The Kia Niro is back for the second generation in Australia, and this time we are not so many years behind the rest of the world.
The new one Niro hybrids (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) are cooling off in Australia after debuting in Europe and South Korea, with new looks, new interior technology and a revised powertrain.
This is also the first car to feature Kia Connect set of connected services.
The price is increased compared to the outgoing model. The HEV range now starts at $4500 and the topper range is $6100 more expensive than it used to be, while the entry-level EV is priced to match the output range.
The EV also excels in price with the larger, more high-tech EV6.
- 2022 Kia Niro HEV S: $44,380
- Kia Niro HEV GT-Line 2022: 50,030 USD
- 2022 Kia Niro EV S: $65,300
- Kia Niro EV GT-Line 2022: 72,100 USD
All prices do not include road charges.
The power of the Kia Niro HEV comes from a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that is supported by an electric motor attached to the gearbox.
The e-motor generates 32kW and 170Nm, while the petrol engine produces 77kW and 144Nm. The peak combined power is 104kW and the maximum combined torque is 265Nm.
It’s front-wheel drive and sends torque down the road through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The gearbox is lighter than before because there is no longer a reverse gear, instead an electric motor is used.
The 1.32kWh battery underneath the rear seats doesn’t store enough energy to provide a meaningful power range like a PHEV or EV, but the electric motor can power the car for a short time or boost performance.
The EV packs a 64.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack, paired with a front-mounted motor 150kW and 255Nm.
Fuel economy claimed in the Niro HEV is 4.0 liters per 100km on the combined cycle, and the Niro has a 42L regular unleaded drinking fuel tank.
The required range in the Niro EV is 460km on the WLTP test cycle, which equates to an energy consumption of 16.2kWh per 100km. The vehicle is capable of 11kW or 80kW AC charging plugged into a public DC fast charger.
The new Niro hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but Kia says it’s likely to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.
The brand is naturally aiming for a five-star rating for both models.
Standard equipment on both the S and GT-Line with eight top airbags includes:
- Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Junction AEB (prevents drivers from entering traffic if an accident is detected)
- Lane keeping assist with active lane centering
- Rear parking sensor
- Reverse camera
- Blind spot support
- Rear cross-section support
- Monitor the driver’s attention
Switching to GT-Line yields:
- Safe exit warning
- Front parking sensor
- Reverse AEB
- Emergency call (via Kia Connect, in the event of an accident)
The Kia Niro is covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometer warranty, while the high-pressure components are covered by a seven-year, 150,000-km warranty.
Maintenance is required every 12 months or 15,000km whichever comes first.
In the EV, the first seven services will cost a total of $1754. In HEV they will set you back $4010.
Prepaid service plans are also offered for the EV, priced at $621 for three years, $1187 for five years, and $1754 for seven.
The new Niro measures 4420mm long, 1825mm wide and 1545mm (HEV) or 1570mm (EV) tall with a 2720mm wheelbase.
The HEV’s luggage space is 425L with the rear seats in place due to the standard space-saving spare wheel, while the EV has 475L in the rear and an extra 20L under the bonnet.
The first HEV weighs 1454kg (tare) and the EV weighs 1727kg.
HEV can pull 1300kg brakes, while EV is 750kg.
Standard equipment in KIA Niro HEV WILL BE consists of:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- 4.2 inch color trip computer
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB + digital radio, AM/FM . tuner
- Dual-zone climate control
- Automatic headlights
- Fabric and artificial leather decoration
- Six-way power front seats
- Power-adjustable exterior mirrors, automatic power-folding
- Halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights
- Urethane steering wheel
- Single rear map pocket
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
The Niro EV WILL adds:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- V2L . internal three-pin plug
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Rain wipers
- Glossy two-tone grille with central charging plug
- Leather steering wheel
- Paddle shifters (to control regen)
- Push button start
The Niro HEV GT-Line adds:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Keyless entry and start
- 10.25-inch central touch screen
- 10.0 inch head-up display
- Factory satellite positioning
- Wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Remote smart park support
- Connecting the Kia Connect app
- Decoration of artificial leather seats
- Front seats with heating and ventilation
- Glossy black exterior mirror covers
- LED headlights and fog lights
- Privacy rear glass
- Laminated front door glass
- Pedals, metal pedals
- Outstanding glossy black interior
- Ambient light in front
- Wireless phone charger
- Dual map pockets on the back
- Two-tone paint option
The Niro EV GT-Line adds:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- External V2L Capabilities
- LED interior lighting
- Eight-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system
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