I'm very excited about the Niro, but I find the quoted prices (USD equivalents) to be higher than I expected.
I think I feel that way because the Niro is a "crossover", but not in any meaningful way a crossover of an SUV. It is a sensible subcompact econobox 5-door hatchback, similar to my Suzuki Aerio SX (which has been very good to me since I bought it in 2002), or perhaps to the Honda Fit ... maybe even the Kia Soul. With the pricier hybrid technology added.
It shouldn't be discussed as an SUV, IMO, based on what I've read about it. Seating position, while higher than a sports car or even a typical sedan, is nowhere near that of an SUV. Nor is spaciousness in any dimension comparable, despite that magic of a car that seems larger on the inside than on the outside, as these econobox hatches usually do. The teeny little tires that are mismatched to the potholed city streets where econoboxes are usually driven (replace frequently due to sidewall bulges, even though small tires are somewhat harder to find and a bit overpriced) are not what you'd find on an SUV. Et cetera.