2017 Kia Niro Review: Out To Get The Toyota Prius And Looks Like It Will Win

Jan 08, 2017 06:17 PM EST | JP Olvido

Geneva Motor Show 2016

A KIA Niro is displayed during the Geneva Motor Show 2016 on March 2, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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The 2017 Kia Niro may come off as another mini SUV from Kia but it's actually different. Kia's Niro is a hybrid vehicle that utilizes an electric motor and a battery pack that boosts its 1.6 liter engine's performance and efficiency.

The Kia Niro Hybrid. The latest offering from Korean car manufacturer Kia is a refreshing break from previous designs. Its design is subtle enough to appeal to many individuals of conservative tastes.

The Niro is nothing like its direct competitor, the Toyota Prius. Although it offers the same technology, the Niro allows to you to drive in a comfortable package.

The 2017 Kia Niro impressively has very low CO2 emissions. As a hybrid, its petrol engine and electric motor work nicely together with the six-speed automatic gearbox. You don't notice the Niro switch between power sources as it does so smoothly. It is packed with a lot of driver assists such as the Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Alert, and Lane Change Assist although its Smart Cruise Control feels primitive compared to the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Subaru.

Legroom and headroom are large enough that you are able to find a good driving position when adjusting seats. You get Bluetooth connectivity, a DAB radio and an optional sat-nav. Depending on your preference; you can get either Android Auto or the Apple CarPlay for when you need to control your smartphone while driving. Dashboard menus and dials are clear and a digital display shows you a lot of information to help maximize your driving experience.

The amount of cargo space on the Kia Niro is impressive considering that it doesn't look that large on the outside. Cubbyholes are a plenty in the door pockets which is quite a convenience.

The 2017 Kia Niro price doesn't rival competitors. It is estimated to retail at US$23,000 to US$32,000 and so doesn't come out cheaper than its rivals. You do get your money's worth with all features it offers and more.

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