Kia Niro – best hybrid SUVs

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Kia Niro long-term - second report side

Small crossovers are all the rage right now, so it’s no wonder that Kia decided to give its Niro hybrid an SUV look. Currently there’s just a conventional Prius-style hybrid model available, but like the closely related Hyundai Ioniq, it will be joined by a plug-in variant later this year.

The Niro is designed as a hybrid from the outset, so while it sits between the Cee’d hatch and Sportage crossover in Kia’s range, the way the battery and electric motor are packaged means space isn’t compromised inside. There’s plenty of kit on all models, while gloss white fittings are a subtle hint at the Niro’s eco credentials.

The Niro is a little behind its main rival, the Toyota Prius, in terms of outright economy, but for most people it’ll be efficient enough. And besides, its more conventional crossover looks will be an attraction for those put off by the radical looks of the Prius.

Best hybrid SUVs

  1. 1. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine
  2. 2. Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
  3. 3. BMW X5 xDrive 40e
  4. 4. Audi Q7 e-tron
  5. 5. MINI Countryman S E
  6. 6. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  7. 7. Lexus RX 450h
  8. 8. Kia Niro
  9. 9. Mercedes-Benz GLE 500e
  10. 10. Lexus NX 300h