- 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
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
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.
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