The Kia Niro PHEV is an efficient crossover with a reasonable price tag. While not Kia's most electrifying offering, it should serve the needs of many small families more than adequately. Three trims are all powered by the same combination of an electric motor and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Together, the peak outputs work out to 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The base LXS is reasonably equipped with features like 16-inch Aero wheels with full covers, LED daytime running lights, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, and push-button ignition. Moving up to the mid-range EX adds front fog lights, LED tail lights, power-folding wing mirrors, cloth/leather upholstery, and a ten-way power driver's seat. The top-spec EX Premium enjoys a power sunroof, full faux-leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen interface.
Safety is well catered for throughout the range with standard features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and driver-attention warning.