Kia may have only unveiled the Niro Plug-In Hybrid crossover at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show a few years ago, but the vehicle has already become an integral part of the brand's three-headed approach for the Niro family. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid shares a lot of components with the regular Niro, but adds an extra dose of versatility thanks to its ability to travel 26 miles on electricity. While the plug-in hybrid segment has expanded recently, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid is an interesting proposition because of its spacious design.
What's New for 2019
Kia didn’t make any changes for the 2019 model year.
Choosing Your Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
The main source of power for the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The plug-in hybrid part of the equation comes from an 8.9-kWh battery pack that's paired to an electric motor. Unlike other hybrids on the market, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid features a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. Combined output for the vehicle is rated at 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
With the sizable battery pack, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 26 miles on a single charge. When electricity runs out, the gas engine takes over, providing you with another 534 miles of range. Getting a full charge on the Niro Plug-In Hybrid, when plugged into a Level 2 (240-volt) charger, takes roughly three hours.
The Niro Plug-In Hybrid can get an EPA-estimated 105 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) combined and 46 mpg combined when the gas engine is running. While those figures are competitive with other plug-in hybrids, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid really emphasizes having a fun-to-drive ride. The vehicle has four driving modes to explore, allowing you to cater the way the vehicle feels: EV, Hybrid, Eco, and Sport. Cargo capacity for the Niro Plug-In Hybrid is also impressive, as the vehicle is rated to carry 19.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row and 54.5 cubic feet in total.
Kia offers the Niro Plug-In Hybrid in three trims:
In recent years, Kia has become the standard for value, offering more standard features at an affordable price than a lot of other brands. The entry-level 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX is priced reasonably and is handsomely equipped, which makes it the one we'd go with. It even has some of the latest safety features as standard, making it an easy decision.
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