KIA Niro variants
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Total cash price £18,799. Borrowing £15,039 with a £3,760 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

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Kia Niro buying guide

What Kia Niro trim levels are there?

The Niro’s trim level range is pretty easy to comprehend – there’s 2, 3 and 4 – each with more equipment than the last. On the pre-2022 Niro, the entry-level 2 comes with cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera and a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Stepping up to the 3 trim increases the size of the touchscreen by an inch. It also adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and wireless phone charging. Additionally, pick a PHEV in 3 trim and you’ll get adaptive cruise control.

Top-spec 4 gets keyless entry and start, cooled front seats, heated outer rear seats, a sunroof, xenon headlights and extra active safety technology.

For the newer Niro, you get the same trim levels but generally a little more equipment. On top of what’s mentioned above, 2 models gain extra USB ports fitted as standard, as well as LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and an eight-inch touchscreen. 3 benefits from the keyless entry and start, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen, while 4 gets a head-up display, vegan leather upholstery, remote smart parking assistance, a large digital instrument cluster and a powered tailgate.

Kia Niro interior and technology

First-gen Kia Niros have a restrained interior style, much like the exterior design. There are lots of physical buttons and controls, making it super easy to change the climate control or driver settings on the move. The touchscreen infotainment system looks a little confusing at first but it’s intuitive to use and easy to find your way around. A search bar in the settings menu makes it simple to find what you’re looking for.

The latest Niro looks much more futuristic than its predecessor. First impressions are impressive – the Niro shares its interior design with the latest Kia Sportage and the Kia EV6, helping it feel larger and more expensive than the first-gen Niro. Both screens are housed in a sweeping panel, and the dashboard has been tidied up with a smaller gear selector and fewer physical controls. Like Kia’s other new models, the Niro has a touch-sensitive panel that can control either the air conditioning or the media channels, and it works surprisingly well. Mid and high-spec versions of the Niro EV can power other electrical devices from an on-board three-pin plug or external adaptor.

Kia Niro boot space and dimensions

At just over 4.3 metres long, the Niro sits between small SUVs like the Ford Puma and mid-size SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai – it’s about the same size as a Mini Countryman or Dacia Duster. But due to the different requirements of each powertrain, the boot sizes are different for the hybrid, PHEV and e-Niro – you get 451, 348 and 475 litres respectively. Fold the seats down and the space increases to between 1,342 and 1,445 litres.

The latest Niro is a few centimetres longer than the older one, and offers marginally better interior space. Boot space is exactly the same as before.

Kia Niro engine range explained

(Most popular) Kia Niro 1.6 GDi hybrid

Under the Kia Niro hybrid’s bonnet is a 141hp petrol engine, which delivers fairly decent performance and an 11-second 0-62mph time. It also has a small 1.32kWh battery, which doesn’t need to be plugged in but also doesn’t offer any long-range electric-only driving. The battery and electric motor assist the engine and make the Niro more economical – you can expect up to 59mpg, a figure you might struggle to achieve in a diesel-powered rival.

Kia Niro 1.6 GDi PHEV

The Niro PHEV has a much bigger battery which, to be effective, needs to be charged up from the mains. A fully charged battery offers around 30 miles of electric driving in the last-generation model, or around 40 miles in the latest iteration. The new Niro also has a more powerful motor, boosting performance.

Kia Niro EV

We have a separate page for the Kia e-Niro but you’ll find its successor, the Kia Niro EV, on this page when we have cars in stock. Like the old car, a 64.8kWh battery provides a claimed range of over 280 miles, plus nippy acceleration.


The Kia Niro was launched in 2016 as a crossover between an SUV and a hatchback. A facelift came later, before the second-generation Niro started hitting UK roads in 2022. Both cars share parts with the Hyundai Kona and Ioniq, and all Niros are electrified. As such, all Niros have an automatic gearbox.

Yes, the Kia Niro has proved to be very reliable, with the majority of cars being faultless for the first few years of use. Backing it up is Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which means even a used Niro will have years of cover left.

If you want a cheap-to-run, easy-to-drive automatic car with plenty of space for the family, the Kia Niro is nearly unbeatable. Its long warranty, relaxing nature and logical interior make it a sound choice.

The Kia Niro shouldn’t be expensive to maintain – parts and servicing certainly shouldn’t cost as much as something like an Audi or BMW. Kia offers a three-year service plan for around £600 if you cover less than 11,000 miles a year in your Niro, and MOTs can be added for the discounted price of £35 each.