Published on February 20th, 2017 | by Sam Jones
The Kia Niro, Kia’s First Dedicated Hybrid
If you were going to build a house, would you start off with a shed and gradually extend it until you were happy? Or would you start with a blank sheet of paper? Equally, if you were going to build a hybrid car, would you start with a model you already had or design your wonderful new model from the ground up?
This is the new Kia Niro, and it’s Kia’s first dedicated hybrid model. Yes, Kia has made a few hybrids in recent years, but all of them started off as normal models before having a hybrid powertrain plugged in. The Niro, a completely new and fresh project, was designed from the very beginning to be a hybrid and built differently as a result.
As you’ll see from the video, the Niro isn’t a fast car and it isn’t without its faults, but it’s a really important model for Kia.