2017 Kia Niro PHEV: Plug-in hybrid is faster than regular hybrid

The Kia Niro PHEV shares its plug-in hybrid drivetrain with the Hyundai Ioniq PHEV, but has a more practical crossover body.

The Kia Niro PHEV has a 1.6-liter direct injection gas engine, a 45kW (60hp) electric motor, a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, and a 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery. The 1.6-liter makes 77kW (104hp) and 145Nm (108 lb-ft).

Total system output is 104kW (139hp) and 265Nm (195 lb-ft), and 0-100km/h takes 10.8s. EV driving range will be over 55km (34mi), while fuel economy will be better than 1.3L/100km (181mpg).

The Kia Niro hybrid has a 32kW (43hp) electric motor and a 1.56kWh battery, and is 0.7s slower to 100km/h.

Goes on sale in Europe from Q3 2017.

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