Updated hybrid SUV comes with revisions inside and out.
Externally, the Niro has received a makeover that brings it into line with its electric sibling, the e-Niro. There's a new front bumper and redesigned headlights, while the fresh rear bumper includes a silver-coloured skid plate.
Inside, meanwhile, there has been an uplift in material quality, including the addition of a soft-touch panel on the top of the dashboard, while gloss black trim has been applied lower down. Kia is also fitting higher-specification models with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment systems while the range-topping version gets a digital instrument cluster, too.
Through the new, larger infotainment system, customers will have access to the new UVO Connect telematics suite, which offers owners access to live traffic information, fuel prices, and even details of potential parking spots, complete with data on price, location and availability. The system also includes a smartphone app, which gives drivers a host of diagnostic features. The app will even allow drivers to remotely send routes to the on-board navigation system or lock and unlock the car’s doors.
But those paying the entry price of £24,590 will get the basic ‘2’ model, which comes with an eight-inch touchscreen and none of the clever connected-car technology. It does, however, get 16-inch alloy wheels and the 1.6-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain that has become the backbone of the Niro range.
Upgrading to the ‘3’ model, which comes in at £26,770 does get all the UVO technology, as well as larger 18-inch alloys and the choice of plug-in hybrid power. That upgrade does come with a hefty £31,945 price tag, however, and smaller 16-inch alloys.
As a result, it’s even more expensive than the top-of-the-range ‘4’ trim, which is available solely with the same 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain as the ‘2’ - a system Kia calls its “self-charging hybrid”. Choosing that model not only gets you the highest level of on-board equipment, but it also comes with the seven-inch “Supervision” digital instrument cluster.
Paul Philpott, president of Kia Motors’ UK operations, said: “The Niro has become a key growth driver for Kia in Europe and is a cornerstone of our electrified product strategy. Its cool crossover design, high versatility, and low emissions and running costs make it an attractive proposition for both private and business buyers. New enhancements to quality and design, and the adoption of our ‘connected’ UVO system, will make the Niro family an even more compelling proposition.”