Kia Niro Plug
2020 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
small car / 4-door wagon
Crash avoidance & mitigation
Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.
- Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
- Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
- Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
Applies to 2020 models
- This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
- In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
- In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
- Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
Applies to 2019-20 models
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|Crossing child||12 mph||21 mph|
|Crossing adult||12 mph||15 mph|
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New Kia Niro PHEV 2020 review
The revised Kia Niro PHEV may tempt many who can’t wait for the all-electric e-Niro
Given the length of the waiting list for the fabulous pure-electric Kia e-Niro, this plug-in-hybrid version is a worthy alternative that will suit many buyers looking for an easy driving experience matched with low running costs. This car is simple to live with, will be cheap to run if you can plug it in regularly, and is well equipped. It’s not cheap to buy, but there are good tax and fuel savings to be had, especially if your journeys are mostly short ones.
For many, a plug-in hybrid is the ideal stepping stone towards a fully electric future. You’ve got the ability to run on pure-electric power for short bursts or urban commuting, with an engine on board for longer journeys or a bit of extra power.
The fact is, most people who buy plug-in hybrids eventually take the plunge on a full EV at a later date. This works well for Kia, since it now (alongside sister company Hyundai) offers one model with three electrified options, hoping that, once you’re hooked, you’ll stay with the brand for all your EV needs. To recap, the Niro here is available as a Hybrid (no plug and very limited electric running), a plug-in hybrid (driven here with a 36-mile electric range), or as the hugely oversubscribed, fully electric e-Niro, which will do 282 miles on a single charge.
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Whichever model you choose, the Niro is a reasonably attractive and relatively spacious family crossover that’s well built and packed with kit. If you want this plug-in version, it doesn’t come cheap, however. Prices start at £30,265, although that is £4,230 less than the fully electric car.
The e-Niro benefits from the £3,500 government grant to bring its price down – a boon that was unhelpfully removed from plug-in hybrids over a year ago – although this car’s low 29g/km CO2 figure still offers big tax savings for company car drivers.
Order an e-Niro now and you’ll be faced with a long wait stretching well towards the end of 2020; the PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) version is more readily available and is currently being offered with an attractive 5.9 per cent APR PCP finance deal – complete with a generous £2,000 deposit contribution from Kia.
So can the recently revised (with really no more than a mild facelift) Niro PHEV tempt those looking to take their first steps into electric car ownership? It does a good job.
The visual changes are subtle, with some new LED daytime running lights in the redesigned front bumper, slight tweaks to the rear, plus updated alloy wheel designs. Inside, there are some more soft-touch plastics, as well as the option of new colour packs. And Kia’s UVO CONNECT telematics system appears here for the first time.
As with the e-Niro, the Niro PHEV gets pretty close to its official electric range in everyday driving. Although the gauge in our car only showed 33 miles (compared with the official 36-mile figure) when it was fully charged, we completed a 27-mile test drive almost entirely on electric power, with seven miles’ worth of range left at the end.
At this point, the fuel economy read-out showed 144mpg (the official figure is a rather incredulous 201.8mpg), but there’s no doubt that if you regularly put your Niro PHEV on charge, it will reduce your running costs considerably. Topping up the 8.9kWh battery at home is likely to cost you less than a pound, but doing 35 miles on petrol power would probably set you back a fiver.
While company car drivers may like the sound of an e-Niro, the PHEV’s numbers aren’t to be sniffed at. From April 2020, the Niro plug-in will fall into the 12 per cent Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax band. A comparable (non-plug-in) Niro Hybrid sits a whole 10 percentage points higher, which could make a big difference to annual running costs.
The PHEV’s driving experience is pretty pleasing, too. You’d never describe it as fun, but on a gentle throttle, electric power will take care of most things. Yet even when the petrol engine stirs into life – if extra power is needed or when the battery charge is used up – things are still relatively quiet. And, of course, when you do use up all that electric power, the car still runs as a full hybrid, putting a little bit of energy back into the battery pack through braking.
