What used Kia Niro estate will I get for my budget?
It’s still a relatively new car, so the Niro’s prices have yet to settle down. That said, at the time of writing, an early hybrid version with average mileage will set you back around £17,000. That’s much cheaper than a hybrid Toyota C-HR, which is about the Niro’s closest rival, or even a Toyota Prius. However, a Hyundai Ioniq will still cost you slightly less.
If you want a plug-in hybrid, you’ll have to pay a little more, partly because it came out more recently, but also because it was more expensive to buy new. Even then, an early example is around £21,000 – considerably less than you’d pay for the plug-in Mini Countryman Cooper S E Hybrid.
How much does it cost to run a Kia Niro estate?
The normal hybrid version offers up an official average fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg, which is rather bettered by its chief rivals, notably the Toyota C-HR. And in our experience, you’ll struggle to see even that.
However, things improve if you go for the plug-in version, which manages an incredible-sounding combined average of 217.3mpg.
Again, you probably won’t achieve that out on the road, especially if you don’t bother to plug it in overnight – though even if you don’t, you’ll find it can still get around 50-60mpg. That said, in our experience, the long electric range of the plug-in Niro means if you do plug it in, you’ll use very little fuel – even if you use it on a long-distance motorway trip.
Kia’s servicing costs are very reasonable, too, and you can save further with one of Kia’s service plans, which allow you pre-pay for a batch of annual services in one go, but at discounted prices.
No Niro will have cost more than £40,000 when it was new, so you can be sure you won’t pay more than the standard £140 a year flat rate of tax, which was brought in on 1 April 2017. Of course, if you can find one of the handful of Niros registered before that date, they’ll be taxed under the old regime, based on CO2 emissions, which means you’ll pay nothing at all to tax them – so it’s worth snapping one of these up if you can find one.
If you live in London, you’ll also find the plug-in Niro qualifies for exemption from the Congestion Charge.