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    2019 Kia Niro 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.

    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.


    Retailing at $24,430 (all prices include the $940 destination charge), the base Niro FE has its impressive fuel economy further boosted with standard stop/start technology and regenerative braking. Safety features include automatic lights, hill start assist, a rearview camera, and cruise control. The infotainment system is a seven-inch touchscreen powering a six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth. Dual-zone climate control is standard, while the driver and front passenger get six-way adjustable seats. There are no packages available, but standalone options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass and HomeLink for $350 or mud guards for $95.


    A modest $310 premium over FE brings the price of a Niro LX to $24,740. As you’d expect, specification changes are fairly minimal. LED rear lights and roof rails provide external identifiers, while the cabin gains push button start, a rear center armrest, and hidden storage. The LX Advanced Technology Package ($1,450) bundles automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, fog lights, and LED daytime running lights.


    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.

    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.


    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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