Kia Niro PHEV Gets Official EPA Ratings – ~28 Miles On Electric In City, 46 MPG


Kia Niro PHEV

Production of the U.S.-bound Kia Niro PHEV began back in October, yet we’ve just now received official EPA ratings for the plug-in SUV.

Before diving into the numbers we should note that pricing has not yet been released. Kia won’t discuss pricing yet, but the plug-in will likely start higher than the existing LX version’s $24,180 base cost. Additionally, we believe first deliveries may still be on track for late this month, but it seems likely that most Kia dealerships won’t have the Niro PHEV at their disposal until sometime next month. Here’s Kia’s official word on the matter:

“Get the latest news on the 2018 Niro Plug-In Hybrid, coming late 2017.”

Onto the numbers.

The Kia Niro PHEV has been officially rated by the EPA at 26 miles of electric range combined and 46 MPG. Total range is some 560 miles.

The breakdown for electric range is as follows:

  • City: 27.65 miles
  • Highway: 24.02 miles
  • Combined: 26 miles

The PHEV composite MPGe figures seen below are not what you’ll see on the window sticker. The window sticker will show a combined MPGe figure of 105.

Kia Niro PHEV – EPA

Moving on to fuel economy, here’s how those numbers break out:

  • 48 MPG city
  • 44 MPG highway
  • 46 MPG combined

Kia Niro PHEV – EPA

We should note that, as is typically the case with Hyundai/Kia offerings, all of the confirmed figures fall in line with the automaker’s previous estimates. Those estimates where 48 MPG city, 44 MPG highway and 46 MPG combined, with 26 miles of electric range. We feel pretty confident we can trust the early release figures from Hyundai/Kia now.

Kia Niro PHEV – EPA

Check out our comprehensive overview of the Kia Niro PHEV here.

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58 Comments on "Kia Niro PHEV Gets Official EPA Ratings – ~28 Miles On Electric In City, 46 MPG"

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46 on ice is a great number, quite impressive! 28 should cover most commutes. Price it under $27k and you have a winner.

Title is wrong about 28 mile aer. Body of article says 26 mile AER.

“The Kia Niro PHEV has been officially rated by the EPA at 26 miles of electric range combined and 46 MPG. Total range is some 560 miles.
The breakdown for electric range is as follows:
City: 27.65 miles
Highway: 24.02 miles
Combined: 26 miles

My wife and I have a Niro. You can say that the facts/figures are being fudged all you want. But we have a 10 year old Spectra 5 that still gets 30/35mpg,and the Niro will get between 50 to 70mpg highway. It also depends on your driving style.

This product is worth it’s price. More and more people each day are purchasing these vehicles and understand the value in purchasing quality. This vehicle was designed with the tech-savy user in mind, with everything to onboard systems management to navigation, premium sound, all power options. How many vehicles (Hybrid, PHEV and ETC) on the market are currently offering all the features and benefits of this vehicle for under $27k?

Pretty good numbers considering this is a SUV/CUV.

Especially the MPG numbers (unless Kia is pulling a Hyundai and fluffing the figures. 😉 )

I was wondering that too, so I went to Fuelly and it looks like with hybrid Niro people really do get mid 40s. Impressive.

My daughter recently bought a 2017. She gets between 40-50 mpg consistently.

I agree I have a 2016 Niro and I love it I get 50 Miles a halon I do a lot ofmhighway but some around town driving … all I can say are great things about this gem
Of a car – I have nothing but great things to say i have people actually getting out of their cars in drive throughs to ask me what kind of car it is… people pull next to me and ask what kind of car it is it is a nice looking car !!!! Just. WiSh Kia has
Colors in stock ? laughing all the way to the bank – I have been a Toyota buyer all my life, will never go back to a Toyota – they can’t compete

” considering this is a SUV/CUV.”

How can it be a CUV/SUV when it doesn’t offer AWD and it is shorter than a Ford Taurus or Toyota Venza?

only problem i can see here could be the price… when comparing the kia optima hybrid against the kia optima PHEV there’s a $10k spreak… if this is the case for the Niro it may be $33k?

“spread” not “spreak”… lol!

Hyundai/Kia is benchmarking to/gunning for Toyota. It’ll come in right at or slightly less than Prius Prime.

Wish it had AWD

Right behind you, in the long line of affordable/low cost “AWD PHEV Wishers”.
I’m sure I’m not alone at this point, here in N.A., that will gladly take, practically anything else under the sun, besides a Mitsubishi Outlander AWD PHEV.

Half of all CUV sales nationally are already FWD not AWD. That proportion is even higher in California and other western/southern states. They are just going with the numbers on this. They will be coming with a different CUV that is AWD next year. It’s just smart business on their part.

