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Are there any electrical/mechanical differences between the years?

One I know of is the 12V battery change.

And hopefully they take care of the recalls as they occur. I haven't seen as many complaints of the door handles breaking after the 2017 model.
 

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Are there any electrical/mechanical differences between the years?

One I know of is the 12V battery change.

And hopefully they take care of the recalls as they occur. I haven't seen as many complaints of the door handles breaking after the 2017 model.

All the same, no major component change.. For the battery, some had it in tha cargo right side, and others directly in the major battery. if your choice goes on a 2019, all past recalls are from the past (even the handle problem!)
 

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If you are in North America, all three model years for the HEV had the same 12V battery. The 2017 world model had a lead acid 12V battery. Not sure if there was a 2016 Niro overseas, but if there was, it would also have a lead acid battery. I suspect there was one overseas as my dealer had a showroom model with one before the 2017s came out that had to be returned to Kia without selling it. The 2016 Ioniqs all had lead acid 12V batteries.

The only significant model change I know of is that the 2017 did not have LKAS as an option in the US (other countries did have it). That is one reason I waited until the 2018 model year to buy. Not a huge deal, and honestly it is a bit annoying to feel steering wheel adjustments. But if it saves your life just once...

Trims do change (and their options), and the later built models will have corrected earlier issues. The door handle was over torquing a nut, easy adjustment at the factory. Fixing a broken door handle was also easy, except for a poor supply chain.
 

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If you are in North America, all three model years for the HEV had the same 12V battery. The 2017 world model had a lead acid 12V battery. Not sure if there was a 2016 Niro overseas, but if there was, it would also have a lead acid battery.
Yes and no, FYI, i probably had a "non-north america" 2018 HEV, because there was no battery bloc in the right side cargo area. But the 12v (probably a lead acid 12V battery ?!?) it was included in the main pack of the big battery.. (see image) ;)
 

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No, the lead acid battery is always right rear on applicable models like the PHEV. Again, all North American HEV models have a lithium 12v battery bolted to the traction battery under the rear seat. No room for a lead acid battery there.
 

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No, the lead acid battery is always right rear on applicable models like the PHEV. Again, all North American HEV models have a lithium 12v battery bolted to the traction battery under the rear seat. No room for a lead acid battery there.
You are SOOOOO dam right yticolev! Like i have writen before, was not so shure if it was a "probably a lead acid 12V battery ?!?" or not under the rear seat... AND as a bonus, like you said that on a 2016 and 2017 HEV, it's.just like all PHEV.. just in the cargo right side area.. Just like you said.! Man you're good!

Guess i will go to bed more intelligent tonight!... :nerd:
 

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If you are in North America, all three model years for the HEV had the same 12V battery. The 2017 world model had a lead acid 12V battery. Not sure if there was a 2016 Niro overseas, but if there was, it would also have a lead acid battery. I suspect there was one overseas as my dealer had a showroom model with one before the 2017s came out that had to be returned to Kia without selling it. The 2016 Ioniqs all had lead acid 12V batteries.

The only significant model change I know of is that the 2017 did not have LKAS as an option in the US (other countries did have it). That is one reason I waited until the 2018 model year to buy. Not a huge deal, and honestly it is a bit annoying to feel steering wheel adjustments. But if it saves your life just once...

Trims do change (and their options), and the later built models will have corrected earlier issues. The door handle was over torquing a nut, easy adjustment at the factory. Fixing a broken door handle was also easy, except for a poor supply chain.

My local dealer here in NY state had 2017 touring models with LKAS. My 2017 EX does not have it but the Touring model did and I believe it was standard equipment not an option.
 

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I've heard that earlier HEVs came with some sort of WiFi system. My 2018 PHEV doesn't have that, but does have a cellular modem that supports certain UVO features like the one that allows you to start the AC from your cell phone or laptop. That might also be a difference in trim packages rather than model years though.


According to the Kia web site, the 2019 PHEV introduced a few additional exterior color options and an option for a sunroof. (But good luck finding those new options on a dealer's lot- they are still pretty rare).


It's likely that a 2019 HEV or PHEV will have updated software when delivered, although it's likely that a dealer could apply most new software updates during a service visit.


Aside from that, I haven't heard about any significant changes between 2018 and 2019 models.
 

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My local dealer here in NY state had 2017 touring models with LKAS. My 2017 EX does not have it but the Touring model did and I believe it was standard equipment not an option.
You are right, only the Touring or others trims with advanced tech package has the LKAS installed.
 

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I've heard that earlier HEVs came with some sort of WiFi system. My 2018 PHEV doesn't have that, but does have a cellular modem that supports certain UVO features like the one that allows you to start the AC from your cell phone or laptop. That might also be a difference in trim packages rather than model years though.
There is no wifi system, but a modem installed for the UVO system for the PHEV since 2018.




According to the Kia web site, the 2019 PHEV introduced a few additional exterior color options
Well, for the USA country, there are not new additionnal colors, it's more like a split of the blue colors, that were available for the 2017-2018 HEV... For exemple: The 2019 HEV has now the Deep Cerulean color and the 2019 PHEV, the Gravity Blue color.
But, for Canada, both colors are available for both models and trims. Except for the red color that was taken off the 2019 order list.!
 

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I think someone conflated LDW with LKAS. They are different. No US 2017 had LKAS available.
Hum.!! is it me or i dont see where is the big difference when i look in the 2017 "Features and Functions Guide" book. Yes, it shows the LWDS system, but LKAS is displayed in the same option. So the option was there in 2017 HEV model.!
 

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Hum.!! is it me or i dont see where is the big difference when i look in the 2017 "Features and Functions Guide" book. Yes, it shows the LWDS system, but LKAS is displayed in the same option. So the option was there in 2017 HEV model.!
LKAS is not in the page you posted. It was not available in the North American 2017 Niro or Ioniq models.
The page lafe005 posted doesn't specifically refer to LKAS, but it describes behavior that calls to mind what I think of as LKAS in that it states "while applying a slight adjustment to the steering". Of course, there's also a curious repetition between the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs where the 2nd describes both LDWS and LKAS and the 3rd repeat's the 2nd's description of LDWS while saying nothing about LKAS. Looks to me like a probable error in the documentation.
 

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During 2017, Kia was providing manuals in rather bad translations to a number of English speaking countries. Cars sent to other countries did have LKAS available on some trims or options. Probably a bit of a nightmare to patch together manuals for different countries. In any case, the manuals are poorly written and executed and have quite a number of errors or misleading language.
 

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During 2017, Kia was providing manuals in rather bad translations to a number of English speaking countries. Cars sent to other countries did have LKAS available on some trims or options. Probably a bit of a nightmare to patch together manuals for different countries. In any case, the manuals are poorly written and executed and have quite a number of errors or misleading language.
Man! You have allllll the anwsers.! thank god we have you here! :laugh:
 

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As the owner of a 2017 HEV with the tech package I concur there may there was no LKAS on the 2017s, just LDW. I was buying near the end of the model year so I remember quite well when the switch to 2018 came and LKAS was added.

I couldn’t wait a month or two to buy though as my previous car had been rear ended and totaled and I was paying daily for a rental. The 2018s coulda saved me some money though as they changed the options so I coulda gotten the tech package without I don’t really care about like the sunroof.
 

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Hey, that's over the top. I think your post is out of line. I for one, am glad we have yticolev here. I've learned a lot from him.
Sorry :crying: but why am i soo out of line here, you're saying the same thing that i have said!

That guy is soo good and alway's have the last word.! I alway's go too sleep more intelligent after reading his post! We shure dont want too looose him! ;)
Have a great day!
 
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