Kia Niro practicality & boot space
With its roomy five-door body and practical boot, the Kia Niro is an attractive option for families with busy lifestyles. Because it was designed from the outset as a hybrid, clever packaging means the battery pack doesn’t impinge on people or their luggage.
Kia Niro interior space, storage & comfort
There’s loads of space in the front of the Niro, but rear-seat passengers do well, too – at least the two sitting on the left and right, anyway. The centre seat is a little bit squashed, it must be said, and the big centre console between the front seats steals foot room.
Accessing the rear seats is easy, too, because as an SUV crossover, the Niro isn’t as high off the ground as a full SUV like the Kia Sportage. As a result, you don’t have to climb up much more than you might in a Kia Cee’d hatchback.
There’s plenty of interior storage in the Niro, too, with good-sized cubbies and door bins, so you can stash drinks bottles and oddments easily. There’s space for your smartphone, too, with wireless charging on all but the Niro 2 entry-level model.
Toyota manages to fit a considerably bigger boot into the Prius than Kia manages with the Niro, but the Kia’s 427 litres still feels pretty generous if you don’t have a 502-litre Prius on hand to compare it with. The wheelarches take fairly big bites out of the usable space, but you can fold the rear seats completely flat to free up a 1,425-litre load bay. That said, the seats are quite awkward to raise again as they’re heavy.
Incidentally, while many hybrids – and especially plug-ins – aren't deemed suitable for towing, the Kia Niro will allow you to haul a trailer, boat or caravan up to 1,300kg.