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by jerrytaff
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Colour Options - Niro HEV 4.
Replies: 8
Views: 5762

Re: Colour Options - Niro HEV 4.

I nearly bought the Espresso metallic; I saw one at the showroom, and it looked quite good to me, but it all comes down to personal taste. My PHEV in gravity blue looks good in the sun when clean. But boy does it show up the dirt at this time of year; and in many lighting conditions, most people wou...
by jerrytaff
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: Foot Parking Brake
Replies: 56
Views: 36457

Re: Foot Parking Brake

It's just so noisy and agricultural in that you can't silence the ratchet as you can with a handbrake. I therefore avoid using it out on the road unless absolutely necessary. I'm sorry but why you would even consider using it out on the road. Could you provide examples of when it would be absolutel...
by jerrytaff
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: PHEV OR HEV? High Mileage
Replies: 9
Views: 6187

Re: PHEV OR HEV? High Mileage

Diesel would be far more economical for long haul mileage and generally cheaper to buy than HEVs. My 8 year old diesel insignia gets 50-55mpg without much effort on my daily commute (130 miles a road / motorway). But with an HEV you should be able to get 60mpg or more for the same journey. I did 13...
by jerrytaff
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Main Kia Niro chat
Topic: New Owner
Replies: 17
Views: 11731

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: 8
Views: 5762

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: 9
Views: 6187

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: 9
Views: 6187

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: 7827

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: 7
Views: 9539

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: 3762

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 (...