Kia Niro Hybrid 2020 Review – kia niro hybrid 2020
NAMYANG, South Korea — Emissions and ammunition abridgement standards are accurately accepting tougher, and so every architect is actuality affected to attending for means to abate the ancillary furnishings of afire deposit fuels. The absoluteness is that by 2025 the accumulated boilerplate ammunition abridgement (CAFE) in the United States will hit 56 mpg, or 4.2 L/100 km, for light-duty vehicles. The alone band-aid is to use electricity to cut gasoline consumption.
In acknowledgment to this acrid reality, Kia will about-face the cardinal of eco-vehicles in its portfolio from the accepted four (Canada has the approachable Optima Amalgam and Soul EV) to 11 by 2020. The aboriginal three bottomward the aqueduct are two versions of the all-new Optima Amalgam and a committed amalgam crossover alleged Niro.
The new Optima Amalgam is based on the afresh appear 2016 gasoline-powered sedan. As with it, the anatomy is stiffer (up 50 per cent), the ride abundance takes a big footfall in the appropriate administration and it has a host of technologies forth for the ride, including Auto Emergency Braking: it looks for both cars and pedestrians (using alarm and camera) and stops the car automatically should an appulse become imminent.
Stylistically, the differences abscess bottomward to Eco-hybrid or Eco-plugin badging, dejected accents in the headlights and the advanced grille. Rather than the approved egg crate attending it is a jumpsuit piano atramentous assemblage with animate air flaps, which abide bankrupt best of the time to abate aerodynamic annoyance (now 0.24). The attendance the new grille adds to the attending would assignment appropriately able-bodied on the approved Optima (hint, adumbration Kia!).
The Hybrid’s berth additionally takes a apparent footfall forward. The key aberration amid the approved and eco-models is begin in the dash. Gone is the tachometer in favour of a barometer with charge, eco and ability segments. Another additional is the Hybrid’s block is beyond (up to 425 litres from 381) and it gets 60/40-split/folding rear seats because the 1.62 kWh lithium-ion array sits in the additional annoy well. The constituent is compromised hardly with the burden amplitude appraisement 307 litres because the beyond 9.8 kWh lithium-ion array sits in the additional able-bodied and adjoin the aback of the rear seat.
The approved and constituent versions affection the above 2.0-litre inline-four, which produces 154 application and 139 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s affiliated to a six-speed automated chiral with an electric motor sandwiched amid the two. Area the aberration arises is in the electric side. The Amalgam uses a 51-horsepower electric motor, while the constituent earns a added able 67-horsepower unit. The third allotment of the amalgam blueprint is the starter/generator; it not alone starts the agent and accuse the battery, it can dent in and advice ability things back needed. In the end, the Amalgam has a net arrangement achievement of 193 horsepower, while the constituent pushes 202 horses.
Driving the two showed that while the aberration is alone nine horsepower, the feel is decidedly altered – the plug-in’s beyond motor brings bigger torque, which equates to a faster cull off the band and a added able-bodied mid-range. I was additionally afflicted by the address in which both models switched amid electric and gas/electric modes; it’s as seamless as annihilation on the road.
Both models accompany Kia’s Drive Approach select. The Amalgam gets Eco, Accustomed and Sport. Eco softens the throttle, armament aboriginal upshifts (it was in fourth accessory at 40 km/h!) and puts the council in the accustomed mode. This has the abeyant to cut ammunition burning by up to 10 per cent. Accustomed balances the allegation for ability with the admiration for economy. Sport bliss affair up accurately – the burke is sharper, the accouterment are spaced out and the council has added backpack to its feel.
The constituent gets the above system, but altered modes – EV, Eco and Normal. Sport is missing because the advance is all about efficiency, although, as noted, the analeptic does not abridgement for the change. In EV mode, a absolutely answerable array has the abeyant to ability the car for up to 43 kilometres; it takes three hours to recharge application a 220-volt outlet. The alone added aberration is the akin of adorning braking – the plug-in’s beyond motor recoups added of the active energy.
Regardless, the anchor pedal was crisp. Yes, the disciplinarian will feel the aberration in the pedal compared to the approved car, but it was boilerplate abreast as doughy as best hybrids.
In all else, the two versions are the same. The administration is brittle for a four-door auto and both accept a adjustable ride. My cush-o-meter said both feel firmer than the approved car, but not to the point it makes any absolute aberration to the ride quality.
And so to the Niro, a car I accede to be one of the best hybrids I accept apprenticed to date – and this with all due account to the Optima. Not alone is the front-drive crossover animate in its drive, it brought an boilerplate ammunition abridgement of 5.8 L/100 km on the analysis route, and this in animosity of the rather active attributes of the exercise. Now that is actual acceptable any way you cut it.
The Niro will do action with the brand of the Toyota Prius V and Ford C-Max hybrid. From its bump headlights to the rear roof spoiler, it’s a cute-ute that reminded me of Kia’s own Rondo but it rides on 18-inch wheels, which gives it a added blowing visage.
Inside, there is affluence of legroom (credit the 2,700-millimetre wheelbase), abundant allowance for a 6-foot-2 addition (even in the rear) and a agreeably sized burden breadth with split/folding seats. The berth is additionally apparent by the affection of its abstracts – they attending like they accord in a abundant richer vehicle. The birr is, likewise, simple in its elegance, with the larboard ancillary of the chart giving the allegation amount of the battery, ammunition catchbasin akin and the absolute ambit to empty. This advice is belted with a charge/eco/power meter. The Niro additionally had a advantageous JBL complete arrangement and the above Auto Emergency Anchor system; the blow of the amenities will not be appear until afterpiece to the Niro’s release.
Power comes from a 1.6-litre absolute bang four-cylinder that puts out 105 application and 108 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s affiliated to a six-speed twin-clutch chiral and a 43-horsepower electric motor; the closing gets its ability from a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion array that sits below the burden floor, area it doesn’t affect on utility.
As with Optima, the Niro has Drive Approach select; in this case, aggregate is accessed through the shifter. Drive equates to the Eco mode. Moving the shifter into the chiral aboideau engages Sport mode. In Eco, the Niro feels like any added ammunition miser – peppy, but not outstanding, performance; however, move to Sport and things appear animate to the point area it feels like a sportster.
A big allotment of the feel is bottomward to the ability and the about-face acceleration of the twin-clutch transmission. Goose the gas and the Niro canters off the band with spirit, captivation this belief through the midrange and on to speed. Throw in the bound handling, the firmer council feel back in Sport and the crabbed anchor from the P225/45R18 tires, and the Niro was a bang to drive – remember, this is a crossover!
The Optima Amalgam arrives in the aboriginal division of 2016, while the Optima Amalgam constituent and Niro are slated for a third-quarter launch.