Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Niro’s pricing undercuts the Toyota C-HR Hybrid’s by a reasonable amount and the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid’s by a lot, but it’s quite a bit more expensive than some equivalent versions of conventionally powered family SUVs, such as the Skoda Karoq.
The Niro Hybrid delivers fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures that are similar to those of the C-HR Hybrid, and those who travel mainly in stop-start town traffic will get the best from its hybrid power; it’s here, rather than on the motorway, that it’s most efficient.
Range-topping 4 trim is exclusive to the Niro Hybrid – it adds a lot more (click on the equipment tabs at the end of this review to see the details) but it’s ever so expensive.
Kia came sixth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, although the Niro itself finished in the bottom half of the hybrid and electric table. Every Niro comes with Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is more cover than a Seat Ateca or Skoda Karoq comes with as standard.
The Kia Niro was given five stars by Euro NCAP back in 2016, and its list of standard safety kit includes automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance, plus blind spot monitoring if you go for the top 4 trim.
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