2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Priced From $28,840, Build Yours Today
The all-new Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid will start at $27,900, according to the automaker’s website.
Kia just released the first financing and lease deals for the new Niro Plug-In. The leasing info also reveals the vehicle’s starting price: $28,840 (including destination). . . .
The new Kia Niro Plug-In starts at $28,840 according to CarsDirect. That price represents a steep $4,660 increase over the standard Niro, which starts at $24,180 (including $940 destination). But even though the Niro may be more expensive on the surface, it’s actually cheaper than some of its closest competitors when digging into lease deals.
The base Niro LX Plug-In can be had for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing when factoring in the $4,543 Federal tax credit and allowance of 12,000 miles per year. The Toyota Prius, meanwhile, comes in at $269 per month with the same terms and amount due at signing. The Prius Prime Plus is even more expensive at $349 per month. . . .
The Kia Niro PHEV will arrive at dealerships early in 2018, and will be available in three different trim levels LX, EX, and EX Premium.
Turns out you can build your own Kia Niro PHEV right now. Here’s a link to the configurator. Have at it.
The EX and EX Premium have base MSRPs of $31,500 and $34,500 respectively, plus the $940 dest. The 8.9 kWh pack weighs 258 lb. (117 kg.), for a pack specific energy of 76 Wh/kg (note, PHEV pack, so not a pure energy battery). Max. power output is 59 kW, for a pack specific power of 504W/kg.
AEB/Lane keeping/Smart cruise control (ACC?) and a rear camera are STANDARD on all trim levels, blindspot detection/Lane Change assist/Rear Cross-traffic alert on the EX/Premium. Cloth seats for the LX, cloth/leather for the EX, leather for the Premium. If you want heated front seats you need to go for the EX or Premium, and a heated steering wheel is only available on the Premium (i.e. only with leather seats). Heated, power folding mirrors with turn signal indicators on the EX/Premium. 10-way power seats on EX/Premium, w/memory on the Premium. LED headlights on the Premium.
Most of the remaining differences between the LX and EX/Premium are appearance, infotainment or convenience, although the Premium does come with a 110V inverter for those tailgate parties or maybe power outages; not sure what its max. power rating is. I could live with either the LX or EX, but would probably opt for the EX to get the heated seats and mirrors (with the cargo cover standard instead of having to pay extra for it on the LX), although I could do without the power seats. None offer AWD, the biggest negative for the U.S. market (and me), and combined HP is only 139 for a car that has a curb weight around 3,400 lb, so performance is unlikely to be exciting.