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Model
Niro
Year
2020
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$11,900 - $29,995
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2020 LX 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility
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Price:   -  From $24,590
2020 LXS 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $25,990
2020 Touring 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $28,290
2020 Touring SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $30,790
2020 EX Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $32,790
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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.

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Safety Features

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.

Connectivity

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.

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LX - From $25,710

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.

LXS - From $27,110

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.

Touring - From $29,410

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.

Touring Special Edition - From $31,910

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.

EX Premium - From $33,910

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Incredibly efficient
  • Crossover looks
  • Great value
  • Spacious, comfortable
Cons
  • No all-wheel drive
  • Not peppy
  • Automatic emergency braking not standard
  • Touring trim less efficient
Expert Rating
3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Superb fuel economy. Despite the 2020 Kia Niro’s relatively large body and classification as a subcompact crossover, the hybrid gets nearly the same fuel economy as smaller options on the market. The EPA rates the Niro to get up to 49 miles per gallon combined thanks to its frugal powertrain. That’s only slightly behind hybrid versions of compact and midsize sedans. If you’re looking for a hybrid crossover that gets good fuel economy, the Niro is a leader.

To get the best in fuel economy with the Niro, you’ll have to stick with the lower trims. The Touring trim comes with larger wheels and more features, bringing extra weight and increasing drag. This drops fuel economy to 43 mpg combined. Still, that's an excellent figure for a vehicle of this size.

Excellent value for money. The Niro upholds Kia’s claim to fame of being a value first brand thanks to its extensive list of standard features. While entry-level models of fuel-efficient vehicles usually don’t come with a lot of standard features, as their main focus is on saving you fuel, this isn’t the case with the Niro.

The base Niro comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, and more. For a vehicle that starts at $25,710, the Niro comes well equipped. One thing that’s missing as standard is automatic emergency braking.

The top-of-the line EX Premium brings things like a wireless charger, synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a Harman Kardon audio system, a heated steering wheel, and a sunroof. Few hybrids come as well equipped as the Niro.

Versatility befitting a crossover. For a hybrid, the Niro has a unique SUV-like shape. Not only does the design help it stand out in a segment filled with sedans and hatchbacks, it gives the vehicle more versatility than its competitors.

Cargo capacity in the Niro measures in at 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 54.5 cubic feet of cargo space in total. Since the Niro was designed from the beginning with the intention of being a hybrid, the vehicle’s battery pack doesn’t impede on interior space. Additionally, the Niro provides spacious accommodations for up to five people, as it even has enough rear head room and leg room for taller passengers.


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Where’s all-wheel drive? Kia doesn’t offer all-wheel drive on the Niro. At a time when automakers are bringing all-wheel drive to small sedans and hybrid vehicles, it’s an interesting omission for the Niro that diminishes its appeal for consumers that live in areas that get inclement weather.

Piggybacking off the Niro’s lack of all-wheel drive is a lack of enjoyability. While hybrids aren’t known for being enjoyable to drive, the Niro firmly lands in the area of not having an athletic bolt anywhere in its body.

With only 139 horsepower from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the Niro won’t win any drag races either. The powertrain’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is unique for a hybrid vehicle, too, but can stumble at lower speeds.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Kia Niro does something few other hybrids have managed to do: blend crossover versatility with incredible fuel economy. Excellent fuel economy is just one of the Niro’s many strengths, as it offers a great amount of cargo space, a spacious cabin, and a good mix of standard and available features.

While we’re extremely happy with the Niro, we’re left wanting all-wheel drive. Being able to send power to all four wheels is a must for a lot of consumers these days, so adding the feature would greatly bolster its appeal. Nicer materials and a more refined transmission are our only other nitpicks.

The Niro doesn’t have any real direct competitors – you’re either going to have to move up to a compact crossover or down to a subcompact hatchback or sedan. The Toyota Prius AWD gets similar fuel economy, but is even less of a performance vehicle and doesn’t have the same amount of interior space, though it comes with all-wheel drive.

The Honda Insight is a smaller overall vehicle, but gets similar fuel economy, comes with more standard safety features, and costs less. The Insight doesn’t have the same interior space as the Niro and doesn’t come with smartphone compatibility as standard.

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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 sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
51 / 46 / 49 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
51 / 46 / 49 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
3,100 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat 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
Am/fm Stereo, 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
1
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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