2019 Kia Niro Near Springfield MA
The 2019 Niro is an affordable hybrid crossover that has so much to offer: excellent fuel economy, affordability, interior space, and plenty of standard features, even on its base trim. Its gas-electric hybrid powertrain combo is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque working with a 43 hp electric motor making 125 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with Sportmatic handles the shifting with noticeable smoothness.
Thanks to the efficient powertrain and body design elements that increase aerodynamics, the Niro gets a mighty fine EPA-estimated fuel economy rating between 43 and 50 mpg, depending on the trim level (higher trims have more standard equipment, which generally adds weight). Regenerative braking recharges the battery during coasting and braking, and Kia has also mounted the battery low to give this vehicle better handling than its competitors.
Comfort and Convenience
The ’19 Niro comes in five trim levels: FE, LX, EX, S Touring, and Touring. Standard features in the base trim include automatic headlights, six-way manually adjustable front seats, 60/40-split folding rear seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Upgrading to the LX trim adds roof rails, keyless entry and ignition, an underfloor storage tray for the rear cargo area, and a rear center armrest with cupholders. There’s also an available Advanced Technology Package which adds LED daytime running lights and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The EX comes with the Advanced Technology Package’s LED running lights and leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with power-folding and heated side mirrors, cloth and leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rear air-conditioning vents. When the same Advanced Technology Package is added to the EX, a power-adjustable driver’s seat is included. Another option, the Premium Package, will add a sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, and a heated steering wheel. The new S Touring doesn’t get much more aside from some unique styling elements, although it does add the power-adjustable driver’s seat as standard. At the top of the heap is the Touring, which makes all of the optional package features from the trims before it standard equipment.
Safety & Technology
All Niro trims are built with a complete slate of passive safety features (air bags, crumple zones, protective side beams, and more). Active safety technology is optional on the LX trim with the Advanced Technology Package, which bundles forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. You can get these features on the EX with the same package, although that trim does already come with blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert, as does the S Touring. With the fully loaded Touring, though, all of the safety features available from the Advanced Technology Package and the EX and S Touring trims come standard.
The base FE is equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free, a rearview camera system, the Uvo eServices app suite, and a four-speaker audio system complete with a USB port. All of these features carry over to the EX trim, which is eligible for the optional Premium Package (8-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, LED map lights, a front-and-rear parking system, a wireless smartphone charge port, and a 110-volt power outlet). The S Touring gets the larger touchscreen interface, navigation, and premium audio system as standard, while the Touring bundles all of the tech accommodations from the previous trims and packages.