2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Priced From $28,840, Build Yours Today

Kia Niro PHEV

DEC 22 2017 BY JEFF PEREZ 25

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Kia has finally released financing and lease deals for the upcoming 2018 Niro Plug-In, and pricing was inadvertently disclosed.

Kia Niro PHEV

The all-new Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid will start at $27,900, according to the automaker’s website.

Kia just released the first financing and lease deals for the new Niro Plug-In. The leasing info also reveals the vehicle’s starting price: $28,840 (including destination).

Kia now gives owners the opportunity to plug-in their Niro hybrid hatchbacks. The new PHEV option comes paired to an 8.9 kilowatt-hour lithium-polymer battery, which is a whopping 7.34-kWh larger than the unit found in the standard hybrid model. Of course, all that added EV tech comes at a price.

The new Kia Niro Plug-In starts at $28,840 according to CarsDirect. That price represents a steep $4,660 increase over the standard Niro, which starts at $24,180 (including $940 destination). But even though the Niro may be more expensive on the surface, it’s actually cheaper than some of its closest competitors when digging into lease deals. 

Kia Niro PHEV – EPA

The base Niro LX Plug-In can be had for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing when factoring in the $4,543 Federal tax credit and allowance of 12,000 miles per year. The Toyota Prius, meanwhile, comes in at $269 per month with the same terms and amount due at signing. The Prius Prime Plus is even more expensive at $349 per month.

Of course, for the added cost, you do get plenty more in the way of technology. The aforementioned larger battery pack paired with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine brings the total output to 139 horsepower (104 kilowatts) and 195 pound-feet (264 Newton-meters) of torque, as well as a total estimated range of 560 miles (901 kilometers). All that efficiency is routed through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The actual EPA breakdowns are as follows:

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

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

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

The Kia Niro PHEV will arrive at dealerships early in 2018, and will be available in three different trim levels LX, EX, and EX Premium. 

Turns out you can build your own Kia Niro PHEV right now. Here’s a link to the configurator. Have at it.

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25 Comments on "2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Priced From $28,840, Build Yours Today"

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Great vehicle. Not my choice of a plug-in, but it has a lot of flexibility in a CUV package. This type of vehicle will go a long way in reducing fleet emissions if people trade in less efficient gas cars. The cost is good too.

However, I think it might be difficult to get people to trade in less efficient vehicles for these. BEVs like the Model 3 have the benefit of high performance so people will trade in a high performance gas (and low efficiency) vehicle, but I imagine the Niro will probably get more compact car upgrades from vehicles that are already efficient.

The new Kia Niro Plug-In starts at $28,840 according to CarsDirect. That price represents a steep $4,660 increase over the standard Niro, which starts at $24,180 (including $940 destination).

Once you factor in the $4,543 Federal tax credit it’s basically break even, even cheaper if you’re able to get a state, local, or utility rebate more than likely.

I know this is a Kia and not a Tesla but you guys shouldn’t really forget key details like that 😀

50-55% of all EVs/PHEVs are leased, Kia’s tend to lease well, Tesla generally bad and currently no option to lease a 3…

In many states including CA, people will pay a premium for the HOV access…

But you’re not paying a premium in CA for this car, as the state rebate will make this cheaper than the hybrid, and (for now) you can still get a HOV sticker. Best of both worlds.

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

Exactly. This is going to make is harder to decide between Leaf and Niro.

Niro with PHEV will have more versatility and probably cheaper for the near term than the Leaf leases.

But the propilot is NICE. Rethinking my AP 2.0 on the Tesla until the upgrade matches up

Great deal since the LX trim comes with lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

I will probably cancel the model 3 reservation and get this.

Oh and Europe is going to love this thing. The whole compact wagon/hatch thing….dead on.

Even USA loves hatchbacks and wagons as long as they are SUVs.

Sort of genius on their part. I really like the new Kia design language and interiors. That Audi guy they hired is really earning his pay. My plan is to buy one within the next 6 months. I’ve had a 2000 Hyundai Elantra wagon, 2003 VW Jetta wagon, a 2009 Audi A3 wagon in the past. Love the small wagon thing. Having it sit an inch higher is kind of nice actually as I get a few more years into this.

Nice but its really missing with no AWD, that would really make it a high desire auto

Because it has the green stigma, is more wagon-ish than CUV and is a Kia I believe few would care be willing to pay extra for the AWD…

If Kia punting it’s Sportage over to Genesis to add some luxury touches, most would want AWD…

In my part of town, an AWD is necessary much less 4WD. It’s not an option during snowy seasons. A few years ago, we got hit with a last minute snow storm that surprised everyone. I had a Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee. I put that bad boy in 4WD and made it home safely. I saw, on my way home, hundreds of vehicles stucked. (It looked like a scene from the movie I am Legend.)

