Kia is today adding a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the Niro crossover to the parallel hybrid models launched in 2016. The PHEV is priced at £27,995 on the road after taking into consideration the Government plug-in car grant of £2,500.
With CO2 emissions of just 29g/km, the Niro PHEV is easily the Korean company's most efficient car to feature a combustion engine ever. It will be a cornerstone of Kia's drive to reduce the average CO2 emissions of its range by 25 per cent, based on 2014 figures, by 2020.
Based on the mid-range (grade 3) Niro parallel hybrid (with ADAP). Standard features include the latest connectivity and active safety technologies, including Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom, wireless smartphone charging, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist.
It also offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and is also equipped with a 4.2-inch colour TFT supervision cluster, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, roof rails, and tailgate and LED tail lights and daytime running lights.
The Niro PHEV features the same 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol engine as the parallel hybrid, but in the plug-in model this is paired with a more powerful 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor.
The Niro PHEV is capable of travelling up to a claimed 36 miles on the energy stored in its batteries
The petrol engine develops 104bhp and 147Nm of torque, the 44.5kW (60bhp) electric motor develops a total system power output of 139bhp, with 265Nm of torque whcih allows for a 0-60mph time of 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 107mph.
It has special 16-inch alloy wheels with aerodynamic plastic covers, available in six colours, including optional Gravity Blue which is exclusive to the plug-in Niro.
The standard paint colour is Rich Espresso, while other options are Clear White, Graphite, Midnight Black and White Pearl.