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Kia Niro

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Kia Niro

(2022 - present)

    Summary


    The Kia Niro is a compact hybrid crossover/SUV that sits between the smaller Stonic and larger Sportage in the Kia family. This is the second-generation Niro, which arrived in the UK in the middle of 2022.

    The Niro family includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric models, but the electric variant has its own separate Expert Rating, called the Niro EV. Some of the reviews below group all of these Niro models together, but most outlets have reviewed the Niro EV separately.

    Built from the ground up on a new platform, the latest iteration of the Niro has received a warm reception from the British motoring media, who regard the SUV as an improvement over the first-generation – with stand-out exterior styling that Parkers calls “stylish”, and an interior that looks quite similar to the inside of the highly-regarded Kia EV6 crossover.

    “It feels fairly upmarket and infinitely more interesting than before”, Heycar comments, while also praising the Niro for its “exceptionally low running costs”.

    That said, Heycar concludes that the Niro is unfortuately no longer “a true budget option”, referencing the noticable price hike from the old generation to the new, and several journalists reported feeling rather underwhelmed by the SUV’s performance.

    Both the standard petrol-hybrid and the more expensive plug-in hybrid models use the same 1.6-litre petrol engine, which Parkers says has a pretty “raucous” soundtrack under acceleration, and a few reviewers argue that there are better compact SUV options on the market that have sharper handling and punchier performance.

    As of July 2023, the Kia Niro holds an Expert Rating of 71%, based on 21 reviews published by UK media sources. This is still a new model and we expect to see more reviews published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

    Niro highlights

    • Attractive exterior looks
    • Improved practicality
    • Plenty of impressive on-board tech
    • Spacious and well-built interior
    • Low running costs

    Niro lowlights

    • Model line-up gets expensive
    • PHEV version has smaller boot
    • Underwhelming performance
    • Rivals have sharper handling
    • Noisy petrol engine

    Key specifications


    Body style: Compact SUV/crossover
    Engines:
    hybrid, plug-in hybrid
    Price:
    From £27,745 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2022
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


    Media reviews


    Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 4 stars
    Date tested: September 2022
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 91%
    Child protection: 84%
    Vulnerable road users: 75%
    Safety assist: 60%

    The current-generation Kia Niro was crash tested by Euro NCAP in October 2022, achieving a four-star safety rating. This rating stands for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the SUV, as well as the all-electric Kia Niro EV.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of July 2023, the second-generation Kia Niro has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of July 2023, we don’t have enough reliability data on the latest iteration of the Kia Niro to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the second-generation Niro, we’ll publish the score here.

    Running cost rating

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    Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

    Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
    Hybrid models62 mpgA60 – 64 mpgA – A
    Plug-in hybrid models317 mpgA283 – 353 mpgA – A
    CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
    Hybrid models104 g/kmA100 – 106 g/kmA – A
    Plug-in hybrid models20 g/kmA18 – 22 g/kmA – A
    Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
    Plug-in hybrid models39 milesD38 – 40 milesD – D
    Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
    All models22A20 – 24A – B
    Service and maintenanceCostScore
    Year 1£188A
    Year 2£484A
    Year 3£776A
    Year 4£976A
    Year 5£1,285A
    Overall£3,709A

    The Kia Niro is a very cheap car to run, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, Clear Vehicle Data. The Niro scores an A in every category – fuel consumption, CO2 emissions (which determines your road tax), insurance group and servicing costs.

    It’s important to note that the fuel consumption figures for the plug-in hybrid Niro’s are completely unrealistic, but that’s a fault of the EU/UK testing requirements, rather than Kia being misleading. The battery range of the plug-in hybrid also looks poor, but it’s about average for a plug-in hybrid vehicle compared to a fully electric car (the all-electric Kia Niro EV has a battery range of 285 miles, for comparison).

    Whichever model you choose, you can be confident that the Kia Niro will be cheaper to run than most similar vehicles.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia Niro has received

    2023

    • EcoCar Electrified Top 50 – Electrified Car of the Year + Best Hybrid Medium SUV and Best Plug-In Hybrid Medium SUV
    • Fleet World Awards – Best Fleet Small SUV
    • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Crossover

    2022

    • Auto Express Awards – Best Small SUV
    • Carbuyer Awards – Car of the Year + Best Small Family Car + Best Hybrid
    • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Hybrid Family Car
    • News UK Motor Awards – The Sun Car of the Year

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    Reviewers agree that the second-generation Kia Niro SUV improves on its predecessor in many areas, but it is not all that exciting to drive.Kia Niro