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First published: 19th July 2016

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Kia Niro hybrid crossover to cost from £21,295

We've already been impressed by a drive in Kia’s first hybrid, and with prices starting at just over £21,000, it is one of the most attractive hybrids on the market

First published: 19th July 2016
  • Kia’s first hybrid in the UK; CO2 emissions from 88g/km
  • Four-model range will run from £21,295 to £26,995
  • Car is covered by Kia’s usual seven-year warranty
The new Kia Niro hybrid will cost from £21,295 when it goes on sale on August 8, the company has confirmed. That means the crossover – the first hybrid to be sold by Kia in the UK – will start from a lower price than the country’s best-known hybrid, the Toyota Prius.

At the heart of the Niro – which is about the same length as a Nissan Qashqai – is a petrol/electric powertrain that combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor driving through a six-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. That translates to average fuel economy of as much as 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 88g/km.

Usually, the two parts work together, but the car can run on electric power only for brief periods of time. And, although Kia says there will be no petrol-only version of the Niro, the company has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version – with a larger range on electric power only – will go on sale next year.

Foe the time being, the Niro comes in four trims, with the regular 1, 2, and 3 joined by a special ‘First Edition’. All come with a Lane Keep Assist System, Cruise Control, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and all-round electric windows.
2016 Kia Niro hybrid
2016 Kia Niro hybrid
On top this, 2 also has a touch-screen sat-nav system, a reversing camera, part-leather upholstery and automatic wipers, while 3 adds a larger touch-screen, bigger alloys and black leather upholstery. The First Edition model stands out with its unique grey leather trim, white interior trim inserts and an electric sunroof, as well as extra safety equipment (Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with a Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Smart Cruise Control).

Not only does it cost more to buy – the 3 and First Edition cost £24,695 and £26,995, respectively – the extra equipment on the top two trim levels also has a significant effect on economy and emissions. The CO2 emissions rise to 101g/km, while average economy drops to 64.2mpg.

Like all Kias, the Niro comes with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty – the best on any hybrid available in Britain – and is also available with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, which offer retail customers fixed-cost servicing for three or five years. All these packages are fully transferable if the car is sold.

Click here to read our First Drive review of the Niro

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