Being competitively priced against the segment’s low-emissions diesels despite what must be a relatively expensive powertrain, the Niro delivers plenty of good news here but, predictably or otherwise, no revelation on real-world economy.

For company car drivers, the car’s 88g/km CO2 emissions rating could make it more than £300 a year cheaper on benefit-in-kind tax than its opposition, something it couldn’t have achieved without a low enough showroom price.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Relative scarcity will keep the Niro’s value close to the Prius’s a few years out, but expect it to fall faster initially

Even on our mid-level sub-£23k test car, which we recommend, you get part-leather seats, dual-zone air-con, cruise control and touchscreen infotainment with navigation, DAB and Android Auto as standard.

For many motorists, the 50.1mpg average return that our TrueMPG testers conjured from the car may seem good enough.

But they should also know that a Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110, a Renault Kadjar with the same engine and even Kia’s own 1.7-litre CRDi Sportage have all returned better this year – and in identical laboratory test conditions.

It’s possible to drive the Niro to an indicated miles-per-gallon return well into the 60s, but not without a lot of patience and commitment.

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And if you do like running your hybrid on emissions-free battery power only for extended periods, this one doesn’t seem to have either the motor power or the battery range to really do it.

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