2019 Kia Niro SUV

City mpg:
52
Highway mpg:
49

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2019 Kia Niro SUV Overview

The standard features of the Kia Niro FE include 1.6L I-4 139hp hybrid gas engine, 6-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

2019 Kia
Niro SUV

Starting at: $23,490

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  • 2019 Kia Niro EX SUV

    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic with auto-shift,
    MPG Range:
    51/46,
    Exterior Color:
    Silver,
    Interior Color:
    Gry Clth/Lth Trimmed,
    Stock #:
    19718,
    VIN:
    KNDCC3LC6K5321896
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  • 2019 Kia Niro EX SUV

    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic with auto-shift,
    MPG Range:
    51/46,
    Exterior Color:
    Snow White Pearl,
    Interior Color:
    Charcoal,
    Stock #:
    19692,
    VIN:
    KNDCE3LC5K5325223
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  • 2019 Kia Niro LX SUV

    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic with auto-shift,
    MPG Range:
    51/46,
    Exterior Color:
    Silver,
    Interior Color:
    Char Clth-Trmmed Seats,
    Stock #:
    19726,
    VIN:
    KNDCB3LC5K5338899
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  • 2019 Kia Niro LX SUV

    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic with auto-shift,
    MPG Range:
    51/46,
    Exterior Color:
    Dp Cerulean,
    Interior Color:
    Char Clth-Trmmed Seats,
    Stock #:
    19727,
    VIN:
    KNDCB3LCXK5326960
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  • 2019 Kia Niro LX SUV

    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    6 speed automatic with auto-shift,
    MPG Range:
    51/46,
    Exterior Color:
    Dp Cerulean,
    Interior Color:
    Char Clth-Trmmed Seats,
    Stock #:
    19714,
    VIN:
    KNDCB3LC0K5334596
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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - UVO eServices 911 Connect
  • Front beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Approach angle - 17 deg
  • Departure angle - 29 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 160mm (6.3")
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Internal memory capacity (GB) - 8 GB
  • Satellite radio trial duration with new vehicle purchase (months) - 3
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - UVO eServices
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Hybrid electrical components warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 104hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Engine torque - 109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 72.0mm x 97.0mm (2.83" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 13.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,409kg (3,106lbs)
  • GVWR - 1,850kg (4,079lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,356mm (171.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,806mm (71.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,534mm (60.4")
  • Wheelbase - 2,700mm (106.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,059mm (41.7")
  • Rear legroom - 950mm (37.4")
  • Front headroom - 1,019mm (40.1")
  • Rear headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Front hiproom - 1,364mm (53.7")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,227mm (48.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,422mm (56.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,402mm (55.2")
  • Passenger volume - 2,857L (100.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 549 L (19 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,543 L (54 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 104hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Torque - 109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Hybrid electric powertrain type - full
  • Hybrid traction battery capacity (kWh) - 2
  • Electric motor horsepower - 43hp @ 1,800RPM
  • Hybrid system net power - 139hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - Sportmatic
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 50mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 11.9gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 52mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 49mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/60HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/60HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
FE 2019 Kia Niro SUV FE Search New $23,490   104-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  52 / 49  
LX 2019 Kia Niro SUV LX Search New $23,900   104-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  51 / 46  
EX 2019 Kia Niro SUV EX Search New $26,400   104-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  51 / 46  
S Touring 2019 Kia Niro SUV S Touring Search New $28,800   104-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  46 / 40  
Touring 2019 Kia Niro SUV Touring Search New $32,250   104-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto with auto-shift  46 / 40  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Kia says the FE, LX and EX models can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds, while the S Touring and Touring models take 9.6 seconds because they’re nearly 100 pounds heavier.

Even with an aluminum hood, liftgate, and suspension bits, the Niro weighs 3,200 pounds—a lot for the Niro’s combined 139 horsepower. The Niro’s electric motor is just 43 horsepower, so the 1.6-liter gas engine has to do the vast majority of the work.

