Following the launch of the Kia Niro Hybrid in late 2016,  a new Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid has arrived in Ireland priced from €35,995.

This price includes the €2,500 VRT reduction with a further €5,000 reduction available as the Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) also qualifies for the SEAI grant for environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Available in just one trim level, the Kia Niro PHEV comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, dual air-con, reversing camera, Sat Nav with Tom Tom services and Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.

The Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid is available with a choice of four colours, and rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.

There’s also a 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to standard safety equipment that includes smart cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and driver attention warning.

The Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid pairs a 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine with a 8.9 kWh high-capacity lithium-polymer battery pack. The latest addition to Kia’s hybrid crossover range substantially reduces emissions over the more conventional Niro hybrid – CO2 emissions fall to 29 g/km and the car offers a zero-emissions, pure-electric driving range of up to 58 kilometres.

The total power and torque output for the Niro Plug-in Hybrid’s powertrain is 141 ps and 265 Nm, enabling the new model to accelerate from 0-to-100 kph in 10.8 seconds (0.7 seconds quicker than the standard Niro hybrid). Power is applied to the road through the Niro’s six-speed double-clutch transmission.

James Brooks, Managing Director, Kia Motors Ireland, commented: “As sales of PHEVs continues to grow in Ireland there is also a growing demand for crossover vehicles and Niro happily meets the demand of those consumers who want both the style and practicality of a crossover and the low emissions of an advanced PHEV.“

Caroline Kidd