KIA Niro PHEV Sport 2021 Review

How good is the new KIA Niro, stick around for a minute and find out!

Kia’s NIRO comes in three versions, an all-electric, a hybrid and the car we are driving now the Plug in Hybrid electric.

Kia Niro PHEV Sport driving

The PHEV (pronounced fev) is probably the best mix as you can drive everyday on all electric power if you don’t go too far and if that runs out you have the backup of the hybrid petrol power. It’s good for about 50k a day and then you go home and plug it in to charge for tomorrow.

It’s perfect for me as I do about 45k to work and back each day and I’ve driven it all week and still have about 600k till empty with petrol.


The shape and size is good, plenty of room, like a mix between a hatch and a small SUV.  It’s a breeze to park yet has enough room in the boot for everything I need.

Kia Niro PHEV Sport interior

The seats are really comfortable and the instruments are clear and easy to read. I like the large central tablet for the infotainment and connectivity. Hooking up my IPhone is simple.

The other thing I like is that the NIRO is packed with the latest safety features and has a five star rating.

The KIA Niro PHEV Sport is priced from about $53,990 plus the usual costs and you get a lot for that as well as  7 year warranty roadside assistance and capped price service..

Kia Niro PHEV Sport engine

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What’s good

  • Engine is best of both worlds
  • Daily EV Range
  • Fast charging ability

What’s not

Kia Niro PHEV Sport transmission

Also Look At

Kia Niro PHEV Sport rear



Model Price$53,990 MLP*
Engine1.6L Plug in Hybrid Electric (PHEV)
DrivetrainFWD 6 Sp Sport DCT
Power77.2kW @ 5,700 rpm
Torque147Nm @ 4,000 rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP
Range / Charging timeTheoretical 3308km @ 1.3L/100K plus EV Mode
0-100kmh / top speedTBC
ServicingCapped Price 12 months / 15,000 km
Warranty7yr/ Unlimited km with 1 Yr. roadside assist conditional

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.


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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.