With a big focus on sustainability, the brand’s newest eco-friendly model has a fresh design, developed under the company’s Opposites United philosophy which achieves the manufacturer’s Joy for Reason ethos.
Tying in elements of nature, the 2022 Kia Niro is made up of material, colour choice, and a striking finish that is beautifully balanced between modern style and environmental responsibility.
All-new 2022 Kia Niro: UK specs and prices
The Niro Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and EV ranges are offered to UK drivers in three choices: ‘2’, ‘3’ or ‘4’ trim levels across all three variants.
Niro ‘2’: All Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid ‘2’ models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a dual-height boot floor for extra versatility, rear parking sensors and camera system, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen display. There’s DAB radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 4.2-inch supervision cluster. In addition, standard driver assistance technologies include Forward Collision Avoidance with car, pedestrian and cyclist recognition and junction crossing (FCA1.5) and Smart Cruise Control (SCC).
Niro EV ‘2’ models additionally pair an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with 10.25-inch instrument cluster, and also feature 17-inch alloy wheels, 11kW on-board charger, and a battery heating system.
Niro ‘3’: For Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid variants, the move up to the mid-range ‘3’ grade brings 18-inch alloy wheels with Continental tyres, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation system, and cloth and faux leather upholstery. There’s a 4.2-inch TFT instrument cluster, front parking sensors, keyless smart entry and start, and heated seats and steering wheel. Equipment also includes rear privacy glass, and driver lumbar support.
Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Blind Spot Collision Avoidance (BCA) for the rear, a wireless smartphone charger, and adjustable multi-angle rear seats, are also standard features.
On top of this, Niro EV ‘3’ models benefit Vehicle-to-Device (V2L) functionality with a three-pin plug socket as standard, with the option of a heat pump. V2L made its debut on the Kia EV6 and means that any unused battery charge can be used to power external electrical appliances, thanks to the bi-directional ability of the car’s EV power pack.
Niro ‘4’: Crowning the Niro Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and EV line-up is the ‘4’ grade. This adds a head-up display, twin 10.25-inch touchscreen and instrument cluster display. There’s heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, front passenger premium relaxation seating, a power operated tailgate, electric sunroof, and an uprated Harman Kardon premium sound system.
Expect more from the driver’s side memory seating, and front passenger lumbar support. Additional technologies include Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), and Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA). The optional contrasting C-pillar is also available, while all ‘4’ grades – regardless of powertrain – feature PU vegan leather seat coverings, containing Tencel from eucalyptus trees.
Niro EV ‘4’ versions also feature Highway Driver Assist 2 (HDA2) and Forward Collision Avoidance 2 (FCA2) with additional functionality.
Pricing for the Niro Hybrid ‘2’ starts from £27,745, rising to £30,495 for ‘3’ and £33,245 for ‘4’ grades.
Niro Plug-in Hybrid models are priced from £32,775 for the ‘2’ grade, £35,525 for the ‘3’, and £38,275 for top-spec ‘4’ model.
The Niro EV starts from £34,995 for the base ‘2’ model, £37,745 for the mid-range ‘3’ grade, and rises to £40,495 for the top-spec ‘4’ model.
All-new 2022 Kia Niro: Exterior design
Aiming to make sustainable mobility accessible for all drivers, the strong influence of the 2019 Habanero concept is evident in the new 2022 Kia Niro’s exterior design. With bold crossover looks and high-tech two-tone body, the Niro has a wide pillar at the rear which enhances air flow to improve aerodynamics. It also stylishly blends into the boomerang-shaped rear taillights.
The brand’s signature ‘tiger face’ has been transformed for the all-new 2022 Kia Niro. It now extends from the hood, right through to the rugged fender below similar to the upcoming EV6. The contemporary front design is finished with striking ‘heartbeat’ LED daytime running lights for extra confidence on the road.
The unique vertical taillight design highlights aerodynamics and technology. It traces the vehicle’s wide and stable stance with its strong shoulders and upright windows. The rear design of Niro blends simple surface treatments with dynamic sections to emphasise modernity and provide another point of attraction for consumers.
All-new 2022 Kia Niro: Sustainable features
Efficient aerodynamics and sustainable materials are united through the Niro’s cohesive design. This perfect combination offers roominess and an SUV-inspired look. Furthermore, Kia introduces the ‘Greenzone Drive Mode’ which automatically transfers the PHEV into EV drive mode to meet the demand for sustainable mobility solutions.
When driving in green zones such as residential areas, or close to schools and hospitals, the vehicle automatically uses electric power based on navigation cues and driving history data. It also recognises a driver’s favourite places, including home and office registered in the navigation system as a green zone.
The all-new 2022 Kia Niro also showcases new recycled materials inside the cabin. The headlining is made from recycled wallpaper, and the seats are made using Bio PU with Tencel from eucalyptus leaves. In addition, BTX-free paint (water-based paint which is free from benzene, toluene, and xylene isomers) is used on the door panels to minimise the impact on the environment and reduce waste.
All-new 2022 Kia Niro: Improved interior
Inside the all-new 2022 Kia Niro, motorists will find an off-centre dash that curves around the front occupants with horizontal and diagonal lines opposing each other. This creates a rare and calming, aesthetic. The chic centre-console is easy to operate and features the electronic dial-type shift lever. It’s positioned on the wide high-gloss black surface for a simple and contemporary look.
The audio-visual screen and air vents are incorporated within the diagonal gaps of the modern dash design, while ambient mood lighting heightens the senses and creates a friendly and inviting atmosphere.
The slim, contemporary seats enhance roominess, comfort, and flair by applying a high-tech lightweight seat mechanism. The headrest’s back cover incorporates a convenient coat hanger, while the slim dimension of the headrest helps to increase the feeling of space.
On display at the Seoul Mobility Show until December 5, the all-new 2022 Kia Niro will be available with HEV, PHEV and EV powertrains starting from next year. Keep an eye on Hippo Leasing for UK prices and specs, set to be revealed early next year.