The interior layout, fit and finish
The Niro’s interior closely mirrors that of the electric Kia EV6 – and that’s no bad thing. There are soft, tactile materials gracing the areas you touch most frequently, and plenty of gloss-black and chrome details to lift the impression of quality.
The steering wheel is in faux-leather, and while there are some cheaper-looking harder plastics lurking in areas lower down, most of them have a textured finish. Lower-spec 2 models have fewer trim finishers and look a little cheaper, but all Niros feel sturdy and well put together.
With 4 trim, you also get a head-up display and two 10.3in screens for the infotainment and digital dash, arranged in a curved panel (entry-level models get a smaller 8in main screen and a 4.2in TFT instrument cluster). The central screen is positioned conveniently high up on the middle of the dashboard, making it easy to see.
The infotainment screen has a relatively intuitive operating system and sharp graphics, so it's not too distracting to use while you're driving. Adjusting the interior temperature or volume for the stereo is easy enough thanks to rotary knobs on the dashboard, but the touch panel that alternates between these functions can be a little fiddly at first.
All trims get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, and 3 models and above get wireless phone-charging. The standard stereo is replaced with an uprated Harman Kardon system if you go for 4 trim.