Kia Niro

Kia Niro

About Kia Niro

Available as a hybrid and as a plug-in hybrid, the 2018 Kia Niro is a stylish, family-friendly 4-door hatchback with outstanding fuel economy and impressive safety and convenience features. Introduced just last year, the new Kia Niro competes with the best-selling Toyota Prius, Ford C-Max, Chevy Volt and the similar Hyundai Ioniq. And with a combined city/highway fuel-economy rating of 50 mpg, the Niro Hybrid is one of the most efficient in the class. The new Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid can be driven 26 miles on electricity alone, before a 1.6-liter gasoline engine turns on to charge the batteries and expand range to over 600 miles. Four trim levels are available with prices starting around $24,000 for a Niro Hybrid FE, which includes a standard 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and a rearview camera.

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2018 Kia Niro
What's new for 2018?
2018 Kia Niro

This year Kia adds the Plug-In Hybrid model to the Niro lineup. Also, Lane Keep Assist replaces Kia’s Lane Departure Warning system, and the Advanced Tech Package is now standard on the top-of-the-line Niro Touring trim level. EX models get a new Electrochromatic rearview mirror that keeps glare down.

  • Expert Rating: 8.9
  • Consumers Rating: 9.2
  • MPGh 52|49
2017 Kia Niro
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro isn’t just new for 2017, it’s an all-new addition to the Kia lineup.

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Consumer Reviews

Great Crossover for the money.

By on Thursday, April 27, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Premiuim interior feel, great gas mileage."

Cons: "No AWD or 4WD model."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I owned a sports car before buying my Niro, yeah it was a big change. I test drove it at the kia dealership and I was immediately impressed by it. The interior feels of premium materials, it is very comfortable. You really can not tell that you are driving a hybrid vehicle. It has plenty of leg room in the backseat and plenty of storage in the back. My gas mileage now is very impressive, I average around 47mpg on the highway and around 55mpg in the city."

78 people out of 78 found this review helpful

3-1/2 months and 8,000 miles later (FE Model)

By on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great small utility SUV with awesome gas mileage"

Cons: "Choose your options wisely"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2017 Kia Niro FE model. Ive owned sports cars, minivans, all-wheel drive, etc ... V-8s, high-output 4-cyl. over the years (been driving since mid 1970s) and this gas-electric combo will not disappoint you. I drive primarily highway miles to and from work approx. 6 days/week; including some stop & go city driving for about 100 miles a day - on 2, 3 & 4 lane highways and some interstate. There are days when I get all over this car/engine rig and it still get 45+ MPG. I can get 51-52 MPG traveling at 70-73 for about 35-40 minutes. Very impressive fuel economy. If I drive 80+ then the gas mileage goes down to the low 40s. If I push 85+ speed-wise then fuel economy suffers (DAH!) to high 30s/maybe 40-MPG. I try to hit the sweet spot on my trips which is 70-to-73. I am 6-ft-1+ inches and 225-lbs. Head clearance is good - no issues there. Plenty of room for me as the driver. Arm rest and center storage bin/arm-pad location is good as well. I took a 225 mile trip this past weekend and got 52.5 MPG driving combined highway (mostly) and city in central Wisconsin; it was a nice sunny day. Very impressed. I bought the Niro for comfort, room and fuel economy. I drove a minivan before the Niro. I am very happy with the change! I have had 3 other people in the car on long trips 60+ miles one-way with me (so a total of 4) and everyone was comfortable. I have yet to experience winter with the Niro but this mornings drive in the rain - handled 80+ speed at times without any issues. No hydroplaning at all. The instrument cluster is very nice. It is well lit and well laid out; no complaints. The FEs standard infotainment center/screen is impressive, nice size and also very easy to use. The hands-free setup with my Samsung Galaxy S8 works seamlessly; sync via bluetooth is simple. Hands-Free phone calls are great! Ive had the crazy stereo setups that have costed over 2,000 in my teen/college days and the Kias standard infotainment/music setup works just fine for me. I was almost sold on keeping the SiriusXM service but my needs are pretty simple. If I were to go thru the selection process again I would probably option for the next model up - the LX or EX and get it equipped with a leather wrapped steering wheel, push button start, and fog lights. The cloth seats are comfortable I sprayed them with Scotch-Guard that you can buy from Walmart for approx. 6.00/can (I used 2 cans for a decent treatment of the entire car). The cloth seats are not heated. I have had heated leather seats for many many years in my other cars; so it will be interesting to see if I like these cloth seats after the winter-test period in other words - did I make the right choice to not get heated leather seats!? When you fold-down the rear seats there is plenty of room to haul stuff in the back. No, you cant haul 4-ft x 8-ft sheets of drywall but you can definitely haul a lot of grocery bags and then some! Plenty of room for over-sized sports equipment bag such as an ice hockey goaltender. An interesting feature is that you can jump-start your car if your battery dies - just push a button on the left-side of the dash; it uses the power from the hybrid batteries neat idea - one that I hope I never have to use/test out!. I considered the Prius and Ford C-Max. I liked the small SUV/crossover appearance of the Niro. My black FE looks pretty nice. As with all black cars - dust shows up pretty quickly but it still looks nice. It is easy to hand wash as the size of the Niro, while very roomy is still very compact. I wont give the Niro a 10 but it is pretty darn close. Like I said - if maybe I got it with the other options that I mentioned above - it just might have been a 10 for me. Very, very pleased and would highly recommend this vehicle. FYI - my 1st service is due - at 7,500 and I am at 8,000 getting service done later today. Still gets great gas mileage like it did when I 1st drove it 3-1/2 months earlier. I hope this review helped you!"

23 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Perdy good!

By on Thursday, June 8, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 760

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage, roomy, nice base model perks"

Cons: "Cheap interior, typical slow acceleration 4 a Hybr"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Ive had the Niro FE for about 3 weeks now. Of course my favorite thing about it is the gas mileage Im getting. Im averaging 47MPG Highway and 53MPG City. For some short local trips I actually clocked in at 73MPG and 99.99MPG! Just an FYI, I usually have the AC on and am kind of a speed racer. This brings down fuel economy obviously but when I calm down, MPGs are brought up significantly. Before this I had a 2013 Subaru Legacy which handled so well, having All Wheel Drive (AWD) and all, so in terms of handling, the Niro has been quite an adjustment for me. For the most part, Hybrids do not accelerate, brake, turn, etc as an AWD car would. However, Im happy enough with the handling of the Niro and REALLY happy about getting over 2 times the amount of fuel economy versus the Legacy. The inside of the car is very roomy. I do feel the interior is a bit plastic-y but good enough for the base model. The exterior is not super amazing or anything but its way better than looking like a jellybean or spaceship (or jellybean from space) like a lot of other Hybrids out there. My Kia Niro FE (base model) has a lot of good stuff like touchscreen controls, satellite radio, bluetooth, back-up camera and a bunch of stuff that connects to your phone that I havent taken the time to learn about. Just a really good value overall."

15 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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