2017 Kia NiroEX 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sport Utility

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The Kia Niro is an understated hybrid with all the utility buyers demand in the compact crossover segment.

The Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder and an electric motor which produce a combined 139-hp. A six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to the wheels. Available features include harman/kardon sound system, navigation system, regenerative braking, power, heated and ventilated, leather seating, 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-view camera, blind spot warning, and more.

The Kia Niro is all-new for 2017.

Driving Impression

The Niro is far more fun to drive in Sport mode, but that's where the fuel mileage will sink.Eco mode is more frugal, but it's sluggish.The Eco mode is uncomfortable because it prevents the transmission from kicking down for acceleration.

The Niro snaps into Sport mode as the driver pulls the shift lever to the left, almost like a downshift.The car comes alive, and easily keeps up with fast traffic on the freeway.The Sport mode enables sharper throttle response and transmission shifts; and supposedly sharper steering too, although we couldn't feel much difference in turn-in quickness or weight in the steering wheel.

Kia chose a dual-clutch transmission, rather than a continuously variable transmission, partly because it wanted the Rio to not feel like a hybrid (but just be one).Mostly, it didn't want the Rio to feel like a Prius.Research has shown that hybrid owners don't much like the characteristics of the CVT that usually comes with hybrids.The dual-clutch transmission uses gears like a manual transmission, but feels like an automatic, and can be manually shifted more sharply than a CVT.Niro doesn't have paddle shifters, so you have to use the lever to shift the transmission in Sport mode.The transmission is quick, decisive and engaging in Sport mode.We found it curious that downshifting in Sport mode does not produce engine braking, especially the regenerative variety.

The brake pedal was a bit spongy, and the travel was long, but the blending of regenerative braking with friction braking was seamless.

One novel feature, called the coasting guide, tells the driver the most energy-efficient time to coast and brake.Predictive Energy Control looks at the route set by the navigation system, and comes up with a plan to spare the throttle and raise the fuel mileage on the trip, then instructs you step-by-step on a screen how to achieve that goal.Of course it doesn't have eyes, it's based on speed limits and elevation; so what it tells you to do with the gas pedal and brake in real time, assumes you're the only car on the road.But it gives you the right idea.

The Niro sheds pounds with an aluminum hood, liftgate, and suspension bits.Its light weight and low center of gravity largely make the car handle and hold the road well.

Summary

Kia Niro is a practical subcompact car with a frugal hybrid powertrain.We think it wins most comparisons with the Toyota Prius v, from powertrain to handling to mileage.The Niro needs to be in Sport mode for the throttle to be fun.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with reporting from New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough, and staff reports from The Car Connection.

Interior

The instrumentation is simple and basic, with big white-on-black gauges, with glossy black trim on higher models.It's not trying to impress you.There are no gauges that give any clue to its being a hybrid, except for a big green leaf on the panel.The quality of the materials is good and the surfaces soft.

The front seating position is high, close under the low roofline, but not as high as in the Soul or Sportage.Kia says the seat frames came out of the near-luxury Optima sedan.

The cabin is wide and feels it.There's comfortable room for four people, and enough elbow room for five no problem.But maybe not headroom.The rear seatbacks are already canted, not upright, so the passengers' heads don't scrape the ceiling.

The cargo floor is low and flat, because the battery is under the rear seat, and because there's no four-wheel-drive components to make room for.

There's less cargo space than in the Soul or Sportage: 19.4 cubic feet with the rear seat up, and 54.5 cubic feet with it down, not quite flat.But we found that it squashed down flat when we put weight on it.The cargo capacity is a lot less than the Prius v, with its 67.3 cubic feet.

Kia put a lot of effort into insulating the body structure and isolating engine noise, and it shows.When you floor it and the engine howls, the noise stays out of the cabin.

Walkaround

Crossover styling cues in the Niro can be seen in the big wheel arches with black flares, thick cowl, rocker-panel cladding, roof rails, and a rear skid plate that makes it resemble a Jeep Cherokee from the rear.There's no obvious styling effort to mark it as a hybrid, no visible attempt to look aerodynamic or eco.But in fact the Niro is very aerodynamic, Kia says attention to aero brings the drag coefficient down to a low 0.29.

The low nose and wide sweeping hood conceal a long front overhang.It's lower than the Kia Sportage crossover, while its lines are smoother and rounder than those on the Kia Soul.

