2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vs 2017 Kia Niro Comparison | Gainesville, GA

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
2017 Kia Niro

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Engine:

TBA

Horsepower:

TBA

Torque:

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Fuel Economy:

TBA city / TBA hwy mpg *

Transmission:

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2017 Kia Niro

Engine:

1.6L liter, Inline 4

Horsepower:

104hp

Torque:

109 lb.-ft

Fuel Economy:

52 city / 49 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

Dual Clutch 6-Speed Automatic with Sportmatic

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vs 2017 Kia Niro

Serving Gainesville, GA, Toccoa, GA, and Jefferson, GA

The 2017 Kia Niro surprised everyone with its smart gas mileage and fun demeanor. Now Kia is adding the 2018 Niro Plug-In to the family. The two will be similar, but there are some differences to consider as you debate which Niro is right for your life.

Performance

Can a crossover get enough power from a hybrid powertrain? That’s what Kia engineers asked when they were trying to design the 2017 Niro. Drivers will be pleasantly surprised at how well the Niro defies convention. This hybrid kicks out 195 lb.-ft. of torque to assist the 139 horses under the hood. With a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, this powertrain knows how to deliver torque to the wheels whenever it’s needed. The smart turbo engine is paired with a hybrid battery pack and an electric motor. The combined fuel economy for highway and city is a remarkable 50 mpg.

The Niro Plug-In goes further. It has a special range when you use electricity alone to fuel the drive. You can charge the battery in a short time, making it ready faster than some rival plug-in cars. Drivers will appreciate that this crossover is competitive in highway traffic. It won’t let you down when you hit the accelerator. The Eco Driver Assistance System helps the crossover decide which fuel source is needed. This reduces your gas consumption and improves fuel economy even more.

Appearance

To construct an all new hybrid car, engineers started from the ground up. As a result, the Niro and new Niro Plug-in have a low center of gravity. That helps improve aerodynamics. The build is lightweight to promote wind resistance. Still, there is a commanding view when you sit in the driver’s seat. Headroom and legroom are ample on both rows. To help with that, designers managed to nearly flatten the back row floor. When you touch the dash, your fingertips will appreciate a soft surface. Throughout the Niro, there are smart touches for organization and utility. For instance, a tray is hidden under the hatch floor. The hold measures 19 cubes and expands to 54 cubes when the seats are folded down.

For the Plug-In, Kia engineers took what they learned from the hybrid Kia and added electric capability. There are three trims to give shoppers a real choice. You can enjoy the style of cloth and leather seating and the comfort of heated and ventilated front seats. Like the Niro hybrid, a touchscreen delivers entertainment. You can even upgrade to a Harman/Kardon premium audio system.

Safety

Even with all of that advanced engineering to create these two new crossovers, designers focused on safety as well. As a result, the Niro and Plug-in editions have a contemporary list of safety features and capabilities. The construction is designed to keep intrusions out of the cabin. An available adaptive cruise control regulates the speed almost as well as the human driver. It can even slow the vehicle if it senses a collision. This autobrake works with the forward collision warning. To reduce danger, the Niro and Plug-in can have a blind zone watch and a lane monitor.


You will want to learn more about both of these forward-thinking crossovers. You can take a test drive at our dealership.

MPG: Based on EPA estimates for Niro FE. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition. Niro models have the following EPA rated MPG figures, city/highway/combined.