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A Comprehensive Review of the 2024 Kia Niro: A Game-Changer in the World of Electric Vehicles

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The second-generation Niro hybrid was introduced for the 2023 model year, and Kia has not made any significant changes to its smallest SUV for 2024. The only modification to the Niro’s options sheet is the removal of Fire Orange Metallic paint for the SUV’s exterior.

A Comprehensive Review of the 2024 Kia Niro: A Game-Changer in the World of Electric Vehicles
A Comprehensive Review of the 2024 Kia Niro: A Game-Changer in the World of Electric Vehicles

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In addition to its city-friendly size and affordable starting price, the 2024 Kia Niro boasts fashionable and tasteful styling that is eye-catching. The entry-level Niro is powered by a 139-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, which is admittedly rather slow. However, if you desire more power, there is a plug-in hybrid version with 180 horsepower and an estimated 33-mile electric driving range. Inside, the Niro maintains its contemporary image with a chic cabin that matches the exterior.

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Kia has incorporated sustainable materials, including upholstery and a headliner that includes eucalyptus leaves where possible. The Niro’s road manners are agreeable, although somewhat forgettable, but it feels right at home in urban environments. If you are considering an all-electric option, Kia also offers the Niro EV, which we review separately.

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Design of the 2024 Kia Niro

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The 2024 Kia Niro boasts a sleek and modern design that blends aerodynamics and aesthetics seamlessly. Its refined contours, sharp lines, and distinctive grille create a captivating presence on the road. The Niro’s compact size ensures maneuverability in urban environments while providing ample interior space for occupants and cargo. With its futuristic LED lighting and stylish alloy wheels, the 2024 Kia Niro is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.

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Interior Comfort and Technology of the 2024 Kia Niro

Step inside the 2024 Kia Niro, and you’ll be greeted by a spacious, well-appointed cabin that exudes comfort and sophistication. The plush seating, high-quality materials, and ergonomic design ensure a pleasant driving experience for both the driver and passengers. The Niro offers ample headroom and legroom, making it suitable for long journeys.

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In terms of technology, the 2024 Kia Niro leaves no stone unturned. It features a user-friendly infotainment system with a large touchscreen display, offering seamless connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The inclusion of advanced driver-assistance systems, such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, ensures enhanced safety and convenience on the road.

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A sculptural interior design creates a contemporary ambiance inside the Niro. Kia has incorporated recycled materials and natural fibers, like eucalyptus leaves, for the headliner and upholstery. While passenger space is cozy, it’s important to keep in mind that the Niro is a small crossover. Nonetheless, it provides ample room for four adults and a cargo area spacious enough for a large grocery run.

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The inclusion of ambient interior lighting adds a touch of luxury, and the rotary shift knob resembles those found in Genesis luxury cars. In our testing, we were able to fit eight carry-on suitcases behind the Niro hybrid’s rear seats and 20 with the rear seats folded down. The Niro plug-in hybrid model had slightly less space due to its battery taking up some cargo room, but we still managed to fit six carry-ons behind the rear seats and 18 in total.

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The Niro comes with a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen for its infotainment display, except for the base LX trim which is equipped with a larger 10.3-inch display. The larger display includes in-dash navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio. Both displays feature the latest version of Kia’s UVO infotainment system and support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The EX trims and above also include a wireless smartphone charging pad, while the SX and SX Touring trims upgrade to a seven-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, replacing the standard six-speaker setup.

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Driver-Centric Dual Displays

The Driver-Centric Dual Displays provide a center touchscreen interface for navigation, diagnostics, convenience, entertainment, and immersive vehicle information features.

Ample Legroom

The spacious cabin offers 41.5 inches of front legroom, ensuring a comfortable ride. Additionally, the Niro Hybrid boasts best-in-class rear legroom, with 39.8 inches. This is 7.8 inches more than the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid.

Ample Cargo Space

The Niro Hybrid offers an impressive 63.7 cu.ft of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat, allowing you to pack more.

Connectivity

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With the Kia Connect app, you can connect your compatible personal device or Apple Watch® to your vehicle. This allows you to remotely adjust cabin temperatures, monitor energy usage, and more. Additionally, wireless smartphone charging enables you to keep your compatible smartphone charged while on the go.

Thoughtful Design Elements

The Niro Hybrid features a sleek interior designed with partially recycled materials and Premium SynTex leather. This combination creates a captivating and comfortable environment for you to unwind in.

Performance of the 2024 Kia Niro

When it comes to performance, the 2024 Kia Niro truly shines. Powered by its electric drivetrain, the Niro delivers instant torque and a smooth acceleration that is characteristic of electric vehicles. The electric motor provides a generous amount of power while maintaining impressive efficiency.

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The 2024 Kia Niro offers multiple driving modes that allow drivers to tailor their driving experience to their preferences. Whether you’re looking for a sporty ride or an eco-friendly approach, the Niro has you covered. Its regenerative braking system further enhances efficiency by capturing energy during deceleration and storing it for later use.

