Since 2017, the Kia Niro has served the brand's customers looking for a family-friendly compact hybrid vehicle. Built on a dedicated electrified vehicle platform, the Niro comes in the gas-electric form you're reading about here, along with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and full electric versions covered in separate buyer's guide entries.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, Kia has refreshed the Niro with styling updates, new wheel designs, a new standard 8.0-inch infotainment display (up from 7.0 inches), and a new optional 10.25-inch screen.
New paddle shifters are standard, and an electric parking brake is available, along with a new lane follow assist feature.
Kia offers the Niro in L, EX, EX Premium, and SX Touring trims. All use a 1.6L four-cylinder engine matched with an electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
L trim's exterior features include 16-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring, and heated side mirrors with electric adjustments.
In the Niro L's cabin you'll find cloth upholstery, heated front seats with manual adjustments, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, power windows, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, and a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display.
Niro EX adds fog lights, LED taillights, roof rails, side mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters, cloth/leather seat upholstery, a heated steering wheel, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, under-floor storage, gloss interior trim and satin chrome interior door handles, an extra USB input/charging port, wireless smartphone charging, passive keyless entry with push-button engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.
EX Premium trim focuses on safety with lane keep and lane follow assists, a driver attention alert, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. EX Premium's other extras are a sunroof, a power driver's seat, satellite radio, radar cruise control, UVO connected car services, and LED interior lighting.
Finally, SX Touring trim adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and fog lights, chrome exterior door handles, leather seating, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, navigation in a 10.25-inch touchscreen, an upgraded sound system, a 110-volt power outlet, a 7.0-inch gauge cluster display, and front and rear parking sensors.
Kia's fuel consumption estimates for the Niro are 4.5/4.8 L/100 km (city/highway) for L trim; 4.6/5.1 for EX and EX Premium; and 5.1/5.8 L/100 km (city/highway) for SX Touring.
Some of the Kia Niro's competition comes from the Ioniq, produced by Kia's Hyundai parent company, along with hybrid versions of the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima family sedans. Other competitive vehicles are the Honda Insight, and Toyota's Prius and Camry Hybrid models.
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