Kia Niro (2016–)

Model History

February 2016

Kia Niro revealed

An all-new low-emissions hybrid crossover, the Niro marks the development of Kia’s first dedicated eco-car platform.

The Niro has been engineered in isolation from existing Kia models, and is designed to accommodate a specific set of environmentally-conscious technologies and next-generation powertrains. The Niro’s hybrid powertrain is made up of a 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) Kappa engine producing 105PS and 147Nm torque paired with a 32 kW electric motor and a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack.

The powertrain’s combined 141PS power output is applied to the road through a highly-efficient six-speed double-clutch transmission (6DCT), with a maximum 264Nm torque available in first gear. A target CO 2 emissions rating of sub-89 g/km (combined, based on Kia internal testing) will ensure low running costs.

The Niro is 4,355mm in length, 1,800mm wide and 1,535mm tall, making it smaller overall than the all-new Kia Sportage, though occupying a larger footprint than the Cee’d hatchback.

The all-new cabin of the Kia Niro has been designed to give an impression of space and modernity, with a wide dashboard and defined horizontal lines. The Niro follows the most recent Kia models in offering high quality, soft-touch materials throughout the interior.

The Niro is available with a single-tone cabin, available either in black or dark grey, and upholstered in cloth, cloth and leather or full genuine leather. First Editon models have areas of glossy white trim.

At the heart of the dashboard is Kia’s latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) and a large 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with optional navigation. Both systems support Bluetooth smartphone and audio connectivity and DAB digital radio and are connected to a six-speaker audio system. Music lovers can also specify new eight-speaker audio from JBL, with a powerful 320 watt output, external amplifier.

The Niro is fitted as standard with seven airbags for optimum passive occupant safety, with airbags for driver and front passenger, driver knee, first row side airbags, and first and second row curtain airbags. Isofix child-seat tether and anchor points are fitted as standard to the second row of seats, to safely secure children.

The Niro is designed to offer high levels of practicality and comfortable interior dimensions despite its compact on-road footprint, with class-leading headroom, 421 litres (VDA) of cargo capacity and a boot of a sufficient size and space to offer a full-size spare wheel beneath the boot floor. From Q4 2016, the new Niro will be available with optional towing functionality – rare amongst cars in the hybrid class – allowing owners to tow braked loads of up to 1,300 kg.

August 2016

Kia Niro now on sale in the UK

Kia Niro ‘1’ 1.6 GDi with 1.57kWh lithium-ion battery: £21,295

Kia Niro ‘2’ 1.6 GDi with 1.57kWh lithium-ion battery: £22,795

Kia Niro ‘3’ 1.6 GDi with 1.57kWh lithium-ion battery: £24,695

Kia Niro ‘First Edition’ 1.6GDi with 1.57kWh lithium-ion battery: £26,995

Optional Metallic Paint £595

Optional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack £350

September 2017

Kia Niro PHEV goes on sale

The PHEV is priced at £27,995 on the road after taking into consideration the Government plug-in car grant of £2,500.

The PHEV is a stand-alone model in the Niro line-up, based on the mid-range (grade 3) Niro parallel hybrid (with ADAP). Standard features include the latest connectivity and active safety technologies, including Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom, wireless smartphone charging, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist.

It is available in six colours, including optional Gravity Blue which is exclusive to the plug-in Niro. The standard paint colour is Rich Espresso, while other options are Clear White, Graphite, Midnight Black and White Pearl.

The Niro PHEV features the same 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine as the parallel hybrid, but in the plug-in model this is paired with a more powerful 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor. The Niro PHEV is capable of travelling up to 36 miles on the energy stored in its batteries.

The battery of the Kia Niro PHEV has a total capacity of 8.9 kWh. The usable capacity is 7.1 kWh (estimate).


