The new model 2019 Kia Niro is a family 4-door compact-crossover SUV that is available as Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid and EV model. It comes with outstanding fuel economy and great safety rating. Standing next to competitors like Chevy Volt and Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro is the most efficient vehicle in its segment. Kia’s new crossover SUV will hit the markets in four trims available.
The upcoming Niro will come with some changes, one of them is that the Lane Keep Assist will replace Lane Departure warning system. Kia Niro also comes with an advanced Tech Package and with more comfort. The design is eye-pleasing and stylish. It is one of the family favorites and is affordable as well.
2019 Kia Niro Attractive Design
While new 2019 Kia Niro won’t suffer many changes. The front fascia is slightly extender and the fog lights are moved more to the side, just below the headlamps. Additionally, some design cues like plastic wheel arches and skid plate are changed and give Niro visual height.
The exterior is more rugged than Toyota Prius but mechanically very similar to Hyundai Ioniq. If you opt for the top-line Touring model, body-color door handles and mirrors are standard. 16-inch wheels are standard and 18-inch alloys are optional. Furthermore, Glossy Black roof rails and metallic colored front grille are standard on some higher trims.
2019 Kia Niro Interior
The cabin of the upcoming 2019 Kia Niro is perhaps the best in its class. The design is simple and clean with some high-quality materials. The controls are now more intuitive and the comfort is exceptional. Gears can be changed thanks to a conventional shifter on the console. USB and power ports are placed in a handy open bin. The rear-seat legroom and headroom are great, and the folding seats increase cargo space even more.
Speaking of equipment, Niro FE trim will not get you extra options, so more recommendable trim is Niro LX. LX trim comes with keyless entry and push-button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, the Illuminated Glove Box will be very attractive new features. The infotainment system is a UVO3 and it comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. Advanced Tech Package is also available and it offers features like a moonroof, ventilated and heated leather seats and wireless charger.
Safety ratings of 2019 Kia Niro are one of the best in its class. Furthermore, the Lane Keep Assist is replacing Lane Departure warning system, and blind-spot detection is now standard. Autonomous emergency braking, smart cruise control, forward-collision warning, Electronic Stability Control, Side Impact Beams, Low Tire Pressure Warning, Airbag Occupancy Sensor, Driver Knee Airbag, Rear Child Safety Locks and Back-Up Camera are on the list too.
2019 Kia Niro EV version
The new model of the 2019 Kia Niro EV is coming soon in the market. It will give much more features than base one. The Niro EV concept features new and aggressive front and rear fascias and huge good looking wheels.
This model will be eco-friendly with its electric motor and battery pack. Furthermore, the newest model will be coming with 150 kW electric motor, along with a 64 kWh battery pack. With this combination, the new model is able to go around 100 miles.
This range is better if we compare with Hyundai Ionic Electric and Kia Soul EV. The difference between this model and Plug-in model / Hybrid is on the grill that is now replaced with an interactive display and slim LED lights. Also, the new dashboard will be installed that is adjusted by touch or gesturing at the screen. The Kia manufacturer has a plan to launch 16 electrified vehicles by 2025. Furthermore, it will including its first fuel cell electric vehicle in 2020.
2019 Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Models
Approaching 2019 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is combined with a 1.56-kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. This gas/electric combination is producing 140 HP and 195 lb-ft of torque. Niro Plug-in hybrid is using a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine. This drivetrain can produce up to 105 HP and 109 lb-ft of torque. The model will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 sec. Top speed is 111 mph.
The 1.6-liter engine comes with a 44.5-kW Interior-Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor that adds another 60 HP and 125 lb-ft of torque. The Touring model is rated to return 43 mpg and 49 mpg for LX and EX models. Plug-in Hybrid model can go for 26 miles on electricity before the gasoline engine turns on and increase the range to over 600 miles.
However, if we compare the fuel economy with model Toyota Prius that gives 56 mpg, the Prius is still the king in this section.
2019 Kia Niro Price and Release Date
The 2019 Kia Niro will cost around $25,000. The price of a fully loaded Touring model is slightly above $33,000. This compact-crossover SUV will hit the car markets somewhere at the start of 2019. As for the warranty, this model will come with 5 years or 60,000 Miles.