Recently we were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to review the very new and every stylish looking Kia Niro.
If you have followed our journey this far we have talked before about our interest in making the leap into electric motoring and previous reviews had left us vastly out of pocket if we decided to go down that route but also strapped for space.
The Kia Niro is a crossover hybrid ‘First Addition’ and had us hooked with is starting price of £21,ooo this is one of the cheaper prices we had seen for a hybrid car.
Add in to the mix too the stylish good looks similar to an SUV and the comfort of a passenger car and the fact that this one comes with the mind blowing Kia 7 year guarantee and Im excited but top it up with the fact it has more user friendly space within the boot than others we had seen and I am getting genuinely parent duty happy!
OK so when it arrived I have to say its front end lights and is fierce looking grill only added to my excitement levels. Maybe I am slightly nuts in that when the concepts of electric motors in cars was mentioned I had a pre conceived idea of some kind of mobility scooter … with bigger wheels.
My understanding of this particular range of car from full electric to hybrid has drastically altered over the last year and I am now a fully fledged electric lover and the Kia Niro ticks both boxes for me as there is no standing around waiting to plug it in to charge it … and with its integrated petrol engine my peace of mind remains intact that I am not going to run out of electric with no place to charge either!
In fact during the Kia Niro’s stay with us I can honestly say I think I am a total convert to this kind of travel … the best of both motoring world, in low cost motoring with added piece of mind.
For the petrol heads out that that might be reading this, I am sorry I am not going to intellectually keep up with you on this topic and in fact I am only going to be able to give you my opinion of a reasonably educated women with a busy household, that includes a husband, 5 year old and 10 month old baby. If you want the full jargon and statistics you can find them on Kia’s website HERE.
Inside the car there are some amazingly futuristic features with its touchscreen control panel mounted into the dashboard offering a super navigation system that even my tech avoiding husband loved.
A reversing camera that I can honestly say needs to be on EVERY car I drive to save the awkward stretch of a 5 foot nothing women trying to see if I have gone back far enough! … A good reversing camera can be a huge time-saver. Trying to squeeze a pretty big car into tight parking spaces is now much easier!
The car is packed with other extras which as a family we thought were super too, from its wireless charging (in the model with test drove) its USB charge points and with bluetooth connectivity it certainly is a tech lovers joy.
Aside from the tech what does the Niro have to offer a busy family? well its generous head room, IsoFix brackets on the outer seats for fitting car seats as safely as possible, it has autonomous emergency breaking, blind spot detection and cruise control and is certainly designed with everyday driving in mind.
However that doesn’t really answer what its like to drive does it?
The simple top and bottom is its great!
The Kia Niro is a fully automatic and so its super smooth to drive as I had no gears to navigate. The start/stop engine was a little tricky to get used to as the car sounds so very quiet when idling that I did have to check the dashboard on a few occasions to make sure it was still running.
The hybrid in the Niro means it charges itself and you can see your driving in a new light! Yep, thats right after 17 years of driving it would be fair to say I didn’t realise I was so heavy footed. The idea in the Niro is that this car charges itself up while you are driving … epic … I know! With the help of a tree on your dashboard you can see how economically you are driving and this my friends was addictive! I love a good challenge and It would be fair to say that on every trip I tried to out do my own previous trip to ensure I got the best fuel/electric consumption possible.
Overall I have loved this car so much so we are certainly going to consider this when upgrading our second family car (we currently have a large 7 seater) and then my husbands small family car and this is the one that would be replaced first.
Although the Kia Niro comes with roof rails already the boots space is rather limited for us with a pushchair in tow (and this pushchair is a big one!), however it still beats some of its competitors on that front too!
However since we holiday in the UK we would need generally a little more space than offered, hence why this would make a great second family car for our family situation currently. If there were no pushchair needed then we would certainly consider the change for our main family car as it certainly held a big supermarket shop with ease but it really would be for one or the other, shopping or pushchair.
I am really excited to see just want else Kia have up their sleeves maybe in the future as we both love the 7 year warranty and driving it was super easy and comfortable.
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