The Kia Niro is still relatively young, having just debuted in the 2017 model year. Entering its fourth model year in 2020, this thrifty crossover will get a mild refresh. The changes are not too dramatic but are undoubtedly noticeable.
The overall shape and design of the 2020 Kia Niro carry on unchanged, but it will get a few soft-part swaps. These updates will include new projector-style headlights and fog lights, a revised diamond-pattern grille, and dual chevron-shaped LED daytime running lights. Around back, the update will continue with a wider and more pronounced skid plate and updated LED taillights. Rounding out the changes to the 2020 Niro will be revised 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Kia didn’t limit the midcycle changes to just the outside. It will also add a revised 7-inch instrument cluster with updated drive mode graphics, a standard 8-inch touchscreen, optional navigation with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, and a new Harmon/Kardon audio system.
Under its hood, the 2020 Kia Niro will continue unchanged with its 1.6-liter engine and electric motor combining to produce 139 horsepower. Power will head through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and out to the front wheels. While this is far from an exhilarating powertrain, its specialty will remain thriftiness. We expect it to maintain the current model’s fuel-economy ratings of up to 52 miles per gallon city, 49 highway, and 50 combined.
The Niro Plug-In will also continue with the same powertrain that’ll include a 1.6-liter engine and a more powerful electric motor that combine for the same 139 total horsepower. It’s 8.9-kilowatt-hour battery will deliver up to a 26-mile range on a full charge before the gasoline engine kicks in.
With its optional HID projector headlights and available automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, the 2019 Kia Niro is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. With no changes coming to its safety equipment in the new model year, we expect the refreshed model to continue with the same safety ratings.