The Kira Niro may be the new standard in the emerging class of vehicles. The hybrid subcompact crossover SUV is not like other hybrids and offers outstanding fuel economy with remarkable features. The vehicle has been redesigned and new technological innovations introduced in 2018.
Unsurpassed Fuel Efficiency
One of the characteristics that owners of the 2018 Kia Niro love, is the very frugal fuel consumption. The hybrid engine combines an electric motor, a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery with a gas powered fuel injection system to efficiently produce 195 pound-feet of torque with 139 horsepower. The easy switch to parallel operation of electric and engine power at low speed allows the car to travel as much as 59 miles per gallon with highway driving. This is among the highest efficiency for vehicles in the class.
Roomy, Comfortable Interior
The interior of the Kia Niro is surprisingly roomy and comfortable for a subcompact car. With the battery placed under the rear seat, there is plenty of leg room for backseat passengers. There is hidden storage and extra room available when the seats are folded down. The base trims come with cozy cloth seats and a 4-way adjustable driver seat. Higher trim levels feature heated and ventilated leather seats, a 10-way adjustable driver seat, seat and side mirror memory, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a sunroof. All Kia Niro trims feature dual-zone temperature control with a driver-only mode to conserve energy.
The Kia Niro is loaded with innovative technology that is controlled by the intuitive infotainment system. Smartphones can be charged wirelessly while it streams audio through the available Premium Harman/Kardon® Sound System. It is easy to remain connected to your smartphone via Android Auto™ or Apple CarPlay™ operating systems on the Niro’s color 7-inch or 8-inch color display touchscreen. The voice recognition technology recognizes scores of commands and allows you to keep your hands on the steering wheel.
The concept of safe driving while having fun may seem to be contradictions, especially in a subcompact, but the Kia Niro is not a laggard when it comes to safety features. All trims come with dual-front, side, and driver-side airbags along with available driver assistance systems. The available emergency braking system intervenes autonomously when potential collisions are detected. Adaptive cruise control will automatically adjust the Niro’s speed to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you. Also available are blind spot detection and lane assist systems that warn the driver by lighting an icon in the exterior side mirrors, sounding alerts, or assuming control if required.
The design of the 2018 Kia Niro may not be the most dramatic and may seem understated. What is undeniable is the practicality and functionality. The ordinary appearance allows the Niro to fly under the radar as the vehicle can often be unnoticed and blends easily into many environments. Energy-efficiency, affordability, safety and fun driving are combined in what may be destined to become one of the most practical family-friendly vehicles of the current era.
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