So acceleration is gentle, but good enough, and the same applies to the ride comfort. The PHEV is only available in 2 or 3 trim levels (Kia uses numbers to keep it plain and simple); our car is a £31,945 3-spec car, which means comfy 16-inch wheels, with plenty of rubber surrounding them. The ride is still firm and a bit fidgety, but it’s never truly uncomfortable.
Visibility all round is good, it’s an easy car to get in and out of thanks to its slightly raised ride height, and there’s decent room for five passengers. The easy-to-access 324-litre boot (slightly smaller than in the full hybrid due to the bigger battery pack) is a good size and should suit families just fine.
The kit list was good on our car, too, with a lovely, bright 10.25-inch touchscreen that is responsive and easy to navigate. Wireless phone charging also features, as well as plush leather seats. All very generous for the price.
Паркетник Kia Niro PHEV предложил поездки с нулевым выхлопом
Никаких особых дизайнерских отличий «подключаемого» Niro от обычного не видно, только на левом переднем крыле появился зарядный лючок. Ещё, присмотревшись, замечаешь голубовато-зелёные акценты на бампере.
Кроссовер Niro с самого начала был разработан как гибрид (обычного типа) и при этом он стал первым серийным гибридным паркетником KIA. В конце прошлого года представители фирмы анонсировали создание версии Niro Plug-in Hybrid, то есть с зарядкой от сети. И вот теперь на автошоу в Лос-Анджелесе эта машина была представлена публике.
На одной зарядке Niro PHEV пробегает 42 км без запуска ДВС, за что отвечает литиево-полимерный аккумулятор на 8,9 кВт•ч. Его блоки поместились под задними сиденьями и полом багажника и на объём последнего не повлияли. От сети переменного тока 120 В или 240 В Niro Plug-in заряжается за девять и 2,5 часа соответственно.
В недрах кроссовера скрыта бензиновая «четвёрка» с непосредственным впрыском 1.6 GDI, совмещённая с тяговым электромотором на 44,5 кВт и шестиступенчатым «роботом» с двойным сцеплением. Комбинированная отдача гибридной системы составляет 141 л.с. и 264 Н•м. В целом она повторяет силовую установку ранее вышедшего хэтчбека Ioniq Plug-in.
В распоряжении водителя четыре режима движения (EV, Hybrid, Eco и Sport). Модель оборудована комплексом систем помощи (ассистент движения по полосе, автоматическое аварийное торможение, мониторинг слепых зон зеркал и трафика сзади, адаптивный круиз-контроль).
В американском комбинированном цикле новый гибрид требует 5,11 л/100 км, а в городском — 4,9. Эти числа не лучше, чем у Niro без зарядки. Однако преимущество Niro PHEV в ином: на типичных городских маршрутах его можно использовать как электрокар, соответственно, не затрачивая топлива вообще. Ну а паспортный запас хода на зарядке и заправке тут равен 901 км. Растянуть запас посильнее можно за счёт ряда ухищрений — от выбора экономного режима силовой установки до функции Driver-Only у кондиционера. В этом случае поток холодного воздуха идёт лишь на водителя, а сам кондиционер тратит меньше энергии. (Ездить где-нибудь по Калифорнии совсем без кондиционера фирма не предлагает.)
В Niro можно настроить график автоматической зарядки (в часы выгодных тарифов). Те же параметры можно задать удалённо, через приложение UVO eco, а ещё проверить состояние батареи, выбрать температуру в салоне, заранее включить обогрев стекла и руля, проверить расположение машины по карте.
На экономичность работает и конструкция кузова, в котором более 50% составляют передовые высокопрочные стали (AHSS). Ещё у новичка капот и пятая дверь выполнены из алюминия. Из того же материала — и некоторые детали шасси (например, передние нижние рычаги подвески). В продажу в США модель Niro PHEV поступит в 2018 году, о других рынках компания не сообщила. Напомним, что в перспективе KIA намерена вывести в свет чисто электрический вариант Niro с аккумулятором на 28 кВт•ч и пробегом на зарядке в 200 км в цикле EPA или 250 км в цикле NEDC.
