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Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid Electric Car

 

     

About the Kia Niro PHEV

As a carryover model with minor updates, the Niro PHEV continues to offer the same crossover utility and engaging design of the Niro hybrid, but with the added benefit of ability to go all-electric.

Niro Plug-In Takes Top Honors in Hybrid Category

  • Niro PHEV gains attention for attractive, thoughtful design and convenience features

  • Vehicle testing and analysis conducted in partnership with Car and Driver magazine

IRVINE, Calif., April 15, 2019 – The 2019 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid received Good Housekeeping’s 2019 Best New Car Award in the Hybrid category, marking the first time a Kia has earned the accolade from the esteemed publication.

“We’re honored that the Niro PHEV has been recognized by Good Housekeeping magazine,” said Orth Hedrick, Executive Director of Car Planning and Telematics, Kia Motors America (KMA). “Consumers who are intrigued by the Niro hybrid’s fantastic versatility and design, but want the ability to drive only using electric power, will find more to love in the Niro Plug-in Hybrid.”

The Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) collaborated with Car and Driver magazine, evaluating all of this year’s new vehicles. Together, they narrowed the count down to 50, racking up more than 5,000 miles on a mix of test tracks, city roads and highways. The GHI experts and consumer testers rated the cars and SUVs based on safety, value, handling, design, and technology.

The Niro PHEV’s spacious interior was among the factors that made it stand out in addition to being offered in hybrid and all-electric versions1. “It was great to see that you get almost the same amount of trunk storage in all three models, which is impressive from a design perspective,” said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Chief Technologist & Engineering Director.

GHI also praised the Niro PHEV for its use of innovative features designed with efficiency in mind. “We liked that it has two-zone automatic climate control, with controls for the driver and front-seat passenger,” added Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester. “There's even a button to turn the passenger-side climate control off if that seat is empty, which could save energy in hot summer months when hybrids traditionally forfeit efficiency because of increased load from the air conditioner.”

Stemming from the award-winning Niro hybrid, the Niro PHEV adds the ability to go all-electric. Rated at an EPA-estimated 0-to-26 miles of All-Electric Range2, the Niro PHEV can help some drivers consume less gasoline in many everyday driving conditions3 and in all-electric mode it produces zero emissions. And with the total driving range rated at up to an estimated 560 miles4, it offers fantastic versatility.

For more information on Good Housekeeping’s 2019 Best New Car Awards, visit: www. goodhousekeeping.com/2019carawards.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand.  Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in West Point, Georgia.*

*The Telluride, Sorento and Optima (excluding Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.


1 2019 Niro EV expected Spring 2019 in select retailers in select markets with limited availability.

2 EPA-estimated range on a full battery charge. Actual range will vary based on driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature, and road/traffic conditions. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.

3 Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

4 Based on range listed at fueleconomy.gov, which cautions that range assumes a full tank and 100% of fuel in tank will be used before refueling. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.  Kia recommends that you refuel as soon as possible after the low fuel warning light illuminates or sooner.

