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Just bought a 2019 Niro PHEV yesterday, picking it up tomorrow. I so badly wanted the Niro EV, loved every review I had seen or read for that car. Too bad they didn't include a lot of main important features on their base EX. Guess they only wanted to sell the SX versions.

Anyways, still happy to finally enter the EV market, even if only partially for now. My commute is about 25km one way, and I got chargers at work, so don't plan to use much gas.

So for the new car I know I need to get:
  • Key Fob Cover
  • Hitch for bike rack
  • Tuxmat Floor Mats
  • License Plate protector frame
Anything else do you guys recommend? :)
 

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Hi Mythisme, and welcome to the Forum. :)
Congrats on your new 2019 PHEV. Did you get the EX Premium or the SX trim level ? I hope you got your 2500$ Can. federal gov. rebate on it in Ontario.!

That is soo cool for the km in your commute, and yes, you will probably never see a gas station for the next weeks! ;) my average right now is ~ 3.7L/100km since December.
I got mine Pearl White color PHEV in last december, and it was the first one in Quebec.

For the EV EX, yes indeed, as we speak, less than 30 of them are ordered for Canada.! This was a marketing plan to get the Niro EV eligible for the federal gov 5000$ Can. rebate, and get the SX trim level too. Just for us in Quebec, it's a 13.000$ Can. rebate from both Federal and Provincial Gov. Plus.. on the SX, Chargehub (a charger seller) is giving with Kia Canada, a Free "Bosch" 240v charger free (950$ Can. value).
Come back and tell us your comments on the car.! :)
 

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That’s great, which dealer did you get it from? I just got the HEV model, after a lot of deliberation, and difficulty getting one. Should have gotten the PHEV :(.
 

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Congrats on your new car! I have the Tux mats and love them. Don't need a key fob because it stays in my purse. I hadn't heard about the license plate protector frame being suggested. What does it do?
 

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I got the SX trim in black color. I wanted to get the Gravity Blue, but that would mean a 3 months wait. I had a VW Tigaun earlier, though I love the car, the drive and the pano sunroof, it was using just too much gas. Premium gas requirement + higher gas prices meant I was putting in $350/month for gas. I just couldn't justify that any longer.

I looked into Tesla M3 and Niro EV SX, but both of those were just out of my budget allocated by my wife. LOL. And Niro EV EX didn't have many of the features I wanted to get. Kona Preferred had all those features except that it's trunk is too small for my needs. So the next best thing was Niro PHEV. And Lockwood Kia in Oakville had one in stock. So I didn't hesitate as soon as I test drove it I figured it'd meet my demands for the next 7-8 years.

Yes, I got the $2500 rebate and a decent value for my trade-in. And now hoping to not spend much time at gas stations other than when getting a car wash!

BTW, one thing I forgot to check, does it use regular gas or premium gas? I hope it's the regular.
@frameron: Think of it this way, by the time you'll be replacing ur HEV, the EVs would've improved so much that you won't need to have the gas component any more. That's how I see mine for now.
@Beth, the license plate protector just protects ur plate and sticker so they don't get damaged from road debris and/or small bumps. Replacing a damaged license plate is extra hassle I can do without. As for the mats, I think the Tux mats look better, and cheaper, than the Kia All-weather mats.

I'm just a tad worried about not being able to find someone to install a hitch on the car, as it requires a bit of a hack. And I wonder if that will void the warranty!
 

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I got the SX trim in black color. I wanted to get the Gravity Blue, but that would mean a 3 months wait.... / higher gas prices meant I was putting in $350/month for gas. I just couldn't justify that any longer.
350$ per month.! wow!! how about a 55$ for 8 to 9 weeks!:)


Yes, I got the $2500 rebate and a decent value for my trade-in. And now hoping to not spend much time at gas stations other than when getting a car wash!
Someone in my FB group that has en EV, is now taking his petro-canada points for car wash only.. LOL


BTW, one thing I forgot to check, does it use regular gas or premium gas? I hope it's the regular.
Yes, regular is good like said atc98092, but 1 out of 5, i do put a shoot of premium.


I'm just a tad worried about not being able to find someone to install a hitch on the car, as it requires a bit of a hack. And I wonder if that will void the warranty!
Well, Alot of people that has a PHEV have more trouble to get a perfect fit hitch and some had to get a more "custom" hitch to fit on their PHEV. I cannot say if Kia Canada will void the warranty for a bike rack, but since it's not recommended in the user maual, it's more for people that wants too pull a 3,500 pound tent trailer. ;)
 

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Good choice, I got a Black PHEV SX as-well, had it since end of January.
The mileage is great I still have half a tank left from when I picked up the car from the dealership! :laugh: And managed to do a few longish trips.
The SX really has a ton of features, so much saftey/cameras loved that and the speaker system really has a nice boom.
 

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It's pretty amazing how effective the 26 mile PHEV range actually is. My commute recently changed for the better and I'm now doing ~12 miles a day during the week. On the weekends I'll do an 80 mile round trip with a couple of shorter trips in between. Right now I'm at ~600 miles on this tank and have burned less than a quarter of it. I should be able to go around 2500 - 3000 miles before needing to fill up.

When I bought the car the 80 mile round trip was my daily commute. Even then the PHEV reduced my gas consumption by ~20% or so. Definitely worth it even then, especially since I could do all of my errands and such on the weekends purely on the battery. Now it's a complete no-brainer.

I've decided that if I ever need to replace my VW TDI I'll probably pick up a used Leaf or similar. The relatively short range really doesn't worry me as much as it would have before purchasing the Niro. Now that I've had the PHEV for over a year it really makes it clear just how infrequently I need to be able to drive more than 100 miles at a time. Granted, it's nice to have the unlimited range of the ICE backed hybrid when I actually need it, but for 90%+ of the driving we do a cheap little BEV would easily get it done.
 

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Cool, a few days of driving this beauty, and I've barely used gas at all. So far am getting about ±45 km (±28 miles) on a single charge. I'm charging everywhere I can, at work, at home, at gym... Loving it!

So far the L1 charging at home is fine with me. If I ever go full EV, then I'll change the electric panel and get a nicer L2 charger. It's good to have a built in charging schedule, so I don't overload my panel load while doing other chores at home. Also, most charging is done at night when the rates are lowest.
 

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My work commute round trip is about 36 miles. In the morning I have to climb a long grade at freeway speeds. I've figured out that by using hybrid mode in the morning for most of the freeway leg, I get to work with about 18 miles remaining. Then the afternoon trip home, which includes going down that long grade with regen during the majority of it, I remain in EV mode the entire way and still have about 3 miles remaining when I get home. As of this morning I've gone 480 miles and the gas gauge has only dropped 2 segments. And most of that gas used has been for cabin heat, not actual vehicle movement. Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with it!
 

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That's what I love about it too. Though I wish it has the regen-control pedals that come on Niro EV, Soul EV and Kona Electric. I test drove those, and fell in love with the idea of single-pedal driving and controlled regen for stop and go traffic.
 

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It's good to have a built in charging schedule, so I don't overload my panel load while doing other chores at home. Also, most charging is done at night when the rates are lowest.
And.. you can use it with the UVO app (charging schedule).
 

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Yes, I've used the UVO app quite a bit already. Wish we could edit the schedules within the UVO. I'm still testing to see what works out the best for me.

If I have 2 schedules, one for home at night, and another for work at day, can they be simultaneously used? Is there a way to make location-based schedules? e.g., I can schedule them at home, but anywhere else they just plug-in and charge.
 

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