The firm claims fuel economy of 217.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 29g/km for the Niro PHEV, with power of 139bhp and torque at 195lb ft. This marks an increase in fuel economy of 143mpg over the standard car’s 74.3mpg and a CO2 improvement of 59g/km.
These upgrades make the Niro PHEV Kia’s most fuel-efficient car yet, and it has an electric-only range of 36 miles. Top speed is increased to 107mph, and acceleration to 62mph drops from 11.5sec to 10.4sec.
Three drive modes are available: Eco and Normal, as well as a Manual Sports mode that allows drivers to select gears themselves. Drivers can also choose between pure electric EV mode and hybrid HEV mode. Kia’s Coasting Guide Control reads the navigation to pre-empt approaching road conditions and maximise efficiency, by recharging the batteries through coasting.
On the outside, the Niro PHEV is marked out by its metallic blue trim on the front and rear bumpers, as well as the charge socket on the passenger side front wing.
The Niro PHEV starts at £27,995 after the government’s £2500 plug-in grant, and is based on the 3-spec mild hybrid. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are AEB and lane-keep assist.
The Optima PHEV Sportswagon was also revealed, months after the advent of its saloon sibling. Kia claims an increase in range and fuel economy and lower emissions than the saloon. Although 201.8mpg versus the saloon’s 176.6mpg is claimed, the PHEV has 15 litres less boot capacity than its petrol- or diesel-only counterpart.
Like the Niro PHEV, blue trim at the front and rear of the car separates it from the standard Optima Sportswagon; while, under the surface, there are larger brakes - 300mm to the standard 262mm - and tweaked suspension to deal with the excess weight.
The car’s 202bhp gives identical performance figures to the Optima PHEV saloon: a 9.4sec 0-62mph time, 119mph top speed and CO2 emissions of 33g/km.