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Kia Niro

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

78
%
B

Eco Rating:

84
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

78
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

78
%
B

Eco Rating:

84
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

78
%
A

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 March 2024, the Kia Niro holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 76%. That’s a few points short of its all-electric twin – the Kia Niro EV.

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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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Driving Electric

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Electrifying.com

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of March 2024, the second-generation Kia Niro has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of March 2024, 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

2024

  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small Car + Best Hybrid
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car

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