Niro First Drive Review

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Niro First Drive Review

Post by Rob » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:48 pm

Even this early pre-production Niro showed plenty of promise as an appealing, eco-friendly family car. It looks better than many other hybrids on the market and comes with a hugely usable and spacious interior. Running costs should be attractive, but not as much as the expected price. The Niro could be the start of a whole new appeal for hybrid cars.


The Niro gets more advanced battery tech than the Prius, using a lithium ion polymer set-up that will enable it to travel for up to three miles on electric power alone at speeds of up to 70mph. And true enough, on a light throttle travelling downhill, the engine was off and the on-screen graphics showed the battery and electric motor doing the work.

Key specs
Model: Kia Niro
Price: £18,000 (est)
Engine: 1.6-litre 4cyl petrol, plus electric motor
Power: 138bhp
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
0-62mph: 10.5 seconds (est)
Top speed: 110mph
Economy: 73.6mpg
CO2: 89g/km (est)

On sale: Summer

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Re: Niro First Drive Review

Post by Chris_A » Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:39 pm

The specs look really promising for this new hybrid. Running on electrical power alone and reaching a speed of 70mph is pretty impressive to be sure.

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