While we don’t have any information about insurance groupings or residual values at this point, with a claimed average fuel economy of 74.3mpg (we saw an impressive 60mpg in the real world, though) and CO2 emissions of 88g/km on 16-inch wheels, the Kia Niro appears on the face of it to have very low running costs indeed for both private and company car drivers.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. You can have Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus fixed-cost servicing packages for the first three or five years.|
|Warranty||Standard Kia seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty.|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £130
See tax rates for all versions
12 - 14
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
With a CO2 output of 88g/km, the Kia Niro is a very clean car on its smaller 16-inch wheels, rising to 101g/km on the larger 18s.
Kia’s reliability record is going from strength to strength at present. There’s a long warranty covering manufacturing defects for seven years, but all the indications are that not many bits tend to go wrong in the first place.
There’s a noticeable shift to higher-quality componentry too, which should mean further gains in vehicle resilience.
The only potential fly in the ointment is the new hybrid system the Niro uses, but Kia has done a lot of development on it and it’s unlikely anything major will fail.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|