Kia Niro PHEV range MPG, CO2 & charging

The Kia Niro PHEV gives you useful extra electric-only range over the hybrid – but at a price

The two big attractions of the Kia Niro PHEV are the extra distance it can go on a single charge and the low rate of company-car tax it incurs. With a claimed range of 36 miles on electric power, the Niro should go further than the plug-in version of the Toyota Prius, which has a zero-emission range of 30 miles. However, if you want a longer electric range on a plug-in car, Hyundai says its Ioniq Plug-In can do 39 miles.

Kia Niro PHEV range

Running on electric power only, the Niro is said to have a range of 36 miles, which is among the most impressive of any such car. However, our experience is that in everyday use, you’re more likely to get around 10 miles less than that. And that’s in ideal conditions. As with any electric car, how far you can go on electric power in the Niro PHEV depends on a variety of factors, including how aggressively you drive, the temperature and what power-sapping features (such as the air-con) you turn on.   

Charge time

The Niro PHEV is supplied with two charging cables – one for home use with a three-pin plug and the other a Type 2 cable that you can use with fast chargers. Although Kia doesn’t quote a charge time for how long the Niro will take to ‘fill up’ from empty when you’re home charging, the company says it'll take about two and a quarter hours to fully charge a completely empty battery through a fast charger.  

Battery warranty

Kia doesn’t cover the battery with a separate warranty, so it's included in the standard new-car warranty. However, there are some unique terms to be aware of. For example, given that the capacity of the battery is expected to decline over time, the warranty only covers the battery up to 70% of its original capacity. Mind you, that’s still impressive, as it’s covered for the full length of the warranty and Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile cover is the longest on the market.