When Kia launched its latest version of Niro in 2018, the most desired effects it could bring with it was being a crossover. Kia got highly appreciated from car enthusiasts across the globe along with a few honorable awards. What earned it this popularity and recognition was the way it brought the best of both worlds as an ambitious crossover. The high seating position, a versatile cargo space, the extra ground of clearance, all added up to make the 2018 Kia Niro appear as a good choice for those buyers who prefer to have all the benefits of luxury, performance and comfort under a modest hood.
What’s New for 2018?
The latest news we gathered from the Kia Pala Mesa for the 2018 model of Kia Niro is that, it got a plug-in hybrid model to join the Niro series, specially introduced for this year, along with an EV model to join the crew. The Niro plug-in hybrid received an EPA-rated fuel efficiency that estimates its electric-only range counting up to 26 miles while providing an extra option for the drivers to enjoy both the efficiency and the flexibility of a plug-in as well as that of a conventional gasoline engine. We get to see some minor tweaks for the 2018 Hybrid Niro too. While a Graphite Edition appears with a new paint color and gloss-black exterior trim feature, the touring models are now showered with HID headlights, a full new suite of active safety technology and a wireless charging pad for the phones.
The Powertrain and Fuel Economy
The 2018 Kia Niro got its powertrain continued from the last year edition without any significant changes in which we get to see a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine at work and an electric motor in combination with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. That is the only powertrain we get to see for Niro, so far. The powertrain is able to make from its Regular Gasoline, a 49 mpg from a combined trip, 51 mpg in the city rides and 46 mpg when driving on highways with 2.0 gals of fuel consumed in 100 miles.
When we searched for the best Kia dealer near me, the Pala Mesa dealer topped the list. Reaching there we got to know that the 2018 Kia Niro now comes with a suite of new active safety equipment as standard for its Touring trim level that are otherwise made available for the base trim. The package includes a forward-collision warning, an automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control.
Performance and Driving Impressions
The dynamics of the 2018 Kia Niro does exceed the expectations of many who are fond of crossovers. With a 139 horsepower it performs nearly perfect during each event of acceleration to corner handling and braking. From its driving experience one can assume how Kia must have mastered the art of delivering smooth power transitions while switching between battery and engine, without letting it affect the comfort and composure of the drive. Overall, the 2018 Kia Niro rides justifies the awards it has won, through its rides.