Kia is immersed in a new offensive of organic products, hire more respectful with the environment that will contribute to achieving the emissions targets set by the regulatory bodies. By 2020 the brand will have 11 hybrid models or electric, although the first steps in seriously have already started. The new Kia Niro is the first SUV hybrid of the brand and is also the hybrid crossover more small and accessible that we can find in the market, which we already know the prices and equipment.
The Kia Niro is a crossover that the brand wants to put in the C-segment-SUV, although size may be in a medium term between the B-SUV and C-SUV. It is 12 centimeters shorter than the Kia Sportage and it does not have an aspect SUV very marked, with a body very low, and a high ground clearance of 160 mm which, together with the absence of all-wheel-drive limit very much the off-road skills of the Niro, a model for approach might be closer to the Ceed Sportswagon that of the Sportage.
A hybrid that is not what it seems
The new Kia Niro has a length of 4.35 metres, with 1.80 meters wide and 1,53 height. Calls the attention that despite being a model that only comes with a hybrid engine, it has a aspect of the car completely conventional. Just a few anagrams Eco-Hybrid in the exterior and in the interior reveal its nature.
This is something that Kia has sought, by mixing in the same container the ingredients of the perfect car. The SUV’s have more and more demand, and hybrids are a trend, even if there are many customers who do not want designs of strangers, nor that these have an impact in some way on the occupancy. That is why at Kia have developed the Niro hybrid from 0, on the basis of the same platform as the Hyundai Ioniq, but without a car quirky.
A huge interior and quality
In the interior of the Kia Niro use of space is very good. There is great breadth in the seats in front and power driver seat as well as the steering column allow you to find the perfect driving posture. In the rear seats there is plenty of space for the legs and the height to the roof is very good, even in the central plaza that is more elevated and uncomfortable. The width for three adults is just. The front seats may be delayed a lot and in such a case the space for the legs can be scarce for people of great stature. In the rear seats there are interesting elements such as a 220V outlet and outputs of aeration.
The Kia Niro has a trunk proper 401 litres capacity, under which there is a small double bottom with some compartments for storing objects such as triangles or emergency tools. Has No spare wheel, and instead uses a kit reparapinchazos.
If we talk about the interior design of the Kia Niro, again we run into with a conventional car. The dashboard does not have odd shapes to unlock his hybrid identity, and could well be the interior of an SUV with combustion engines traditional. Many design elements remind us of other models such as the Kia Sportage. The the quality of settings is good and there are soft materials in the high part and middle of the dashboard as well as in the upper area of the front doors.
The trim grey and the black piano abound in the interior of the Kia Niro, even though the latter have too much presence taking into account that stain and deteriorate easily. The bottom bracket is aluminum. The armrests of the doors and the centre armrest for front hood are trimmed in leather. The Kia Niro has a cabin air quality, considering the designs and finishes of some of their rivals. All controls are arranged in a logical way and the ergonomics are very present.
steering wheel is flawed by an excess of buttons. At the beginning it is overwhelming. After a small period of adaptation it is easy to get used to and locate all the functions of the steering wheel. The box of watches digital Monitoring 4.2″ (standard only in the finish, the Emotion, the highest) offers a lot of information on the driving and allows you to configure many aspects of the vehicle.
A of the art equipment
in Addition to improving the quality and offer mechanical more efficient, one of the arguments that Kia works is the equipment. The new Kia Niro may be an SUV hybrid with a equipment worthy of vehicles of a superior category and already standard incorporates a provision very interesting. Over the three finishes we find items such as adaptive cruise control, seats ventilated and heated, steering wheel heated, the multimedia system with touch screen (7 “and 8”) with browser, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear view camera, parking sensors front and rear, sunroof, climate control bizona and bi-xenon headlamps.
