When the new Kia Niro came out, it was known for its stylish and comfortable design, but most importantly, appreciated as an SUV with an EPA rating of 51 miles/gallon. It is not as quick as the Tesla P100D, but it costs five times less meaning that more people can afford a six speed DSG transmission feature.
Also, the Kia Niro has a rear seat that actual people can fit in. Consequently, the Niro PHEV is said to have a 2,000 lbs towing capacity, which no other PHEV offers. Additionally, it has a 8.9 kWh battery and the EPA electric can extend to 25 miles. Although some might consider it a low range, already existing cars like the BMW 330e only have 14 miles range and twice the price.
If the Kia Niro can be compared to any other car, it can be compared to the Hyundai Ioniq as Niro can come with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric powertrain options. The hybrid version is on sale now already, and the electric car will be on sale this summer. Yet, the plug-in hybrid can only be ready for the U.S. showrooms around Christmas.
The Niro PHEV might not be preferred to Chevy Volt as it has a 53 mile range; however, the Niro PHEV has a battery half the size and cost $7,000 less. This price difference might cause a change in preference between the Niro PHEV and the Chevy Volt.