The 2020 Kia Niro enters the model year with a slight refresh. On the outside, the hybrid subcompact crossover's design has been updated with new headlights and taillights, a redesigned grille, a restyled front and rear end, and new wheels. The Niro also adds roof rails as standard. The interior gets an 8-inch touchscreen as standard, while a 10.25-inch unit is newly available.
The updates don’t revolutionize the Niro, but help keep it fresh. It’s still one of the more efficient vehicles in its class. In fact, it's one of the more efficient utility vehicles available period. Now, it just happens to look a little better and has updated tech.
Choosing Your Kia Niro
The Niro is available in five trims: LX, LXS, Touring, Touring Special Edition, and EX Premium. Prices start at $25,710 including destination for the LX trim and go up to $33,910 for the EX Premium.
The standard Kia Niro comes with a hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a 1.56-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and an electric motor. Combined output stands at 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard, as is front-wheel drive.
The Niro gets excellent fuel economy, matching or besting many smaller vehicles. The EPA rates it at 51 miles per gallon city, 46 mpg highway, and 49 combined. The heavier Touring models only get 46/40/43 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
All Niros have seating for up to five passengers and can hold up to 19.4 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seat. Cargo capacity increases to 54.5 cubic feet with it folded down. These numbers are great for the subcompact crossover segment and better than other hybrids with similar fuel economy.
Kia doesn’t offer any active safety features on its base trim, but the second-from-the-bottom LXS gets a full suite of them. At this level, the Niro gets automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and a driver attention warning system.
The Touring trim further brings adaptive cruise control, while the EX Premium adds rear parking sensors.
The Niro comes with an 8-inch touchscreen as standard. The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Andorid Auto, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB Port. A 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster is also included.
The Touring trim adds a 7-inch LCD display in the instrument cluster, while the Touring Special Edition adds the new 10.25-inch touchscreen along with navigation, satellite radio, HD radio, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. A wireless charging pad is standard on the range-topping EX Premium trim.
The Niro LX comes with roof rails, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, and 16-inch wheels on the outside. Passengers will find cloth seating, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, four-way adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry on the inside.
Over the base trim, the LXS adds automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, push button start, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The Touring trim really kicks things up a notch by adding a sunroof, 10-way power front seats, adaptive cruise control, cloth and leather seating, mood lighting, a 7-inch driver information display, LED taillights, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and heated and power-folding side mirrors.
Moving up to the Touring Special Edition brings leather upholstery, the 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and LED headlights as standard.
A heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, wireless charging, rear parking sensors, and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the EX Premium.
The 2020 Kia Niro manages to do something few other hybrids can: get excellent fuel economy without sacrificing versatility. With a usable amount of cargo space, a stylish look, and a good list of features, the Niro makes saving money at the pumps easy.