The above picture was taken in the city, the place the Kia Niro thrives. It’s a great everyday driver. It is fun, practical and easy to maneuver down narrow dark alleys in the Bishop Arts District.
While the Kia Niro is fun and perfect for city driving, it certainly may not be your first choice in luxury. That being said, I have always been fond of some of Kia’s features. I love how the Niro’s mirrors fold in and out automatically when I hit the lock button twice and fold out automatically when I return and unlock the car. I also enjoy that the key fob can be in my purse and I can still unlock the door with a simple touch of the handle.
The interior of the Niro was streamlined, again, with function in mind. The seven-inch touchscreen is simple, but what’s even more simple is to just use the controls on the steering wheel, tending to my music or phone calls.
The instrument cluster is also controlled using the steering wheel, showing me fuel economy or mph. Did I mention it is all super user-friendly?! I also enjoyed the Harman/Kardon® Premium Sound System. If you appreciate music so will you. Another feature is the Clari-Fi™ technology that intelligently restores compressed tracks for dramatically clear music.
So how does the Kia Niro do on the aforementioned fuel economy? I received 51 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway for a combined total of 50 mpg.
The Kia Niro is in the compact SUV segment but don’t let the word ‘compact’ fool you. Not only is there plenty of passenger room but storage as well. Stay clutter-free with a sizable center console, and ample cup holders. The Niro has customized seating as well, with an Integrated Memory System that is able to save two different drivers’ seat settings. Rear passengers should be comfortable with available rear Air-conditioning floor vents.
Lots of safety features on the Kia Niro, in fact, as most manufacturers would agree, safety is top priority. There’s an advanced airbag system on the Niro. The SUV comes with dual front, front-seat-mounted side, full-length side curtain and driver’s knee airbags. The safety package is worth the extra money and will run an additional $2,000. This package comes with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and smart cruise control.
The Kia Niro begins at $23,240 for the Niro FE. The Touring model around $31,900.