Hyundai/Kia has a whole array of new EV/PHEV coming including an AWD CUV. Despite popular myth, most CUV purchasers in sunny states like California opt to purchase the FWD version because there’s no benefit to AWD just cost. Northern climate? Different story. But the facts would tend to disagree with you since Kia’s sales of the Niro hybrid have been supply constrained since it debuted. Demand is absolutely through the roof for the hybrid version and no reason to believe the PHEV will be any different since it is effectively $0 of cost premium over the hybrid. It’s the Toyota Prius Prime business model. And that’s who Hyundai/Kia is benchmarking.

I guess they’re also using gasoline direct injection engines like Hyundai, which is a great mistake because they produce more bad emissions. Toyota has the best possible solution for gas engines combined with electric motors. The Atkinson cycle is the best way to go currently for gas engines. Fully electric is obviously better. That’s why the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV is not a good choice. The electric one is perfect tho.

InsideEVs you should mention the technology that Kia uses because it’s important to make the best possible decision.

“I guess they’re also using gasoline direct injection engines like Hyundai, which is a great mistake because they produce more bad emissions. Toyota has the best possible solution for gas engines combined with electric motors. The Atkinson cycle is the best way to go currently for gas engines. Fully electric is obviously better. That’s why the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV is not a good choice. The electric one is perfect tho.”

The Niro’s engine is a 1.6L Atkinson.
It uses GDI. However, it is LEV III.
LEV III/Tier 3 emissions now include particulate emissions.

For a description of the improvements expected improvements:

Here’s an article about the engine, which talks about how they used improved spray injection both for efficiency and to reduce particulate emissions:

Engine tech never stands still.

You can look up specific emission results at ADAC site:
Pollutants (ADAC Ecotest) HC: 22 mg / km
CO: 3607 mg / km
NOx: 4 mg / km
Particle mass: 0.7 mg / km
Number of particles: 21.27522 10¹¹ / km

Pollutants (ADAC Ecotest) HC: 4 mg / km
CO: 40 mg / km
NOx: 5 mg / km
Particle mass: 0.2 mg / km
Number of particles: 2.22183 10¹¹ / km

Well, obviously Direct Injection is somewhat worse and is asking for Particulate Filter that is mandatory for diesels. But NOx emissions are low anyway, and overall fit into norms.

For comparison here is Audi A4 TDI results if you trust ADAC:
Pollutants (ADAC Ecotest) HC: 18 mg / km
CO: 57 mg / km
NOx: 132 mg / km
Particle mass: 0.6 mg / km
Number of particles: 8.04442 10¹¹ / km

Others informed me they don’t consider it a true SUV as it is not AWD and not officially rated/recommended for towing (although likely capable).

I think though that the vast majority of SUV buyers don’t challenge their SUVs too much on these fronts, it has long become a car shape and vibe thing.

In short, this might be a hit, and a far better deal than the still-elusive Outlander, even though the latter does have AWD/towing, mainly because the Outlander’s gas mpg really sucks (26 vs. the Niro’s 46), and is a good $5-7k more expensive (after the rebates).

They are correct. It’s no SUV. Not even a CUV. it’s a small station wagon.

Can you fit a 57″ TV? Yes, it’s Kdawg approved.

Niro is smaller than gen2 Leaf. Niro is 4″ shorter length and 1″ shorter height.

Comparing Hybrid vs PHEV

Hybrid Niro EX trim with tech package cost $29,290.

The Niro PHEV LX trim cost $27,900. After Federal, State, and Electrical rebate, the Niro PHEV will cost $19,240-21,240.

At 119 cu. ft. of interior space the Niro Plugin has 8 cu. ft. more than Prius Plugin and hence that $800 + more in price.

But the big question is whether Niro Plugin will sell @ 1500 units / month like Prius Plugin.

Well Niro Plugin will be stocked in dealerships only in few states and in other states, it will be made to order.

Anyway in a month’s time Leaf will go on sale and by that time, Model 3 supply will also increase.

And this month, the BMW 5 Series Plugin and Honda Clarity Plugin will likely give a big boost to the sales.

Kia Soul EV for MY-2018 has been priced at $33,950 which is $1,700 more than the outgoing model.

Just for a 18 mile increase in range, they bumped up the price by this much.

This is what makes us wonder whether Kia is really interested in selling plugins.

I’m interested in a 2018 Kia Niro PHEV & love in Southeast Florida. Does anyone have a idea when the PHEV’S will be available in my area?

We just ordered the Niro PHEV in central illinois, expected to arrive within the month (we’ll see). Based on past experience with Kia, dealer was pretty confident of delivery, plus the Europeans have been buying them for several months now, w/o any hiccups. (See CAC’s reviews such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfMobTyREdc)