|The new 2017 Kia Niro offers a rugged crossover stance mixed with efficient hybrid power. (Photo: Kia)|
Fast forward to the late ’90s when Kia established its first dealerships here in Canada. Due to the Asian financial crisis of the same era, Kia filed for bankruptcy and after a bidding war with Ford was acquired by fellow Korean brand Hyundai. Under
|Performance is enjoyable with "Sport" mode engaged. (Photo: Kia)|
Now, with this kind of warranty protection you’d better build quality cars, or else expect to go broke very quickly on warranty claims. Yet Kia has responded over the years in a major way. Just a few decades ago, J.D. Power dependability studies pegged Kia models as amongst the worst in the industry, but now its most recent survey has shown Kia as the best. That’s quite the climb for a brand that started
|An upscale environment comes across more premium than mainstream. (Photo: Kia)|
The new Niro is a compact hybrid crossover utility vehicle. With handsome styling, 4.5 city L/100km efficiency, and tall wagon utility, it’s the perfect car for those with young families and active lifestyles.
From a style perspective Niro delivers a rugged image; deep-door sculpting, optional 18-inch wheels, a high beltline, and wheel arch cladding contribute to this muscular look. From the front, the traditional Kia grille is flanked by projector beam HID headlights, while aggressive brake cooling ducts and well-integrated LED
|Navigation housed in a large 8.0-inch touchscreen is available. (Photo: Kia)|
Inside the car is a typically well-appointed Kia cabin. Niro’s standard and optional equipment includes dual-zone climate control; pushbutton start; heated seats and steering wheel; 10-way power seats with power lumbar support; an eServices smartphone app; Apple CarPlay or Android Auto; an eco-performance monitor to track and enhance mpg; seven- or eight-inch telematics screen depending on trim level;
|Rear seat room is plentiful. (Photo: Kia)|
The 2017 Kia Niro offers impressive safety gear as standard equipment, like multiple airbags including a driver’s side knee airbag; a trio of stability control management systems; brake assist aids; and even Hill Start Assist Control, which prevents the Niro from rolling backward on steep hills.
On the road, you’ll be forced to choose from “Economy” (Eco) or “Sport” mode. To achieve max efficiency Niro defaults to Eco mode, which is fine as long as you are not trying to get anywhere in a hurry. In Eco mode, its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, coupled with a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission, offers leisurely
|No shortage of cargo space makes the Niro a practical ride. (Photo: Kia)|
I think the whole industry is still trying to figure out how Kia and corporate cousin Hyundai can market their vehicles at such reasonable price points. Priced from $24,995 to $32,995, Niro is impressive at all trim levels.
If you want safety and style, as well as economic and utile efficiency, look no further than the 2017 Kia Niro.
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