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The 2022 Kia Niro remains Kia's smallest SUV, and besides the new Kia logo splashed across its exterior, it remains unchanged from the 2021 model year. However, that is not a bad thing. This unique model offers practicality and value in a small package, including hybrid powertrain options that its rivals do not have.
The 2022 Kia Niro offers a variety of powertrain options, all of which more than adequately power this petite SUV through city streets and highway traffic. The 2022 Niro is a crossover-hybrid, featuring a 1.6-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor combination alongside a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Together, this system delivers 139 horsepower to the Niro and 4.6 L/100km combined fuel economy. Its 8.6-second 0-to-97kph acceleration time is standard for the segment. In terms of handling, the Niro easily tackles uneven roads, delivering a controlled, stable, and quiet ride.
Kia also offers additional versions of the Niro, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and fully electric vehicle models.
With a budget price tag, drivers might not expect a lot inside the 2022 Kia Niro, but its simple and stylish interior is highlighted by a curved dashboard with an integrated touchscreen infotainment system. The intuitive design allows for easy access to all necessary controls. The Niro even offers unique features not found on other vehicles, such as the ability to turn on the climate control system just for the driver.
The 2022 Kia Niro is also not lacking in connectivity features. The standard infotainment system is an 8.0-inch touchscreen, but a larger 10.3-inch display is also available. Simple and intuitive, Kia's system also adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, as well as Bluetooth. Additional options include a navigation system, Harman/Kardon premium audio system, SiriusXM compatibility, wireless phone charger, and more.
Starting at $26,995, the 2022 Kia Niro hybrid subcompact crossover is offered in three trim levels across Canada: L, EX, and SX Touring. The best value is found in the mid-level EX model, which starts at $30,395. The EX includes the hybrid powertrain, smartphone connectivity, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control system, UVO Intelligence, sunroof, wireless phone charger, and blind spot detection.