Long Term Updates
Long Term Updates
Date: November 2017
This “eco sled”, dressed in red, is the top level Touring model; which due to high content level and weight is rated at 43 MPG Combined. Base Niros are rated at 49, with the Niro FE rated at 50. So, our average of 43.3 miles-per-gallon is so far right on.
And our Niro has been busy. In and out of our lot for just 2-months, we’ve racked up 4,500-miles already.
Most drivers have found a comfortable ride with ample pickup from the 104-horsepower electrically assisted 1.6-liter I4.
You can certainly tell when the gas engine engages, though some of the readouts are a little slow in showing the change; giving you a very optimistic view of what’s happening.
Controls work well, and there’s long distance comfort in the seats; however, the footwell placement of the parking brake robs a little space for the legs.
We’ll keep stretching the Niro’s legs over the coming months.
Date: December 2017
Much like Emperor Nero had his mother ungracefully removed, our 2017 Kia Niro with an “i” is out to put an end to our spending too much money on fuel.
And it’s off to a really good start. After 3-months and 6,300-miles, our average is up to 44.6 miles-per-gallon; slightly higher than its Combined rating of 43.
We’re taking quite a shine to this little hybrid, finding it highly maneuverable, comfortable, and safe feeling; with very natural operation from its regenerative brakes.
Electric assist helps the small 1.6-liter I4 feel adequate, though combined output is just 139-horsepower. We love the DCT transmission, even if it’s a little clunky; we’ll take it over a CVT any day.
Kia considers the front-drive Niro a crossover, but that’s mostly about its square shape since all-wheel-drive isn’t available; so we’ll see how it fairs this winter.
Date: March 2018
Better fuel economy is always a worthy proposition; thus the emergence of more and more standard hybrid-electric vehicles, including our long-term Kia Niro.
Still, true to its type, winter weather does take a toll on efficiency. With the gas engine running more during warmups, our average slipped to 42.0 miles-per-gallon from this front-drive 5-door crossover. That’s after 5-months and 10,500 miles. Still, that’s quite admirable and we often do see 50 on the highway.
But, the Niro is so much more than a gas miser. It’s comfortable, very roomy for its compact size, and we’re loving all of the features packed into our still reasonably priced Niro Touring.
We have had one snag. A faulty rear door latch caused a whole lot of unnecessary warnings; and required a day’s stay at the dealer.
Engine: 1.6L I4 Hybrid
Horsepower/Torque: 139/195 lb-ft.
Trim Level: Touring
Price as Tested: $32,675