Kia Niro review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Kia Niro has grown in size, with generous cabin space and practical storage options meaning it's a great family choice
There are some clever storage solutions dotted about the Niro’s cabin, too. For instance, the front cubby can be used as either general storage space or, at the touch of a couple of buttons, a pair of cup-holders reveal themselves. There’s more storage under the central armrest and the glovebox is a decent size, but we found the door bins are very slim, which limits how much stuff you can store in them and means they’re off-limits for larger items.
The Mk2 stands 1,585mm tall, and measures 1,825mm wide by 4,420mm long, meaning it also occupies a similar footprint to the Peugeot 3008. The Niro also has a wheelbase of 2,720mm – which is actually longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan’s.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Cabin space was a real plus point of the old Niro and it’s even better here thanks to the extra length, longer wheelbase and a slimmer front seat design that’s liberated more space for back-seat occupants, among other changes. Even sitting behind a driver over six-feet tall, rear passengers should have plenty of legroom. Headroom is also excellent due to the square crossover proportions of the Niro.
Up front, the low centre console, low window line and decent headroom combine to make the Niro feel spacious and airy inside. Meanwhile, rear passengers will appreciate the USB-C sockets built into the sides of the front seats so they won’t have to fight over who gets to charge their devices.
Boot space varies for each powertrain. The most spacious is the Niro EV with an impressive 475 litres – that’s 53 litres more than the latest Astra and that’s not even including the 20-litre storage space under the bonnet. Fold the rear seats down and the luggage capacity expands to 1,392 litres.
The Hybrid comes next with a respectable 451 litres while, unfortunately, due to the battery being located at the rear, the Niro PHEV’s boot space falls to 358 litres. Folding the Niro’s 60:40 split rear bench gives you 1,445 and 1,342 litres to play with in the hybrid and plug-in hybrid, respectively.
The Niro does have quite a high load lip, which isn’t great when you’re loading heavier items, but the boot opening is nice and wide. We also like the lightweight load cover which can be twisted and collapsed into a compact disc that you can stow pretty much anywhere.
The maximum braked trailer weight for the Niro hybrid and PHEV models is 1,300kg, while the EV is only rated to tow up to 750kg.
In this review
- 1Kia Niro reviewEfficient, practical and boasting excellent on-board technology, the Kia Niro is a family SUV that offers great value for money
- 2Engines, performance and driveDesigned with comfort in mind rather than driving fun, although the Niro EV has a decent turn of pace
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Kia Niro offers a range of efficient electrified powertrains which should help to lower running costs
- 4Interior, design and technologyWhile on-board technology has improved, the Niro's cabin quality isn't class leading
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Kia Niro has grown in size, with generous cabin space and practical storage options meaning it's a great family choice
- 6Reliability and safetyThe Niro's excellent safety kit and seven-year warranty cover will reassure buyers, while reliability should be strong, too