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How much does the Kia Niro cost?
There are two specifications for both the hybrid and battery-electric vehicles.
The entry Kia Niro S hybrid starts at $44,380 before on-road costs; a rise of $4,390 over the previous SUV.
Moving up to the GT-Line is a $50,030 proposition, or $6,140 more than the outgoing Sport Hybrid, which lacked many of the features now standard on the top-spec variant.
The battery-only versions are $65,300 (up $2,700) and $72,100 (a rise of $6,100) respectively before dealer delivery and registration fees.
For context, the Mazda MX-30 E35 Astina electric is $65,490, while a Lexus UX300e Luxury starts at $74,000.
Even the bigger (and better, assuming you can find one) Kia EV6 electric car starts at $67,990. A Tesla Model Y is $72,300.
Kia’s product head Roland Rivero, not surprisingly, defends the Niro pricing as a result of the ongoing supply disruptions.
“If the EV6 was launching today, it’d probably be up to $10,000 more expensive,” he says.
“Based on global factors, the Kia Niro is competitively priced for a car with every feature you can expect in this segment.”
“We don’t expect … and can’t get … big numbers of the Niro because every other market wants it as well.”
For the record, Kia Australia is hoping to source around 75 Niros a month, meaning fleet managers will be competing with private buyers for these cars.
The attraction for both sets of buyers is the Kia Niro has a longer range than many of its rivals, helping offset the price rise.
The plug-in hybrid has been dropped from the line-up after it was the least popular drivetrain in the first-generation range.
Is the Kia Niro safe?
This version of the Kia Niro has yet to be tested by ANCAP. The outgoing model’s hybrid variant was rated as a five-star car in 2018, with a 91 per cent score for adult occupant protection and 80 per cent for child occupant safety.
Vulnerable road user protection came in at 70 per cent and safety assist systems rated 81 per cent.
The second-generation vehicle is a physically larger SUV in all dimensions and doesn’t skimp on safety gear.
Default equipment extends to a centre airbag, multi-collision braking (meaning the Niro will auto-brake after the first crash to prevent it rebounding into another vehicle or obstacle), active blind-spot and rear cross-traffic collision assistance, lane-keep assist and a driver attention monitor.
GT-Line models add parking collision-avoidance assist when reversing out of a space, front and rear parking sensors, safe-exit assist to avoid opening the doors in the path of oncoming traffic and an emergency service call though the new Kia Connect telematics system.