2018 Kia Niro Review


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2018 Kia Niro Overview

The hybrid Kia Niro was all new for 2017, so this model year doesn’t see major changes. The LX now has lane keep assist in the Advanced Technology Package, and the EX gets a standard auto-dimming rear-view mirror, lane keep assist in the Advanced Technology Package, and a new EX Premium Package with content from the Touring trim.

The most major changes come in the Touring trim. This top trim now has an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, HID headlights, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, smart cruise control, wireless phone charging, and 110-volt inverter. Kia offers a new Touring Graphite Edition with Platinum Graphite paint, Glossy Black 18-inch wheels and roof rails, a metallic grille, a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control, and an 8-inch navigation system with Harmon Kardon premium audio.

The base Niro FE starts at $23,340 with standard features that include 16-inch alloy wheels, LED positioning headlights with light guide, and power-adjustable outside mirrors. There’s a tilt and telescopic steering column, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, cloth seating surfaces, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Infotainment features a 7-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM, and 4 speakers.

The Niro LX starts at $23,650 and adds rear LED combination lights, roof rails, a hidden cargo area storage tray, a rear center armrest with cup holder, push-button start, and the available LX Advanced Technology Package. This package costs $1,450 and adds autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, smart cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED daytime running lights, and front fog lights.

The EX starts from $26,150 and adds front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, power folding heated outside mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, high gloss interior trims, heated front seats, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert. The available EX Advanced Technology package costs $1,950 and includes a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar in addition to the safety features in the LX version of this package.

At the top of the lineup sits the Touring at $32,000, which includes standard features like 18-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, a gloss black grille, power tilt and slide sunroof, a 110V inverter, scuff plates, wireless charging, leather seating surfaces, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way power lumbar, ventilated front seats, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with HD Radio, navigation, and an 8-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system. All available safety features become standard, adding front and rear park assist.

Power across the Niro lineup comes from a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive only. Combined with its electric motor, the Niro has 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. There is a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery tucked under the rear seat, allowing the Niro to achieve an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city, 46 mpg on the highway, and 49 mpg combined.


Nicole Wakelin's passion for cars started on the day she went for a ride in a bright red Ferrari as a teenager. She writes reviews and covers everything cars for CarGurus, The Boston Globe, BestRide, AAA, Autobytel, and numerous other outlets.

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