2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive | Consumer Reports

  • Added:  3 months ago
  • The all-new Kia Niro is trying to break the Toyota Prius' dominant position in the hybrid market. With a lower starting price than the Prius, the Niro has high hopes of becoming a top fuel economy contender.

    For more on the cars mentioned in this video:

    2016 Toyota Prius Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwUY0-gB0Q

    Toyota Prius Gets Record-Setting 52 MPG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9oBcRCoLU

    Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez

    Follow Us on Social:
    Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q
    Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2
    Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9
    Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo
    Vine: http://bit.ly/1Nlbkz7
    Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ
  • Video CategoriesAutos & Vehicles
  • Runtime: 3:21
  • Tags for this video:  Consumer Reports  Kia  Niro  Toyota  Prius  hybrid  fuel efficient  small cars  

Comments: 103

  • Christopher Hammond
    Christopher Hammond 15 days ago

    To me the front (mainly headlights) looks like the Kigan AWD from watchdogs 2 :/

  • Eric Haynes
    Eric Haynes 26 days ago

    Sorry, I think Kia/Hyundai are getting better but right now I'm going to stick with more reliable Japanese cars.

  • Jeff Morse
    Jeff Morse 1 month ago

    Would absolutely consider that while I wouldn't be caught dead in a Prius (aka - the motorized doorstop).

  • Phrancis5
    Phrancis5 1 month ago

    Yesterday I test drove a Kia Niro LX and while the design, fit/finish weren't nearly as nice as economy cars from other brands, the driving dynamics were pretty nice for a hybrid - at least in sport mode. Otherwise throttle response was very sluggish. Brakes didn't feel regenerative and overall it didn't look and drive like a Prius. Handling and noise isolation weren't as good as I wanted, but given the space and cheap price for a hybrid, it wasn't a dealbreaker. Though it's styled to look like a fwd crossover, it's really just a tall wagon/hatchback and smaller in person than expected. Ergonomics, comfort, and sightlines were still good overall. One big turnoff though... The Kia dealer flat out lied to us when we asked what month the PHEV version would arrive and he said Kia wasn't building one - when even the Kia website said it would absolutely coming later this year. He also said you couldn't add a "tech package" to the LX trim when the website clearly let you build one. He was just trying to sell what was on the lot that day.

  • CuteMonster
    CuteMonster 2 months ago

    I think "nondescript" accurately captures the first impression one gets when seeing the Niro in person. I saw it at the 2017 NY Auto Show and was not impressed. That being said, it would make an excellent commuter vehicle or rental.

  • Trades46
    Trades46 2 months ago

    Mini-SUV are all the rage so the Niro can score some points here, especially considering its low entry price & hybrid powertrain to go along with the package. The obvious drawback here is lack of AWD; not a surprise as the Niro is related to the Ioniq which is more economy hatchback than actual SUV.

  • K Zayas
    K Zayas 2 months ago

    They use a dual clutch because they know cvt are retarded.
    Good job Kia!

    • SECK
      SECK 2 months ago

      Depends on the CVT. CVTs like the ones in the Volt are great. Ones like you find in Nissans are awful rubber band trash...


  • landyachtfan79
    landyachtfan79 3 months ago

    Come on, Simpsons fans, you know what you get when you say Kia Niro 3 times fast!!!!!!! Can you name the truck with front-wheel drive, smells like a steak (with optional leather), & seats only 5?!!!!!

  • Hankyu Park
    Hankyu Park 3 months ago

    Cosumer report asks too much
    I was like
    Even Japanese cars dont equip those safety feature for standard trim dude wtf... and why do u say like
    Handling is not sporty... holy tits it's not sport car
    Biased report i dont expect right review from this channel

  • Bo Choi
    Bo Choi 3 months ago

    very nice

  • Mai Le
    Mai Le 3 months ago

    you cant compare the price, this drive train is unproven. using double clutch auto manual transmission is gonna be quite hard to be reliable. Prius can go 500k miles with its drive train.

    instead of just reading features, CR should focus on testing. .....

