Kia Niro SUV - Interior & comfort (2016-2022)

The Kia Niro interior is well built and there's plenty of standard equipment

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3.5 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

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The interior of the Kia Niro is quite traditional in its design – it certainly looks more conventional than the layout you'll find in a Toyota Prius. It's a theme that runs through most modern Kia models, with the Niro feeling particularly closely related to the larger Kia Sportage SUV.

The different trim levels in the Niro family are distinguished by exterior treatments – the bigger wheels and LED headlamps of the higher-spec versions replaced by conventional halogen headlights and 16-inch wheels on the entry-level 2 models. No matter which one you go for, though, everything about the car feels high-quality and well built.

Kia Niro dashboard

The Niro’s dashboard is dominated by a large touchscreen, which we found responsive and easy to use. The controls mounted on the steering wheel could take a few moments to figure out, but the buttons on the centre console are more straightforward and the dials look classy and futuristic. Material quality is pretty good overall, especially the parts you regularly touch and particularly the leather-trimmed surfaces of the 3 and 4 models.

Equipment

There are three trim levels available – 2, 3 and 4 – all of which come with a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity as standard.

The entry-level 2 models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black and chrome exterior trims, dual-zone climate control, LED daytime running lights, an automatic windscreen de-fogging system as well as a 3.5-inch TFT screen in the instrument cluster. The 2 trim level also has an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes a reversing camera. Roof rails are fitted, and it now comes with an electronic handbrake to free up space.

An even more generous 3 trim level adds a 10.25-inch touchscreen, sat nav, 18-inch alloy wheels, full leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel as well as front parking sensors and stainless-steel scuff plates. Also included is a power-adjustable driver’s seat with powered lumbar adjustment, while four-zone climate-control air-conditioning adds comfort for passengers.

Finally, cars in top-spec 4 trim get a whole host of extra kit as standard. This includes heated outer rear seats, LED headlights, keyless entry and go, ventilated front seats and an electric sunroof.

Opt for the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model and the specs largely mirror those on the standard hybrid, with small variations like the inclusion of front parking sensors on the most basic trim. There's no flagship 4 spec on the PHEV, but the all-electric e-Niro is available in all three trims.

Options

Buyers will also be able to add metallic paint for around £600 extra and there's a choice of 10 colours. According to the most recent price lists, this is the only available extra across the Kia Niro, Niro PHEV and e-Niro range.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.6 GDi Hybrid 2 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £24,855

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 GDi PHEV 2 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £33,675

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6 GDi PHEV 2 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £33,675

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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