Kia Niro review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Available fuel types:hybrid, hybrid
Available colours:
Kia Niro 2019 RHD rear seats
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RRP £24,905What Car? Target Price from£23,338

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Niro compares well to its rivals, giving anyone over six feet tall and sitting in the rear a good amount of head and leg room, even if the front seats are slid back. 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 passengers. There are also plenty of useful cubbyholes throughout, along with decent-sized door pockets.

Neither the Hybrid nor the PHEV has a boot that can compete with the best-in-class, though. The PHEV is even worse than the Hybrid, because its bigger battery is mounted beneath the boot floor taking up further space. As a result, both versions will carry less luggage than the Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Karoq and, if you’re not focusing solely on SUVs, the Corolla Hybrid Touring Sports estate. The fully electric Kia e-Niro actually offers the most luggage space of the three Niros. 

Nor does the Niro offer the flexible rear seats of the Karoq, which can slide, recline or be removed altogether. On the plus side, the Niro’s boot has virtually no load lip, so it’s easy to lift heavy items into the boot, and after folding 60/40 split rear seats they lie virtually flat, which is great if you’re trying to load long objects, like flat-pack furniture.

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