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Average mpg

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1.6 GDi 6DCT plug-in hybrid







January 2019

Entry-level Kia Niro PHEV 2 announced

Kia has dropped the start price of its Niro PHEV thanks to a new entry-level model. The Kia Niro PHEV 2 is priced from £30,265 and comes with an eight-inch infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, roof rails and a towing pack giving the Niro PHEV a towing capacity of 1300kg.

Further standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels and part leather upholstery.

May 2019

Updated Kia Niro now on sale

Following its unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, the upgraded Kia Niro is now on sale in the UK with prices starting at £24,590.

A number of improvements have been made to the Niro, including a new exterior design, a more upscale, high-quality interior and enhanced connectivity, the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models feature Kia’s advanced new UVO CONNECT telematics system, which brings additional ‘connected’ functionality to the car.

Retaining its stylish crossover design, the upgraded Kia Niro features a number of design updates for 2019. The refreshed design aligns the Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants of the range with the appearance of the all-new all-electric e-Niro.

While the new Niro retains its distinctive design and iconic ‘tiger-nose’ grille, new bumpers at the front and rear give it a more purposeful appearance and more confident stance on the road. The standard projection headlamps have been redesigned, incorporating Kia’s unique ‘ice-cube’ design with LED headlamps on the ‘4’ grade.

The bumper features new LED daytime running lights below the headlamps with a unique double-arrow layout, as well as LED fog lamps on grades ‘3’ and ‘4’.

At the rear of the car, newly-redesigned LED lights give the Niro a more distinctive and modern light signature. The new bumper design is finished with a silver-painted skid plate and incorporates new light reflectors and rear fog lamps in the corners.

The Niro Hybrid is offered with redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels on grade ‘2’, with an all-new 18-inch dual-tone diamond-cut alloy wheel for grades ‘3’ and ‘4’. The Niro PHEV is available with newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels with dark grey inserts, contributing to its unique stance and design.

Inside, Kia has introduced a series of visual and material upgrades, creating a more upscale atmosphere and enhancing cabin quality. The top of the dashboard is finished in high-quality soft-touch coating, while the dashboard and instrument panel feature elegant new gloss black trim with satin chrome highlights.

Kia is also introducing a new 10.25-inch TFT-LCD widescreen for the main display on grades ‘3’ and ‘4’, with a 7.0-inch TFT Supervision instrument cluster for the driver included on grade ‘4’. The car is fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 4.2-inch TFT instrument binnacle as standard on grade ‘2’.

The interior also engages drivers more with the adoption of wheel-mounted paddle-shifters to change gear. The Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are both equipped with a slick-shifting six-speed auto dual-clutch transmission, delivering more direct and immediate responses – and a more entertaining drive – than traditional electronic continuously-variable transmissions (e-CVT) found on other hybrids.

Kia is now equipping the new Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models with a new electronic parking brake, accompanied by larger rear brakes to improve stopping power in all conditions.

The upgraded Niro range sees the introduction of a series of new active driver-assistive safety technologies. Already available with Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, the upgraded Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are now offered with additional Stop & Go functionality. Adaptive Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go follows the preceding vehicle and can now bring the Niro to a stop if traffic slows to a halt, bringing the car back up to speed as the car in front moves off.

Lane Following Assist is available for the first time on Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models, following its introduction on the electric e-Niro. This technology tracks vehicles in front of the car in traffic and detects road markings to keep the Niro in its lane on the motorway. The system controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front, using external sensors to maintain a safe distance, while also assisting the driver change lanes. Lane Following Assist operates between zero and 81mph.

The Niro continues to be offered with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies. Depending on specification, these include Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, Blind-spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-traffic Collision Warning, and Intelligent Speed Limit Warning, in addition to the new electronic parking brake.



‘2’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed DCT Hybrid


‘3’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed DCT Hybrid


‘3’ PHEV 1.6 GDi 6-speed DCT Plug-in Hybrid


‘4’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed DCT Hybrid


What does a Kia Niro (2016) cost?

List Price from £24,855
Buy new from £21,161
Contract hire from £210.76 per month