The Plug-In Hybrid makes the same 139 horsepower, although the plug-in has a bigger electric motor (60 hp vs. 43 hp), as well as a bigger lithium-ion battery (8.9 kwh vs 1.56 kwh).

In all-electric mode, the Plug-In Hybrid has a range of 26 miles, if you’re very easy on the throttle, and the road is level. It’s most useful for parking lots. It can gently accelerate to highway speeds, but the engine joins the powertrain going uphill or accelerating medium.

A drive mode switches between Eco and Sport, with big differences. Sport is significantly quicker but uses battery power up quickly; Eco saves money but it’s slower.

Sport mode is engaged when 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.

As for handling, the Niro is drama-free. There is predictable body lean, as it’s a relatively heavy car with light steering. But its low center of gravity help it handle and hold the road well.

The transmission is quick, decisive and engaging in Sport mode. Kia chose a dual-clutch transmission, rather than a continuously variable transmission. 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.

Walk Around

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The Niro is clean, tasteful and understated. The grille is upright, the headlamps stretch rearward under the sides of a long good, the roof reaches back without drama, and the stance appears low despite a relatively high ground clearance to make entrance and exit easy.

It has big wheel arches with black flares, a thick cowl, rocker-panel cladding, roof rails, and a rear skid plate that makes it resemble a Jeep Cherokee from the rear. These are hardly aerodynamic touches, yet the drag coefficient is a low 0.29.

A small flash of blue trim around the front parking lights distinguishes the Plug-In Hybrids.

Interior Overview

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The quality of the cabin materials is good, and the surfaces are mostly hard matte black plastic, although there is some high-gloss plastic. The instrumentation is simple and basic, with big white-on-black gauges that give no indication it’s a hybrid, except for a big green leaf on the panel.

With seat frames that came out of the near-luxury Optima sedan, the front seating position is high. The front seats are comfortable in any upholstery; FE and LX trims get woven cloth, EX and S Touring get a cloth/leather combination, and Touring EX Premium get leather.

The cabin is wide and feels it. There’s comfortable room for four people, and enough elbow room for five, with three abreast in the rear, where there’s a solid 37.4 inches of leg room. Headroom is more limited; the rear seatbacks are canted, not upright, so the passengers’ heads don’t touch the ceiling.

There’s 19.4 cubic feet or cargo space behind the rear seat, where the cargo floor is low and flat, because the battery is under the rear seat.

With the rear seat folded, not quite flat, there’s 54.5 cubic feet.

Kia has done an excellent job of insulating the body structure and isolating engine noise. When you floor it and the engine howls, the noise stays out of the cabin.

Outward vision in the Kia Niro is generally good, although the view toward the back is compromised by thick rear roof pillars

Summary

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The Kia Niro hybrids offer a nifty new alternative to the usual hybrid hatchbacks on the road. We especially like the Plug-In Hybrid, because you get more for the same money, after the government rebates. The Niro is stylish and the cabin has good cargo space—and it has Kia’s excellent warranty coverage to boot.

Model Lineup

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The Niro is available in FE, LX, EX, S Touring, and Touring models; the Niro Plug-In Hybrid comes in LX, EX, and EX Premium.

The Niro FE is the least expensive, at $24,430 including destination. It gets 16-inch wheels with hub caps, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, one USB plug and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The EX for $27,240 adds upgraded cloth upholstery, heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear climate vents, a rear USB charger, and blind-spot monitors. A $1,950 safety package adds forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and power-adjustable driver’s seat. A $5,300 premium package goes further with leather upholstery, sunroof, upgraded audio, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless smartphone charger, cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and parking sensors.

The Plug-In Hybrid has automatic emergency braking on every model. The LX costs $4,200 more than a similarly equipped hybrid LX, while the EX adds $5,500 to the cost of a regular EX hybrid.

The Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium costs $35,840 and includes and 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, leather, heated and cooled seats, and a 7.0-inch digital cluster for the driver.

Plug-In Hybrids are eligible for a federal tax credit of up to $4,500 and applicable state incentives.

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