2018 Kia Niro vs. Its Competition

2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid

Depending on whether you’re shopping for the Kia Niro Hybrid or the Plug-In model, the competitors vary.

Like Kia, Toyota has two versions of the same car, one with a plug and one without.

The latest Prius Liftback is smoother, quieter, more pleasant to drive, and more fuel-efficient than earlier generations, but its styling is startling, to put it politely.

Its plug-in hybrid Prius Prime sibling offers 25 miles of electric range, close to the Niro Plug-In’s 26, but retains much of the unusual styling.

The Niro is the polar opposite of those two cars: a car you’d never know was actually a hybrid.

The Niro’s sibling under the skin, the Hyundai Ioniq, is slightly less expensive and slightly more fuel-efficient, but the wagon shape clearly lures buyers better than the Ioniq’s five-door hatch, which also comes in hybrid and plug-in versions.

The Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid double the rated range of the Niro Plug-In, but it too is a five-door hatch, as well as several thousand dollars pricier.

The VW Golf SportWagen is the closer to the Niro in its wagon shape, and it’s cavernous inside—but VW has no high-mileage versions, hybrids, or plug-in models.

Finally, the Kia Soul in the same showroom as the Niro is taller, funkier, and cheaper, though with far lower fuel-efficiency ratings.

The Soul has no hybrid model either, but even at a starting price below $25,000 all included, the Niro is pricier than its stablemate on the showroom floor.

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Quick Specs
6.4
The 2018 Kia Niro Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid breathe new life into the hybrid segment, with a practical wagon shape and excellent interior you’d never know was a hybrid.
7.5
The 2018 Chevrolet Volt is an accomplished and refined extended-range electric car that makes an ideal everyday commuter.
6.2
With a plug-in hybrid joining hybrid and electric versions, the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq normalizes green powertrains: it’s relatively fun to drive, and doesn’t look strange.
6.8
The 2018 Kia Soul EV is the kind of electric vehicle we like to see. It’s fun, capable, and inconspicuous. We just wish it were easier to find at dealers.
6.2
The 2018 Toyota Prius wins our minds with its fuel-efficiency and low running costs. Our hearts are a different story.
6.5
There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
MSRP From     
$23,340$33,220$22,200$16,200$23,475$20,910
Gas Mileage     
46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy43 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy55 MPG City / 59 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy54 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I-4Gas/Electric I4Gas/Electric I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas/Electric I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDCompact CarsLarge CarsSmall Station WagonMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
FE FWD5-Door HB LTBlue HatchbackBase ManualOne (GS)1.8T S Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilityHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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