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5/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Kia Niro

£23,340£30,790
5/10
Overall verdict
Not at all charismatic, but if you want low running costs it has logic.
 

For: 

Quiet and economical in town and suburbs, roomy enough

Against: 

Lacks performance for open-road overtaking

Overview

What is it?

On paper, it’s among the most fashionable cars on the planet. It’s both a crossover (very much the body style of the moment) and a hybrid (the powertrain _de nos jours_). OK so the crossover part is a bit unconvincing: it hardly has the aggression buyers usually demand. But it does have pretty decent space for family duties. The hybrid system uses a smallish naturally-aspirated petrol engine plus an electric system to recapture wasted deceleration energy and re-use it to augment the engine when you ask for full-beans acceleration. By the way, Kia says there will never be a combustion-only Niro, but next year there will be one with a bigger battery and plug-in capability.

 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 GDi PHEV 3 5dr DCT
10.8s 29g/km 217.3 139 £30,790
The cheapest
1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
11.5s 86g/km 76.3 139 £23,340
The greenest
1.6 GDi PHEV 3 5dr DCT
10.8s 29g/km 217.3 139 £30,790
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