The Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is an affordable electric car for the masses. It’s an amazing value, starting at just over $29,000, but for a limited time, you may be able to get nearly $5,000 in federal tax credits and other state incentives. Delivering even more bang for your buck, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid also comes with Kia’s famous 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
The Niro can run as a fully-electric vehicle for 26 miles, so theoretically, you can completely forego the gas station and use this Hybrid as a fully-electric small SUV for around-town motoring. However, when you have to drive further for road trips, or if you forget to charge it overnight, you can also drive it on good-ole dinosaur power up to 560 miles. This Kia truly is the best of both worlds.
Rated at a light 139hp combined between the 1.5 liter gasoline engine and plug-in hybrid drive, this Niro is not exactly a growling, gas-splitting muscle car. However, the combination feels plenty sufficient for brisk city and highway driving, with the electric motor providing an entertaining kick of instant, silent torque.
The price point of this plug-in electric vehicle is what made us take notice. However, it was the interior quality, especially at this price point, that commanded our attention. The interior of the Niro is truly a great place to be, nicely-styled and loaded with available driver assist technology such as forward collision avoidance systems, blind spot monitors, and navigation-based smart cruise control, as well as standard goodies such as an 8 inch touch screen with Kia Connect, wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple Car Play.
All in all, we were impressed with this vehicle, both in terms of quality and affordability. We would recommend it for any budget-conscious driver seeking the convenience of an EV while retaining the accessibility of gasoline-powered propulsion.