    • Jay _
      Jay _ 3 months ago

      Kia's P2 hybrid drivetrain is very similar to their Sonata hybrid which has been around since 2011 and proven very reliable. DCT is the perfect choice for a P2-style hybrid. The electric motor gets the car underway and the very efficient DCT (95% efficient). Honda has used a similar arrangement in their iDCD hybrid Fit.


  • Nick Purdy
    Nick Purdy 3 months ago

    You guys need to test the top of the line touring trim. Beefier wheels and grippy tires make the ride much more dynamic than the lower trims.

    • Nick Purdy
      Nick Purdy 2 months ago

      Not Rappaport oh there's definitely a hit in fuel economy, no question. But the reviewer is disappointed in the handling with the base trim tires. From reviews I've read, the touring model handles much better. For someone like me, a hit in fuel economy for better driving dynamics might be a decent tradeoff. I'm still happy with over 40mpg on the top of the line touring trim


    • Not Rappaport
      Not Rappaport 2 months ago

      Yes.

      http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=38497&id=38496


    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 2 months ago

      +Not Rappaport No


    • Not Rappaport
      Not Rappaport 2 months ago

      ... and greatly reduce fuel efficiency.


    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 3 months ago

      Nick Purdy true


  • Akhil Bolla
    Akhil Bolla 3 months ago

    Where is AWD in this suv like hybrid

    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 2 months ago

      +SECK Snow tires are kind of a ripoff. I live in Chicago and I don't have snow tires and I am fine.


    • SECK
      SECK 2 months ago

      Its called get good snow tires and learn when to turn off the electronic control when pulling winter hills so you keep up momentum... Maybe a big issue in a place like Seattle or Colorado but most of the North East is doable in FWD. My grandmother drove every winter for most of her life in rear drive awful cornering American cars for christ sake and never had an issue. lol I drive a Chevy Volt and luckily have yet to have an issue.


    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 3 months ago

      Akhil Bolla There is none


  • Kiss Kiss
    Kiss Kiss 3 months ago

    "Full battery of tests" I see what you did there.

  • shopwithaaron
    shopwithaaron 3 months ago

    Niro doesn't have the what plant am I from looks of the Toyota....

    • vgman94
      vgman94 3 months ago

      I know. Just trollin' ya. :)


    • shopwithaaron
      shopwithaaron 3 months ago

      planet....


    • vgman94
      vgman94 3 months ago

      I think I am from an Orchid family myself, but I don't really know. Never questioned it...


  • azn5594
    azn5594 3 months ago

    And it looks good!

  • McSMACKthe1st
    McSMACKthe1st 3 months ago

    Looks nice and a great choice for driving around town while getting good MPG. 👍🏽
    But one question, 10 missed calls?! 😯 This guy needs to answer his phone every once in a while. I mean the Niro comes with Apple CarPlay AND his phone is plugged into it. I'd say "Hello!" Right now but he'd ignore it like those phone calls.😂🤣

  • albert7139
    albert7139 3 months ago

    Why should those safety features be standard? Are people buying their drivers licenses now a days?

    • Krista Prenesti
      Krista Prenesti 2 months ago

      Nah. Wont help. Theyll just mess with their phone screens instead.


    • beef jones
      beef jones 3 months ago

      maybe if they took out the big tv screen in the middle of the dash people would pay attention to the road.


    • fordhouse8b
      fordhouse8b 3 months ago

      Very nice that you are such a good driver, but car manufactures sell their vehicles to anyone, including people who are not such superior drivers, like yourself. Those people transport innocent children in their vehicles, navigate cities full of pedestrians, etc. The goal of mandatory safety equipment is to reduce injury and fatality rates for all people. This is done by assuming worst case scenarios, and worst possible drivers.


