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Brand New Kia Niro 1.6 GDi Hybrid 3 5dr DCT

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£249 deposit
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

10.25" Touch screen satellite navigation with european mapping and traffic messaging channelAdaptive smart cruise control function (SCC) with stop and go
Apple car play/Android Auto with voice controlDigital clock
Drive mode selectorDriver attention warning
Emergency stop signalling systemForward collision avoidance assist
Front parking sensorsKia connected services featuring TomTom live
Lane Following Assist (LFA)Lane keep assist
Motor driven power steeringRear parking sensors
Reversing cameraSpeed limiter
Telematics system with UVO connect servicesTrip computer with distance/fuel consumption/average speed
Wireless Smartphone charger 

Entertainment

'Shark fin' mobile antenna4.2" supervision cluster with TFT colour display
6 speakersBluetooth with music streaming
DAB Radio with MP3Steering wheel mounted controls
USB connection located in centre consoleUSB port

Exterior Features

All round electric windows with drivers and front passenger auto up/down functionAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic defog systemAutomatic headlight control system
Black beltline mouldingsBlack side sills
Body colour bumpersBody coloured/high gloss door mirrors
Chrome door handlesDriver's side wide angle mirror
Electrically folding/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED indicatorsLED daytime running lights
LED fog lightsLED rear combination lights
Manual headlight levellingMatt black radiator grille
Privacy glass - Rear windows and tailgateProjector headlamps
Rain sensing front wipersRear spoiler
Rear wiperRoof rails
Solar glassWelcome and follow-me home light functionality
Wheel arch mouldings 

Interior Features

3 x passenger assist grips60/40 split/folding 2nd row of seats
8 way electric adjustable drivers seatAll-round height adjustable headrests
Aluminium door scuff platesCentre console storage box
Centre room lampCupholders in rear armrest
Door armrest in leatherDriver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Drivers seat power lumbar supportDual zone automatic air conditioning
Front and rear door storageFront/rear centre armrests
Headlining in Light greyHeated front seats
Heated steering wheelHigh gloss black lower console trim
High gloss black steering wheel trimIlluminated ignition key hole
Interior door lock/unlock functionISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Leather trimmed gearshiftLeather trimmed steering wheel
Leather upholsteryLuggage area lamp
Luggage compartment coverLuggage net hooks
Overhead console lamp with sunglasses casePassenger seat height adjuster
Satin finish inner door handlesSeatback pocket - driver
Seatback pocket - front passengerSteering wheel mounted paddle shift
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheelUnder floor storage box
Ventiliation ducts to rear compartment 

Packs

Towing pack - Niro 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impactDrivers knee airbag
Electric parking brake with auto hold functionElectronic stability control
Front passenger airbag cut-off switchHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist control (HAC)Traction control
Twin curtain airbags with roll over sensorTwin front and side airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Alarm system and engine immobiliserDeadlocks
Locking wheel nutsRemote central door locking with fold away key
Visible vehicle identification number 

Trim

High gloss black centre fasciaHigh gloss black door inserts

Wheels

18" alloy wheelsTyre mobility kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh1.56Battery TypeLithium-ion

Emissions - ICE

CO0.16CO2 (g/km)100
HC0.023Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.003Particles0.0002
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb119

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1580Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionAUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)65.7EC Extra Urban (mpg)62.8
EC Urban (mpg)72.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High6.5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low4.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium4.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb54.3WLTP - MPG - Extra High43.5
WLTP - MPG - High62.8WLTP - MPG - Low60.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium62.8 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.6
Badge Power139Coin DescriptionGDi
Coin Series3Generation Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0712ENCAP Adult Occupant Protection %91
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %80NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %70NCAP Safety Assist %81
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage10000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years7
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)11.1
Engine Power - BHP139Engine Power - KW104
Engine Power - RPM5700Engine Torque - LBS.FT195
Engine Torque - MKG27Engine Torque - NM265
Engine Torque - RPM4000Top Speed101

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1535Height (including roof rails)1545
Length4355Wheelbase2700
Width1805 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)45Gross Vehicle Weight1930
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1380Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)382
Max. Loading Weight440Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Minimum Kerbweight1490
No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Kia Niro

The improved Kia Niro offers an appealing dose of hybrid technology to buyers in the small Crossover segment. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Kia reckons that this Niro model offers the best of both worlds, combining fashionable 'Crossover' looks with exemplary hybrid efficiency. It's not, perhaps, the kind of car you'd expect from this growing Korean brand but in its own way, it promises to be a very appealing one. There's a choice of hybrid, PHEV plug-in hybrid or full-electric e-Niro models. Here, our focus is on the upgraded hybrid variants.

Background

The Niro was Kia's first ever dedicated hybrid model and in recent years, the company has been no stranger to automotive electrification. Hybrid versions of the marque's larger Optima have been on sale in the USA since 2011 - and a Plug-in version of that car is available here. Plus Kia has been marketing a completely battery-powered version of its even smaller Soul Crossover model since 2014. The Niro though, saw the Korean maker's futuristic engineering showcased to a much wider audience when it was introduced in 2017, first in self-charging hybrid form, then as a plug-in PHEV and finally, in 2018, as the full-electric e-Niro BEV. Having established the Niro range, Kia has now moved to improve it, hence the upgraded range we're looking at here. The hybrid versions we're focusing on have certainly been cleverly developed. Instead the old-fashioned nickel metal hydride batteries and belt-driven CVT auto gearbox you get in, say, a more expensive Toyota Prius, here there's properly modern lithium-ion battery technology and a smoother, more sophisticated dual-clutch auto transmission to work with the hybrid system. Plus there's good looks, decent interior space and up-to-the-minute media connectivity in a car neatly positioned in size between Kia's two biggest sellers, the cee'd family hatch and the Sportage family Crossover.

