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#4606280 - 12/17/17 01:56 PM Any Kia Niro Owners?
radtech91 Offline


Registered: 12/19/09
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Really liking this vehicle, itís now in my list of vehicles to consider. Any owners here can let me know what you like and not like?

Iíve watched quite a few video reviews on YouTube. Iím considering the EX model with the advanced technology package.
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#4606361 - 12/17/17 03:28 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
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Seen them in traffic. They do look like a nice 'tall car'...not really an SUV.
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#4606373 - 12/17/17 03:42 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: addyguy]
radtech91 Offline


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Originally Posted By: addyguy
Seen them in traffic. They do look like a nice 'tall car'...not really an SUV.


Yeah thatís why I kinda like them. A little more clearance that a normal car but not as big as an SUV. Iíve been reevaluating what I need in a vehicle and on paper it looks like this would be a great vehicle for what I ďactuallyĒ need.
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#4606419 - 12/17/17 04:37 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
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Doesn't look bad and don't Kia's have a really long warranty right now? I was eyeing the Kia Koupe, but the front end on those is really strange and the interior was a bit lacking.

I'd just be worried about 104HP + 39HP trying to pull that along, would really need the transmission and electric motor configured properly. Not at all saying its not possible, but something I would investigate closely.


Edited by PolarisX (12/17/17 04:38 PM)
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#4606431 - 12/17/17 04:54 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
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I didn't realize the torque combined is pretty high.

Again, it really comes down to transmission programming, and how well they combine.
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#4606496 - 12/17/17 06:00 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: PolarisX]
radtech91 Offline


Registered: 12/19/09
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Originally Posted By: PolarisX
Doesn't look bad and don't Kia's have a really long warranty right now? I was eyeing the Kia Koupe, but the front end on those is really strange and the interior was a bit lacking.

I'd just be worried about 104HP + 39HP trying to pull that along, would really need the transmission and electric motor configured properly. Not at all saying its not possible, but something I would investigate closely.


Originally Posted By: PolarisX
I didn't realize the torque combined is pretty high.

Again, it really comes down to transmission programming, and how well they combine.


Yeah warranty is fantastic!

Yeah I need to drive one before I make any definite decisions. 50mpg would be really fantastic compared to my 15mpg with my truck. I donít need a high performance vehicle, but have to make sure it can make it up hills though. Just looking for a nice commuting vehicle that can carry 4 passengers every once in awhile. 95% of the time its just me in the vehicle.
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#4606498 - 12/17/17 06:02 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
PolarisX Offline


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Absolutely, I get it, I'm usually alone all but one day of the week. I love the torque that my new Cruze has, to me that makes the biggest difference.

That, and GM automatics have sweet spots that you kind of have to feel to get the most out of them. When my Fiancee first got her Malibu she said it was under powered because she was backing off the gas during shifts, and not understanding how to hold a gear, or command a downshift. Optimization for mileage has gotten us to the point where I feel you can even lug, or get the sensation of lugging an automatic transmission these days. I just call it the personality of the car, some people get it, and others just kinda toot along.


Edited by PolarisX (12/17/17 06:05 PM)
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#4606604 - 12/17/17 07:30 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
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Registered: 06/13/16
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The Niro is decent, yet I don't like the fact they are using a dual-clutch automatic. I prefer the seamless blending of gasoline+electric power via a planetary gearset as in the Prius, C-Max, Fusion, or maybe the Accord's series-parallel simplicity. One review I read on the Niro noted that Kia doesn't have very smooth blending of electrical and gas power, so test drive it to see if the herky-jerky behavior bothers you (it might not be that bad in practice).

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#4606667 - 12/17/17 08:40 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
dogememe Offline


Registered: 04/15/17
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My aunt has owned one for several months now and has been thrilled with it, with no issues. Of course, we don't know 50k/100k/200k down the road, but so far so good!
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#4614296 - 12/25/17 11:34 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: radtech91]
ryster Offline


Registered: 04/04/09
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No AWD option was a deal breaker for me.

Note, the Niro with 18" wheels loses 6mpg. You will need to stay with the smaller 16" wheels to see 50mpg.
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#4614898 - 12/26/17 04:40 PM Re: Any Kia Niro Owners? [Re: ryster]
radtech91 Offline


Registered: 12/19/09
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: ryster
No AWD option was a deal breaker for me.

Note, the Niro with 18" wheels loses 6mpg. You will need to stay with the smaller 16" wheels to see 50mpg.


Thatís the only thing that Iím worried about with it. But I was thinking, I havenít had to put my truck in 4WD for anything but being off-road. Iíve got around in the winter with just RWD even able to make it up my hill unplowed. So Iím thinking a nice set of snow tires with the FWD I should be alright.

Yeah thatís why I want the EX with the technology package. Has the high MPGs but with all the tech stuff of the touring.
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