Kia has just announced details of its new hybrid contender, the Niro. Kia says the new vehicle offers the practicality and kerbside appeal of a spacious crossover, together with the high fuel efficiency of an advanced hybrid powertrain. Engineered from the ground up as a dedicated hybrid vehicle, the company maintains that its’ attractive, modern design will help the car stand out among conservatively-styled hybrid rivals.
The Niro’s hybrid powertrain — made up of a 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine, lithium-ion polymer battery pack, 32 kW electric motor and six-speed double-clutch transmission — emits just 88 g/km CO2 (combined), and is capable of using just 3.8 litres of petrol for every 100km, of driving, or 73.6mpg in old money.
Prices in Ireland will start from €30,495 excluding the current €1,500 VRT relief for hybrid vehicles. Standard equipment will include satnav with Android Auto (Apple Play will follow), full leather heated seats, dual air con, lane keep assist, LED front and rear lights, privacy glass, and rain sensors.