Kia NIRO Australia enters the electrified market

Kia Niro Road Test Review

After a long and determined effort Kia has brought an alternate fuel vehicle to Australia. Their Niro is a small SUV and comes in three variants.

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A Mild Hybrid and A plug-in Hybrid which can do 58 km on battery alone then switch to petrol power for long range touring.

Both hybrid models drive the front wheels with a 1.6 litre petrol and an electric motor using a 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

The third option is an all-electric model with a maximum range of 455 kms.


There are two equipment levels: the S and or the Sport.

Prices, excluding on road costs, start at just under $40,000

Add $6,600 for the plug-in hybrid and the all-electric has a further additional cost of up to $16,000.

Australia did not get the Niro sooner as there was limited supply and Kia headquarters gave priority to countries with CO2 regulations.

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