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by djbobbins
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Hybrid and PHEV upgrade for 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 9108

Re: Hybrid and PHEV upgrade for 2019

LED HEADLIGHTS OPTIONAL!! :o AT LAST. Why not E Niro?? https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/kia/niro/106141/kia-niro-hybrid-and-plug-in-hybrid-facelifted-for-2019?_mout=1&utm_campaign=autoexpress_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter Having read all the comments about the cr@p headlights on Ni...
by djbobbins
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: whats the best mpg achieved over 100 mile plus drive
Replies: 10
Views: 9424

Re: whats the best mpg achieved over 100 mile plus drive

Best I have achieved on a long run (not quite 100+ miles, about 90-odd I think) was 74.3 but that was in winter and driving frugally - long stretches of 50mph average speed cameras on the M6. This evening I got back to Birmingham airport, drove through country lanes and about 8 miles of dual carriag...
by djbobbins
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Driving tips to charge battery better.
Replies: 15
Views: 17487

Re: Driving tips to charge battery better.

The car will manage battery state of charge to within a fairly narrow band as this is the best way to preserve battery life. Assuming the lithium polymer batteries behave in a similar way to lithium ion, a specialist engineering colleague of mine who works on grid scale battery projects told me that...
by djbobbins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Michelin Cross Climate - fuel economy impact?
Replies: 19
Views: 27093

Re: Michelin Cross Climate - fuel economy impact?

That sounds like an eminently pragmatic approach as far as I am concerned. For what it’s worth, I think I have only ever experienced oversteer once in a front wheel drive car - in wet conditions when I was a younger and more foolish chap, deliberately going quick around a roundabout in the wet to te...
by djbobbins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Michelin Cross Climate - fuel economy impact?
Replies: 19
Views: 27093

Re: Michelin Cross Climate - fuel economy impact?

I understand that reputable fitters will always recommend putting new tyres on the rear. Any idea why this is - other than to reduce the risk of the rear tyres on a FWD car that only does average mileage dying of age rather than tread wear? Instinctively my gut says that the front tyres do the stee...
by djbobbins
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Minor downsides of the Niro's specification
Replies: 4
Views: 6188

Re: Minor downsides of the Niro's specification

I thought the tailgate was plastic?

Anyway, you’re a braver person than me letting a 17 year old learner into the driving seat of a car as valuable as a Niro!
by djbobbins
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Michelin Cross Climate - fuel economy impact?
Replies: 19
Views: 27093

Re: Michelin Cross Climate - fuel economy impact?

Anyway, I am now up to 29k miles and still on the original set of front tyres - although they really are getting to Lex Autolease’s 3mm level! Anyone else out there made it to 30k miles or beyond on the original tyres?!
by djbobbins
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Niro vs Toyota C-HR
Replies: 1
Views: 4599

Niro vs Toyota C-HR

I was over in Germany last week and was given a Toyota C-HR as a hire car, thus allowing some interesting comparisons with the Niro. It’s difficult to do a comparison on price / value for money, since I don’t know what spec the Toyota was in comparison to my Niro 2. Overall, I was impressed with the...
by djbobbins
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Bulb upgrade
Replies: 28
Views: 25685

Re: Bulb upgrade

Agree the factory lights look terrible against the DRLs - such a contrast in light colour. Feels like the look of the front of the car is marred by the lack of a tiny bit of extra effort to fit crisp white LED headlights as factory standard. Also agree that relative to my previous car, the headlight...
by djbobbins
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: TPMS issues in cold weather
Replies: 6
Views: 13539

Re: TPMS issues in cold weather

I think that would be it (I.e. the pressures were a bit low, owing to low temperature). I filled all the tyres to 36psi on Saturday and the warnings went off. What I still find odd is that a warning shows on screen for one tyre and not another with exactly the same pressure in it (according to the o...