Lineup

The 2017 Kia Niro ($22,890) comes standard with dual-zone climate control, LED headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, six-way manual front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, rearview camera, steering-wheel audio controls, two 12-Volt power outlets and USB and auxiliary input jacks on the center console, a 4.2-inch digital display between the instruments, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.Niro LX ($23,200) adds roof rails, keyless ignition, rear center armrest, and LED taillamps.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Niro EX ($25,700) gets cloth-and-leather upholstery, fog lights and LED running lights, power folding heated door mirrors with integrated turn signals, blind-spot monitors, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a USB charger in the center console, and glossy black interior trim.

Niro Touring ($29,650) upgrades to leather seats, ventilated in front, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, eight-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system with HD radio, front and rear parking assist, 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, and a heated steering wheel.

Introduction

The 2017 Kia Niro is a totally new subcompact wagon with a hybrid gas-electric powertrain.Niro shares its platform with the Hyundai Ioniq hatchback.

Kia Niro uses a 0.6-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with direct fuel injection making 114 horsepower, mated to a Kia-built six-speed dual-clutch automatic manual transmission.Between the engine and transmission there is a 32-kilowatt (43-hp) electric motor that acts as a generator, getting its energy from braking and deceleration, and charging a 1.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.The Niro can run on electric power alone, but only for a bit.The total power is 139 horsepower with 195 pound-feet of torque.

EPA Combined mileage is 43 to 50 miles per gallon, depending the model (the Prius v is rated 41 mpg Combined).The FE model rates 52 mpg City, 49 Highway, and 50 Combined.But in the Eco mode, to reach that mileage, the performance is sluggish.The top Touring model is rated at 46/40/43 mpg.

The styling, cabin, content, and economy are attractive.There's good room inside for passengers and cargo.It drives nicely and handles well, thanks to light weight and a low center of gravity.Niro feels sportier than the Toyota Prius.In Eco mode, however, it feels lethargic, slow to respond to the power pedal.

Kia calls Niro a crossover.It doesn't come with all-wheel drive, however, so we don't know what makes it more of a crossover than a Prius v.The low and wide stance, five-door body, and vertical liftgate make it feel like a wagon.Styling cues are what makes it a crossover.However you label it, it's practical and economical.

Safety equipment includes seven airbags and a rearview camera with guiding lines.Most of the latest safety features are available including blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth/leather
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth/leather
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimColoured
Dash trimPiano black
Door trimColoured
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Heated steering wheelHeated steering wheel
Shift knob trimLeather
Steering wheel trimLeather
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlAdaptive cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRoll-up
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).29 cD
Front Head Room1,018 mm
Front Hip Room1,364 mm
Front Leg Room1,059 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,423 mm
Front track1,565 mm
Overall height1,535 mm
Overall Length4,355 mm
Overall Width1,805 mm
Rear Head Room993 mm
Rear Hip Room1,228 mm
Rear Leg Room950 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,402 mm
Rear track1,580 mm
Wheelbase2,700 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.23
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio13.00 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement96 cm^3
Electric Motor43 hp
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium polymer
Electric Motor HP @ RPM1,798 RPM
Electric Motor Torque125 lb.-ft.
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power104 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine139 hp
Hybrid Gas Engine Torque195 lb.-ft.
Hybrid gas Engine Torque@RPM1,000 RPM
Hybrid Gas Engine@RPM5,700 RPM
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM5,700 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size1.6 L
Torque147 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Exterior Features
BodysideBlack
GrilleBlack
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City4.6 L/100 km
Combined4.8L/100 km
Highway5.1 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAuto-shift manual
TransmissionAuto-shift manual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Power retractable mirrorsPower retractable mirrors
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
Roof rackYes
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth/leather
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance100,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
Hybrid electrical components distance160,000 km
Hybrid electrical components months96 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place635 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,789 L
Curb weight1,419 kg
EPA interior volume2,750 L
Fuel Capacity45 L
Gross vehicle weight1,900 kg
Ground clearance160 mm
Max cargo capacity1,789 L
Turning radius5 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone aluminum
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows2
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Roof rack
Spoiler
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Distance pacing cruise control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Leather shift knob
Leather steering wheel
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Graduate Rebate
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Military Appreciation
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Pull Ahead Bonus Cash
Niro
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA Future Value Program
Niro
N/A N/A N/A 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Future Value Program
Niro
N/A N/A N/A 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Future Value Program
Niro
N/A N/A N/A 2.99% 2.99% 2.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA KMF Prime Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 7.19% 7.19% 7.19% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Residuals
Niro EX (NH65BH)
N/A 43% 36% 30% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Kia CA Special Lease Rates
Niro
N/A 3.99% 3.99% 4.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2017 Kia Niro EX 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sport Utility, Peterborough,

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