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Globe and Mail likes the 2017 Kia Niro

Globe and Mail likes the 2017 Kia Niro

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I am on record saying that I really like the 2017 Kia Niro. Despite being a green car, this cool Kia has none of the usual compromises and pretensions that come with saving the world. It is a good design, offers a composed driving experience and decent levels of power and responsiveness.

It seems the guys over at the Globe and Mail thing the same thing. They recently covered the 2017 Kia Niro and called it ‘the anti-hybrid ready to take on Prius’. However, Kia are keen to point out that this car hasn’t been designed specifically to take on Prius but to offer another option to conscientious car buyers.

While nobody is really going to believe that, what everybody should believe is that the 2017 Kia Niro is a very credible vehicle in its own right.

2017 Kia Niro
One of Kia’s stated goals when designing the 2017 Kia Niro was to make it a hybrid that didn’t shout hybrid. In that they have done very well. At first glance you would think the Niro a normal crossover with no hint whatsoever at its motor under the hood.

The design is handsome. A ‘friendly’ front end with Kia’s signature tiger nose grille and angled headlights. A raked windshield and curved roofline offer an aero appearance while a rising beltline from the driver’s door hint at those crossover roots. While you would think the sloping roof would compromise headroom in back, it doesn’t.

Inside the cabin is spacious and light. There is enough room for four adults and cargo behind the rear seats. Kia are continuing their rise to power with great finishing, lots of soft touch materials and a very high quality fit and finish. The driver’s position is comfortable, with everything within easy reach too.

Under that sloped hood is a 1.6-litre four cylinder with direct injection and a 32-kW electric motor run by a 1.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Combined output is 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque which runs through a six speed dual clutch automatic transmission. To help stretch the range, the Niro includes brake energy regeneration technology too. Like KERS in Formula 1.

The innovative Coasting Guide feature helps drivers save gas by showing drivers when to coast and when to brake for maximum safety and performance without detracting from the journey. An optional Predictive Energy Control system furthers that by assessing routes selected by the navigation system so it can complement the Coasting Guide for maximum energy saving.

The 2017 Kia Niro effortlessly combines all these green technologies in a way so as to not detract anything from daily driving. It is this quality alone that will help buyers decide on a Niro or Prius.

Visit Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 to learn more about the 2017 Kia Niro.

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