2019 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium new car reviews

The Kia Niro PHEV is again mostly a carryover for 2019 (the Niro debuted in 2017) with minor updates to colors and trim combinations, along with the ability to go all-electric. Being a carryover isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the Niro is still competitive in its class—Kia's on their game. The PHEV (gesundheit) is of course the Niro’s plug-in hybrid variant, which nets a decent 48 city and 44 highway with a range of 560 miles—not bad for something in this segment.

There are three trims available, LX, EX, and EX Premium, which was the one we tested. The Premium gets the full LED lighting treatment outside, as well as bigger displays for both the gauge cluster and infotainment.

Pricing for the PHEV starts at $28,500 for the LX, with the range-topping EX Premium coming in at $35,200.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Like the rest of Kia’s lineup, it’s a surprising alternative to the usual. The Niro looks fresh and modern. The interior is contemporary without being too outlandish.

I know I keep bringing this up, but Kia’s center stack features buttons–and not too many, too. Have someone who’s afraid of the infotainment screens often found these days? The Kia’s might make a sensible alternative.

And it drives like a Kia. The steering could use a bit more feel. Power is fine. It’s the right size for me, too. I don’t need an F150, but perhaps a little more carrying room than a BRZ isn’t so bad.

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