I so agree, Best car I've ever had!Yes, I think it’s very much underrated. But even Kia doesn’t seem to be hyping it. I recently received an e-mail from Kia America with the subject line “Get to know Kia better”. There was no mention of the Niro in that e-mail, although they did mention the Stinger, and I occasionally get e-mails from Kia advertising the Telluride.
I was asked about a year ago “what was my favorite car” in my 45 years of owning cars (I bought my first car at 15: it was a 10 year old 1966 Chevy Caprice with a 396 V8 and it cost me $200, I drove it for 1 year and then the frame wouldn’t pass inspection 1 year after I bought it - I was living in Maine where they put a lot of salt on the road in the winter). I responded to that question that the Niro was my favorite car. It’s not the most comfortable ride I’ve ever owned (the Audi 100 LS was the most comfortable), but I really love the Niro technology. And also, I had to spend as much time under the hood with the Audi as I did driving it.
Today I filled the tank in preparation for a road trip. When I updated my Fuelly account with the new information, I discovered that it had been 13 months since my last fill-up. I work from home and a full tank gives the PHEV over 600 miles range, so I can’t really complain about the EV range: it works very well for me. The 26 mile EV range on the PHEV works for me, most of the time, because I mostly make a lot of short trips around town, and I get to charge in between trips.
Also – I really like the drivetrain. My 2018 PHEV shifts smoothly (most of the time) and unlike some alternatives, it’s a geared transmission, not a CVT. I’ve read lots of comments about people complaining that a CVT makes a lot of noise at high speed.
we have had a 2027 ex , first we leased it then bought, Traded my Soul in on it, like it more than the Prius, can carry 2 medical scooters and baggage on our trips and it doesn't affect the great mileage, even mor comfortable than the Soul and I loved my soul, the Niro has lots of legroom Being over 6 foot it is the most comfortable car I have ever driven since my 56 Cadillac sedan deville.My 2 cents is:
1. I think it's fine. My shifing is very smooth, brakes are fine.
2. I think it rides very good. It's very comfortable for our trips up and down the east coast.
4. It does seem a little noisy depending on the type of pavement but it's not terrible.
5. I like the style. It's one of the reasons I bought a Niro over another Prius. I hated the restyle of the Gen.4 Prius.
2017we have had a 2027 ex , first we leased it then bought, Traded my Soul in on it, like it more than the Prius, can carry 2 medical scooters and baggage on our trips and it doesn't affect the great mileage, even mor comfortable than the Soul and I loved my soul, the Niro has lots of legroom Being over 6 foot it is the most comfortable car I have ever driven since my 56 Cadillac sedan deville.
1. I notice the occasional rough shift. And the move to CVTs probably makes those shifts even more pronounced for some. But it is a responsive transmission. Not an entirely unfair point, but also overstated in the reviews that have mentioned it.Most of the poor reviews I see cover the following topics
1. lack of smoothness in drivetrain, they say it is what very early hybrids were like, and lacks refinement
2. Rough / poor ride quality
3. not enough EV range (on plugin)
4. cabin noise both external and noises made by vehicle
5. boring body styling
I can agree with 2, the ride is not what it could be.
in regards to 4, it's not as refined as some, but not as bad as they make it out to be
Agree. Been driving my 2018 LX for 3 years - most reliable car I've owned thus far. And compared to the 2010 Prius (also bought new), so much better. The Prius had a slight edge for interior space, but that's about it. (Had glitchy brake response, starter battery drained frequently...needing jump, and last but not least: inverter failure, which Toyota fixed, but failure could have been catastrophic if it had occurred 3 minutes after it did, while approaching the on ramp to interstate. )I personally think the Kia Niro is terribly underrated.
Yup, "intelligent" sounds way better than "constant".My initial guess would have been "Infinitely Variable Transmission" as a an alternate to CVT. However, a quick google search turns up the Hyundai "Intelligent Variable Transmission" which seems like a marketing wank trade name for a bog standard CVT.
No, it is like the 2 pulley with a belt transmission you would find in a snowmobile and scooters.Isn't a CVT, IVT or whatever you want to call it just a gussied up version of the hydrostatic transmission on my lawn tractor?