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2019 Kia Niro

Original MSRP Range
$23,490--$44,000
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
MPG
46--52 MPG City / 40--49 MPG Hwy
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2019 Kia Niro

What We Like

Crossover styling; honest-to-goodness 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; a big array of driver-assistance technologies; terrific fuel economy; impressive electric range

What We Don't

Performance is a bit sluggish in Eco (normal) driving mode; limited ground clearance; modest cargo bay; no all-wheel drive

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.4/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.8/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 Kia Niro?

For 2019, the Niro gains a new model, the all-electric Niro EV. The EV is powered by a 201-horsepower electric motor with a range up to 239 miles. The rest of the Niro fleet carries over largely unchanged.

Which Niro is the Best?

Each version of the Niro offers better-than-average value. The EX will probably be the biggest seller, and we believe it offers the best value. It allows for the same driver-assist safety features and options as the Touring and can be outfitted with most of the Touring's standard features such as the Harman Kardon audio, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, HID headlights and navigation.

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How Much Does a 2019 Kia Niro Cost?

The Niro offer fours grades for the hybrid, three for the plug-in hybrid and a single, well-equipped trim for the new EV model. No matter how you cut it, there's a load of value regardless of the grade.

Anchoring the Niro lineup, the FE ($24,180) comes with 16-in tires with wheel covers, auto on/off headlights, power outboard mirrors and door locks, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 7 airbags, an outside temperature display, a trip computer, 6-way adjustable front bucket seats, dual-zone auto climate control, a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a UVO infotainment interface, a 7-in touchscreen and a 4-speaker audio system with a USB port. No factory options are available.

If you add roof rails and push-button start to the FE, you basically get the LX ($24,740). It also comes with a hidden storage tray in the cargo area and a rear center armrest. Factory options include fog lights, LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a forward-collision warning system, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and smart cruise control.

There's a little more air between the LX and the EX ($27,240), with additional features on the EX that include the LX's available options (except for the driver-assist technologies) as well as power-folding/heated outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, cloth-and-leather seat trim, 3-level heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic assist and lane-change assist. Optional on the LX and EX is an Advanced Technology package that adds autonomous emergency braking, smart cruise control, lane-keep assist and, on the EX trim, a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar. Much of the Touring standard equipment can be added to the EX via the EX Premium package.

The Touring ($33,090) is the top-level trim. It builds on the EX's content with 18-in alloy wheels, a power sunroof, leather seating, ventilated front seats, an 8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a subwoofer, an 8-in touchscreen, a heated steering wheel and a front/rear park-assist system. In addition to the driver-assist features offered as options on the LX and EX grades, the Touring also includes HID headlights, a 110-volt inverter and a wireless phone charger.

The Touring S ($29,640) is similar to the Touring, but features a unique graphite grille insert, special interior colors and black alloy wheels and roof rails. It doesn't get the power sunroof, ventilated front seats or heated steering wheel, nor any driver assist features like autonomous braking, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. There are no factory options.

Niro Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Niro EV EX FWD$38,500 / $36,960Electric / Hybrid201N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD
Niro EV EX Premium FWD$44,000 / $42,240Electric / Hybrid201N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD
Niro EX FWD$26,400 / $25,345Electric / Hybrid13951 / 466-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD
Niro FE FWD$23,490 / $22,668Hybrid13952 / 496-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Niro LX FWD$23,900 / $23,030Hybrid13951 / 466-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX FWD$32,100 / $30,778Electric / Hybrid139N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD
Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium FWD$35,200 / $33,760Electric / Hybrid139N/A6-Speed Shiftable Automatic / Single-SpeedFWD
Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX FWD$28,500 / $27,413Hybrid139N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Niro S Touring FWD$28,800 / $27,612Hybrid13946 / 406-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Niro Touring FWD$32,250 / $30,931Hybrid13946 / 406-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Safety

Is the 2019 Kia Niro a Safe Car?

The 2019 Kia Niro comes standard with a driver's knee airbag in addition to the typical six airbags found in most cars. Every Niro also has hill-start assist and a rearview camera. The full battery of safety technologies isn't standard except for on the Touring grade, but blind spot monitoring, lane-change assist and rear cross-traffic assist are standard on the EX and Touring trims.

In crash testing, the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Kia Niro top marks in all its crash tests and awarded the 2018 model a Top Safety Pick designation.

5 Year Cost to Own

$36,218 ($0.48 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Paint Protection Pkg

Competition

2019 Kia Niro vs the competition

2019 Nissan Rogue Hybrid -- Larger and more powerful than the Niro, the Rogue doesn't approach the Kia's fuel economy, but if cargo hauling is a bigger concern than mpg, it's a solid choice.

2019 Toyota Prius Prime -- It's tough to talk about hybrids without bringing a Prius into the discussion, because it's the car at which Kia was aiming. Hands down, it's the best Prius yet and now offers the option of AWD.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid -- More SUV-like than the Niro, the all-new 2019 RAV4 Hybrid also offers more room, more ground clearance and better performance and AWD, plus every model comes standard with advanced driver assist features.

Used Lexus NX 300h -- A 2015 -- 2016 Lexus NX 300h may cost a bit more than a loaded Touring, but not by much. It delivers excellent power, economy and luxury in a vehicle renowned for its excellent reliability and resale.

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