    • albert7139
      albert7139 3 months ago

      ThePointblank I get that, but my point was if your a good driver than these safety features shouldn't be needed. I've never owned a vehicle with any of these features, heck my car doesn't even have abs, traction control or stability control, and I've managed, it just makes me wonder how much skill people are lacking since most are dependant on these features.


    • ThePointblank
      ThePointblank 3 months ago

      Sometimes, the computer is just better and faster at responding to things than the best driver can ever be.


  • Henry Ford
    Henry Ford 3 months ago

    I would definitely try one out and for that price might even be tempted to buy one!

  • DigitalYojimbo
    DigitalYojimbo 3 months ago

    wait wasn't cmax one of the worst picks a year or 2 ago ?

    • Kamaka Chang
      Kamaka Chang 1 month ago

      CR trashed MyFordTouch and their DCTs for years. Nobody's perfect but CR doesn't get paid anything from the car companies.


    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 2 months ago

      They hated My Ford touch but now with sync 3 they love the CMAX


    • Yo Stop
      Yo Stop 2 months ago

      that is why I don't listen to consumer reports all they do is tell consumer Ford is amazing because they pay them so much.


    • SECK
      SECK 2 months ago

      Exactly. They improved the reliability but I heard such horror stories I would never buy a Ford...


    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 3 months ago

      DigitalYojimbo This is brand new for 2017


  • SuperHollowfied
    SuperHollowfied 3 months ago

    Consumer Reports loves being wrong.

    The Kia Niro is a compact hybrid crossover. Naturally it competes against other compact hybrid crossovers like the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, etc.

    • Disney Fan
      Disney Fan 3 months ago

      +jimmelay71 I thought you meant CR was a government agency. My bad


    • jimmelay71
      jimmelay71 3 months ago

      SuperHollowfied Unless your name is Disney Fan that comment wasn't meant for you. Disney Fan deleted his comment saying the EPA was not a government agency.


    • SuperHollowfied
      SuperHollowfied 3 months ago

      jimmelay71 when did I say it wasn't;


    • jimmelay71
      jimmelay71 3 months ago

      +Disney Fan If you think the EPA is not a government agency then you are an idiot.


    • SuperHollowfied
      SuperHollowfied 3 months ago

      Whatever makes you sleep better at night. They are both still compact crossovers.


  • Maestro_T
    Maestro_T 3 months ago

    It seems like the more normal-looking hybrids have not done as well historically, so maybe they should have added a few "weird" styling cues, though not so many as the Prius (ugh). The exterior styling seems old, but I like the simple interior.

  • Frederick Rothe III
    Frederick Rothe III 3 months ago

    People will pick this over Toyota.

    • Kristen Bogard
      Kristen Bogard 2 months ago

      You sound like someone who got fired from Kia.


    • 7Karma
      7Karma 3 months ago

      vanamburgben price


    • vanamburgben
      vanamburgben 3 months ago

      7Karma Encores and sorentos are nothing alike. I don't see the line you're drawing here


    • 7Karma
      7Karma 3 months ago

      Are you comparing Rio vs Encore? seriously? that's apples and oranges. If you want to compare Encore you need to compare to Sorento. Even then I know Buick Encore is trash because my employee drove like 33k and literally it broke so much she stopped driving Encore to work. I haven't seen her using Encore to come to work for like 2 months now. She'll get pissy if I ask her about it so I just stopped asking her about Encore.


    • vanamburgben
      vanamburgben 3 months ago

      You know what? You get what you pay for, and if you think a 16K brand new Kia Rio even comes close to the reliability of even a turd like the Buick Encore, then you're crazy.


  • Jake Root
    Jake Root 3 months ago

    How can it drive on electric only (up to 40 mph) with a 6-speed gearbox?

