Niro is not your run-of-the-mill hybrid. It delivers the high efficiency and low running costs of a petrol-electric car with the style, practicality and desirability of a compact crossover.
The PHEV is available with a choice of two grades – ‘2’ and ‘3’ – and features similar styling attributes as the Niro parallel hybrid, and features the same chrome-coated exterior door handles, chrome belt-line mouldings (black on grade ‘3’), privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate, LED daytime running lights and rear combination lamps and body-coloured and high-gloss door mirrors with LED indicators. All versions feature 16-inch alloy wheels with dark grey inserts, and there are metallic blue flourishes on the front and rear bumpers, while the metallic blue theme is continued on the air vents inside the car and in the stitching for the black leather seats that are standard on the ‘3’ model.
Inside, Kia has introduced a series of visual and material upgrades for 2019, creating a more upscale atmosphere and enhancing cabin quality. The top of the dashboard is finished in high-quality soft-touch coating, while the dashboard and instrument panel feature elegant new gloss black trim with satin chrome highlights. Kia is also introducing new 8.0- and 10.25-inch TFT widescreen displays, with grade ‘2’ featuring the former and ‘3’ having the latter as standard equipment.
The Niro PHEV employs the same 1.6-litre direct-injection internal combustion engine as the parallel hybrid on which it is based. The major difference is that it has a more powerful electric motor and an enlarged lithium-ion polymer battery pack to supply it with energy. The power electronics system includes sophisticated and innovative technologies to maximise the car's range on electric power alone. All of these ensure the Niro PHEV is capable of travelling up to 36 miles on battery power – easily enough for the majority of daily commutes – while producing CO2 emissions of only 31g/km. Its officially rated fuel consumption is 201.8mpg.
The cabin features a range of technologies to enhance comfort and convenience for occupants. The ‘floating’ infotainment system is a touchscreen system, with DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth®, as well as full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.
The Niro PHEV ‘2’ model features a new 8.0-inch touchscreen display, while the Niro PHEV ‘3’ PHEV model includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging Channel and Telematics system with UVO Connect Services. In addition, a wireless mobile phone charger is standard. The Niro is among the first Kia models in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO CONNECT telematics system, connecting drivers to the world around to provide them with invaluable information during a drive.
The Niro PHEV ‘3’ features a wireless mobile phone charger, located in the centre console tray, which uses inductive charging to power the batteries of compatible electronic devices. Occupants are therefore able to recharge mobile phones or MP3 players without the inconvenience of wires and connectors, which frequently change when new devices are introduced. The wireless charger features foreign object detection, switches on automatically when a phone is placed upon it and displays the phone's charge status in the instrument cluster. An in-built safety system prevents overheating, while drivers and passengers are warned if they are about to leave the car with the phone still on the charging pad.
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