Press Release Information Accuracy Disclaimer

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Specifications
                       LX    EX EX Premium
Engine
Type 1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Displacement (cc) 1,580 cc 1,580 cc 1,580 cc
Bore x stroke (mm) 72.0 x 97.0 72.0 x 97.0 72.0 x 97.0
Compression Ratio 13.0:1 13.0:1 13.0:1
Horsepower 104 hp @ 5,700 rpm 104 hp @ 5,700 rpm 104 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque 109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm 109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm 109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Block Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Head Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Valve System DOHC, four valves / cylinder, Atkinson cycle DOHC, four valves / cylinder, Atkinson cycle DOHC, four valves / cylinder, Atkinson cycle
Electric Motor - - -
Motor Type AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor
Voltage 360V 360V 360V
Horsepower 60 hp 60 hp 60 hp
Torque 125 lb.-ft. 125 lb.-ft. 125 lb.-ft.
System Performance Combined Power - - -
Horsepower 139 hp 139 hp 139 hp
Torque 195 lb.-ft. 195 lb.-ft. 195 lb.-ft.
Fuel tank capacity (gal.) 11.4 gallons 11.4 gallons 11.4 gallons
Electrical System
Battery Type Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
Battery Voltage (V) 360V 360V 360V
Battery Capacity (Ah) 24.7Ah 24.7Ah 24.7Ah
Battery Energy (kWh) 8.9 kWh 8.9 kWh 8.9 kWh
Battery Power (kW) 59 kW 59 kW 59 kW
Battery Weight (lbs.) 258 lbs. 258 lbs. 258 lbs.
Drivetrain
Transmission Type 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
Clutch Type Dry, multi-plate hydraulically actuated Dry, multi-plate hydraulically actuated Dry, multi-plate hydraulically actuated
Dynamic Performance
Max. Speed (mph) 106.9 mph 106.9 mph 106.9 mph
Acceleration Performance (sec) - - -
0 - 60 mph TBD TBD TBD
49.7 - 74.6 mph TBD TBD TBD
Brake Performance (ft.) - - -
62 - 0 mph 139 ft. 139 ft. 139 ft.
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.) 106.3 in. 106.3 in. 106.3 in.
Length (in.) 171.5 in. 171.5 in. 171.5 in.
Width (in.) 71.1 in. 71.1 in. 71.1 in.
Height, with roof rails (in.) 60.8 in. 60.8 in. 60.8 in.
Track, front/rear (in.) 61.6 in. / 62.2 in. 61.6 in. / 62.2 in. 61.6 in. / 62.2 in.
Overhang, front/rear (in.) 34.3 in. / 30.9 in. 34.3 in. / 30.9 in. 34.3 in. / 30.9 in.
Min. ground clearance (in.) 6.3 in. 6.3 in. 6.3 in.
Approach Angle (degree) 15.9 15.9 15.9
Departure Angle (degree) 27.6 27.6 27.6
Interior Dimensions
Head room - - -
Front (in.) 40.1 in. 40.1 in. 40.1 in.
Rear (in.) 39.1 in. 39.1 in. 39.1 in.
Leg room - - -
Front (in.) 41.7 in. 41.7 in. 41.7 in.
Rear (in.) 37.4 in. 37.4 in. 37.4 in.
Shoulder room - - -
Front (in.) 56.0 in. 56.0 in. 56.0 in.
Rear (in.) 55.2 in. 55.2 in. 55.2 in.
Hip room - - -
Front (in.) 53.7 in. 53.7 in. 53.7 in.
Rear (in.) 48.3 in. 48.3 in. 48.3 in.
Luggage capacity, rear seats upright (SAE, cu. ft.) 19.4 cu. ft. 19.4 cu. ft. 19.4 cu. ft.
Luggage capacity, rear seats folded (SAE, cu. ft.) 54.5 cu. ft. 54.5 cu. ft. 54.5 cu. ft.
Luggage capacity, passenger volume (SAE, cu. ft.) 100.9 cu. ft. 100.9 cu. ft. 100.9 cu. ft.
Chassis/Suspension
Front suspension Independent, MacPherson struts, stabilizer Independent, MacPherson struts, stabilizer Independent, MacPherson struts, stabilizer
Rear suspension Independent, multi-link Independent, multi-link Independent, multi-link
Shock Absorber Type (front) Gas Gas Gas
Shock Absorber Type (rear) Twin Tube Twin Tube Twin Tube
Steering
Type / Power source Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
Steering ratio 13.9:1 13.9:1 13.9:1
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.66 2.66 2.66
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft.) 17.4 ft. 17.4 ft. 17.4 ft.
Brakes
Type front/rear Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc Ventilated Disc / Solid Disc
Size (in.) front/rear 11.0 in. / 11.2 in. 11.0 in. / 11.2 in. 11.0 in. / 11.2 in.
Booster Type AHB SYSTEM (Active Hydraulic Boost) AHB SYSTEM (Active Hydraulic Boost) AHB SYSTEM (Active Hydraulic Boost)
Regenerative braking Motor polarity reversal Motor polarity reversal Motor polarity reversal
Parking brake type Foot parking Foot parking Foot parking
Wheels/Tires
Wheel size (in.) 16 in. Alloy with wheel cover 16 in. Alloy with wheel cover 16 in. Alloy with wheel cover
Tire size P205/60R16 P205/60R16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Tire Mobility Kit (TMK) Tire Mobility Kit (TMK) Tire Mobility Kit (TMK)
Curb Weights
6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) 3,391 lbs. TBD 3,450 lbs.
GVWR
6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) (lbs.) 4,409 lbs. 4,409 lbs. 4,409 lbs.
Towing Capacity
Towing Capacity Not recommended Not recommended Not recommended
Estimated Fuel Economy
All Electric Range (AER) (miles) 0 to 26 miles 0 to 26 miles 0 to 26 miles
MPGe (mpg) 105 combined 105 combined 105 combined
Total Driving Range (miles) 560 miles 560 miles 560 miles
Energy Consumption (mpg) - - -
City 48 48 48
Highway 44 44 44
Combined 46 46 46