    • Stephen Jeffcoat
      Stephen Jeffcoat 3 months ago

      Electric cars could use gearboxes to reduce the motor RPMs at high speed and/or increase low-speed acceleration. The problem for higher power electric cars is the transmissions are not robust enough to handle the torque. The original Tesla roadsters had 2-speed automatic transmissions, but they kept failing and were replaced with single speeds. This reduced their acceleration.


    • Jake Root
      Jake Root 3 months ago

      vanamburgben -- are you suggesting it has two transmissions? The car needs a transmission to operate.


    • Jake Root
      Jake Root 3 months ago

      vanamburgben -- a battery has instant torque at zero RPM. It doesn't use (nor need) a gearbox. The only hybrids that I know of that also have non-CVT gearboxes never go full electric (the CR-Z for instance). This is one of the main reasons that manuals are expected to die in a several decades. Electric cars don't need gearboxes.


    • vanamburgben
      vanamburgben 3 months ago

      Jake Root I don't understand your question. It switches power between a large battery and the engine, and this saves gas. Lower speeds are controlled by the battery, higher speeds are controlled by the engine.


    • Jake Root
      Jake Root 3 months ago

      Cool. Though I'm guessing the Niro isn't something that could be rowed manually...


  • cadsux
    cadsux 3 months ago

    "Low gas prices & Toyota's dominance...means the Niro is facing an uphill battle." There were similar thoughts about the Kia Soul, when the market had cube shaped MPVs like the Scion xB, Nissan Cube & Honda Element. Now all that's left is the Honda Fit. Also, last December, the Niro achieved a world's record of over 77 mpg from Los Angeles to NYC.

  • Robert Schneider
    Robert Schneider 3 months ago

    Like this car but I'll never buy or lease a car equipped with a Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission again.

    • Robert Schneider
      Robert Schneider 3 months ago

      Jonathan A Blah Blah Blah.


    • Jonathan A
      Jonathan A 3 months ago

      Seriously dude, you just called me a liar? I have 144,000 miles and it still runs. But I told you the truth about what happened.


    • Robert Schneider
      Robert Schneider 3 months ago

      Jonathan A Yeah sure. Before the Escape family had a 2000 Ford Windstar that lasted 168,394 miles without major issues.


    • Jonathan A
      Jonathan A 3 months ago

      I have a 2010 Ford Fusion, same 6 speed 6F-35 that is in your Escape. I has had issues with leaks and the driver side axle going bad twice. Ford still has this issue with them today. You're lucky yours hasn't had the problem.


    • Robert Schneider
      Robert Schneider 3 months ago

      Alexandre Potvin Really? So why did Hyundais place Recalls out for they're DCT's and Acura had 3 recalls regarding they're DCT's. How come my other 2015 Ford Escape that's equipped with a traditional automatic has just over 80,000 miles with no problems? It's not the automakers, it's the Transmissions


  • nickolas
    nickolas 3 months ago

    More competition is always a good thing.

  • landyachtfan79
    landyachtfan79 3 months ago

    Best part about this vehicle...........it doesn't look like a robot/Storm Trooper!!!!!! I am not going to lie, I find this vehicle EXTREMELY intriguing. However, I do think that the lack of AWD, even as an option, is seriously going to hurt sales in the increasingly competitive compact crossover market. What say you all? Nissan & Toyota both offer AWD in the Rogue & RAV4 hybrids, so I see no reason why Kia shouldn't on the Niro.

    • MrSh0wtime3
      MrSh0wtime3 3 months ago

      AWD is a marketing thing more then something that helps you in real life. Most all AWD systems other then Subaru would offer almost identical performance in real world condition to a FWD vehicle.


    • Stephen Jeffcoat
      Stephen Jeffcoat 3 months ago

      Given the extreme success they have had with the FWD-only Soul, I don't think they see the immediate need to add AWD.


    • Henry Ford
      Henry Ford 3 months ago

      landyachtfan79 - yes I agree although I don't go for AWD. A lot of dealers in my area carry 90% AWD SUV's so it could hurt them.


Analyse website