Kia's ultimate goal is to decarbonise road transport completely, and the company is actively working on – and planning to market – all forms of alternative powertrain, including a hydrogen fuel cell car, before the end of the decade. But at present hybrids and plug-in hybrids offer the best alternative to purely combustion-engined vehicles because they are least dependent on expensive investment in new infrastructure to support them.
With CO2 emissions of only 88g/km with 16-inch wheels and tyres, Niro will play a significant role in helping Kia achieve a 25 per cent reduction in fleet emissions by 2020, based on 2014 levels. It will also bring significant cost savings for both private and business motorists: there is no Vehicle Excise Duty to pay in either the first or second years with grades ‘1’ and ‘2’, while grades ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ with 18-inch wheels and tyres are zero-rated in the first year and attract only a £20 charge thereafter. The respective Benefit-in-Kind taxation scales for business users are 15 and 17 per cent.
As with every Kia, reparability has been engineered in from the start of the design stage to keep insurance costs to a minimum, and the extensive catalogue of advanced active safety features on Niro also help to lower insurance groupings. Servicing intervals mean that most owners will need to visit a dealer only once a year. And every Niro is covered by Kia's unique seven-year or 100,000-mile transferable warranty.
|1 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||
|2 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||
|3 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||
|First Edition 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||
|1 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||74.3||72.4||74.3||88|
|2 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||74.3||72.4||74.3||88|
|3 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||64.2||62.8||64.2||101|
|First Edition 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||64.2||62.8||64.2||101|
|Tax rate||VED years 1/2|
|1 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||15%||£0/£0|
|2 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||15%||£0/£0|
|3 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||17%||£0/£20|
|First Edition 1.6 GDi 1.56kWh lithium-ion 139bhp 6DCT||17%||£0/£20|
Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. Niro is available with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, offering retail customers fixed-cost, inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. All packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on the next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.
The magnificent seven-year warranty
Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year warranty.That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products has subsequently been extended to cover every model, including Niro.
A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.If the car is sold when less than 18 months old or with less than 18,000 miles on the clock, the warranty is topped up to match that of a new model.
The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.