Is the Kia Niro being updated?

A reader is thinking of buying a Kia Niro and has been told a new version is coming out soon. He's worried this could affect the value of a car he may buy...

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I’m considering buying a Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid and recently called into my local Kia showroom to view one. The dealer had two: a brand new one and a used one that’s currently being driven by the manager but will become available soon. 

However, I was surprised to be told that Kia is no longer taking orders for the model because a new version is coming out in 2019. When I asked the salesman if this meant the dealer’s cars were on offer, I received a vague reply. 

I’ve booked a test drive in the new Niro, but I’m concerned about buying a new car that’s already out of date, because that could affect the resale price. The new car is £28,000, while it’s £26,000 for the used one, which was registered on 1 September 2018 and has done 1300 miles.

Do you have any information about the Niro being superseded?

Phil Capon

What Car? says…

The Niro isn’t being updated or replaced this year, but it has expanded into a three-model line-up: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric.

The hybrid Niro was launched in 2016, the plug-in hybrid followed in 2017 and the e-Niro has just gone on sale. This means the model you’re looking at will still be the most up-to-date for a few years yet. 

Kia e-Niro front

The £28,000 price for the new Niro seems to be the car’s list price minus the Government’s £2500 low-emissions car grant. This has recently been discontinued for plug-in hybrids, so it’s good that the dealer is still offering it as a discount. 

Alternatively fuelled cars generally depreciate more steeply than petrol and diesel models, so choosing the nearly new Niro instead of the new one will save you money in the long term, and this would therefore be our choice.

Don’t forget that you can use our online New Car Buying service to check out the discounts that other Kia dealers around the country can offer you, as well as deals on any other plug-in hybrid model.

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