Comparative Toyota C-HR vs Kia Niro, the first of a kind

From over a decade ago, the SUV conquered the markets of half the world, not to say the whole world. Since they arrived in his facet more commercial, we have seen them of all sizes, formats, shapes, colors and prices possible. In parallel with the growth of these hybrids have also managed to conquer the market, although your level of course. Few times we see both concepts states, and from now on we will do so in the smaller format that you can buy.


Face the Toyota C-HR and the KIA Niro

on the one hand, from Japan, comes to us the Toyota C-HR, while from the other shore of the sea of Japan, from Korea, we get the Kia Niro. With just a few weeks of difference, both units have landed in our market, and have done so with the band ofr SUV hybrids cheaper and smaller that we can buy. Many are the concepts that unite them, however each brand has left a mark in your model. Something that, ultimately, makes be completely different.

The society has become aware about saving and pollution at the time of circular. A new wave of buyers are crowded in the dealers to purchase the versions most efficient on the market, which usually come with the name Hybrid. up Until now had a niche market with no cover. Something that they have been able to see the two asian brands.

There are that say that both Toyota as Kia have developed their SUV hybrid from scratch, and both have done so with the premise efficient from the beginning. This means that both models have been designed as hybrids from its inception. Their platforms have not been adapted, and therefore, at least in Spain, we will not get to see another type of mechanics associated to none of the two contenders. Something rare and significant.

Now, both have been designed as hybrids does not mean that both are equal. In reality, there are few similarities between one and another. Same idea but different ways of expressing it. From the aesthetic point of view it is more evident than the differences to which I refer. Style conservative front bold design.


there Is no doubt that the Toyota won this point of the match with a clear difference. The C-HR enters the eye, and I’ve come to be amazed at the amount of people that stare at him on the street. The japanese have managed to create an SUV very attractive, and that will appeal to a public more youthful. In fact Toyota will use this new design philosophy based on the diamonds in their future products. As we can see in the spy photos of the next Toyota.

Kia has instead opted to give the Niro a style that might be called more “conventional”. A car is much more discreet that the C-HR, and even if he does not win by his line, I must say that the koreans have thrown in the path of the practical. And is that in the case of the Niro, the way is at the service of the function. The design has a reason in this case, and this is where the Kia you can get chest.

The size difference between the two is only about 5 millimeters in favor of the Korean, being best taken advantage of

And is that in terms of livability the Korean tied the contest. The Niro is an SUV, but also we could call it minivan. Kia has played that trick with the intention to conquer a client that precede the livability and the pragmatism of the design. The interior is more spacious in all its dimensions. The space for legs, despite being correct in the case of the C-HR, is greater in the case of the Korean. The same goes with the trunk, where we find 427 litres minimum capacity. 377 litres in the case of japanese.


Squares in front of the KIA Niro

As I say, the gap is higher in the case of the Kia. It is indisputable. It is intended to use a more familiar, where to go full of children and tackle it is the most common. For its part, Toyota is correct to give us a interior of the highest quality and with a design more colorful, but the rear seats have to pay the consequences of a body so attractive. In fact, can cause a strange feeling of overwhelm, so the windows are so small that they are not allowed to enter a lot of light.

If we talk about equipment and technology, we have to talk about a technical draw. Both offer a list of equipment very similar. The coincidences come up in the number of finishes possible; three in both cases. It’s hard to find the differences in both, but yes there is that to emphasize the fact that the C-HR may be in possession of LED illuminators for the optical front, and park assist, which in the Niro can not even choose. However, the Kia may have steering wheel heated seats and ventilated. As such, a technical tie.

Now, where none of the two is taken license is in security issues. As demand on the market, both the Toyota as the Kia make the gala a great technology deployment, focused on safeguarding the occupants. In the case of the C-HR is present, the system Toyota Safety Sense. A team of cameras and radars to monitor the perimeter of the car, warning of the proximity model. The Niro for his part, has a computer like, as well as attendees of the driving that we also see in the japanese.


If we collect the above we find that by the time the comparison is paid off in tables. But Toyota wants to desnivelar the balance by offering a price slightly more competitive. Not counting promotional discounts, the C-HR has a starting price of 24.250 euros, while the Kia Niro boots sale in 25.400 euros. A miniscule difference, everything is said of step, that can make benefits at the time of making the purchase. Point to the Toyota.

Sure you’ve noticed that to date I have not I referred not once to the section mechanic. Well, to say that they are both hybrids is an over simplification of this section, in addition to being unfair. That is the coincidence between the two, but a few more exist. Both brands have been caught the hand by the same path, both use blocks of gasoline with electric motors attached and a system of lithium-ion batteries, however, were separated at the time of choosing the changes that would manage such hybrid systems.

