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Kia Niro PHEV range MPG, CO2 & charging

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

Kia Niro PHEV
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£29,865 - £31,545
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
202mpg31g/km30 miles2hrs 15mins (6.6kW, 0-100%)

The two big attractions of the Kia Niro PHEV are distance it can go on electric power having been charged and the low rate of company-car tax it incurs. With a claimed range of 30 miles on electric power, the Niro falls just short of the plug-in versions of the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.

Kia Niro PHEV range, MPG & CO2 emissions

Running on electric power only, the Niro is said to have a range of 30 miles, which is decent. However, our experience is that in everyday use, you’re more likely to get around five 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 outside temperature and what power-sapping features (such as the heating or air-conditioning) you turn on.

Use the car's full electric range as much as possible and you might get close to the official 202mpg figure in ideal conditions. But that's really a maximum to aim for, rather than what you might expect to see regularly in everyday driving. CO2 emissions are 31g/km for both the 2 and 3 versions of the car.

Charge time

The Niro PHEV is supplied with two charging cables – one is for home use and has a three-pin plug and the other is a Type 2 cable that you can use at public chargers or a home wallbox. From the latter, it'll take about two and a quarter hours to fully charge an empty battery.

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