Most plug-in hybrids like to shout their PHEV cred with flashy designs that make them look like the future. Not the Kia Niro PHEV. Chances are you’ve driven past dozens of Niro PHEVs and unless you were listening to the SUV, you’d never know that it was driving on electric power. That’s one of the keys to Kia being able to make the Niro the least expensive PHEV you can buy today.
But act fast: Kia is totally updating the Niro for 2023 and the 2022s will soon be in short supply.
What is the Kia Niro?
The Kia Niro comes in three versions for 2022, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a full EV. They’re all five-seat crossover SUVs that come well equipped. The PHEV version allows you to plug it or charge it and drive for up to 26 miles on all-electric power, and then you can engage the 1.6-liter gas engine and keep going. Every version of the Niro comes with driver’s aids, like lane keep assist and forward collision avoidance, and advanced safety systems are available.
What is the range of the 2022 Kia Niro PHEV?
The specs don’t match up to other PHEVs, but then again, this is a $29,590 PHEV. It only has a 26-mile range, for example, which isn’t as much as other more expensive PHEVs. It’s based on a compact SUV, so its cargo hold isn’t as large as others, with 54.5 cubic feet with the seats folded. But, it does come with some niceties such as an 8.0-inch standard touchscreen, most options you’ll want, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, and more.