I've never owned a vehicle which had so many different warning sounds throughout. These things can definitely be appreciated when helpful or annoying when not wanted. At any rate, the list is extensive.
1. Exterior "Locking/Unlocking Vehicle BEEP" which is accompanied by a flash of the exterior lights.
2. Key Fob "Panic Button Alarm" is an obnoxious but loud sounding "el'-cheapo" car horn. Probably ditto sound for a real car alarm situation.
3. The "ACTUAL Vehicle Horn", activated by pressing the steering wheel horn button, is a lovely 2 note "harmony tone" similar to what used to be on most American Made vehicles. I WISH I could substitute a millisecond blast of this horn (ala my Dodge Caravan) instead of the pretty soft beep which occurs when you lock the doors. Sometimes we may wonder if we actually locked the vehicle after walking away and the existing beeper is just too soft to hear from any distance when the button on the key fob is depressed.
4. A soft exterior beeping sound up front when the Niro is placed in Reverse. This one is barely audible from inside the vehicle and actually should have been placed at the rear of the Niro as it only appears to activate when in reverse, supposedly to warn pedestrians behind you, not in front of you.
5. Interior parking sensor beepers (one on either side of the interior to help indicate which detector is sensing an object). If said object is directly in front of OR behind the vehicle, both these beepers will sound simultaneously. All of these beeps are accompanied by little indicator lights in the dashboard showing which sensor is detecting an object. Fortunately, the audible volume of these parking sensor beepers can be turned down in the settings menu. YES!
Unfortunately, I believe these SAME BEEPERS are used for the Lane Departure Warning AND the Lane Keeping Assist Warning which sounds if you happen to cross a line without the signal light being activated. In either of these cases, the volume is at maximum
. At least I have found no way to turn them down.
6. A strange little 2 note, soft but pleasant sounding, chime (kinda like one of those kid's wind up toys or a Jewelry Music Box). This one goes off randomly while driving (not every day), but only for a single two note "ding dong" chime, and I have absolutely no clue what it is for.
7. A somewhat annoying single beep that occurs when you successfully complete a correct turn as suggested by the Navigation System. Oh, shut up already! Just tell me when I'm wrong!
8. Emergency stopping warning when the front radar senses rapid closing speed on the vehicle in front of you. I'm not sure if this is just another use of already mentioned interior beepers or something else completely but it is pretty loud and probably a good thing.
9. The musical ditty which activates EVERY time you start the vehicle. I've noticed that IF you try to put the Niro in gear before this melody completes it's sequence, the vehicle will not move
and you have to start the whole sequence all over again. Don't rush me baby, I'm just getting turned on!
THINGS I WOULD LOVE TO SEE KIA CHANGE WITH ALL THESE ALARMS:
a) Do not activate the FRONT parking sensors when the vehicle is placed in REVERSE. I appreciate having them active when parking the vehicle in our relatively tight garage. However, I hate having to listen to them firing off again when I'm backing out of the garage next day. Front Sensors active when in Drive, Rear Sensors active when in Reverse! Thank you very much.
b) Reprogram the Lane Departure Warning so that it turns off earlier when a passing vehicle is already clearly visible in front of or beside you. This can be especially annoying in heavy freeway traffic when you signal to make a lane change after the passing vehicle is obviously already moving ahead of you and the damned beeper is still blasting at you.
c) Put small heaters on the Radar Sensor especially and also on the parking sensors if not cost prohibitive. Things can get pretty annoying when driving in slushy conditions as debris quickly builds up on these devices. There are other vehicles out there which definitely have heaters on the Radar Sensor. Fortunately, the parking sensors can be deactivated with a switch but then you have to remember to turn them back on again if you want to actually make use of them as intended.