kia niro hybrid review nz
The ride itself in the Niro was very comfortable with the suspension taking out a lot of the bumps on the open roads and giving passengers a smooth ride. Firstly, it isn’t at its optimal performance new and in cold weather – plus mine had a software upgrade in April that seemed to make the electric motor keener to intervene! But there is a PHEV version - if you've got an extra $21k. Not that the Sportage is the ultimate in rock-hopping. The Niro has a foot-operated parking brake where the clutch would be in a manual car, which takes a bit of adjusting to. I have no doubt that this would come down to high 4’s if you took a journey to work each day of over 10 minutes. H Bauer Publishing are authorised and regulated for credit broking by the FCA (Ref No. All our Toyota C-HR reviews, news, spyshots and information. The Kia also proved great in the city giving you good visibility around you and had a small turning circle of only 10.6-meters. It should be seamless, with the driver not noticing therefore not interrupting how they drive. Moving around to the boot which is alright in size coming in at 401 litres, I would have said one buggy would have filled it up but good for some shopping and smaller items. But again I noticed that I did not seem to be seated any higher than a normal car. You have entered an incorrect email address! I found that when it was cold the Niro ran the petrol engine for the first ten minutes or so of driving. True, and 0-62mph in 11.5 seconds and the full George of 100mph would appear to substantiate that. This must hard to get right but it has been done by both the, Good push from a stop in sports mode, electric engine. There’s USB and Aux inputs in the centre console, alongside two power sockets. The basic EX also rides on modest 16-inch wheels, which gives it bragging rights as a more economical car than the upmarket $43,990 Niro Limited with the same powertrain and 18in rims: 3.8l/100km versus 4.4l. But speed and acceleration are probably not the primary concerns if you’re buying a car like this. As standard you get rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, hill start assist, reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, electronically adjustable and folding side mirrors, auto bi-function projection headlights, daytime running lights, leather steering wheel, cruise control, 16” alloy wheels, cloth seats, tyre pressure monitor, climate control with auto temperature control, 7” touchscreen with radio, MP3 and 6 speakers, Bluetooth with voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, smart cruise control and a 3.5” LCD display in the instrument cluster. Onto the 1.6-litre LTD PHEV which is $55,990 and it has almost a mix of the two hybrid cars’ features and some of its own. Indeed, Kia NZ doesn't want to make a big deal about Niro being a hybrid. The beauty of having an electric-car-specific platform is that the powertrain and packaging are pretty well sorted. “We primarily see the Niro as an SUV, and secondly as a hybrid,” McDonald told media at the recent launch. There’s a central 7” touch screen which seems a little small compared to other cars but it has excellent contrast and the touch screen is more responsive than I expected. All three models are paired with Kia’s latest six-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) that is based on the same architecture as its seven-speed DCT. So while the Niro is based on the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq, it's a small SUV rather than a Toyota Prius-esque hatchback.