first 1000 mile experience
* things I appreciate
- stylish 18 inch wheels that provide quick and flat turn-ins. it's actually fun to drive through "country" road in sports mode. some do complain about firm ride, but this is how I like it.
- overall design, i like the smooth lines and location of the functioning parts like door handle, mirrors, plastic fender flare to protect from dings, road debris, and adding overall sporty style. tastefully done rear gate spoiler that extends out to provide better sun protection. I even like the layout of under the hood where changing light bulb can be done in less than a minute and easy access to the DL light bulb with only few clips removed.
- appreciate existing screw holes for easy hitch mounting, easy crossbar mount, channel for door rain guard, tie hook in the cargo area, organizer under the cargo floor, easy to remove/install cargo cover, and etc.
- rear and cargo doors are sized right with decent sized opening. Plenty of capacity for four adults with decent sized cargo space for what I need for commute to work, home depot runs, Costco, camping/hiking, and carpooling. Already did trips to waste facility to trash old sinks/boxes/table/chairs/furnitures/etc without an issue. Rear door opening is wide enough to fit a top of small dinning table and had it laid flat on the floor.
- simple to use/navigate dashboard/switches and entertainment console. Harmon system in Niro is quality for the price-point. select responses are quick and accurate and everything seems to be very easy to use. Screen display is defeatedly quality for price point.
- seats are perfectly sized with decent support. I do wish it was slightly firmer but so far, i am comfortable in it and quality of material above the par for the price point. I do like the leather/cloth combo with cloth insert and practicality in both hot/cold days.
- proximity light around the door handle on this price range must be first? i have seen this on higher priced vehicles but it's a low-cost way to make Niro feel more "expansive" than it really is. if it also had the puddle lights, it would have been a $50k+ luxuary range.
- far exceeding the EPA MPG rating for Touring. consistently averaging low 50's commuting in DC/VA metro area. Physically my average is in-line with FE EPA rating.
* things i want changed
- mustache on both front and rear bumpers. this is so much like older VW design but at much higher level. glad they fixed this on 2020 and newer.
- Navi is like CD/Tape players, Android Auto is a perfect replacement. My wife is the only person I know that still uses the built-in navi [her Lexus] even after my son had shown how to use google map from her phone.
- I like the proximity door handle light but it's missing puddle light. Puddle light does make me feel welcoming and presents as “luxury”.
- In exchange for auto folding side mirrors, i wish I had the memory options. Mine is S Touring and doesn't come with it. Niro is a small vehicle, so I don't see the purpose of having an auto folder side mirror. In a larger vehicle, folding mirror is necessary.
one thing for sure, I don’t remember getting this excited about a vehicle for a while because I didn’t realized I have already spent over $1200 of additions stuff for the Niro only in first two weeks. Granted $500 was on a new crossbar and used Yakima box which I can use on other vehicles but I don’t remember spending anything remotely this fast with my past vehicles including my beloved SC430 White Gold Crystal.