In this year’s top 50 best vehicles in the DieselCar and EcoCar magazine the Kia Niro came in at number 43 making it the ‘best plug in hybrid’ on the market. The Niro is now available as hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all electric variants with 11,000 units sold in the UK. With potential fuel economy of well over 200mpg and CO2 emissions of just 29g/km, the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is easily the Korean company’s most efficient car to feature a combustion engine to date.
Also on the list for Kia is the Sportage which continues to become more and more popular finishing in 7th place, being Kia’s highest rated vehicle on the list. Also making an appearance for Kia are two members of the Ceed family with the Ceed taking 20th position and the ProCeed finishing it 34th. To round up Kia’s list is the Kia Stinger in 45th place.
Ian Robertson, DieselCar and EcoCar editor commented: ‘The Niro crossover broke the mould for hybrid models, being one of the first to offer the fuel-saving technology alongside fashionable SUV styling. Now there’s also the battery electric e-Niro, with an impressive 282-mile range that trumps the Nissan Leaf. The e-Niro is practical too, with a 451-litre boot, as well as plenty of passenger space and great all-round visibility. Sitting in the middle of the line-up is the Niro PHEV, which has an 8.6kWh battery pack with plug-in functionality, giving a pure-electric range of 36-miles, and is our favourite PHEV.’
Commenting on the brand’s performance on this year’s list, Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: ‘We are delighted the Niro has awarded Best Plug-in Hybrid as it is an important part of our alternative fuel vehicle range. We hope the Niro continues to be popular with customers with an updated version going on sale in July. Having four models on the list emphasises Kia’s ability to cater to customer’s ever-changing needs.”