Kia has been at all times good for, as I say it, shoving 10 kilos of worth right into a 5-pound sack. That pattern continues with its new 2018 Niro plug-in hybrid.
The 2018 Kia Niro PHEV begins at $27,900 for the bottom LX trim. For that worth, you get 16-inch alloy wheels, computerized headlights, a four.2-inch show within the gauge cluster, an influence adjustable driver’s seat and dual-zone computerized local weather management. The bottom infotainment providing is a 7-inch touchscreen with each Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Transfer as much as the second of three trims, EX, and you will be spending $31,500. However for that further coin, you get a bunch of additional equipment, together with heated facet mirrors, material seats with leather-based inserts, heated entrance seats and rear AC vents. You additionally get a number of security programs, together with blind spot monitoring, lane-change help and rear cross-traffic alert.
On the prime of the lineup is the EX Premium trim, which is able to set you again a cool $34,500. However, once more, you get a bunch extra stuff with this one. EX Premium options embrace LED headlights, a 7-inch show within the gauge cluster, a 110-volt energy inverter, leather-based seats with air flow, a heated steering wheel, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Security will get a lift, because of parking sensors entrance and rear. The infotainment display screen positive factors each an inch in dimension and navigation capabilities.
Kia likes to reduce the variety of choices, as a substitute aiming to equip every trim with greater than sufficient good things. Your “choices” are restricted to port-installed choices like wheel locks ($55), cargo nets ($50), carpeted ground mats ($135) and issues of that ilk.
Irrespective of the trim, the powertrain is similar. A 1.6-liter, Atkinson-cycle I4 mates to an electrical motor for a internet output of 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Its eight.9-kWh battery supplies sufficient juice for 26 miles of all-electric vary, with a complete vary north of 550 miles. The EPA says it’s going to get 48 mpg within the metropolis and 44 on the freeway.