2020 Kia Niro PHEV Review: Old-School Hybrid With Old-School Issues
By Aaron Bragman
November 6, 2020
The verdict: The Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s efficiency, practicality and utility are outweighed by its unpleasant driving experience.
Versus the competition: Newer, next-generation plug-in hybrids are here, and they feel far more refined than the Niro PHEV while offering up competitive technology, comfort and, in some cases, superior range — not to mention all-wheel drive.
I was about 5 miles into my first spin behind the wheel of a 2020 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid when I realized this was not going to be a pleasant motoring experience. Those 5 miles made me realize just how much electric and plug-in vehicles have improved in the past decade. Gone from most of the market’s electrified vehicles are those artificial-feeling brakes, numb steering, odd powertrain noises and nonlinear, jerky, odd acceleration and deceleration qualities. “Most” is the operative word here, though, as I’ve apparently found one vehicle that hasn’t gotten the memo yet — the Niro Plug-In Hybrid. This crossover-style wagon has a few issues in terms of how it drives and performs, but if it’s as efficient as it seems to be and provides a decent amount of occupant room and cargo space, is that enough to overcome its driving deficiencies?
What’s It Packing?
The Kia Niro comes in three flavors: hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle, the difference being the size of battery pack each car has and how far it can drive in electric-only mode. The hybrid has no plug-in ability and operates much like any other hybrid out there, while the EV has no gasoline motor to help it recharge on the go, meaning it operates only in electric mode. The PHEV version is kind of the best of both worlds — it operates first and foremost in electric mode but uses its onboard gas engine to keep the vehicle moving and recharge the batteries when they’re depleted. Plus, it provides extra propulsion even when they aren’t. The PHEV version can also be plugged in to refill the battery, allowing you to drive in electric mode using land-generated power instead of electricity created by the onboard engine.
The Niro PHEV is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 60-hp electric motor for a total system rating of 139 hp and 195 pounds-feet of torque. The system is mated to something rare in a hybrid — an actual automatic transmission. In this case, it’s a six-speed dual-clutch unit. It’s far more common to have a hybrid employ a continuously variable automatic — to more easily make use of the mixing of gasoline and electric propulsion methods — but Kia’s gone for something different here, and it doesn’t work that well. The six-speed transmission does not shift smoothly, especially under deceleration, and seems to be at odds with the electrified gasoline powertrain. The engine and electric motor combination is also less than adequate: Acceleration is slooooow, without any of the zippiness one usually finds in cars with electrified powertrains.
The Niro PHEV feels heavy and ponderous whether you keep it in EV-only mode or allow it to mix in some gasoline-sourced propulsion. It behaves like an old-school hybrid, one from the days in which automakers were still ironing out the interaction and function of hybrid systems. Putting the Niro into Sport mode does not help matters; the brakes are terrible, with an artificial, nonlinear feel. The last 10 feet of any stop sees the mechanical brakes grab with sudden bite, causing head-bobbing among occupants regardless of how carefully and smoothly one tries to bleed off speed. The regenerative braking function has a few settings, controlled by the paddle shifters in normal mode (Sport mode turns them back into gear selectors). The most aggressive regen mode is far too aggressive, again causing passenger discomfort when the driver lifts off the accelerator, while the mildest setting doesn’t seem to do much.
The car doesn’t ride or handle well, either, weighing about 3,400 pounds and featuring slow, highly boosted steering and a stiff ride that transmits a lot of bumps and noise into the cabin. In short, the Niro PHEV simply isn’t a pleasant car to drive.
Scores Points on Practicality
So if it’s not particularly pleasant, does the Niro PHEV at least make up some ground on practicality or efficiency? Yes, it does. Being a plug-in hybrid means it can operate in electric mode for a limited distance before needing to employ its onboard gas engine to keep going, allowing drivers to get to a charging station to refill the battery. It can also use that gas engine to add additional propulsive force (so if you’re in EV mode and floor the accelerator, it’ll add some grunt to the mix) to maintain a certain level of charge on the battery while cruising, or even to recharge the battery while you’re driving. I took the Niro on my traditional plug-in-hybrid testing loop to see how far it would go on electricity alone, starting with a full battery and driving mixed urban streets in EV mode with the climate control off and the windows up until the gas engine kicked on — no hypermiling, just driving normally and smoothly, sticking to posted speed limits.
