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2019 FE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $23,490
2019 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $23,900
2019 EX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $26,400
2019 S Touring 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $28,800
2019 Touring 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $32,250
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Overview

The 2019 Kia Niro is a hybrid subcompact crossover that provides affordable transportation for five, with a single engine and transmission choice across five different trim levels.

What's New for 2019

Entering its third year on the market, the 2019 Niro has received a satellite navigation system and minor revisions to its color and trim combinations. The former Graphite Edition has been rebranded as the S Touring – not to be confused with the flagship Touring model.

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Choosing Your Kia Niro

Every Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engine paired to an electric motor. Total net output is 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and power is supplied to the front wheels through a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. This is an automatic gearbox which claims to deliver comparable fuel economy to a stick shift.

Entry-level FE models return an EPA-estimated 52 miles per gallon city, 49 mpg highway, and 50 combined. Fuel economy for LX and EX models checks in at 51/46/49 mpg (city/highway/combined), or 46/40/43 mpg on S Touring and Touring models.

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EX

There’s a comparatively substantial price increase for EX models, which retail at $27,240. However, its specifications are considerably improved over the LX. LED daytime running lights come as standard, while the outside mirrors are power folding and the cabin mirror automatically dims. High gloss peppers the interior, while the seats are partly clad in leather and heated up front. Best of all, SUV staples like blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are all fitted as standard.

The EX Advanced Technology Package ($1,950) bundles the four active safety features from the package on the LX and a 10-way power driver's seat with two-way lumbar support. The EX Premium Package ($5,300) includes 20 separate items: the items from the EX Advanced Technology Package, front and rear park assist, HID headlights, a gloss black radiator grille, door scuff plate trim, a sunroof, leather seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, back pockets on the front seats, dual LED map lights, memory for the driver's seat, a 110-volt outlet, wireless phone charging, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices and navigation.

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S Touring

The $29,640 S Touring stands below the Touring in the Niro hierarchy. Replacing the Graphite Edition, its standout features include a Harman Kardon sound system, an eight-inch touchscreen with navigation, and HD radio. The driver’s seat gains 10-way power adjustment, while 18-inch alloy wheels fill their arches more purposefully than the 16-inch rims on lesser models. No packages are available on this trim.

Touring

There’s another noticeable price jump to $33,090 on the Touring model, which represents the pinnacle of Niro ownership. Seemingly everything is standard on this model, from anti-fog HID headlights and LED cabin lighting to a warning system for the washer fluid reservoir. The ventilated front seats are clad in full leather, the steering wheel is heated, and there’s parking assistance at both ends of the car. Finally, the quartet of lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are all fitted as standard.

CarsDirect Tip

Given the significant price hikes as you advance up the 2019 Kia Niro range, we’d recommend buying an LX model and installing the Advanced Technology Package. This represents far better value than the EX’s inferior package, and it brings the car’s price to just over $26,000.

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The Kia Niro is the South Korean automaker's electrified-forward offering, that's only available with some kind of hybrid powertrain. The regular Niro was the first hybrid in the nameplate's lineup, which was followed by the Niro Plug-in Hybrid and will also become a trio when the Niro Electric arrives. Unlike other hybrids on the market, the Niro has a crossover-like design that makes it a great family car. Despite its large size, compared to other compact hybrids on the road, the Niro still manages to get up to an EPA-estimated 50 miles per gallon combined, which is impressive for a vehicle with so much versatility. The Niro isn't perfect, though, as acceleration is subpar at best and front-wheel drive is the only drivetrain layout for the model.

Best Value

Kia offers the Niro in five trims: FE, LX, EX, S Touring, and Touring. Pricing for the vehicle ranges from $24,430 to $33,090 (all prices include destination). Like other Kias, the Niro is a value-packed car with loads of standard features. Even the base model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Even with the attractive list of standard features on the entry-level trim, we'd go with mid-level EX. It comes with heated exterior mirrors, roof rails, automatic headlights, fog lights, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, cloth- and leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a 4.2-inch TFT trip computer, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror as standard.

Here's how we'd build our Niro EX:

  • Model:2019 Kia Niro EX Hybrid
  • Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder, AC synchronous permanent magnet electric motor
  • Output:139 hp / 195 lb-ft combined
  • Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Drivetrain:Front-wheel drive
  • MPG:51 City / 46 Hwy
  • Options: EX Premium Package ($5,300, HID headlights, a power sunroof, an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 110-volt inverter, a memory system for the driver’s seat, stainless-steel door scuff plate trim, a gloss black radiator grille, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a wireless phone charger, a 10-way power driver’s seat)
  • Base Price:$27,240 (including a $940 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$32,540

Performance

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The Niro won't blow you away with its performance, but the hybrid doesn't really feel like a hybrid, offering respectable performance from a standstill and having minimal body roll around corners. The six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also out of the ordinary for hybrids, and, for the most part, masks the Niro's electrified side during daily driving.

While the driving experience isn't bad by any means, the Niro is geared toward getting good fuel economy figures. Therefore, acceleration, especially when traveling at highway speeds, isn't stellar. Sure, the Niro has two different drive modes – Eco and Sport – but they only make minor changes to the way the vehicle drives. The single-motor hybrid system can also cause some confusion between the Niro's physical and regenerative brakes. This friction can lead to a jerky ride under braking at times.

Style

Handsome, stylish, and sleek are all ways to describe the Niro, but then again, some may think the design of the hybrid comes off as boring. The vehicle also merges the lines between wagon and crossover, having a tall ride height and a lengthy roofline. On the inside, the tall ride height equates to a higher seating position and better visibility out of the vehicle. It also translates to a 19.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place, which expands to 54.5 cubic feet in total.

Material quality leaves a lot to be desired, as hard plastics and cheap materials are present throughout the entire cabin. While the front seats are comfortable, three passengers will have a rough time being comfortable in the back. There's some good news for the interior, though, as the center stack has a simple layout and Kia's infotainment system is relatively easy to use.

The Best and Worst Things

The Niro provides consumers with a versatile body style and good fuel economy. That's a mix that few other brands have been able to bring to market for an affordable price. There's also the Niro's excellent value, lengthy list of standard features, and near-luxury available features.

If performance and all-wheel drive are on your must-have list, the Niro will disappoint.

Right For? Wrong For?

Kia Niro

Anyone looking for versatility and good fuel economy. The Niro is easy to drive and has the utility that consumers are looking for in an attractive package with an affordable price.

Deal with a lot of snow? Then the lack of all-wheel drive will be off-putting. Like to feel smooth torque push you back into the seat? The Niro can get you up to highway speeds and keep you there, but mashing the throttle doesn't exactly result in a thrilling experience.

The Bottom Line

Look past the fact that the 2019 Kia Niro is only available in front-wheel drive, and the vehicle shines. The Niro gets excellent fuel economy, is packed with all sorts of features, is easy to drive, and is more versatile than other hybrids because of its size. At the end of the day, the Niro is the real deal and a strong contender in the segment.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 104 HP / 109 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd Sportmatic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
52 / 49 / 51 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.6L I-4 / 104 HP / 109 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
52 / 49 / 51 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
11.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$45
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
171.5 "
Exterior Width
71.1 "
Exterior Height
60.4 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
41.7 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,106 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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