Since 2019, the Niro has served as Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle, sharing a platform with hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of this handsome wagon, which are covered in separate buyer’s guide entries. This is likely to be the final year for the first-generation Niro, as a redesigned model looks set to arrive for 2023.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, the Niro is carried over with no changes.
Kia offers EX, EX+, and SX Touring trim levels. All use a single electric motor that drives the front wheels.
EX trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, fog lights, heated/power-folding side mirrors, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and passive keyless entry.
EX+ adds a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and a heat pump.
SX Touring gains LED headlights, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, heated rear and ventilated front seats, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, upgraded audio, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, blind spot monitoring, lane keep/follow assist, forward collision mitigation, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Kia’s energy consumption estimates for the Niro are 1.9/2.3 L/100 km (city/highway), and driving range is 385 km.