The Niro PHEV is rated to go 26 miles on electricity only, then topping out at a total range (gas engine included) of 560 miles (assuming the EPA’s gas-only fuel economy rating of 48/44/46 mpg city/highway/combined). My test saw the Niro PHEV best that number, delivering 32.8 miles of observed electric range before the gas engine kicked on — a 26% improvement over what the EPA said the car would achieve. Recharging the fairly small 8.9-kilowatt-hour battery from a household 120-volt outlet should take about nine hours, according to Kia, or 2.5 hours on a more powerful 240-volt charger. (DC fast charging is not an option on the Niro PHEV.) So yes, it does have the expected plug-in hybrid chops, allowing most people to commute electrically the majority of the time and giving drivers options as to how they’d like to allocate power — either maintaining the battery charge by using the gas engine, recharging the battery en route, or draining the battery every time they drive and recharging it at home.
Utility Is Strong, Comfort Is Mixed
The Niro’s practicality isn’t limited to its hybrid efficiency; it genuinely works as a small compact SUV. There’s plenty of occupant space up front and in back, with more than adequate backseat legroom. Cargo room is also surprisingly plentiful, as the batteries for the hybrid system don’t intrude much into that space. Headroom is also plentiful, and the seats are decently sized and supportive. It works quite well as a small family crossover in terms of roominess, efficiency and utility.
Its comfortable seats, though, are tempered by the fact that ride quality is only mediocre, with a lot of bumps and noise transmitted into the cabin. In fact, noise is one of the more troublesome aspects of the Niro PHEV — and not just road and wind noise, but noises the car generates. It feels like it’s always dinging or beeping at you: the moaning low-speed noise all EVs are required by law to broadcast as a warning to sight-impaired pedestrians, the beeping when you shift into Reverse, the welcome noise, the shut down noise, the warnings. The appeal of a quiet EV is never met with the Niro.
The interior design is also quite good when it comes to the buttons, switches and multimedia system. Kia and its sister brand Hyundai have the secret to a good multimedia system, and while the one in the Niro PHEV might not be Kia’s latest and greatest, it’s still miles better than most. It’s accompanied by plenty of dedicated buttons that are big, easy to locate while driving and very complete. The voice commands are questionable in their function, however: Asking the car to change the radio to SiriusXM’s NPR channel somehow got me navigation directions to the nearest Pier 1 outlet.
At Least It’s Cheap(ish)
The Niro comes in several versions at several prices for the 2020 model year. A plain, basic Niro hybrid starts at a not-inconsiderable $25,710 including destination, while the base Niro PHEV starts at $30,610 and the Niro EV begins at a hefty $40,210. (That said, plug-in models may be eligible for federal or local rebates or tax advantages.) My specific test car was a Niro PHEV EX Premium, which comes nearly loaded for $37,510, with options limited to paint color, cargo accessories and mats. My as-tested price was $38,085 before any tax credits.
Stacking the Niro PHEV up against a proper competitor is not easy given few other plug-in hybrids offer the same body style as the Niro — a tall sort-of-crossover, sort-of-SUV, sort-of-wagon. The closest competitor might be the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, which went all plug-in for the 2018 model year and starts at nearly $5,000 more than the Niro PHEV. The Subaru does have a few advantages, however, such as standard AWD and Subaru’s standard safety systems, but it doesn’t achieve the Niro’s range, with only 17 miles EV-only and 480 miles overall.
Two plug-in hybrid SUVs are available for 2020, one from Ford and one from Toyota. The 2020 Ford Escape Hybrid PHEV is front-drive only, as is the Niro PHEV, and starts a little more than $3,500 higher than the Niro PHEV. It features more interior space and greater range: 37 miles EV and 530 miles overall. Another AWD option is the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime, which has a range of 42 miles EV and a bladder-busting 600 miles overall — but costs a whopping $8,600 and change over the base price of a Niro PHEV.
