I'm hoping we can get a discussion going here on arguably the Niro's closest rival: the Prius V.
This is my thinking, too, though I can see how others who prioritize differently might place other vehicles at the top of their lists.
Compare the dimensions to the Prius V "waggon"
Station waggon, exactly. Only most people hate that designation. Go figure.
The Prius V is actually taller!
And height is one of my top items, and reasons I'm leaning against buying the new Prius hatchback. My '07 has a good, if not great seating position. After sitting in a new '16, though it's not as bad as I feared, I really don't want to go even a bit shorter. This post over on priuschat
"...going from a Gen 2 to a Gen 3, you'll notice a difference in seat height. In the Gen 2, you sit high relative to the dashboard, in the Gen 3, you sit in the car with the dashboard a little higher up. In the Gen 4, it's like the Gen 3 but everything is shifted lower..."
And the head room in the back seat of the new "sportier" Gen 4 (2016) is really terrible. When I sat in the back seat, my head wasn't just touching the roof, my head was pressed over to the side.
Reading this comment on the Ioniq over on greencarreports
"Most important of all, I found it comfortable... not like the new Prius with sit-in-a-hole passenger seats."
I'll be curious to examine an Iconic, though it sounds like the Niro will be better for me. I'm willing to accept a small hit to fuel efficiency in getting a taller vehicle, but in the past the hit has always been huge, as with the RAV4.
Another thing to keep in mind is the 2017 Prius v will hopefully get the new more efficient engine the 2016 Prius hatchback got this year.
There's also the problem of the current Prius v having *LESS* leg room than the smaller hatchback, because the seats are positioned to accept a third row (even if not in the US market).