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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|202mpg||29-31g/km||30 miles||2hrs 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 for the 2 spec are 29g/km, rising to 31g/km for the 3 version.
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.
Kia doesn’t cover the Niro PHEV's battery with a separate warranty; it falls under the same warranty protection as the rest of the car. The battery will only be replaced under the warranty if it can no longer hold 70% of its original capacity. But that’s still impressive, as Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile cover is among the most comprehensive on the market.
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 worth a look
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe Kia Niro PHEV gives you useful extra electric-only range over the hybrid – 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 quickest car of its type, but it's relaxing and relatively comfortable to drive
- 5Interior & comfortThe Kia Niro PHEV's interior is well built and there's plenty of standard equipment on both versions
- 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