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My local dealer got 8 Niro's delivered on Friday. Sold 3 over the weekend. I drove a Touring model yesterday and was impressed. My wife liked it too. A/C worked well with 3 of us in the Niro in 91 degree temps. Cooled seats were neat. Drove several miles in rush hour traffic. The engine is so quiet at idle I had to look at the instruments to check id it was running. The Niro is not a Prius for sure. Instrument display is sharp and crisp with nice graphics and decent menus. Brakes felt normal. Visibility was better than the Prius but there is a blind spot because of the C pillars. Fit and finish looked good to me. I like the flat floor when the seats are folded down. I drove an Optima hybrid last Friday, darn nice ride but I like the Niro better. I think I have found my Passat replacement.
 

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The engine should never idle unless it is cold with passenger demands for heating or battery recharging. What you were hearing was the silence of not idling!
 
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