Kia Niro PHEV interior & comfort
The Kia Niro PHEV's interior is well built and there's plenty of standard equipment on both of the available trim levels
In 3 spec, the Niro PHEV's dashboard is dominated by a large 10.25-inch 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. You get a smaller eight-inch screen with the entry-level 2 model.
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 overall Niro range comes in four trim levels, the PHEV is available in just two. The 2 specification gets an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as DAB radio, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, power-folding heated door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 16-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control as standard.
The 3 specification is the highest available on the Niro PHEV: it adds full leather upholstery, heated front seats and a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen. If you want the even more lavish 4 spec, you need to switch to either the Niro hybrid or fully electric e-Niro.
Kia's safety package – which includes adaptive cruise control, plus lane-following assistance, lane-keeping assistance and forward collision avoidance systems – is standard on all plug-in hybrid versions of the Niro. There's only one optional extra as such: a premium paint colour. Some are these are unique to the PHEV, but all cost £565.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
As mentioned above, we had no real problems 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.
On the 3 spec, the Niro PHEV 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. The 3 also gets Kia 'UVO Connect Services' app, which allows you to monitor and control several of the car's functions remotely using your smartphone.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIt's not the most inspiring car to drive, but the excellent fuel economy and a decent electric range make the Kia Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid family SUV worth a look
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Kia Niro PHEV gives you useful extra electric-only range over the hybrid version – but at a price
- 3Running costsThe Niro PHEV is one of the more expensive models in the Kia range, but will have very low running costs for some people
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Kia Niro PHEV is not the most engaging or fastest car of its type, but it's relaxing and relatively comfortable to drive in most situations
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingThe Kia Niro PHEV's interior is well built and there's plenty of standard equipment on both of the available trim levels
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThere’s plenty of space for a family and all their luggage in the versatile Kia Niro PHEV
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Kia Niro PHEV has a confidence-inspiring seven-year warranty and lots of safety technology as standard