Driving Experience

The hybrid Niro is available in either conventional Hybrid or Plug-in PHEV guises. Either way, the hybrid technology is mated to a 105PS 1.6-litre petrol powerplant. In the conventional self-charging hybrid variant, this is mated to a 32kW electric motor. In the PHEV model, it's mated to a more powerful 44.5kW motor. In both cases, the total system output - 141PS - is pretty much the same either way, the petrol engine and the electric motor combining effectively to provide 265Nm of torque, enough for sprightly acceleration away from standstill. As you'd expect from a hybrid, regenerative braking is used to send power back to the battery, but Kia says it's paid special attention to brake feel, reducing the grabby nature that you get from the brakes in other hybrids. The transmission is the latest version of Kia's 6DCT CVT auto 'box, re-engineered specifically for use with the Niro's advanced hybrid powertrain, delivering a more direct and immediate response - and a more entertaining drive - than a traditional continuously-variable transmission would. The Niro's 6DCT is able to shift gears automatically, while keener drivers can pull the gear lever towards them to put the car into Manual Sports mode and allow manual shifting. A series of measures have been adopted to ensure low levels of noise, vibration and harshness. These include specially-designed asymmetric engine mounts to manage powertrain movements at each point in the front subframe, high density under-bonnet insulation and a sound-deadening acoustic shield with a special support structure to improve the sound of the engine accelerating across the most used range of engine speeds.

Design and Build

The Niro occupies a useful space within the brand's model line-up in terms of its size. It's 4,355mm in length, 1,800mm wide and 1,535mm tall, making it smaller overall than the brand's larger Sportage Crossover, though occupying a larger footprint than the cee'd hatchback or the Stonic small SUV. There's nothing particularly exciting about the shape but it's likely to chime with buyers at the larger end of the compact Crossover segment and has a relatively sleek 0.29Cd drag factor. Changes to this revised model include smarter bumpers and a redesign for the front and rear lights. Inside, there's now a higher quality cabin, with greater use of soft-touch materials and an upgraded 10.25-inch widescreen centre-dash infotainment screen provided you avoid base trim. Top-spec models get a TFT screen for the instrument cluster too. The centre screen uses Kia's new UVO CONNECT telematics system. UVO CONNECT features a new Kia Live system, which uses its own SIM card to retrieve and update live data. This gives owners access to live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, fuel prices, and details of potential on and off-street parking - including price, location and availability. The second element of the UVO system is the UVO App, designed for compatibility on Android and Apple smartphones. The app offers users peace of mind with a range of features to provide diagnostic data about their car and the trips they take. As for practical stuff, well there's reasonable rear seat space and decent boot capacity too - 421-litres.

Market and Model

For buyers of the conventional hybrid Niro model, there are three trim grades currently on offer - '2', '3' and '4'. Pricing starts from around £25,000. You'll need a budget closer to £32,000 for the PHEV version which comes only with '3'-spec trim. All Niro models are comprehensively equipped with comfort, luxury, connectivity and driver assistance features. And this upgraded Niro range sees the introduction of a series of extra 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.

Cost of Ownership

So, how do the figures stack up? Well, let's look at the conventional hybrid model most will choose. This car's headline efficiency figures can't match those of Toyota's Prius but they're still pretty impressive: 58.9mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 99g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. That's achieved using some impressive tech. The Niro uses the Lithium-Ion Polymer battery that is both compact and powerful - so much so that Kia has been able to do away with a 12v battery in the car. Kia has also developed a Predictive Energy Control system to use navigation data that predicts changes to the road ahead and maximises the efficiency of the hybrid system. The 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack is the lightest and most efficient pack used by Kia to date, with up to 50% higher energy density and 13% greater energy efficiency than the battery packs found in key rivals. Weighing just 33 kg, the Niro's battery pack - with an advanced power relay - allows the battery to regenerate electrical energy under deceleration. We ought to cover the alternative Plug-in Hybrid Niro variant too. This derivative puts out just 31g/km of WLTP-rated CO2 and is supposed to be able to return an NEDC combined cycle reading of 201.8mpg - those figures based on calculations assuming that owners will be making full use of the 30-mile driving range potential provided by this variant's 8.9 kWh battery. Charging a Niro Plug-in Hybrid takes 2hours 15mins using a 3.3 kW AC charger.

Summary

If you started out wanting to buy a small 'Juke'-style Crossover, you probably weren't expecting to be considering a Hybrid. And, if you started out wanting to buy a Hybrid, you probably weren't expecting to be considering a small Crossover. Get over it. In this Niro, Kia has a car that does a pretty good job in combining fashion and frugality and if you're shopping in either of these segments, it's well worth your consideration. Inevitably, as with any blended concoption, there's an element of compromise here. Some other Hybrids are more frugal, just as some other small Crossovers are more fashion-conscious. Take the view that life is about effectively managing compromise though and you're probably the sort of person who'd really appreciate what Kia has tried to do here. This Niro is, after all, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. It looks good and overall, will almost certainly work out cheaper to run than a comparable diesel alternative. That doesn't necessarily mean it'll be right for you, but there's no doubt of one thing: in terms of the kind of wishlist that a buyer in this part of the market might have, the Niro ticks a lot of boxes.

Performance
50%
Handling
60%
Comfort
70%
Space
60%
Styling
60%
Build
70%
Value
60%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£389
Deposit£249
Term (months)36
Fixed interest rate2.52%
Cash price£25,295
Credit amount£23,046
Guaranteed future value£11,578.68
Total amount payable£27,869.84
Kia deposit£2000
Contract mileage24,000
Excess mileage charge7.5p per mile
Representative APR4.9%
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