Hey there -- I need some help for Niro owners.
I'm really liking the form factor (size, shape...) and features of the Niro & thought I would be buying one in the next week or two. I got a 1/2 hour test drive from a dealer a month ago in an EX Premium & it felt pretty good. But before laying down $35K, I wanted to be sure the Niro was a good fit in all regards; especially seat comfort which is critical for my wife. Currently we are driving a 2017 Golf and 2015 Subaru Outback so we're pretty spoiled regarding the seat comfort and noise Since no dealer would allow me a prolonged 24 hr, 200 mile test drive (understandable) I am currently using Turo to rent a 2018 Niro PHEV LX. The car has 18" wheels and 246/45R18 I just got back from 40 mile, 60 minute drive and was quite disappointed in two things.
1. The standard fabric seat doesn't have much cushion on bottom nor back & very little lumber support. I'm hoping that the EX Premium leather seats has power lumbar adjust on drivers side and I'm hoping it may have better cushioning. I can't recall if the passenger seat has lumbar adjust or not.
2. The road noise /tire noise was quite loud. Again, hoping this may be a function of the wheels on the car I have and that the 16" wheel tire package will not be as noisy.
Would love imput from you regarding if the EX Premium is going be similar in seat comfort and road noise or better. Please pipe up! Thanks
I've been driving a 2018 PHEV Niro for six months. Most of my trips are short, but there have been a few road trips that went for hours or all day.
For this trim package, the driver's seat has adjustable lumbar support.
My previous rides were a 2008 Honda CR-V EX-L (leather seats, electric drivers seat with Lumbar support) and a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup (nice legroom for my 6'3"+ frame). I find the Niro seating to be better than both, and to be "sufficient", but this is very much a personal judgement. My wife likes the CR-V better than the Niro.
You are right to be focused on this concern. I recall a rental I had about a decade ago that I spent many hours in over the course of a week. After the third day, I felt like my spine had been fused and I could hardly bend my back, was in pain all day long. I thought it was just me, but my wife developed the same problem a day after I did. Not sure what it was about the seats in that car, but I've never had that problem before, or since (thank God!).
I haven't found road noise to be a concern. The only thing I've noticed in that regard is that when I'm driving at 25 MPH with the window down and cornering sharply, I hear a kind of "squishy" noise from the tires that I'm not accustomed to. I assume it has something to do with the low rolling resistance formulation of the tires. It's not particularly obnoxious, just not familiar to me.
Sorry - I can't relate this car to the LX, or a Golf or an Outback. On an all day drive in the Niro, I get stiff at some point and I'm happy to have a chance to get out of the car and stretch, but I've never experienced any sort of seating where I would not feel that way if I sat in the same position for an extended period.
hope it helps.