petrol for the mileage I do

This ignores cost of electricity, charging point cost, savings in road tax

Mild hybrid (model 3) is £25.3k,   Plug-in (£31k), First edition BEV will be £33k after grants and that's a very high spec (leather etc) in a much quicker car.

So in the UK the price difference is less than £5k after allowing for spec differences.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

28 February 2019
xxxx wrote:

Here's a good way as any to settle various arguments that crop up time to time on this website. Take the 3 versions of the Niro, see how much they cost to run in the real world and hey presto see which one wins the plug-in, mild hybrid or EV.  As far as the private buyer goes running costs will be the most interesting especially now the £2,500 for plug-in Hybrids has gone!  

That would be quite difficult, as it depends on which 'real world' your trying to emulate as there are many different usage patterns. I guess you could try to cover several general categories assuming they could find staff drivers that fitted each and rotate the cars around. That would then be a definitive guide to 'that is nearest my own driving pattern so I would be better off with an xxx'

28 February 2019

The current Niro has has a manual foot-operated "hand"brake

"Lane keep assist" is standard on Niro 2 upwards 

28 February 2019

The initial KIA in the above title is a tribute to the fast progress of Korean cars in design, engineering and reliability. Some European manufacturers must learn from them. Only 15 years ago I owned a Hyundai that was terrible in most aspects, especially reliability. They improved immensely since and after that hiatus, I have no regret buying one.

28 February 2019

I like the Niro but its just a bit too small and and quite a lot not 'jacked up' enough for me, they so need to put this stuff into a Tucson at a half decent price and I suspect a money mountain awaits them.

28 February 2019

Nooo..

The best thing about KIA is their simplicity (Or at least thats what I like most about them)

Paddle shifters and push button handbrakes ruin all that.

JMax

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