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by jerrytaff
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: New Owner

My only disappointment over the last three years is that KIA have not upgraded the Niro line.... It seems that they can sell all the Niros that they can build, so there is little incentive to upgrade. Usually upgrades and facelifts occur when sales are sluggish. The product line is very simple... A...
by jerrytaff
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Colour Options - Niro HEV 4.
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Colour Options - Niro HEV 4.

The 3 has the adaptive cruise control as standard. You can't get the sun roof or the smart key entry. While convenient, smart keys are not smart enough, and comprise a security risk, and I have now got used to using an old fashioned key and fob. You lose the bi-xenon headlights, which you might miss...
by jerrytaff
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: PHEV OR HEV? High Mileage
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: PHEV OR HEV? High Mileage

Don't write off the hybrid for such high mileage. It matches (or exceeds) most diesels when it comes to mpg in the real world, the fuel is cheaper, and there are tax and congestion charge advantages. The last 2 diesels I had averaged about 42 -44mpg in real world driving. (one was Euro 5, the other ...
by jerrytaff
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: PHEV OR HEV? High Mileage
Replies: 8
Views: 481

Re: PHEV OR HEV? High Mileage

I would tend to agree that the EV sounds the most cost effective - despite its high intial cost. However, Kia have already sold the 600 E-Niros they allocated to the UK for 2019, so if you want to change car anytime soon it doesn't seem to be an option . Of the two other options, the PHEV is great f...
by jerrytaff
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Economy??
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Re: Economy??

Many seem to have been delivered with the units set to US gallons. So that setting is worth checking. Otherwise, I believe that it takes a couple of thousand miles for the engine to loosen up so I expect your economy will improve significantly by the summer. Check your tyre pressures. The cold weath...
by jerrytaff
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Off-Topic Chat
Topic: Kia Dealers.. Good..Bad ..or Indifferent?
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Kia Dealers.. Good..Bad ..or Indifferent?

I think that Kia dealers cover the whole gamut from awful to excellent. I don't have any experience with Chalkes, but so far my limited interactions with my local dealer - TowerHill (near Kings Langley, Herts) have been only positive. Can I suggest you try the other forum ... https://www.kiaownerscl...
by jerrytaff
Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Niro Wheels
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: Niro Wheels

Actually, the plug-in version comes with 16" wheels. The 18" are standard on the 4 and an option on the others. The 16" are an option on the 4, giving significantly improved MPG. So, all the wheels on the hybrids are fully interchangeable. Although the 18s put more rubber on the road, the diameter (...
by jerrytaff
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: New to forum

Gasoline Direct Injection operates at high pressure, injecting directly into the cylinder. This gives much better control, power, economy and lower emissions than a more common (until recently) Multipoint Injection system. Multipoint injection operates at low pressure, and is injected via the rail a...
by jerrytaff
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: New to forum

Apparently GDi stands for "Gasoline Direct Injection" to differentiate it from multipoint injection.

I understand that the engine in the Niro is the Atkinson Cycle variant of the Hyundai Kappa III engine.
by jerrytaff
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Trip computer and long term Fuel Economy Calculation
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Trip computer and long term Fuel Economy Calculation

On previous cars, where the trip computer has computed 2 trips, I have used one for current, and the other for the very long term. The long term calculation of mpg has been stable and reliable. On the PHEV the most recent trips are stored in the trip history, so I disabled the mpg reset on fill-up a...

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