What used Kia Niro estate will I get for my budget?
Look to spend around £14,000 on an early hybrid version with average mileage. That’s about the same price as a hybrid Toyota C-HR, which is the Niro’s closest rival, as well as the Toyota Prius. However, a Hyundai Ioniq will still cost you slightly less.
If you want a Niro PHEV, 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 £17,000 – considerably less than you’d pay for the plug-in Mini Countryman Cooper S E Hybrid. Spend between £18,000 and £20,000 on a 2018 Niro, and £20,000 to £22,000 on a 2019 version. Expect to pay a large premium for the all-electric version, the e-Niro, as supply couldn't keep up with demand when the car was launched, and you'll need around £30,000 to put one on your driveway.
Again, you probably won’t achieve that out on the road, especially if you don’t bother to plug it in overnight – although 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 yearly flat road tax rate for hybrid cars of £135, 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 out more about road tax costs here.
If you live in London, you’ll also find the Niro PHEV qualifies for exemption from the Congestion Charge and current Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) fee.
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