We also appreciate the straightforward interior, with easy-to-understand shapes and materials nicer than you might expect for a car that starts for less than $25,000. Looks pretty clean too. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. The car was out of service for 2 weeks while they waited for parts to repair.". The Niro is reliable and small with plenty of room for a family of four.It’s simple and yet practical. Around town and in more moderate use, however, the engine-and-motor combination works fine—and we found the Niro Plug-In Hybrid model delivered its rated 26 miles of electric range, at least in temperate West Coast weather. 20 out of 20 people found this review helpful. Replaced at dealership. Room and ride comfort are good; Toyota put less emphasis on the fun-to-drive factor. One is when the accelerator is floored, the other is on certain road surfaces that cause the low-rolling-resistance tires to moan or growl. It’s 2 inches longer than the Niro.

The touring model is the best looking trim, but the higher weight and upgraded 18 inch wheels will drop the fuel mileage a bit. Two adults will fit in the rear, although their headroom comes from a rear seat back set at more of a recline than in most crossovers. It is also good for our pocketbook (est saving, $3,000 yr). (Read more about how we rate cars.). We actually put 3 miles of electric range back on the car from a long downhill run after depleting the battery entirely. Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust. I am very impressed. I have onky owned the KIA for three weeks. Did you?


The Niro will hold four adults comfortably with a bit of trading off for rear-seat legroom, and even one 6-foot-6-inch reviewer was able to get comfortable in the front seat. Save cars. 9 out of 9 people found this review helpful. It also lets you monitor state of charge, set charge times to work with off-peak rates, and pre-heat the cabin and steering wheel and turn on defrosters using current from the charger, not the battery. 2018 Kia Niro Review . Identify the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid by its reworked grille, hybrid-blue accents, and the charge port in the left fender. Seats set about two inches higher than in most compact small cars make it easier to get in and out, and give better visibility in mixed traffic. © 2020 The Car Connection. The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling. The only reason I dont give it a 5 star is because it doesnt feel like a strong put together car compared to other cars I have driven (Toyota & VW) but maybe is not a fair comparison. account information here. - a wireless phone charger (yes, you read that right, and it's pretty nice if your phone supports it) Dealership contacted Kia and my car manufacture date now included in Technical Service Bulletin which originally just for 2017 models. It is comfortable & stylish & since it is a hybrid, it gets amazing gas mileage. Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation. List prices (with shipping) are: Lx, $28,840; EX, $32,440; and Premium (instead of Touring), $35,440. If you’re a sedan person, look at the Hyundai Ioniq, which has a similar drivetrain as Kia’s, with hybrid, PHEV and battery versions. The Kia Niro Hybrid’s optional 18-inch alloy wheels look great, but they’ll cost you in fuel efficiency and ride comfort; stick with the standard 16-inch versions. When compared with conventional wagons and small SUVs, the Niro's 43 mpg overall is impressive. But so far I am delighted with this car. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.

Repaired at dealership.

Did you? Tested: Audi e-tron Sportback Whispers EV Luxury. It comes only as a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid that’s new this year, though we expect an all-electric version to arrive for 2019 or 2020. It will be a low-volume version, as will the top-of-the-line Touring model—with every bell and whistle you can order—that comes to around $33,000.

Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. I went from a small crossover SUV that got 20 MPG to this slightly smaller hybrid crossover that gets more than the average of 49 mpg that is advertised, even on the highway at 65 mph. I live in a city so don’t really need an off-road vehicle. In its first full year on the market, the Niro came out ahead on sales: 27,237 for the Kia, 18,390 for the C-Max hybrid and plug-in combined, and 9,680 for the Prius V. Were it considered simply a subcompact crossover, Niro Hybrid would be No.

JD Power award for best initial build, the engineering is solid. This was a known factory issue and all passenger door handles were replaced under warranty. The CX-5 also had slightly better external styling and a more flexible second row where you could fold down left, right, and middle sections whereas the Niro has a 60/40 split option only.