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The Niro hybrid is powered by a 139-hp powertrain that consists of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. It comes with a standard six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and is only available with front-wheel drive. The plug-in hybrid version of the Niro adds a more powerful electric motor, resulting in a combined 180 horsepower. Neither model is particularly thrilling to drive, but the plug-in hybrid version offers quicker acceleration, reaching 60 mph in 7.3 seconds on our test track. In comparison, the standard hybrid takes a more leisurely 8.9 seconds to hit 60 mph.

The plug-in hybrid variant comes with an 11.1-kWh battery pack, which should be sufficient for approximately 33 miles of electric driving range per charge. Kia claims that when the car is connected to a Level 2 charger, the battery can be completely recharged in less than three hours. In our testing, the Niro plug-in hybrid was able to travel for 25 miles on electric power alone before needing to switch to the gas engine for additional range.

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Safety and Efficiency of the 2024 Kia Niro

Safety is paramount in any vehicle, and Kia understands this well. The 2024 Kia Niro comes equipped with an array of advanced safety features to provide peace of mind on the road. Its comprehensive suite of safety technologies includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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Additionally, the Niro incorporates a robust body structure and numerous airbags to protect occupants in the event of a collision. Its stability control system ensures optimal handling and traction in various driving conditions, adding an extra layer of safety.

One of the standout features of the 2024 Kia Niro is its exceptional efficiency. As an all-electric vehicle, it produces zero emissions while offering an impressive range on a single charge. The Niro’s battery can be charged at home using a standard wall outlet or through quick-charging stations for added convenience.

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Kia has also equipped the 2024 Niro with regenerative braking technology, which recaptures energy during braking or coasting to replenish the battery. This feature maximizes efficiency and extends the range of the vehicle.

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According to the EPA, the Niro hybrid has a rating of up to 53 mpg in the city and 54 mpg on the highway, but this only applies to the base LX trim. All other trims are rated for 53 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. In our own 75-mph highway fuel economy test route, the Niro hybrid EX Touring achieved only 39 mpg, while the Niro plug-in hybrid returned 37 mpg in the same test. For more information about the Niro’s fuel economy, please visit the EPA’s website.

All Niro models come with a range of standard driver-assistance features, such as pedestrian-detection capabilities, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist. Additionally, an advanced adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering is available as an option. For more detailed information about the Niro’s crash test results, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features of the Niro include:

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  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering feature

Driving Assistance

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist Technologies

The standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist utilizes sensors and cameras to detect potential hazards on the road ahead. It is designed to automatically apply the brakes when it detects a potential obstruction in your path. Additionally, the available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist w/ Junction Turning is designed to detect oncoming vehicles while making a left turn at an intersection.

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Blind-Spot Collision Warning

The standard Blind-Spot Collision Warning system is designed to detect objects in your blind spot. It can provide visual and/or audible signals to warn you of detected objects that are outside of your field of view.

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

When backing up, the standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist system is designed to alert the driver or apply the brakes if it detects oncoming obstacles. Front and rear parking sensors can also alert you when approaching obstacles.

Lane Following Assist

The Lane Following Assist system is designed to monitor the lane markers on the road using a front view camera on the windshield. It can provide steering inputs to help keep your vehicle within the detected lane markers.

Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go

The available Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go-Curve is designed to automatically adjust your driving speed to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle detected ahead. It also utilizes navigation data to anticipate an upcoming curve in the road. This helps reduce the cruising speed and, upon exiting the curve, return the vehicle’s speed to the previous setting.

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Highway Driving Assist

On certain federal highways where information is available, the optional Highway Driving Assist is designed to help maintain a set speed and distance from the vehicle detected ahead.

Extensions

Digital Key

The available Digital Key feature allows you to share access to your vehicle through the Kia Access App. You can grant different permissions, such as locking and unlocking the vehicle or starting the engine. For convenience and peace of mind, you have the ability to enable and disable key access.

Stolen Vehicle Recovery

In the unfortunate event of a vehicle theft, the Stolen Vehicle Recovery feature can assist law enforcement in recovering your vehicle. It provides real-time location sharing and, if equipped, the ability to remotely immobilize the vehicle for added security.

Find My Car

With the Kia Access app, you can conveniently locate your vehicle and get directions to it. This feature provides peace of mind in crowded parking lots or city streets.

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Send Destination to Car

You can easily send search destination results directly to your vehicle’s navigation system, either online or through the Kia Connect app. This allows you to plan your route in advance and ensures peace of mind during your journey.

Remote Start & Climate Control

Ensure that your Niro Hybrid is ready to go whenever you are. With the remote start feature, you can start your vehicle from a distance and set the perfect cabin temperature before stepping inside.

Over the Air Updates

Stay up to date with the latest infotainment features on your Kia through Over the Air Infotainment and Navigation Updates. This feature allows you to add new features and refresh existing ones, keeping your Kia’s technology current.

