Road Test: 2017 Kia Niro SX Touring

Road Test: 2017 Kia Niro SX Touring


Price: $35,035 (as tested)

Engine: 1.6L 16-valve DOHC I-4 + electric motor

Trans: 6-speed, dual-clutch Sportmatic automatic

Power: 139 hp@ 5,700 rpm (Combined)

Torque: 195 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm (Combined)

Curb Weight: 3,234 lbs./ 1,419 kg

Fuel Consumption: (L/100km – City/Hwy) 5.1/5.8


New for 2017: The 2017 Niro is an all-new, hybrid-only model that Kia brands as a hybrid crossover. Although it takes the general shape of a subcompact crossover, due to its size the Niro acts more like a hatchback with a slightly elevated stance.

Segment Competitors: Chevrolet Volt, Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius Prime, Audi A3 e-tron, Ford C-Max, Lexus CT, Toyota Prius V

The Skinny: The Niro appears to be entering the market at the perfect time as the demand for fuel efficient, versatille, crossover-like vehicles seems to be at an all-time high. In terms of design, Kia seems to have gotten this one right as it’s definitely not a vehicle that you look at and immediately think “hyrbid” which in our eyes is a good thing.  The interior is roomy for both the driver and the passengers and the smooth-switching hybrid system provides some very impressive fuel economy numbers.

Pros: As we mentioned above, the idea of a hybrid vehicle that looks nothing like a typical hybrid is definitely appealing.

Cons: Surprised that all-wheel drive is not offered despite the crossover billing.

The Verdict: After getting behind the wheel of the Niro knowing little to nothing about it, we were pleasantly surprised by its interior roominess, fuel efficiency and overall looks which garnered a bit more attention than we could’ve anticipated. As with all Kia’s, no matter which trim you select you’re going to get loaded up with great features and options that you would have to pay extra for with a lot of other manufacturers. Add all of that to very affordable pricing (especially in the lower trims) and Kia may have a winner on their hands.


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