Over the past few years, the crossover utility vehicle classification of vehicle has quickly begun taking over the marketplace, surpassing even sedans as some of the most popular models available. In particular, the subcompact crossover segment has blossomed and grown exponentially over just the past three or so years. Our own entry into this segment, the 2019 Kia Niro in Garden Grove CA, has been one of the most talked-about models in particular.
The subcompact hybrid crossover not only counts itself among one of the early entries in the segment, as it debuted for the 2017 model year, but it counts itself among the very few hybrid utility vehicles available on the market. It’s so efficient, in fact, that it set a 2016 Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption by a hybrid vehicle.
The young vehicle is only in its third year as of 2019, so not much was needed to change for the new model year. We thought we’d just highlight a few of the most pertinent specs & features to help you make a decision as to whether or not the Niro is the right new vehicle for you, as well as which Niro would be best for you if the first answer is yes. This year the Niro is available in FE, LX, EX, S Touring and Touring trim levels. Each is powered by the same 1.6L 4-cylinder engine capable of generating 104 horsepower alongside 109 pound-feet of torque.
The bases FE trim level delivers the best efficiency at 50 mpg combined, though the LX and EX only drop to 49. The S Touring and Touring trims dip down to 43 mpg. As for available driver-assistive safety features, the Touring model comes standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Advanced Smart Cruise Control. All four technologies are found in the Tech Package and Premium Package, which you can opt for at an additional cost in the other trim levels. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert comes standard in the EX, S Touring and Touring trims, but isn’t available elsewise.
If you’re curious as to how much cargo the Niro can handle, the answer is quite a bit; more specifically, it offers 54.5 cubic feet of trunk space. If you think you might be interested in a 2019 Kia Niro of your own, be sure to get in touch with us right here at Garden Grove Kia!