Along with an upscale interior, the Kia Niro has been impressively refreshed with a new design language that first appeared on the firm’s all-electric crossover, the e-Niro.
The Hybrid and the Plug-in Hybrid crossover also feature a new 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia offering with telematics technology.
The Niro has been a huge sales success for the carmaker with more than 14,000 units sold in the UK and 100,000 in Europe.
The refreshed model is on sale now with prices starting at £24,590 for the 1.6 litre GDi Hybrid.
Kia Niro has a 1.6 litre GDi petrol engine
Under the bonnet, the Kia Niro has a 1.6 litre GDi petrol engine – which stands for gasoline direct injection – which is mated to a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery or, for the Plug-in versions, an 8.9 kWh battery pack.
This means that the Hybrid’s emissions are 99g/km and for the plug-in version they are 31g/km.
The Plug-in will also achieve a 30 miles pure electric driving range, which may be a big attraction for many people commuting to work.
The Niro also features wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the quick shifting six-speed transmission.
Lots of space for the Kia Niro
Since it’s a crossover, there’s lots of space for the Kia Niro and flexible storage space too.
That’s almost unique among hybrids and there’s also the option of a towing pack, also an unusual offering, which means the Niro can tow up to 1,300 kg.
The Niro is a crossover that offers versatility and low running costs to make it attractive to both business and private buyers and the new enhancements have boosted its attractiveness.
The upgraded model also sees the introduction of new active driver assistive safety technologies with stop and go functionality and smart cruise control.
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The other new features include lane following assist with models having standard kit including driver attention warning, blind spot warning, forward collision avoidance and intelligent speed limit warning.
The infotainment system features a satnav and the touchscreen has advanced split-screen functionality so the driver can monitor different features at the same time and use widgets to customise their screen.
The interior has also been completely revamped and many will like the quality soft-touch materials and well-designed and comfortable layout.
Another unique offering for the Kia Niro is that it comes with the firm’s 100,000 mile or seven-year warranty as standard.