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This petite Kia packs a mountain of style, practicality, and value into its tiny frame. Kia's smallest SUV has character in spades, but it's also unique in that it has a hybrid powertrain.
Let's look at some of the 2022 Kia Niro’s features.
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The 2022 Kia Niro comes in three models, the L, EX, and SX Touring. As with all models, the specs and trim features are greatly enhanced as one moves from the base models up the range, and the Niro is no different.
All the models have excellent safety aids, while the SX gets additional driver aids, such as lane assist.
The L has a starting MSRP of $26,995, the EX starts at $30,395, and the SX Touring begins at $36,595.
The entry-level L has a straightforward cabin with a good level of trim, even though it is heavy on cloth and plastic. The EX has synthetic upholstery, while the SX Touring gets leather for the seats and steering wheel.
All trims have automatic climate control, and a nice feature is the ability to turn off the passenger climate control when there is no one in that seat. This saves energy during the summer months when many hybrids have problems with efficiency as the air conditioning system saps power.
A nice feature is that the Niro was created from the start as a hybrid SUV, so the battery pack was designed in and not plonked in as an afterthought. The batteries have not impacted the cargo space, and there is 635L of cargo space, which grows to 1,789L when the rear seats are folded/with folded rear seats.
All models in this range have a 1.6L gas-powered engine alongside an electric motor coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The SX Touring is the plug-in hybrid SUV of the range and has a larger battery that gives up to 40km of electric vehicle range before the gas engine will kick in.
The 2022 Kia Niro is very competent on-road and easily handles Canadian road conditions. The steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters can change gears or select one of the four levels of regenerative braking, depending on the selected drive mode.
If nothing else on the 2022 Kia Niro impresses you, then the fuel economy of this vehicle will impress.
The L and EX return consumption figures of 4.4/4.9 L/100 km (city/highway), and the SX Touring comes in with 5.0/5.6 L/100 km.
With a seven-year warranty, the 2022 Kia Niro ticks all the boxes. You will have to look hard to find a small SUV that packs this little car's punch.
It has stylish looks, a comfortable interior, modern safety and driver's aids, and excellent fuel economy. This trendy little five-door will suit everyone from students looking for their first car to grandmothers driving to visit the grandkids!