2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
- The Kia Niro PHEV carries over into 2019 unchanged
- Part of the first Niro Plug-In Hybrid generation introduced for 2018
- High fuel economy and respectable all-electric range
- One of the more affordable hybrids in the segment
- Offers plenty of standard and optional features
- Interior cargo volume is smaller than that of a typical SUV
- Sluggish acceleration, which often requires use of the engine
- All-wheel drive isn't available despite crossover styling
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Niro Plug-In Hybrid does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.9 / 10
An electric vehicle can work out great if you know where and how far you'll be driving every day. But sometimes you might also want the flexibility to take long trips. If that's the case, the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid could be the answer. It combines the benefits of an electric-powered commute with the extended range of a hybrid.
The Plug-In Hybrid is nearly identical to the regular hybrid Niro. The main difference is its larger battery pack. It allows for up to 26 miles on electric-only power and can be recharged using an external power source. After those 26 miles, the Plug-In drives just like the standard Niro and averages 46 mpg combined.
Some of the Niro's advantages include its SUV-like styling and interior appointments. It's comfortable and easy to get in and out of, and the interior functions are easy to use. In fact, the Niro Plug-In comes fairly well-equipped right off the lot, with excellent smartphone integration technology, standard driver assist features and, of course, Kia's excellent standard warranty.
But the Niro PHEV also shares some of the regular Niro's weaknesses. While it has a roomy enough rear seat, the cargo area is small. And just what is the Niro? With only 1 more inch of ground clearance than an Optima sedan and no option for all-wheel drive, the Niro is really just a tall hatchback instead of a crossover SUV that Kia markets it as.
There are a few other plug-in hybrids to consider. The Chevrolet Volt and the Honda Clarity Plug-In provide about double the all-electric range than the Niro, for instance. There's also the Mini Countryman S E Hybrid, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, all of which more fully deliver on the promise of a plug-in crossover SUV. Overall, however, we think you'll find the Niro's mix of attributes appealing.
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid configurations
The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is available in three trims. It starts off with the LX, which comes with a nice set of features, including a 7-inch touchscreen display and many advanced driver safety aids. The EX provides more convenience-oriented and safety features, while the top EX Premium adds luxury items such as leather upholstery and premium audio. All three trims are powered by the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid electric powertrain (139 horsepower, 195 pound-feet combined output) that sends power to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Note that the regular Niro Hybrid is reviewed separately.
The base LX comes standard with 16-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, keyless entry and push-button start, and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Also standard are a 7-inch infotainment display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, two USB ports, and a four-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Also standard are a rearview camera, front collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
Next up is the EX trim level that adds xenon headlights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear air vents, leather and cloth upholstery, additional adjustments for the driver's seat, and heated front seats. The EX Premium also has LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a bigger driver information display, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, a 110-volt power outlet, a Harman Kardon eight-speaker sound system, a wireless phone charger, and ventilated front seats.
Noise & vibration6.0
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
Child safety seat accommodation6.5
Audio & navigation6.0
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Niro Plug-In Hybrid safety features:
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Detects and alerts you with visual and audio warnings when a vehicle in the adjacent lane is in your blind spot.
- Smart Cruise Control
- Maintains a set speed and distance behind the car ahead and will bring the car to a stop briefly before relinquishing control.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Identifies lane markings and alerts you if you begin to drift out of your lane.
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vs. the competition
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid
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Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vs. Kia Niro
The only real difference between the Niro and the Niro PHEV lies in the battery. With 26 miles of electric-only range, the Niro PHEV gives drivers options on how to power their Niro. The hybrid model is less expensive, and its lighter weight allows it to get better fuel economy. But if you have a place to charge it, the Niro PHEV will provide better range.
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vs. Chevrolet Volt
At 53 miles, the Volt provides about double the electric-only range of the Niro PHEV. But the Niro's roomier rear seat makes it a bit more useful when it comes to chores. The Niro also gets better fuel economy when the battery runs out and you're in traditional hybrid mode. Finally, the Kia is easier to get in and out of than the Volt. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Chevrolet Volt.
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius Prime
With a similar range and cargo size, the Niro PHEV and the Prius Prime are true competitors. The Prius Prime does get better fuel economy once the battery runs out, but its distinctive styling may be a turnoff for some people. The Niro PHEV looks like a regular car. It also has an easier-to-use infotainment system.
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2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid for Sale
The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid was designed from the ground up to be a gas-electric hybrid rather than an adaptation of an existing model. Its attractive styling doesn't shout "hybrid" from the rooftops. The Niro's strength is that it offers crossover SUV-like utility and hybrid efficiency while meeting the needs of the many shoppers who simply need an affordable, practical around-town vehicle.
For ease of entry, it sits lower than an SUV. For better visibility, it's higher than a sedan. The Niro is, essentially, a wagon with better ground clearance and the ability to haul slightly taller cargo. It shares a platform with the new Hyundai Ioniq lineup — which is composed of hatchback hybrid, plug-in and electric models — but possesses a slightly muscular stance that marks it as a sleekly styled crossover.
The heart of the Niro's hybrid system is a 1.6-liter gasoline engine that pairs with a lightweight electric motor for a combined 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. And, unlike many hybrid powertrains that mate to a continuously variable automatic transmission, Kia opted for a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which it says provides a more engaging driving experience. An 11.4-gallon fuel tank and an 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery provide a total claimed range of up to 560 miles, or up to 26 miles on electric power alone.
The EPA rates fuel economy for the Niro PHEV at 105 miles per gallon equivalent or a combined 46 mpg when under combustion power alone. The numbers are nearly identical to those for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, though the Volt gets more than double the Niro PHEV's electric-only range.
The Niro has been designed to deliver an understated, conventional ride, and it accomplishes that mission admirably. The hybrid system is generally unobtrusive and delivers decent acceleration, although selecting Eco mode causes a noticeable reduction in zip. Conversely, shifting to Sport mode can pep things up a bit at the expense of a few mpg. And with its low center of gravity and well-balanced suspension system, the Niro handles well on the highway and in the city.
Although set up for five passengers, the Niro is better able to transport four in comfort. Though not exactly luxurious, the interior is well-designed with good-quality materials and solid-feeling controls. And even tall drivers will find the multi-adjustable seats easy to live with. Cargo capacity with the rear seats in place is 19.4 cubic feet, and with the seats folded that expands to 54.5 cubic feet. What that means is that the Niro can haul more than the average sedan but less than many competing small SUVs.
The base Niro LX PHEV comes very well-equipped with such niceties as automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The midlevel EX trim adds more safety, comfort and convenience features. The top-of-the-line EX Premium model brings on more appearance and comfort features. Whatever your preference, let Edmunds help you find the 2019 Kia Niro that best meets your needs.
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Overview
The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid is offered in the following submodels: Niro Plug-In Hybrid SUV. Available styles include EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM).
What do people think of the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Niro Plug-In Hybrid 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Niro Plug-In Hybrid.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid?
2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,100. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $3,971 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,971 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$32,129.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX Premium 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is11% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33,000. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $2,973 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,973 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,027.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid EX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)
The 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $29,400. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $580 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $580 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,820.
The average savings for the 2019 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX 4dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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