The Niro combines the in-demand styling of a compact crossover vehicle with the low emissions and high fuel economy of a hybrid car. With CO2 emissions as low as 88g/km and a fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg, combined with a generous level of specification, the Niro is set to appeal to all drivers.
Appealingly chunky yet aerodynamic, the Niro sports the company’s distinctive tiger nose front grille, which is trimmed with chrome. The vehicle adopts a sporty, assertive stance and its dynamic profile is enhanced by a smart rear spoiler with a shark fin antenna positioned just above. Wheels come in two size options: 16-inch or 18-inch. The Niro uses a new modular platform that has been designed specifically to incorporate hybrid technology. Lightweight materials have been utilised for the bonnet and boot, as well as parts of the suspension.
The cabin features room for four adults to travel in comfort. Kia has worked hard to ensure that the car is as quiet as possible, using special glass and foams, as well as a damper in the steering system to reduce vibrations. The vehicle features a 421-litre boot and there is room for a full-size spare wheel beneath its floor.
With its crossover design it is anything
but a run-of-the-mill hybrid. The Niro includes the active safety
technologies and driver aids including autonomous emergency braking,
smart cruise control and lane departure warning, blind spot and rear cross traffic warning systems. Also featured is
cruise control which uses radar technology to automatically slow down
upon detection of objects ahead.
Among the vehicle’s passive safety
features and if the worst ever happened, the Kia Niro is equiped with seven airbags.
Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®, hands-free calls and texts, voice recognition via pre-downloaded apps and wireless smartphone charging.
The Niro is a dedicated hybrid model on a platform which will
only ever be used for electrified vehicles. It's powertrain, like its design, marks it out as something different from the norm in dedicated hybrid vehicles. While it pairs a petrol engine with an electric motor like the majority of hybrids, the Niro uses an all-new
powertrain featuring a 1.6-litre, 104bhp internal combustion engine and a
43.5bhp electric motor driving through a six-speed double-clutch
automatic gearbox (6DCT) rather than the more commonly favoured continuously variable transmission (CVT). This gives a more direct and immediate response with greater refinement and incorporates a Manual Sports mode to allow keener drivers to select gears manually.
The petrol engine is a new 1.6-litre direct-injection (GDI) unit, specifically engineered for use in hybrid cars. It develops 1034hp and 147Nm of torque, and conforms with Kia's policy of adopting high-efficiency downsized power units for all new models. The engine marks the first combination of an Atkinson combustion cycle, cooled exhaust gas recirculation, direct petrol injection and a long-stroke specification for maximum efficiency. The Atkinson cycle holds the intake valve open longer than in a normal Otto cycle engine and also reduces the compression ratio to extract a greater proportion of energy from the combustion process. Efficiency is further aided by an exhaust heat recovery system which speeds the engine warm-up process.
The combustion engine is paired with a 32kW (43.5bhp) electric motor developing 170Nm of torque and powered by a 1.56kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. Together, the two power units produce 139bhp, with 265Nm of torque available in first gear for rapid acceleration from standstill.