The 2018 Kia Niro is a subcompact crossover that comes with
surprising performance and high fuel efficiency. The hybrid
powertrain makes the car create its own body weight and
downforce thanks to the brilliant engineering. In addition, it
is expected to come with a practical package and better
aerodynamic features. It competes well with Hyundai Sonic
hatchback, Toyota Prius V, Ford Focus, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Honda HR-V.
It’s one of the most affordable hybrids in the segment.
2018 Kia Niro – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious
It comes with a tiger-nose grille. To add to the sporty look;
it features a rear roof-mounted spoiler and a nicely toned
roof-line, vertical headlamps and high-mounted taillights. The
2018 Kia Niro is fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels. The
wheelbase is 106-inch which gives the car better road grip.
In addition, the interior of new 2018 Niro will be equipped
with comfort and luxury features. First, it features spacious
cabin with enough head and leg room. The rear seats are
adjustable and heated. To add to its elegant look, it will come
with a leather upholstery and LED interior lights. Despite the
fact that under the rear seats there are high-voltage
batteries, the cabin and cargo space is not affected. Also, on
the other hand, the rear seats can fit forward which adds to
more cargo space.
The Kia Niro 2018 comes with safety features which include
anti-lock brakes, automated emergency braking, 6 safety
airbags, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. The
2018 Kia Niro comes with a unique adaptive cruise control which
helps in maintaining the distance between the front car.
Further, the car has an insulated windshield and a
rubber-isolated front sub-frame which reduces road vibrations
from reaching the cabin.
Entertainment features include a 7-inch touchscreen
infotainment system that comes with smartphone integration,
eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth and USB port. Other
features include; a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless
ignition and entry and driver-seat memory settings.
2018 Kia Niro – Engine and Performance
In addition, the 2018 Kia Niro is powered by a 1.6-liter
four-cylinder engine that gives an output of 104 hp and 109
pound-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed twin-clutch
transmission and an electric motor which adds an extra 43 hp
and 125 pound- feet of torque. Also, this makes the car
generate a total output of 139 hp and 195 pound-ft of torque.
Power is sent to the front wheels through the six-speed
It is available as a front-wheel drive. The car features two
driving modes; Eco and sports mode. The sports model features a
sharper accelerator response, a firmer steering wheel and a
dramatic gear shift. From 0-60 mph, it takes 9.5 seconds which
is much faster compared to Toyota Prius V. On the other hand,
the Eco mode features predictive energy control that helps in
maximising fuel economy.
When the car is switched to the Eco-mode, it gives an estimated
EPA fuel economy of 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the
highway. Likewise; when you switch to the sports mode, the fuel
economy stands at 51 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway.
This gives the car an impressive fuel economy compared to its
2018 Kia Niro – Price and Release Date
In conclusion, the 2018 Kia Niro is in the initial development
stages. The approximated retail price is estimated to be around
$23,000. Finally, it will be available in the dealerships by
the second quarter of 2018.