All-new Kia Niro revealed

Published 18 January 2022
  • Striking new looks
  • Classier interior with more room inside
  • On sale this year from around £27,000

The new Kia Niro is expected to be priced from £27,000 when it goes on sale in the second half of 2022. The new crossover will be launched with a petrol hybrid powertrain, with plug-in hybrid and pure-electric models to follow.

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The new Niro's styling follows Kia's Opposites United design philosophy – the same ethos that shaped the new Sportage – with an angular front end, eye-catching contrast-colour paint jobs and boomerang-style C-pillars. In all, you can choose from nine exterior colours with six contrasting C-Pillar shades.

Inside, the large infotainment screens and two-spoke steering wheel give the Niro the feel of Kia's EV6 high-tech electric car. You get dual-purpose digital buttons – as fitted to the EV6 and the Sportage – and mood lighting with 74 different colours. Options include a 10-inch head-up display.

You can also have the interior finished in three different shades – Charcoal, Medium Grey and Petrol.

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The new Niro is larger than the old model across the board – most notably in its wheelbase, which has stretched by 20mm. You can expect it to have more interior space than the current car and it is packed with handy features such as cupholders, USB-C chargers and coat hangers on the back seats. The 451-litre boot is also 15 litres bigger than its predecessor.

The car launches as a petrol-electric hybrid with a 105PS petrol engine and a 32kWh electric motor producing 141PS combined to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There's no information on its pure electric range, but the Niro can detect built-up areas and switch to electric automatically to reduce localised emissions.

As you'd expect for a family SUV, the car's suspension and steering are tuned for comfort, and the new Niro gets extra sound deadening to make it quieter inside.

A suite of autonomous driving aids should also boost comfort. They go under the banner of DriveWise intelligent Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – a complicated way of saying the car can brake itself to avoid collisions with cars, cyclists or pedestrians driving down the road or negotiating junctions.

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The car can also drive itself on motorways and A-roads and even warn you if you attempt to open your door into a cyclist's path.

We'll have more info on the Niro – including the plug-in hybrid and electric models – before the car goes on sale later this year. 

Will there be a 2022 Kia Niro PHEV?

The 2022 Kia Niro will go on sale as a petrol hybrid in the middle of 2022, with PHEV (plug-in hybrid) and electric models to follow later.

Will there be a new Kia Niro?

Yes, we have already seen pictures and specs of the new Kia Niro which is expected to go on sale in the middle of 2022.

What is the disadvantage of a hybrid car?

Hybrid cars tend to be more expensive to buy than petrols and diesels, although the price gap is getting smaller by the year. 

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Should I get a plug-in hybrid?

I don’t do many long journeys and I'm in late 70’s - which would be most suitable for me, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid?
Can you plug a car in at home (i.e. do you have off-road parking with access to electricity)? Are most of your journeys within, say, 20 miles? If the answer to both of these questions is 'yes', a plug-in hybrid (or, even better, an electric car) sounds like it'd suit your needs well. Otherwise, a conventional hybrid might be a better option.
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Should we buy a hybrid car?

Should we buy a hybrid vehicle now or wait for technology and prices to improve? We are considering the Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid, but the price is almost double what we would pay for a Skoda Kodiaq petrol equivalent.
Plug-in hybrid models are expensive compared to equivalent petrol cars. They make a lot of sense for company car drivers who save money in tax, but not all private buyers will benefit enough to justify the price. Can you charge at home and do you cover a lot of short journeys? If so, you'll be able to save money on petrol by travelling under electric power a lot of the time (the Sorento PHEV has a 35-mile electric range). Consider whether you cover enough short journeys to justify the price hike – and how important the improved refinement is to you.
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Comments

GeeWhy    on 21 January 2022

I just hope that Kia have listened to owners and replaced the loud, anti-social warning alerts that the Niro produces when reversing. It's like driving a bin lorry and will disturb all your neighbours if you have to reverse the car late at night, never mind getting odd looks in the supermarket car park.

conman    on 29 January 2022

What is the disadvantage of a hybrid car?

'Hybrid cars tend to be more expensive to buy than petrol's and diesels, although the price gap is getting smaller by the year. '

The reason the price gap is getting smaller is because instead of lowering the price of Hybrid and electrical cars, the manufacturers are kidding you by increasing the price of ICE vehicles

Electric vehicles are nearly £20,000 more that a similar ICE vehicle. Hybrid vehicles are nearly £10,000 dearer than a similar ICE model and new ICE models are nearly £5,000 dearer than a few years ago.

Another point you are not being told is that most chargers are not charging at their maximum rate and many are putting time penalties on them usually around 45 minutes before the prolong tariff kicks in which is designed to make you remove your car due to the cost increasing.

Taken from an article regarding charging an electric vehicle in 2021.
''Rapid charging: Rapid charging points are normally found at motorway service stations and typically cost £6.50 for a 30 min, ~90 mile charge. **
* Costs calculated at 17p/kWh based on usable battery is ~54kWh (90%).
** Charging at 50kW, receiving 3.3 miles per kWh. Assumes tariff of 26p/kWh applicable to most Pod Point rapid chargers.'' These prices are now way out of date you can nearly double the price now.

Say you have a 54kwh battery you run it down to 10% you connect up to the charger that is charging at 50kWh if your lucky. In 40 mins that will increase your battery by approximately 35 kWh giving you a total of approx. 40kWh which is approx. 132 miles but in real life and not reaching 0%, 100 miles usable range so you will have to recharge every 100 / 110 miles.

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