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  • Launched in 2016
  • Crossover
  • Hybrid, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Hybrid, PHEV

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Affordable to buy and run

Best bits

  • Affordable hybrid with low running costs
  • Generous standard equipment levels
  • Transferable seven-year warranty

Not so great

  • PHEV requires regular charging for maximum efficiency
  • Not as practical as conventional alternatives
  • It’s not an exciting choice...

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Overall verdict on the Kia Niro

"The Kia Niro is perhaps the ultimate ‘white goods’ purchase, but it’ll be very cheap to run and easy to drive. Generous equipment levels and a long warranty make it very easy to recommend on the used market, too."

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If you’re looking to buy a hybrid car that will shout about your green credentials, the Kia Niro probably isn’t the choice for you. It goes about its business in an unassuming manner, combining low running costs with a relaxed driving experience and a practical cabin.


It’s available with hybrid or plug-in hybrid power (as well as the electric Kia e-Niro). Each combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, to provide punchy performance and - more importantly - impressive fuel economy. Expect to see close to 60mpg from the hybrid Niro, will the plug-in hybrid can travel for up to 30 miles under electric power alone.


Thanks to its standard automatic gearbox, light steering and high seating position, the Kia Niro’s a really easy car to drive every day. There’s a bit of noticeable wind and road noise at high speeds, but around town it’s a very refined choice - helped by it setting off under electric power most of the time. It’s not as fun to drive as a conventional alternative like the SEAT Ateca, but who really cares in a crossover SUV like this?


The Niro was always intended to be a hybrid car, which means its petrol engine and electric motor are well integrated and don’t hinder practicality too much. Indeed, despite the Niro’s relatively compact footprint, it feels spacious enough to be relied on as your main family car. There’s plenty of space for passengers in the front and rear, although you might find the boot to be a little on the small side.


Just like its exterior, the Niro’s cabin isn’t a flashy affair. It feels well-made, though, with enough soft-touch materials and a long list of standard equipment. Even the most affordable ‘2’ models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, part-leather upholstery, a reversing camera and all the driving assist features you could possibly wish for.


Look for a Kia Niro 3 for bigger alloy wheels and a slick 10.25-inch navigation system (from 2019 onwards), as well as a wireless phone charger and front parking sensors, heated seats and electric driver’s seat adjustment.


While the Kia Niro 4 is the priciest of the bunch, we’d be tempted to hunt one out on the used market. Highlights include a premium sound system, fancy ambient interior lighting and, wait for it… ventilated front seats. Cool. Literally.


Although Kia used to be a value brand, it’s now a very respectable mainstream manufacturer. Like the rest of the Kia range, the Niro comes with an impressive seven-year warranty which is transferable to subsequent owners, giving you peace of mind on the used market. 


While the Kia Niro is a difficult car to get excited about, it’s ultimately a very competent choice, with incredibly low running costs and a long warranty. It’s practical enough for most buyers (although its boot could be bigger), and its generous equipment levels make is an excellent used car purchase. 


If you're looking for the EV version, you need our Kia e-Niro review.


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  • 2020
  • 3,141 miles
  • Ken Brown Motor Group Kia Harlow
  • Essex, CM179AQ
Price:£21,995
HP: £590.67/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £590.67, Customer Deposit: £3,299.00, Total Deposit: £3,299.25, Total Charge For Credit: £2,568.37, Total Amount Payable: £24,563.37, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.52%

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1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT

  • 2019
  • 12,321 miles
  • Stockton Kia
  • North Yorkshire, TS183BP
Price:£20,999
PCP: £384.54/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £384.54, Customer Deposit: £3,149.00, Total Deposit: £3,149.85, Optional Final Payment: £8,253.50, Total Charge For Credit: £4,247.79, Total Amount Payable: £25,246.79, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.61%, Excess Mileage Charge: 14.9ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Kia Niro right for you?

As an introduction to hybrid power, the Kia Niro is a really good choice. It’s far from exciting, but it does represent very good value for money with an extensive list of standard equipment and a long warranty. Don’t go buying a Kia Niro without doing your research, though - if you cover a lot of miles, you might find a diesel alternative still makes a lot of sense for you.

What’s the best Kia Niro model/engine to choose?

Deciding between hybrid or plug-in hybrid models (or electric, for that matter) will depend on your requirements. If you can’t (or don’t wish to) charge a car at home, go for the straight-forward hybrid model. All trim levels are well-equipped, although we’d like  a Kia Niro 3 or 4 for their bigger infotainment screen.

What other cars are similar to the Kia Niro?

If an electric car could work for you, you should also read our review of the Kia e-Niro. Otherwise, hybrid and plug-in hybrid competitors include the Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Kona, Vauxhall Grandland X and Peugeot 3008, as well as hybrid hatches like the Toyota Corolla and Prius. Petrol and diesel crossover SUV alternatives include the Skoda Karoq, Kia Sportage, SEAT Ateca and Nissan Qashqai.

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Is the Kia Niro a good car?

It's cheap to buy and run, comes with plenty of kit and a seven-year warranty... but it is a bit dull.

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How much should I pay for a Kia Niro?

Prices for new ones start at just under £25,000.

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