Flash Drive

2017 Kia Niro

Model Tested: 2017 Kia Niro Touring

The 2017 Kia Niro is handsome like the rest of the sharp Kia lineup.

Engine: 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine plus 43-hp electric motor, 139 horsepower, 195 lb-ft torque combined

Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, front-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 46-mpg city/40-mpg highway/43-mpg combined

Base Price: $29,650

As Tested: $32,840


Very good fuel economy—our best was 44.7-mpg in mixed driving conditions

Fine 6-speed dual clutch automatic instead of more common CVT transmission

The Kia Niro 5-door hatchback body style makes it a very practical hybrid.

Regenerative braking system

Idle stop and go system

18-inch alloy wheels

Pleasant handling

Nimble city/congested traffic vehicle

Hill start assist system

Blind spot detection system

Front and rear parking assist system

Rear cross traffic alert

Great safety features in Advance Technology Package

The 2017 Niro front seat room and amenities are excellent. The steering wheel is heated.


Leather seating surfaces

Heated and ventilated front seats (three temperature choices)

Power driver seat with lumbar support

Slightly elevated seating for good vision and legroom

Heated steering wheel (quite warm)

Nice Harman Kardon sound system

Power sunroof


Versatile wagon/crossover body style

Backseat room is adequate. The almost flat floor helps a lot.

Navigation system with 8-inch touch screen

Smart phone integration

Power folding mirrors

Flat cargo deck and folding rear seats

WOW Factors:

Handsome and practical compact wagon body style

Excellent fuel economy

A great city car

Many upscale interior features

Excellent warranty


Advance Technology Package costs an extra $1900

Folding, split rear seats and a flat cargo deck make the Kia Niro a versatile hatchback.

Bottom Line:

The 2017 Kia Niro gas/electric hybrid is a compact wagon based on the same platform under the also excellent Hyundai Ioniq hatchback sedan. The Niro is a little confusing relative to EPA ratings since there are three different ones based on the trim level. We drove the most deluxe version, the Niro Touring, which has the poorest ratings. Real world differences aren’t as much as numbers imply, so we’d opt for the Touring edition. The combination of a spacious, luxurious, versatile interior with still great economy and handsome styling makes the Niro Touring a big winner in our view.