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

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

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.