I’ve got a 2017 Niro with front-wheel drive and absolutely loved it I can’t find anything that I would change about this vehicle and I’m looking forward to buying another one when they come out in 18

I too have a fully loaded 2017 Niro that I totally love. It gets over 500 miles to a tank and in the 6 months I have owned it, I have put over 10k miles on it. Super comfortable and a total head Turner. Mine is a beautiful crimson red. I am constantly having people stop me in the parking lots and asking me about it. I owned a prius prior to this, but the Niro has so much more room and way more comfortable. I totally love this car, I don’t want the hassle of a plug in since I am handicapped and dealing with a charging cable would be an additional challenge.

You could always consider a plugless Charging option. Those are becoming more prevalent now.

I would like to see them offer a version with a bigger battery. Many would pay more for more EV range, especially those familiar with EVs.

The tradeoff of affordability for increased range is a very difficult sell.

Utility, driving experience, efficiency are all selling features of more range. With cell costs at $100/kWh and dropping, it’s not a lot more money for a much more enjoyable car. That’s why I even clarified “those experienced with EVs”, since those who already own an EV know this. The number of people owning plugins, or people that have friends/family with plugins is increasing at a large rate. As education occurs these ideas will be commonplace, and the low range EVs will be avoided by most if not all, regardless of miniscule savings. It’s like saying, you could save $1000 on this car if we removed the radio/XM/speakers. How many are going to go for that? Most people do not buy the lowest trim cars.

Oversimplification is a common problem.

And rubbish posts.

Like pointing out how battery-cost won’t be enough to save Volt? At most, it would result in a $2,000 reduction. That’s no where near enough to offset the $7,500 loss of the tax-credit.

The vast majority of commutes fall within this range. More is better, but not that much better. Plus it adds weight.

It isn’t just the _cost_ of battery. Batteries are bulky and heavy and are tricky to place in the car without really messing with the body form and weight distribution. Hence the ugly shape of the early Prius and Volt.

I’m hoping they offer a MY2019 all electric with 230 miles EPA rated range.

Just saw/sat in a Nero at the local auto show. It is definitely “taller wagon” (aka crossover) as it seemed noticeably lower than other “small” SUVs. Indeed, it has the tell-tale “black plastic wheel arch add-ons” of a typical “raised wagon”.

A very nice wagon that didn’t give up any cargo area to add the 26 mile battery pack. It should be a popular PHEV in 2018, assuming Kia provides decent inventory to the entire USA.

“It is definitely “taller wagon” (aka crossover) as it seemed noticeably lower than other “small” SUVs”

You are correct that it is a tall wagon. it is shorter than a Toyota Venza or a Ford Tauras.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

No AWD version????


It would add weight, cost and driveline friction losses resulting in less range and lower milage.. And maybe the battery wouldn’t fit with the rear drive motor.

Is this a DGI engine? I’ve seen some press about them being quite awful with particulates, some even worse than some diesels.

It has the same dual clutch transmission used by the Niro Hybrid. I’m not sure why they didn’t go with the Power Split Device planetary gear system used by the Prius and other hybrids. Reviews seem to indicate the DCT is an awkward transmission for the hybrid.

It’s a hybrid set aside from all others. That’s why they didn’t copy. True pioneers.

And the amount of complaining people do with regard to CVT vehicles was heard loud and clear. These 6 speed DSG transmissions are really sweet. I had one on my Audi A3. Extremely efficient because they are actually a manual transmission that has two clutches and is being shifted by the computer. Clutch 1 handles gears 1,3,5 and clutch 2 handles 2,4,6. Running it in manual mode is a load of fun and nothing like those squishing automatics that tack on a fake manual mode. Sharp, quick shifts. Yes at very low speeds it can have a little jerkyness but that actually adds in my opinion because it reminds you that you have a manual gearbox and soon becomes part of the character of the vehicle. And there is absolutely no way you can outperform that transmission by putting in a fully manual transmission. Now I think Kia/Hyundai are new to this kind of transmission and what we are seeing is a programming issue. It’ll get smoothed out as they release updates to the software. That same issue was true about my new 2011 Dodge minivan. That was a brand new transmission for FCA and programming bugs still needed smoothing.… Read more »

And no battery-sourced heating?

It’s a shame… In a 2013 C-Max Energi there is a 5kw heater.

25 kWh/100 mi with 8.8 kWh battery = 25 mile EV rating for Prime
32 kWh/100 mi with 8.9 kWh battery = 26 mile EV rating for Niro

It looks like Niro is using far more of the battery-pack capacity to achieve results so similar.

That didn’t make sense to me either. Either the numbers are not exactly as they appear or the Prime keeps a much bigger buffer.

My 2017 Niro Hybrid gets 50+ per gallon. And I don’t have to plug in. Not sure I see value in this model.

You need to look harder…Unless your electricity is super expensive. The ev miles are in averege about x3 cheaper than the gas miles. If the price increase will be covered by the credits then youhave your advantage.

Regardless of gas price (which in most locations *will* be more expensive than driving on electricity) – with 26 miles average range, during the week most people won’t use almost any gas.

Many people would see an advantage to that, if only to stick it to the oil companies.

Unless you have a soft spot for them @Jeffry?

Not suggesting that you personally switch – your Niro is likely very new. But someone considering a new Niro, or any new crossover for that matter, if they don’t have the $$ to get a Model X (and the Bolt is too small for them) then the Niro PHEV should top the list.
“The ev miles are in averege about x3 cheaper than the gas miles.”
$2.5/gal / 50mpg is $0.05/mile
$0.13/kWh * .32 kWh/mile is $0.04/mile
Assuming you managed to get cars for the same price and will never need to pay road taxes for plugin, you would need to drive 100,000 electric miles to save $1000. It makes no sense to base purchasing decisions on such “savings”. To get charging “x3 cheaper” you would need some 5 cents/kWh electricity.

Other incentives may make much more influence to choose plugin. Like preferential access to downtown in some cities suffering from bad air quality, special lanes, upfront price rebates, etc.

Electricity price here is a bit less then 8 cents a KWh. Your .32 KWh per mile seems a bit on the higher end, but certainly possible.

I do agree that unless you are getting some compensation in the form of a tax credit or rebate, it hard to make just a dollar and cents case for the plug-in version.

Plus if the car is using the engine to heat the car interior in the winter things look even worse.

I will say that driving in HEV mode sucks compared to driving in EV mode.

How much money does someone save by upgrading their radio or gettingn a moonroof?

Those that think buying EVs is just about fuel savings clearly haven’t driven good EVs. Go test drive a Bolt EV or a Volt, floor the accelerator and go from 0-80, then you’ll start to get it.

Hopefully they bring a lot of these to the US and not do what Hyundai has done with the Ioniq BEV or Mitsu with the Outlander PHEV and starve the US.

This is a vehicle that if it sells in large numbers could put a lot of pressure on the American legacy OEM laggards to compete.

Maybe even force GM to migrate Voltec to CUVs?

Through Nov., the 2017 Niro USA sales total is 24,840. You can’t count Jan. sales as there were only 42. So that’s a 10 month sales total. Not bad considering. If the tax credit makes the PHEV roughly the same price as the hybrid, I also hope Kia will provide sufficient Niro PHEV inventory for the entire USA next year.

How much does it cost parts and labor to replace clutch mechanism? Clutch mechanism is simpler, more efficient than planetary eCVT, but it is less reliable and will wear out one day.

Does anyone know if there will still be a tax credit for 2018 plug-ins?

Yes it’s still there. Final bill doesn’t touch it.

Another normal looking EV is always welcomed. I do like the size and storage space of the Niro. It’s a perfect road trip car.

If the cost, with tax rebate, is the same as the hybrid, then the PHEV is a better choice for Californians with Carpool lane sticker.

Everyone is waiting for the 60kWh version which will destroy Bolt EV sales, unless GM offers the Hugh discount like they did in September, October, and November.

Some people were leasing the Bolt EV for $89/month-$129/month.

M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0/Outlander - TBD

Bolt too small cargo unfortunately. Niro seems nice, but haven’t test driven it yet nor the outlander.

Leaf 2.0 is still the one to beat at this time for utility and 150+ range.

Yes, PHEV qualifies for HOV until 2020.

zzzzzzzzzz must charge at Blink stations.

Even in expensive California, small battery overnight charging shouldn’t cost more than $.20 all in and closer to $.16/kwH in most cases

“Yes, PHEV qualifies for HOV until 2020.”

No, It ends on Jan 1st, 2019.

“UPDATE: Governor Brown signed the bill on October 10, 2017), here’s how the new program would work:

Stickers issued to new cars after January 1, 2019 are valid for three full years and then until January 1 of their fourth year.

Drivers issued stickers in 2017 and 2018 will be able to apply for a new sticker in 2019 that is valid until January 1, 2022.

Stickers issued before January 1, 2017 will expire on January 1, 2019.”

Cars purchased this year get an extra 3 years after 2019.

M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0/Outlander - TBD

Thanks; even more happy now 🙂 Getting new leases with Spark EV and 500e coming due next year. Model 3 + one more — Niro PHEV is definitely a contender.

I saw one in Chandler Arizona about 2 weeks ago. I didn’t end up going to the same place the driver did so I didn’t get to ask them how they like it and any reactions. It looks like a lot of other mid size CUV’s

I wish they’d mention the charging speed. The one thing that always bugged me on my ford cmax was the 15 amp 3.3Kw charger. With all the news burps I get about 150Kw chargers that even for a 26-28 miles range the 3.3kw is really slow.