If we were ranking the Niro Plug-In Hybrid alone, its ability to run a rated 26 miles on electricity alone from its battery pack would give it 10 out of 10. The IIHS, however, gave the 2018 Niro top marks when fitted with LED headlights and automatic emergency braking. This is not a Niro-0nly issue among hybrids. The EX Premium Package, $5,300, combines the Advance and Touring packages and adds xenon headlamps, sunroof, front and rear sonar, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a wireless phone charger, a 110-volt AC socket, and some trim differentiators versus the LX. Over time, you’ll wish the Niro had a middle mode, Normal. Blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and rear cross-traffic alerts are standard on the EX and EX Premium, with the top-end model alone getting front and rear parking sensors. Kia has added the Niro Plug-In Hybrid (not tested) in three trim lines, omitting the entry FE line.

The Kia Niro hybrid is fuel efficient, as promised.

I haven't even had it a week so I know there is much more for me to discover & learn. It’s small, and most of the smallness is in the cargo bay, because the rear seat is fine for most passengers for all but full-day drives. At higher soeeds, say 70, if you want to pass another car the power is not great. Overall, the 2018 Kia Niro is an excellent effort to reinvent a genre of small, five-door hybrids in a more appealing vehicle than the swarms of hatchbacks that defined the technology in the past. New in 2011 and refreshed in 2015, the Prius V is 10 inches longer and roomier inside. To help find charging stations, the UVO eco telematics system is integrated. The C-Max Energi comes in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.

Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption. Again, the Niro does really well here. I've owned this 2018 Kia Niro for 9 months so far by Geekaholic from Garnerville, NY on Thu Sep 20 2018 I went from a small crossover SUV that got … It’s one drawback to Hyundai-Kia’s choice of a single-motor hybrid system rather than the dual-motor setups used by Ford, GM, Honda, and of course Toyota. An 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery replaces the hybrid’s 1.56-kWh pack and provides a rated 26 miles on battery alone and an EPA rated 105 MPGe, combining EV and combustion-engine modes. Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit. A low but upright form looks like a slightly sport wagon, and contrasts with the Soul tall wagon and the Sportage compact crossover on the same dealership floor. Other testers have noted the Energi falls short of its EPA ratings, so much so some gasoline-engine-only cars do as well or better on efficiency. )...and it charges the battery anytime you decelerate or use your brakes. All 2018 Niros come standard with dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, and at least a 7.0-inch color touchscreen for infotainment. The features are slightly different on the more expensive Niro Plug-In Hybrid, which comes standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control rather than the alerts of the Hybrid model. No plugging in and with about an 11 gallon tank I have over a 500 mile cruising range. Some recommendations on the trim selections: If you don't spend a lot of time in the car and just want something efficient to tool around in between home and short errands in city driving conditions, you can get by with the FE or LX models which are cheaper and have killer MPG.

(Read more about how we rate cars.). Besides that, I absolutely love it. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. 8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

So far is is very comfortable and reliable but surprisingly, I don't see many on the road. The displays are crisp and have bright and easily read text and the whole thing just screams high-tech.
The EX adds power folding heated door mirrors with integrated turn signals, blind-spot monitors, cloth and leather upholstery replacing the standard cloth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a USB charging port inside the center console, and some added glossy black trim in the interior. It also rolls in all of what’s optional on the EX, including the small-sidewall 45-series tires that are susceptible to potholes and improve handling. Thanks to its high stance, conservative styling, and a more normal, traditional-acting automatic transmission, the Kia Niro is a genre-splitting hybrid that combines fuel economy with versatility. The 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid breathe new life into the hybrid segment, with a practical wagon shape and excellent interior you’d never know was a hybrid. There are no options; only dealer accessories. by DooWop Jim The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage. from Sacramento, CA There are excellent driver assists on the top two trim lines. 2) Better electronics and tech. 7 in sales, where the top three, each with about 100,000 sales last year, were the Subaru CrossTrek, Jeep Renegade, and Honda HR-V. It’s almost a foot shorter, the driver sits lower (but higher than in a sedan), all-wheel-drive is not available, and the drivetrain is not as polished. Did you? by bahs83 Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement. Start with a full battery and tank of gas, and you can drive 560 miles, Kia says. Trim levels differ between the two powertrains: the higher-volume Niro Hybrid is offered in base FE, mid-level LX and EX, and high-end Touring trims, while the plug-in hybrid comes in LX, EX, and EX Premium. The hybrid’s 1.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack sits under the rear seat, and the Plug-In’s larger 8.9-kwh battery pairs that with an additional portion in the area under the cargo floor that replaces any form of spare tire.