Welcome gb...where you from?
I'm in the same boat as you....considering both options. Personally I lean towards the Niro. I like the dash layout better as well as the ease of entry/exit.
Unfortunately, I'm in Canada and we don't have any Ioniq info at all to compare. Interesting, since the car is supposed to be in the dealer's lot on Wednesday! Hyundai.ca doesn't have any info on battery warranty that I can find.
Anyway, I hope others will chime in here with some information for both of us!
I live in the Chicago area.
I have driven neither. I've sat in both. I could see myself purchasing a Niro and never purchasing an Ioniq. The Ioniq is just too low to the ground and too hard to get out of. If you're young and flexible, either car will do. If you're old and stiff, those extra MPG ain't worth it.
I agree, we would let the mpg go for the ride height in the Niro. I had some back issues and sitting low to the ground is not ideal for me but it will mainly be my wife's car. We test drove a civic too and the ioniq feels much more comfortable to us and not as low. The civic certainly has some pep but the styling feels more for a college student than a family of 4, in addition to the ride height. Our big sticking point is the lifetime warranty offered by Hyundai and not by Kia on the battery.
There are some threads in the "Niro vs the Competition" forum that have some discussion on the two. I'm looking at the Niro LX and Ioniq SEL and test drove both back-to-back.
I had read your review. I think my perspective was a little different. I felt the ioniq was quicker than the Niro although it was not that big of a difference and may be situational. Overall I think we can live with the sluggishness. Styling wise, I feel the ioniq is a pretty bland look that is pretty typical for hyundai sedans. The Niro, the rear looks sporty, the front end is not very appealing though and wish they went with boxier headlights like their other models.
We are also considering waiting until the plugins come out but are not sure what to expect in pricing as this might just put it out of our range even with the rebates. It sounds like the plugins will have more pep too.
Another advantage to the Ioniq, while not a buying decision point for us, is the tech it has. Blue link and the ability to remote start the car, etc. I don't believe Kia has tech like this. Outside of that you get other features as you noted with the Ioniq that do not come with the Niro. Another example of this is you can get 10 way driver seat with Lumbar on the Ioniq at the 25k point. For the Niro it appears you need to go to the 29k price point (EX w/tech).
Niro share a lot of components with the Ioniq. The whole powertrain is essentially shared between the two with a few little tuning differences, the 1.6 GDI, four-cylinder from the Kappa engine family that is the basis for both cars. Both cars ride on the same 103-inch wheelbase, and the track width is similar as well. The main difference between the Niro and the Ioniq that the Kia is a CUV while the Hyundai is a sedan.
Right I was aware of that, just with everything being the same it would have been ideal if Kia also had the same warranty on it.
The bottom line for us is we really preferred the Niro for overall utility, but the warranty coverage of the ioniq and future value that will have for us is making us think the Ioniq might be the way to go and we'd just live with the ride height difference as there are some other features we'd get still that the Niro is missing to offset this (ex Lumbar support).