What hits the Kia Niro is that being a car as technological, have a parking brake foot. It is something that is becoming more and more obsolete, and that in Europe has never been at all popular. According to Kia, we opted for this solution in order not to smudge the design, and remove space in the center console with a hand brake conventional. In future the Kia Niro will have electric parking brake.
at The wheel, nor does it seem hybrid
The Kia Niro is only offered with a hybrid engine, although in 2017 will the hybrid variant plug-in. While both will be satisfied with the variant 1.6 HEV, which used an engine 1.6 GDi direct injection and Atkinson cycle that delivers 105 BHP of power and 147 Nm of torque. This combustion engine is supported by the electric motor, which is located in the interior of the automatic gearbox of double clutch and six-speed. The electric motor has is 43.5 BHP of power and 170 Nm of torque.
combined, the Kia Niro has 141 horsepower and a maximum torque of up to 265 Nm. The hybrid crossover has the ability to function in mode 0 emissions, in conjunction with both engines or with only the gasoline. It is not possible to manually select the way you want it to work, because unlike other hybrids, there is for example a button to EV to force the use of the vehicle in electric mode.
The driving modes are selected from the shift lever
that is why we can say that the Kia Niro is not conducted as a hybrid. There is only two driving modes called Eco and Sport. The first one is selected by default when the lever cambo auto is in D, while the second is activated when you place it in S. In the S mode the shift offers manual operation via the selector, since it has the maximum power behind the wheel.
Between the D and S modes are noticeable differences, with a response much more agile and a motor that circulates more revolutionized. In this aspect, the driving of the Niro hybrid is not much different from a crossover in gas. On the screen of the box and Monitoring on the touch screen of the dashboard it is possible to see the flows of energy, although this view has less prominence than in other cars.
tires for 16″ are more interesting, although the 18″ are aesthetically more successful
If we talk about how it feels, the Kia Niro when we were filming, the first thing you’ll notice is that it is a car very quiet. The mechanics hear little even when you turn high of turns and also has a sound pretty. The aerodynamic noise generated is also very small, and what is more remarkable is the rolling noise, especially in the versions with wheels of 18″, which mounted a few tires Michelin Pilot Sport 4 – .
Kia has wanted to differentiate itself from other hybrid models offering a greater dynamism in the Niro, so that the versions with wheels of 18″, more graceful aesthetically, include a firmer suspension and these tires sporting that in my judgment are exaggerated to a hybrid vehicle that does not have pretensions to sports.
From the point of view of efficiency tires in 16″ are much more interesting and during the tests, the model with wheels small was able to circulate for longer time and at higher speeds in electric mode. It is easy to force the Kia Niro to be driven in electric-only mode, simply pick up the throttle and accelerating after a light. With tires of 18″ the stamina in EV mode was more limited.
– level dynamic suspension offers a good filtration and a proper balance between comfort and dynamism. The direction is fast, but little communicative, while the brakes are very dosificables and people do not notice the step between the regenerative braking and the hydraulic conventional.
consumption that promise
presentations are never the best place to talk about consumption, because the tours are not long enough and many times it circulates in a way demanding. Even so, during the test of the Kia Niro we obtained some consumption very interesting. In approval, there are very notable differences between the versions with rim 16″, and 18″ or more specifically, is passed from 3.8 to 4.4 liters per 100 kilometers.
In a tour with a drop in against and being totally demanding with the acceleration, we get an average of about 6.7 litres, in a drive equipped with alloy wheels of 18″. However, in a more efficient driving in a tour Tarrassa-Barcelona Tarrassa, with urban stretch through the main streets of Barcelona, the mean obtained was 4,4 litres to the 100, just the approved.
we were Also able to test the version with wheels from 16″ up from Tarrassa to the airport of El Prat of Barcelona, achieving a surprising consumption of 3.3 litres to the 100, although in this case was to help the grade to please. Would have to test more carefully the Kia Niro, but what is certain is that in matter of consumption, it seems that you can get a lot out of your tank of 45 liter capacity.
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