Whereas some hybrid cars sacrifice boot capacity for battery storage, the Niro hybrid’s battery can be found under the back seat, where it doesn’t impinge on luggage space. That allows similar boot space to the Nissan Qashqai. However, as is often the case, the PHEV’s bigger battery is mounted beneath the boot floor, reducing cargo space compared with the regular hybrid model. Meanwhile, the fully electric Kia e-Niro actually offers the most luggage space of the three.
There’s a flat floor and virtually no load lip, so it’s easy to lift heavy items into the boot. Folding the 60/40 split rear seats down leaves only a slight incline in the boot floor, so loading flat-pack furniture shouldn’t be an ordeal, either.
Moving to the rear seats, you’ll be impressed by the amount of space on offer, considering the Niro’s modest exterior dimensions. Even those over six feet tall will find there’s plenty of head and leg room, even if a similar-sized driver is behind the wheel. Top-level 4 trim gets an electric panoramic sunroof as standard; it eats into head room a little but shouldn’t present an issue for any but the tallest of passengers.
There are also plenty of useful cubbyholes throughout, along with decent-sized door pockets. The Niro’s seatback pockets (you get one on 2 trim and two on 3 and 4 trims) shouldn’t be taken for granted; you have to pay extra for these on some small SUV rivals.