Kia Niro review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Accessibility & Motability

Kia Niro 2019 RHD front seats
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  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD front seats
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Niro 2019 front left tracking
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  • Kia Niro 2019 front lower fascia detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 high rear detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD switchgear detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD front seats
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD boot open
  • Kia Niro 2019 front left cornering
  • Kia Niro 2019 rear right cornering
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD dashboard
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD front seats
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Kia Niro 2019 front left tracking
  • Kia Niro 2019 right panning
  • Kia Niro 2019 front right nose detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 front lower fascia detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 high rear detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD switchgear detail
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD front seats
  • Kia Niro 2019 RHD boot open
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Accessibility & Motability

Usability for people with disability or their carers

Access

Family SUVs should be practical by design, and the Kia Niro lives up to that brief. The front doors, for example, open to a very wide 68 degrees, and the door aperture is a comparatively generous 870mm wide. That should make the Niro much easier to access than the Mazda CX-30 and many other rivals.

Unfortunately, the boot opening is just 700mm tall (even the sleek-looking CX-30 offers 40mm more wiggle room), so it’s harder to get bulky items into it. There’s a lip to lift items over too, but it’s small enough that it shouldn’t be too much of a nuisance.

Ease of use and options

No matter which Niro you go for, it’ll have an automatic gearbox. The PHEV has a 1.6-litre petrol engine and sizeable battery, but it only really makes sense if your motoring life consists of short trips in town and you can charge it up whenever you stop. Its tiny boot also counts against it.

The better option is the ‘self-charging’ hybrid. It combines the same engine with a small battery that allows it to drive on electric power for short periods in town. 

Visibility from the driving seat is excellent, and for extra confidence while manoeuvring, all Niros come with a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors. Front parking sensors are standard on all versions of the PHEV, and from 3 trim if you opt for the Hybrid. 

All Niro's get infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring as standard. They are controlled by either an 8.0in screen on 2 trim or a 10.25in system on 3 trim. Physical shortcut buttons located under both touch screens allow you to jump quickly between radio and navigation, but we still prefer a dial-controlled system, like that found in the CX-30, which is less distracting and safer to use on the move. 

All models benefit from lots of safety kit, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane-follow assist, a full suite of airbags, height-adjustable front seats and seat heating from 3 trim upwards.

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