Toyota, once again, bet by a formula that bears repeating since the dawn of hybrids. The change of e-CVT. This torque converter ensures that the transitions between use of electricity and gasoline to be imperceptible and maximum efficiency. However, as now I will tell you, lastra, performance significantly. Something that Kia improves thanks to the use of an automatic change of double clutch. A bet more successful.


Comparative Toyota C-HR vs Kia Niro

With the efficiency flag, it is time to know which of the two SUV is able to win this comparison so economical. As has already been proven the philosophy of both cars is similar, although the way in which each brand executes it is not anything similar. Having left aside all the aspects least dynamic of the car, determine which has the best performance may be a matter of preferences or details.

The first thing to say about both models is that none of them have pretensions to sports. The savings and sportsmanship are concepts very distant, and therefore we cannot expect a great performance by any of the two parties. But yes you can have two different driving styles. And once more I must appeal to the word conventional.

The Toyota C-HR is conventional from the point of view of what is known. As I have already said, the bet of the mechanics makes it very novel. In fact presents the same set, which has already started to show off the new Toyota Prius. That is to say a block petrol 1.8-liter to which is added a set of electric generation, a 40% more efficient than in the past. maximum power of 116 HP with a torque of 163 Nm at 3,600 revolutions. Stay with this data that later will come back to talk about it.

Thanks to this configuration, I can say that the C-HR is like any other hybrid from Toyota. A haven of peace and softness. The implementation carried out by the developer prioritizes comfort over the behavior. However, and although the set has been improved, is still somewhat poor in terms of behavior. Has more oomph than a Prius of the previous generation, but it is low strength. In case the response is too progressive, and is accompanied by a sound mechanical coming from the engine bay. To high turns the C-HR loses that refined touch.

yes, there is that to acknowledge the good work done at the time of set up chassis and suspension. Although the pace is not exaggerated, Toyota knows how to withstand better the step by a curve that its rival Korean. At this point you could say that the C-HR is more dynamic, not sports, that the Niro, but without compromising on the comfort or smoothness in motion. Something dondand both sides presented arguments to get chest.

As with any hybrid, both the C-HR as the Niro would prefer the city to the roads fast

on the contrary, Kia has ensured the point of driving when you have chosen the change of double clutch. An option more functional and right for the day-to-day. In addition, the Niro features a heat engine smaller than that in the case of the Toyota, a 1.6 GDI 105 HP. To it is added the electric block to generate a maximum power of 141 HP and a maximum torque of 265 Nm from 1,000 up to 2,400 revolutions.


it Is in this last piece of information where it cannot be emphasized enough. The difference is 79 Nm in favour of the Korean. It is a very big advantage, in addition to the wide range of use. This makes the behavior of the Niro is more traditional, more similar to a conventional car. The transitions between the electric motor and the gasoline are not noticed, as in the Toyota, but it gives the feeling that the management is better, with a touch more cheerful.

But obviously there is that talk of consumption. On paper Kia announces lower intakes, but wanted to be safe about it and that’s why propose a test of efficiency. Two tours, each 100 km long. The first was mostly highway, and in it, the Niro was really the most efficient with an average consumption of 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, 5.6 of the Toyota.

In the second sections, with a gradient favorable, with a long jam in the middle, and something of the city, the Toyota came out the winner with an impressive average consumption of 3.2 liters, compared to the 3.4 of the Kia. So once again a draw, although it must be said that the Niro was better set up to save, with wheels of a smaller size and a few efficient tires with low coefficient of friction. Even so, the differences between the two are barely noticeable.



The bet SUV continues to be earned followers, and necessarily they will have to adapt to the plans efficient. The Kia Niro, and the Toyota C-HR are the cheapest, small commercial and of all who are. Their hybrid approach makes it especially attractive in terms of consumption, and although the philosophy is the same, the approaches are different.

On behalf of C-HR it is worth mentioning the design, which is undoubtedly much more attractive of the Niro. The quality interior, a big leap on the part of Toyota in this field. A price slightly lower in all versions, and items of equipment particular. However the use of the change e-CVT what lastra in the section dynamic, where your opponent will wet the ear. On the other hand, the low consumption levels are guaranteed, as well as comfort and softness.

In the case of the Niro it is worth noting the habitability. The forms of mpv to offer more space in all dimensions, including the trunk. On the other hand the automatic change marks the final point of this comparison in favour of the Korean. Not only does it make the driving more “conventional” but which also makes the behavior more pleasant and cheerful, even if it has a character lazy.


The best of both models, regardless of what you choose, is that both offer a highly efficient technology at a really competitive price. Both Toyota as Kia have been able to see the market and have made two SUV that will conquer a lot of sales. In the future, the rivals will have to join these two, although they will have to recover lost ground in relation to the first two bets of the segment.