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Brand New Kia Niro 1.6 GDi Hybrid 3 5dr DCT

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£1494 initial rental
£249 per month+ VAT

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

7" touchscreen full map navigation systemApple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth connectivity with voice controlCruise control + speed limiter
Digital clockFront and rear parking sensors
Kia connected servicesLCD TFT Mono Display
Low washer fluid warning lightPower Steering
Remote fuel cap releaseReversing camera
Trip computer 

Entertainment

6 speakersBluetooth audio streaming
DAB Radio with MP3Rear USB port
Steering wheel mounted controlsUSB and auxiliary socket

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic defog system
Automatic headlight control systemBlack high gloss/chrome front fender garnish
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors
Body colour side sill mouldingsBody coloured bumpers
Bright chrome vertical grilleChrome exhaust finish
Chrome roof line trimElectric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric rear windowsExterior grab door handles
Follow me home headlightsHeadlamp levelling
Heated rear window with timerHigh level LED brake light
LED daytime running lightsLED indicators in door mirrors
One touch electric front windowsProjector headlamps
Rain sensing front wipersRear fog lights
Roof railsShark fin antenna
Speed sensitive front wipersTinted glass
Towing preparationUV-reducing solar glass
Visible VIN plateWelcome home function

Interior Features

12V socket in front and rear12V socket in luggage compartment
40/20/40 split folding rear seatAir filter
AshtrayAssist grips
Centre console storage box/armrestCentre fascia storage tray
Centre interior lightCigar lighter
Cloth upholsteryCupholders in centre console
Driver's electric lumbar adjustmentDual zone automatic air conditioning
Faux leather centre console armrestFaux leather trimmed door armrests
Front and rear door pockets with bottle holdersFront door courtesy lamps
Front map light with sunglasses caseFront seatback pockets
Gear shift indicatorHeight adjustable driver's seat
Height adjustable headrestsHeight adjustable passenger seat
Illuminated glovebox with lockIlluminated ignition key hole
ISOFIX top tethers and lower anchor pointsLeather trimmed gearshift
Leather trimmed steering wheelLoad area cover
Luggage area lampLuggage net hooks
Luggage partition netMetallic interior door handles
Metallic paint finish electric window switch panelsOne touch fold flat handle for rear seats
Rear air ventsRear centre armrest with cupholder
Rear coat hooksRheostat dimmer switch
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsTilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Touchscreen silver metallic paint bezel trim 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Automatic unlocking of doors in case of impactCurtain airbags
Dual front airbagsDual Side airbags
Electronic parking brakeEmergency stop signal system
ESC + BAS + VSM + HACFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assistRear door child safety locks
Seatbelt warningTraction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Anti theft alarmAnti-drill door locks
DeadlocksImmobiliser
Locking wheel nutsRemote central door locking
Speed sensitive auto door locking 

Technical

Diesel particulate filterIntelligent Stop and Go

Trim

Metallic effect centre console 

Wheels

17" alloy wheelsTemporary spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.132CO2 (g/km)121
HC+NOx0.073NOx0.038
Particles0.0003Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb142 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)61.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)65.7EC Urban (mpg)54.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb52.3WLTP - MPG - Extra High47.9
WLTP - MPG - High58.9WLTP - MPG - Low47.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium55.4 

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power134
Coin DescriptionCRDiCoin Series2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0721AManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage20000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years7Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 60 mph (secs)True0 to 62 mph (secs)10.8
Engine Power - BHP134Engine Power - KW100
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT236
Engine Torque - MKG32.6Engine Torque - NM320
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed121

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front215/55 R17Tyre Size Rear215/55 R17
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1470Length4855
Wheelbase2805Width1860

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)70Gross Vehicle Weight2140
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1686Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)552
Max. Loading Weight520Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800
Minimum Kerbweight1620No. 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
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£249
Initial Rental£1494
Term (months)36
Contract mileage30,000
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