Kia Niro review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
There's decent space as the car is designed around its hybrid drive system
By designing the Niro around a compact crossover template, Kia has delivered decent practicality. In terms of size, it sits somewhere between the Kia Ceed hatchback and Kia Sportage crossover, so it fills a niche of its own in some ways. However, if you want the plug-in PHEV variant, you'll have to make do with the smaller boot, as the batteries take up some luggage space.
The Niro is 4,355mm long and has a wheelbase of 2,700mm. That's the same wheelbase as a Toyota Prius, but the Prius is around 200mm longer overall. As you would expect, that crossover shape means the Niro is taller and wider than the Prius, at 1,545mm and 1,805mm respectively. The Niro PHEV is exactly the same length, height and width as the standard car.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Occupants sitting in the rear of the Kia have more headroom than in the Toyota thanks to the car's squarer crossover shape. Up front, the driver gets a wide range of seat and wheel adjustment. The only real ergonomic niggle is the foot-operated parking brake, which sits uncomfortably high and near your left shin when it's disengaged.
The upright tailgate opening isn’t as large as the hatchback Toyota Prius’s, but the Niro's 382-litre boot capacity is competitive alongside rivals like the Volkswagen Golf. A Prius is bigger, however, claiming 445 litres with the rear seats in place. Folded down, however, the 1,380-litre load bay is 10 litres bigger than its main rival. Go for the PHEV plug-in and you'll lose around 80 litres of boot space - both seats up and seats down.
Elsewhere there’s decent storage, including a spacious glovebox, but it can’t quite match the neatly packaged Prius for cubby space. Like its rival, there's no spare wheel, just a bottle of sealant for minor punctures.
In this review
- 1Kia Niro reviewThe Kia Niro crossover now comes in hybrid, plug-in and full electric guises
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Niro is as simple to drive as any other automatic, but it's not very interesting to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsGood economy and low emissions are a given, but they're not quite on par with a Prius just yet
- 4Interior, design and technologyConventional crossover styling will be appealing to buyers who don't like the radical Prius
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThere's decent space as the car is designed around its hybrid drive system
- 6Reliability and SafetyThis is new technology for Kia, so there might be issues, but the seven-year warranty will help confidence