You can think of the 2018 Kia Niro as a crossover alternative to other hybrids and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Yet, you can also think of it as a hybrid alternative to subcompact crossovers. In either case, it’s a compelling little vehicle for those who want thrifty fuel economy but don’t want to sacrifice a crossover’s look and utility.
Well, the Niro has the crossover look down, but how does it do on the utility front? To find out, we’ve put it to the luggage-cramming test. Much as we did in the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, two subcompact crossovers, we brought out all the luggage we could muster from a garage to see how much fits in the trunk of the Niro. We even used the 2018 Kia Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid model, which doesn’t suffer from having a larger battery pack.
Turns out, you can lug around quite a bit.