Kia Niro

With Kia planning to have EV and PHEV vehicles represent 25% of total production over the next four years, the choice is only going to get better and better. These two Niro options are great Clean Car Program incentivised places to start.

Launched in 2018 as the world’s first purpose-built SUV designed solely for hybrid/EV power, the Niro announced Kia as a significant player in the vital low emission vehicle space.

Available with three powertrain solutions – Hybrid Electric, Plug-in Hybrid Electric, and pure Battery Electric – the latter two iterations of Niro are both eligible for Clean Car Program rebates of $5750 and $8625 respectively.

 

The Niro Plug-in Hybrid LX-Plus starts at $57,990 + ORCs and the entry to full electric motivation in the Niro EX EV at $77,990 + ORCs.

The range is specified generously with a full suite of driver assist technologies like Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go feature, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Auto Light Control. All but the EX-specification models offer Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Blind-Spot Collision Warning, while a large 8.0-inch touchscreen on entry spec and 10.25-inch with on premium models provides all the infotainment options you would expect, along with satellite navigation.

 

The Niro PHEV uses a combination of a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor/8.9kWh Li-ion battery combination that deliver fuel-sipping economy.

At the heart of the EV’s all-electric power delivery is a 64kWh lithium-ion battery that provides 150kW of peak power and 395Nm of torque. The battery delivers a driving range of up to 455km from fully charge.

 

All Niro models benefit from a 5-year / 100,000km vehicle warranty programme, 5 years roadside assistance and a 7-year / 160,000km warranty on the high voltage drive battery.

 

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