As you'd expect, this Hybrid version of the Niro is your least expensive way into this model line and, as with the accompanying Plug-in Hybrid and EV models, is available in Kia's usual three trim levels, '2', '3' or '4'. From launch, Hybrid pricing started from just over £28,000; from there, there's an increment of around £3,000 each time you progress up a trim level.
Niro models with the two other available drivetrain options aren't our focus here, but for reference, if you want one of those, you'll need to spend quite a bit more. To graduate from this Hybrid to the Plug-in Hybrid Niro would require around £6,000 more from you; to go from this Hybrid to the full-battery Niro EV would require around £8,500 more. Even when you take the lower running costs of these two more electrified Plug-in variants into account, it's hard to imagine too many cost of ownership scenarios in which this ordinary self-charging Hybrid version didn't come out top. Kia expects it to account for 40% of Niro sales.
If, having considered all of this, you conclude that it is a Niro Hybrid that you really want, then you're going to need to know just how generous Kia has been with the standard spec - so let's take a look at that now. Starting with the features you can expect to find across the Niro range. Tick off automatic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillight clusters, a rear spoiler, roof rails, skid plates front and rear, rear solar glass, electrically heated door mirrors, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Plus you get Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality: with many of the same cameras used for the very complete portfolio of camera safety equipment, which we'll cover off for you in a moment.
Inside, there's dual-zone climate control, an artificial leather steering wheel, a dual-height boot floor for extra versatility, and in the instrument binnacle, there's a 4.2-inch 'Supervision Colour Cluster Display' in the instrument binnacle. Media connectivity's taken care of by an 8.0-inch touchscreen central monitor with a six-speaker DAB audio system and Bluetooth, plus 'Android Auto' and 'Apple CarPlay' smartphone projection.