There are better plug-in choices than the Niro PHEV these days. It feels a generation behind many of its hybrid and plug-in contemporaries in terms of powertrain refinement, and its practicality, efficiency and utility sadly don’t outweigh its general unpleasantness to drive.
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Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
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2019 KIA NIRO PLUG-IN HYBRID
NIRO PLUG-IN HYBRID
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The Niro Plug-In Hybrid delivers versatility right down to its power source. With the push of a button you can go All-Electric using a high-density, lithium-ion polymer battery with an estimated EPA rated All-Electric Range (AER) of 0-26 miles. And you can be confident knowing you’ll never be stranded with its hybrid gas-electric HEV mode.
With more than 45,000 Level 2 (240 V) public outlets currently nationwide, and more being built all the time, you can plug into the expanding public grid Opens a New Window. with increasing ease. And our UVO eco feature makes it even easier with the available Voice-Command Navigation System that shows nearby charging stations and leads you there with turn-by-turn directions.
A commanding voice.
Whether you’re on the road or on the couch, UVO puts you in the driver’s seat. Out on the road, enjoy hands-free calling and texting, or manage your music with simple voice commands. At home, or anywhere, use the UVO eco app to set charging schedules, lock/unlock doors, set climate controls, or find nearby charging stations. No matter where you are, the road to innovation starts here.
Innovation that’s here to help.
Keep track of your Kia, even when you’re not driving it. The Find My Car feature can locate your Kia remotely and give you directions to it, helping put your mind at ease when your friend or family member is behind the wheel.
With available UVO eco with navigation you can now prep your trip with My POIs. Add your favorite new places and points of interest to your POIs from the comfort of your home so that the next time you head out, you can just drive and go.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s hi-tech design extends all the way to the information highway thanks to the incorporation of the latest innovations. With features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to available wireless charging and Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System, you can get in the fast lane to the future.
Every road trip needs its soundtrack and your Niro Plug-In Hybrid lets you roll in style. The available Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System delivers crisp, custom-tuned audio. And its Clari-Fi technology intelligently restores compressed tracks for dramatic clarity. So turn it up and sing out loud, your backing band awaits.
Just as your Niro Plug-In Hybrid has dual options to charge its battery, it also offers two ways to charge your personal devices — with available wireless or connected charging options. And with multiple ports throughout the cabin, everyone can stay charged and connected no matter how long your adventure.
Blind Spot Detection.
The available Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system is advanced technology that can help you manage the blind spots on the side and rear areas of your Niro Plug-In Hybrid. If it detects objects, this radar-based detection system sends out visual or auditory signals to help warn you of objects not in your field of view.
Smart Cruise Control.
The cruise control with added control. Smart Cruise Control (SCC) comes standard on all trims and is designed to adapt to your driving environment by automatically applying the brakes, or accelerator, to help maintain a predetermined distance from a vehicle it detects in front of you.
Lane Keep Assist System.
Get a little help staying alert and on course. The Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) comes standard on all trims and is designed to help you stay on course by monitoring the position of your Niro under certain conditions and may apply corrective steering if it senses you drifting outside your lane.
Driven to exceed.
While the Niro Plug-In Hybrid is built on the back of the award-winning Niro with all its innovative features, we managed to push the bar even further. We introduced a new Hybrid Power Control Unit that delivers the same high performance in a smaller, lighter footprint with improved cooling. Plus, we installed a more powerful electric motor, along with a larger battery with no impact on interior volume or cargo space.
At the core of Niro Plug-In Hybrid’s innovative powertrain is Kia’s Full Parallel Hybrid System. It combines the power of our hybrid-optimized Atkinson cycle engine, a highly efficient electric motor, and a powerful lithium-ion polymer battery. The result is smooth, reliable performance that delivers hybrid efficiency with 105 MPGe combined.