Kia has gone green with the Kia Niro, a hybrid compact crossover. Incorporating sophisticated sculpting and an economical hybrid system, the Kia Niro takes eco-friendly to a whole new level. With a guaranteed seven-year warranty, this car is a reliable and robust choice at an affordable price.
The Kia Niro’s sleek charm continues inside, with quality materials and a smart dashboard that is easy to navigate. This model is also a practical, family-ready motor with spacious rear seats and numerous clever storage compartments. The boot offers 421 litres of space, but this increases with the rear folding seats that creates an almost flat cargo area with a low-load lip. Travel in comfort with front and rear arm rests and enough cup holders for all the family, plus an ergonomic central console. Optional heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel adds a touch of luxury to this versatile model.
The Kia Niro is described as the first “HUV” (Hybrid Utility Vehicle). It’s predominantly a crossover, but with the eco-friendly benefit of being a hybrid. For the fuel-conscious family, this low emission option, in a front-wheel drive, achieves 73.6mpg with impressive CO2 emissions of 89g/km. The dedicated hybrid drivetrain was developed specifically for this model, with a lithium-ion polymer set-up that enables up to three miles of travel at speeds of up to 70mph on electric power alone. The battery is cleverly placed beneath the rear seats rather than taking up vital boot space. The six-speed dual-clutch box is another clever feature that makes for a much more normal drive than the continuously variable auto transmission of other makes.
The transition between the battery and the 1.6-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine is seamless because the four cylinders reduce noise and vibration for a refined drive.
Though silent doesn’t mean slow as this power duo promises a combined 138bhp and a top speed of 110mph. The battery kicks in straight away to provide you power from standstill, whilst the petrol engine keeps you going at higher speeds. The fully independent MacPherson strut front suspension offers stability when travelling faster and improves the reactivity of the steering.
The strong structure of the vehicle is made up of 53 percent Advanced High Strength Steel, which, paired with seven airbags and the ISOFIX child-seat fixings, protects passengers. Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Keeping Assist System as standard come as standard and aid motorway driving by emitting audible alerts and correcting the steering line. Smart Cruise Control also automatically adjusts speed to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
From long journeys to city streets, the Kia Niro keeps you safe. Rear Cross Traffic Alert makes reversing out of spaces easier and Blind Spot Detection ensures that you won’t miss a thing. The Autonomous Emergency Braking system also detects potential collisions and assists you in coming to a stop. Tight corners and sudden breaking are covered with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management as standard. Even when conditions are treacherous the ESC helps traction for ultimate peace of mind.
This model is fully equipped with all the modern technology a family needs. The 7-inch touchscreen is reactive yet robust and connects to your phone through optional Android Auto™, once linked revel in the six-speaker audio system. You can also upgrade to an 8-inch display, JBL® eight-speaker audio system and 5W wireless phone charging pad. Enjoy Kia’s Connected Service, powered by TomTom®, which offers live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, and weather forecasts. Dual-zone climate control keeps everyone comfortable for long ventures or short trips. The impressive navigation system with Predictive Energy Control informs the hybrid drivetrain of the upcoming route, so it can perform at optimal efficiency.
If you would like more information on this eco-friendly family car, get in touch by calling one of the team today. We will be happy to arrange a visit and test drive.