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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