That red in the video doesn't seem to have much metallic in it, which is a bummer. Offering a DCT is quite risky on Kia's part as DCT has not been well accepted by the public (just read about the DCT's in the Ford Fiesta/Focus). Needless to say I will be taking one on an extended test drive or even renting one for a weekend to make sure the transmission is not jerky at ALL points.
With just a 1.6L a CVT would have been a better choice since the engine size is small which means it won't be offering as much torque anyway (leave that up to the electric motor). A CVT allows for a much wider gear ratio spread to help out on the highway. It may come across that I'm putting the car down, which I am not, I'm all for more hybrid/electric crossovers as competition brings innovation. I am actually looking at a Ford C-Max hybrid right now but I can wait a few more months to see how the Niro drives.
I am sure the Niro will hit 50MPG without any issue in the real world, I mean, the C-Max Hybrid's are hitting 50-65MPG in real world driving. It's all in the way you drive it and that'll come with time.