Kia Niro: upgraded hybrid and plug-in hybrid prices and specs revealed
The upgraded Kia Niro is now on sale in the UK, with prices starting at £24,590 for the entry level 1.6 GDi 6-speed DCT Hybrid model.
Following its unveiling at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, a number of improvements have been made to the Niro including a new exterior design, a more upscale, high-quality interior and enhanced connectivity. These now bring the models in line with the design language of Kia’s game-changing all-electric e-Niro.
Both hybrid and PHEV Niro models are powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, paired with a 1.56kWh battery pack in the hybrid and an 8.9kWh pack in the plug-in hybrid. The PHEV offers pure electric city-driving range of up to 40 miles
The basic ‘2’ spec offers redesigned 16in alloy wheels; an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 4.2-inch TFT instrument binnacle as standard.
‘3’ spec models feature LED fog lamps; 18in dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels; 10.25in infotainment and is available with either the 1.6 GDi 6-speed DCT Hybrid for £26,770 or as a Plug-in Hybrid for £31,945. The Niro PHEV is available with newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels with dark grey inserts, contributing to its unique stance and design.
The top of the range ‘4’ Hybrid is available from £29,270 and offers LED headlamps and an additional 7in TFT Supervision instrument cluster.
Step inside and the real changes become apparent. Kia has upgraded the rather cheap interior of the outgoing model with soft-touch materials while the manual handbrake has been replaced with an electronic one.
The Uvo Connect telematics system offers further functionality, with live traffic information, fuel pricing and charging station information up to date and available via its always-connected offering.
The upgraded Niro range also sees the introduction of a series of new safety technologies including Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go. This follows the preceding vehicle, and can now bring the Niro to a stop if traffic slows to a halt, bringing the car back up to speed as the car in front moves off.
Lane Following Assist, is also available for the first time on Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, following its introduction on the electric e-Niro..
“The Niro has become a key growth driver for Kia in Europe, and is a cornerstone of our electrified product strategy,” said Emilio Herrera, Kia Europe CEO.