Kia Niro interior & comfort

The Niro’s interior is a nice place to be, but a somewhat harsh ride spoils the ambience a little

Just as the exterior of the Kia Niro tends towards the conservative, the interior too is unremarkable from a design standpoint. It looks a lot like the interior of the Kia Sportage, in fact, and is just as well built using materials that have a decent quality feel. With high spec levels on all models, it means the Niro is definitely a nice environment in which to travel, but the sharp edges to the ride send too many jolts and bumps inside. Other SUVs have a more pliant ride and are more relaxing as a result.

Kia Niro dashboard

You get a seven or eight-inch touchscreen in the Kia Niro, depending on trim level. It’s responsive and easy to use in either case, and earned the highest owner rating of any touchscreen system in all 75 cars featured in our latest Driver Power survey. There’s a fairly conventional instrument binnacle ahead of the driver – albeit with an energy meter instead of a rev counter – and little else to signify you’re driving a car with green credentials. Apart from a little tree graphic on the fascia that turns green as you drive in electric-only mode.

Equipment, options and accessories

The Kia Niro range has been simplified a little since launch in 2016, and now there are just three trim levels – the Niro 2, Niro 3 and Niro 4. All come with a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and DAB radio, plus feel-good features like a leather steering wheel and gearshift, and at least part-leather upholstery. The Niro 2 has 16-inch alloy wheels as opposed to the 18-inch wheels on the Niro 3 and 4, while the 4 is the only model to get bi-xenon headlamps. Inside, the 3 and 4 get full-leather upholstery, powered seat adjustment, heated front seats and steering wheel, plus all-round electric windows. All versions get cruise control, but it’s adaptive on the Niro 4, which also comes with Smart Entry.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Niro 3 and 4 models feature the larger eight-inch touchscreen, which also brings an upgraded eight-speaker JBL sound system and wireless phone charging. All models get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus Kia connected services via TomTom, such as traffic updates, speed Cameras, Local Search and Weather Updates.