Kia Niro second generation

Trio: New Kia Niro
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In the second generation of the Niro SUV, Kia sticks to the triad of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric car. There’s a little more space, a new modern dashboard and a sustainable interior.

Dhe electrification of the automotive world is unstoppable. The Korean manufacturer Kia, which belongs to Hyundai, has now announced “Electrification everywhere” and wants to have fourteen purely electric models in its portfolio by 2027. Electric cars are nothing new for Kia. The Soul SUV and Niro have been on the road as battery cars since 2018, and the Niro will be in the running for customer favors in a new version this summer.

As before, the trio of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and purely electric vehicles will remain. The hybrid combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 44hp electric motor, together offering 141hp and a relatively modest maximum torque of 144Nm. With the plug-in, the same engine is combined with a more powerful electric motor, then 183 hp and 203 Nm are available. The possible fully electric range is 65 kilometers.

The strongest of the Niro trio is only electrically driven. Its power plant offers 204 hp and a maximum torque of 255 Nm. A 65 kWh battery offers a range of about 460 kilometers. It can be charged with 100 kW. Kia promises that the battery can be charged from ten to eighty percent in three quarters of an hour. All Niros have front-wheel drive.

A test of the first seat suggests relatively generous space.

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Kia Niro

The second generation is about six centimeters longer than the first, with an exterior length of 4.42 meters, the Niro is still one of the compact SUVs. The dashboard design is reminiscent of the also new EV6 and Kia Sportage. A large, slightly curved screen with a width of almost 80 centimeters dominates. A first test of the seat suggests relatively generous space, leather seats are frowned upon as of now, all related materials are sustainable. The trunk volume is at most about 1400 liters, there are slight cutouts in the add-on. Prices start at 30,690 euros for the hybrid, the E-Niro costs 30,420 euros, thanks to the premium.


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