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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 – but at a price

Rating
Range, MPG, CO2 & charging Rating
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
202mpg29-31g/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 for the 2 spec are 29g/km, rising to 31g/km for the 3 version.

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.

Battery warranty

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.

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