Kia Niro 2024

Our 2024 model year review is coming soon. Below is our review of the 2023 model year.

Built on the same wheelbase as before, the new-generation Niro is 64 mm longer overall, marginally wider and the same height as before. The HEV variant twins a 1.6L four with an electric motor to create 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The PHEV also employs the 1.6L engine with an electric motor to furnish 180 total system horsepower and 195 lb.ft. of torque. The 11.1 kWh battery pack has 53 kilometers of pure electric range and recharges in three hours on a level II charger. Both the HEV and PHEV variants send power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission. The BEV uses a 64.8 kWh battery pack that powers a 150 kW electric motor. Range is stated to be 407 kilometers, about 20 percent greater than last year. The battery pack can be recharged to 80 percent in 43 minutes hooked up to a Level III charger and six hours with a Level II charger. Standard safety equipment includes a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, including junction turning prevention, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, a rear occupant alert, Highway Drive Assist and Lane Follow Assist.

The new Niro moves past the rounded, amorphous form of its predecessor for something a bit more square rigged with a hint of generic Volkswagen about it. Overall, it comes off as tasteful and contemporary but a touch anodyne. Some models will be available with a contrasting paint band between the rear door and the tailgate. Like many contemporary cars, all car-operation readouts and infotainment functions are handled by a wide and shallow computer tablet. Car operation informations is displayed in front of the driver with infotainment functions shown at the top-centre of the dash. Unlike many cars that have a free-standing screen, that of the Niro is incorporated into the main dash, which has a gently-arcing nacelle which flows to the passenger side door, like on the Citroen SM. The front door trims, which are visually calm but not plain, are bisected by very sculptural elements that contain the window switches, door pulls and armrests. Like on various new Kias, a horizontal panel at the base of the dash with a selection of knobs and push buttons to control the various functions but the same bits can manipulate both the infotainment and climate functions depending on which of the two operation modes are selected. The system is more interesting than truly functional but is better than the many challenging touch screen control interfaces offered by other makers. Built on the same wheelbase and the same height as its predecessor, the new Niro should have good space for four adults.

Hybrid: with alloy wheels, roof rails, heated front seats and the iOS-Android cellphone interface, the base LX trim is nicely equipped. The EX adds a heated steering wheel, navigation, remote starting. adaptive cruise control, reverse parking sonar and wireless cellphone charging, as is a good deal. With a sunroof, a power tailgate, a power driver’s seat and power lumbar adjustment, but looks overpriced. The SX range topper includes L.E.D, headlights, rain-sense wipers, power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a Harmon-Kardon audio system, an auto dim rearview mirror and a front parking sonar, and is a bargain.

PHEV: the PHEV has a full-electric range of 55 kilometers under ideal conditional. Only offered in EX trim, standard equipment includes alloy wheels, roof rails, dark-tinted glass, heated front seats and steering wheel, wireless cellphone charging, rain-sense wipers and well as active cruise contol. The EX PHEV is price $8000 higher than the EX HEV, but Quebec offers buyers a $2500 rebate, with the federal governen kicking in $5000, reducing the true cost of aquisition.

BEV: All trims are powered by a 64.8 kWh battery pack. All trims feature alloy wheels, heated front seats, deep-tint glass, navigation, a lane-keeping system, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and active cruise control. Migrating up to the Premium+ trim adds a heat pump system, rear parking sonar, roof rails, a heated steering wheel, a power driver’s seat and wireless cellphone charging, at a reasonable price. The Limited range-topper is equipped with front parking sonar, L.E.D. headlights, fog lights, a sunroof, a power passenger seat, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, an auto-dim rearview mirror, a Harmon-Kardon branded audio system and a head-up display system, at a tempting price. Buyers can get a $7000 rebate from Quebec and $5000 from the federal government.


Not rated as too little information is available on Kia’s hybrid system reliability. Unlike the 2L and 2.4L fours from Hyundai-Kia, the 1.6L four under the hood of the Niro appears to deliver acceptable durability. Long-term durability of the hybrid compentry is unknown.

Last update: September 9, 2023


  • Engine

    1.6L-4 H (146 HP combined), 1.6L-4 PHEV (139 HP), BEV (201 HP)
  • Transmissions

    6A (dual clutch)  
  • Fuel consumption

    City: 4.6L/100 km Road: 5.1L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    Front-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Electric Micro SUVs & Crossovers
  • Country of Origin

    South Korea


Battery & Hybrid

Starting from  $ 30 595

What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - September 26, 2023
Base vehicle
$ 0 $ 30 595
$ 0 $ 32 595
EX Premium
$ 0 $ 35 295
$ 0 $ 39 295
Plug-In Hybrid EX
$ 0 $ 38 595
Electric Wind
$ 0 $ 45 595
Electric Wind+
$ 0 $ 48 595
Electric Wave
$ 0 $ 53 595
Optional Paint

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 250
Freight & PDI

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$ 0 $ 1 850
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