2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid: Extended Range for Greater Mileage

Published: Monday, October 22, 2018 | 7:08 PM

2018kianiro475A new addition to the Kia Niro lineup, the Niro Plug-In Hybrid adds extra mileage to the already fuel-sipping Niro Hybrid. Equipped with a larger battery to provide about 26 miles of electric-only power on a full charge, the Niro PHEV is even better on gas mileage providing up to 105 MPGe on a full charge.

Available in three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX Premium, this review will focus on the EX Premium trim.

With blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear air vents, leather and cloth upholstery, adjustable and heated driver’s seat and heated front passengers seat there is a lot to love in the Niro. Add to that LED headlight, front and rear parking sensors, a bigger driver information display, larger 8-inch touchscreen with nav, Harman Kardon eight-speaker surround sound system, wireless phone charger and ventilated front seats, there’s little more that a driver could want.

2018kianirointA 1.6-liter, four banger hybrid electric powertrain produces 139 horses and 195 pound-feet of torque. The front wheels are powered by a six-speed automatic transmission. Expect to get 46 mpg on gas only and a whopping 105 mpge with combined electric and gas driving.

Inside the Niro is roomy enough to seat four adults comfortably. The touchscreen is user-friendly and logical. Materials used include soft and hard surfaces that give the interior a bit of a economy feel. Storage space is good with 19.4 cubic feet with the 60/40-split back seats up and 54.5 cubic feet with them down.

Driving the Niro is pretty much what I expected from a PHEV, slow on the uptake in Eco mode but a bit zippier in Sport mode. I drove in Eco most of the time because fuel economy is what this car is all about.

Want to drive electric but don’t want range anxiety? Test drive the all new 2018 Kia Niro PHEV.