My preference is the Nero PHEV, but may not be a viable option
I own a '16 Volt, which I like BUT I miss/want a CUV & prefer a PHIV [similar, as possible, to the Volt]. Well currently there aren't any especially what I can afford to purchase, although I might do a lease. The Nero appears to meet just about all my wants.
Last week as I needed my 1st Volt service @ 12,000 miles [I average 7,500 per year] and as the Kia dealer is next door it gave me an opportunity to sit in the Nero and look it over in person. As soon as I walked into the lot, no surprise, a sales person was at my side. He pulled out a Touring and I sat in it and we talked about Nero's. As soon as I said I was interested in the PHEV he backed out and got the "Nero specialist". Nice guy. Honest![?]. Bottom line was that he doubt that they would be a dealer for the Plugin, because they don't have a charger, due to the infrastructure cost, potential low sales volume to justify the cost, they wouldn't participate. He offered to introduce me to the service manager as he would know more info regarding both the charging and training of a tech. If I were to buy from a different dealer, & the local dealer wasn't a certified servicer, then I would need to go the dealer that I bought it from.
I had already looked at dealerships within 200 miles from where I live, the California central coast. The nearest dealer is 75 miles away, & they have many Nero's on the lot. Not too bad. But then I wondered if they were able to service the Soul EV or the Optima PHEV which would require both charging station[s] and trained techs. Nope. After searching [how did we by cars [or anything before the internet?] I found 1 dealer on the outskirts of LA, some 250 miles from me. Too far.
So now I'm going to sit and wait for the '18s which I was gonna do anyways, but for different reasons. If no Kia dealer within a reasonable distance [I'll accept <100 miles] is equipped to sell/service the Nero PHEV, then I most likely "just" get the Hybrid. The the decision will be the "17 v '18 differences.