Kia Niro review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Kia Niro 2019 RHD rear 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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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.