The plug-in Niro gets a twice-as-powerful (62kW) electric motor for a total of 183PS (136kW). It also comes with bigger batteries and a charging cable, and if you plug it in to keep it topped up, you can enjoy an electric-only range of 40 miles. This will be the Niro for commuters in the ULEZ then.
Kia generally has an eye on practicalities and all of the new Niro family can tow, not always the case with electric cars. The hybrids can pull up to 1,300kg and the EV 750kg.
The increased dimensions allow more room inside for both passengers and luggage – Kia’s claim is that the Niro is now class-leading (though that does rather depend on what class you are talking about).
Sustainable cabin materials (think recycled wallpaper and eucalyptus tree fibres) and a good assortment of safety and drive-assist features are other claims Kia makes for the car. They bolster what the company views as an ideal blend of form and function for a family’s first foray into electrification.
All of which leaves just one question: what colour C-pillar to have? There are three different colours available, plus different finishes for the body cladding, to contrast with the nine exterior colours. Orange Delight with a dash of Interstellar Grey anyone?