Pricing and Availability of the 2024 Kia Niro

The 2024 Kia Niro is expected to hit showrooms in [month/year]. While pricing details are yet to be announced, Kia has positioned itself as a brand that offers great value for money. Considering its advanced technology, impressive performance, and comprehensive safety features, the Niro is likely to be competitively priced within its segment.

X $28,165
EX
$30,865
EX Touring $33,165
SX $34,265
EX PHEV $35,615
SX Touring $36,565
SX Touring PHEV $41,365

We believe that the EX Touring trim offers the best value. It includes several desirable features that are not found in the base LX trim, such as a sunroof, fog lamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 18-inch wheels, and a larger 10.3-inch infotainment display. We also have a separate review for the full EV model.

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Specifications of the 2024 Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-motors, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE Base/As Tested: $27,785/$32,685
Options: EX Touring (paddle shifters, 18-inch wheels, fog lights, power folding and heated mirrors, sunroof, LED interior lighting, aluminum pedals, leather seat trim, heated front seats, second-row vents, 10.3-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, push-button start), $4900
POWERTRAIN DOHC 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, 104 hp, 106 lb-ft + 2 AC motors, 11 and 43 hp, 26 and 125 lb-ft (combined output: 139 hp, 195 lb-ft; 0.7-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, C/D est)
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
CHASSIS Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc
Tires: Continental ProContact RX
225/45R-18 95V M+S
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 174.0 in
Width: 71.8 in
Height: 60.8 in
Passenger Volume: 102 ft3
Cargo Volume: 23 ft3
Curb Weight: 3217 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS 60 mph: 8.9 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.9 sec @ 82 mph
100 mph: 27.4 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 9.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 106 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.87 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY 75-mph Highway Driving: 39 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 430 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY Combined/City/Highway: 49/53/45 mpg
2023 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-motors, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE Base/As Tested: $35,035/$36,225
Options: EX Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel and outboard rear seats, heat pump), $600; Snow White Pearl paint, $395, black C-pillar trim, $195
POWERTRAIN DOHC 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, 104 hp, 106 lb-ft + 2 AC motors, 11 and 83 hp, 26 and 150 lb-ft (combined output: 180 hp, 195 lb-ft; 8.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, C/D est)
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
CHASSIS Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc
Tires: Continental ProContact RX
225/45R-18 95V M+S
DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 174.0 in
Width: 71.8 in
Height: 60.8 in
Passenger Volume: 102 ft3
Cargo Volume: 19 ft3
Curb Weight: 3466 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS 60 mph: 7.3 sec
1/4-Mile: 15.7 sec @ 89 mph
100 mph: 20.0 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 7.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.0 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 120 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY 75-mph Highway Driving, EV/Hybrid Mode: 81 MPGe/37 mpg
75-mph Highway Range, EV/Hybrid mode: 25/360 mi
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST) Combined/City/Highway: 47/51/43 mpg
Combined Gasoline + Electricity: 108 MPGe
EV Range: 33 mi

Feelings about 2024 Kia Niro

The 2024 Kia Niro sets a new benchmark in the world of electric vehicles. With its striking design, luxurious interior, impressive performance, advanced safety technologies, and remarkable efficiency, the Niro stands out as a game-changer in its class.

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Kia has once again demonstrated its commitment to innovation and sustainability by delivering a vehicle that combines style, practicality, and eco-friendliness. Whether you’re looking for an electric vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint or simply desire a reliable and efficient car for your daily commute, the 2024 Kia Niro should undoubtedly be at the top of your list. Stay tuned for more updates on pricing and availability as we eagerly await the release of this remarkable vehicle.

Bold design and advanced convenience features make the Niro Hybrid EX the perfect balance of luxury and ingenuity. This innovative hybrid combines best-in-class efficiency with cutting-edge technology.

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Key features include:

  • Roof rails
  • 10.25-inch Touchscreen Display with Navigation & Kia Connect
  • Smart Key with Push Button start & Remote Start
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Combination SynTex & cloth seat trim
  • Upgraded interior trim
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Auto Emergency Braking Technology with Cyclist & Junction Turning Detection

Reference: https://www.kia.com/

FQA: 2024 Kia Niro

What is the difference between Kia Niro 2023 and 2024?

What’s New for 2024? The second-generation Niro hybrid debuted for the 2023 model year, and Kia hasn’t made any significant changes to its smallest SUV for 2024. The only alteration to the Niro’s options sheet is the deletion of Fire Orange Metallic paint for the SUV’s exterior.

What are the changes in the Kia Niro 2024?

The Niro Hybrid arrives with very few changes for 2024. For greater practicality and utility, a dual-level cargo floor has been added to all Niros except for base LX trim. On the color side, the Fire Orange Metallic exterior paint was dropped from the Niro palette.

What are the colors for the 2024 Kia Niro?

The 2024 Kia Niro EV is available in a variety of exterior color options including:
  • Snow White Pearl.
  • Mineral Blue.
  • Aurora Black Pearl.
  • Runway Red.
  • Graphite Gray.
  • Steel Gray.
  • Fire Orange Metalic.
  • Cityscape Green.

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