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The Niro is a new kind of crossover from the Koreans, with a solely hybrid 1.6-litre petrol powertrain available at launch. It's a bit bigger than a Ceed hatchback yet smaller than a Sportage, with a decently low-wedged, car-like aesthetic going on. For more information on the Kia Niro family, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
The Kia Niro is a very civilised car to drive; despite having a CVT automatic transmission, it has nicely stepped 'ratios' to make it feel more conventional. Refinement is strong and it handles tidily enough, while that electric assistance makes initial, off-the-line acceleration quite perky. Kia claims 0-62mph in around 11.5sec. More important is claimed economy topping 74mpg and we averaged a healthy 60mpg in real-world driving. That's deeply impressive. And those 88g/km CO2 emissions will save company car drivers plenty in tax bills. Downsides? You can't switch into a fully electric driving mode around town, losing some of the allure of that saintly hybrid silence in urban areas.
The one we’d buy
There's only one powertrain to choose from at launch
The one we’d avoid like the plague
We'd plump for a nice mid-spec 2
Rivals to consider
Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur, Toyota Prius
Temptingly low emissions (on smaller 16in alloys), quiet to drive, neat cabin
Don't go for the 18in alloys - they push CO2 up to an annoying 101g/km. There's no silent EV mode