Kia Niro PHEV interior & comfort
The Niro’s dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen, which we found reasonably responsive and easy to use. The buttons on the centre console are equally straightforward and the dials look classy and futuristic. However, the controls mounted on the the steering wheel could take a little longer to figure out. Overall, and especially on the parts you regularly touch, the material quality is pretty good. The leather-trimmed surfaces you get in the PHEV are particularly impressive.
Kia Niro PHEV equipment, options and accessories
Although the Niro range comes in four trim levels, this PHEV is available with just one package of equipment. It’s based on the 3 trim and, as in every Niro, it gives you alloy wheels, sat nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
You also get an eight-inch touchscreen, rather than the smaller unit fitted to 1 and 2 trim levels, as well as luxuries like leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and heated front seats and steering wheel. The safety package, meanwhile, includes autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance.
Beyond that, the list of options includes just one thing: a premium paint colour. Some are these are unique to the PHEV, but all cost £565.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
As we said above, we had no real problem using the touchscreen that runs the car’s infotainment system. And, as with any Kia, the sat nav (which is standard on this model) is nice and easy to use, with simple menus and big icons to touch.
The system also comes with Kia’s Connected Services that are linked to TomTom. This provides real-time traffic updates, weather forecasts, nearby points of interest and speed-camera locations. All Niros come with seven years’ subscription to this service.