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2017 Kia Niro Touring

Test Drive

Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal

 

As I test drive the new 2017 Niro I understand why consumers are buying this car more and more at the present time

2017 Kia Niro Touring

Engine

1.6L liter, Inline 4 Full Parallel Hybrid System

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

Transmission

Dual Clutch 6-Speed Automatic with Sportmatic

Horsepower

104 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Torque

109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

Fuel Tank Capacity

11.9 gallons

Fuel economy

46city/ 40hwy/ 43 combined Estimated MPG

 It has a hybrid engine that will save a lot of your budget in gas and also makes the engine ultra quiet

 

 

Introduction

The 2017 Kia Niro Touring is a beautiful compact SUV with a low price starting at less than $30,000. It has a hybrid engine that will save a lot of your budget in gas and also makes the engine ultra quiet.  As with many of the new KIAs the look of the Niro is modern, elegant and one could think that costs double the price. As I test drive the new 2017 Niro I understand why consumers are buying this car more and more at the present time.

KIA 

Nowadays Kia is one of the most popular cars among car users. The company aims to produce cars that people will love and admire. Recent events have shown the results: the 2017 Sportage won the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2016. The 2016 Optima received Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com Midsize Car Best Buy Award.

In 2016 Kia has shifted up to number 69 on Interbrand’s list of 100 Best Global Brands. In just the past year, the performance as a global brand has enhanced the brand value more than 11%, growing to an estimated $6.3 billion USD.

Kia introduced the superb K900, their first rear-drive, full-size luxury sedan. Also, Kia debuted the Soul EV, their first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle. New technologies are implemented on and on. From its style to small details, materials to safety features, Kia continues to innovate and enrich all the lineup. As a proof, 2016, Kia has shifted up to number 69 on Interbrand’s list of 100 Best Global Brands. In just the past year, the performance as a global brand has enhanced the brand value more than 11%, growing to an estimated $6.3 billion USD.

 

2017 Kia Niro Touring

With brilliant performance, the Kia Niro was led in the achievement of a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Lowest fuel consumption all over the USA in a hybrid car. Wayne Gerdes and co-driver Robert Winger reached this degree by driving the Niro EX 3,715 miles—from LA to NYC—with only 4.1 tanks of gas. That’s a record-setting point of an incredible 76.6 mpg.

 

Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) offers an additional system of security when moving from a stop on a tough hill by preventing the car from running backward. It operates by accurately applying the brakes for few seconds while you move your foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator.

 

The Niro’s Antilock Braking System (ABS) applies electronic sensors to detect when the wheels start skidding. At this very second it modulates brake to help lessen skidding and let you feel control. Projector Beam Headlights perform enhanced illumination, letting you to better detect surface and the road ahead.

 

Niro is first Kia’s loyal hybrid crossover with 50 mpg efficiency and a range of nearly 600 miles.

 

Prices and Versions

The 2017 Kia Niro Touring is presented in 5 models, they are: FE, LX, EX, Touring and Touring Launch Edition.

Model Price
2017 KiaNiro Touring $29,650

 

Engine

  • 6L liter, Inline 4 Full Parallel Hybrid System
  • Horsepower 104 hp @ 5,700 rpm
  • Torque 109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 9 gallons
  • Fuel economy 46city/ 40hwy/ 43 combined Estimated MPG

There also is an Active Eco System included to proactively control parts of the engine, transmission, and air condition system to achieve optimal fuel economy.

 

Exterior

The 2017 Kia Niro Touring is available in 7 different colors. Exterior styling is designed to details: the Niro’s modern athletic look shows available 18″ alloy wheels for a low-profile outward.

An exterior is very smooth, raising the plank of how a hybrid can look like. High-Intensity Discharge (HID) projector beam headlights, LED positioning lamps, and a rear spoiler add some special accent.

  • 18″ Alloy Wheels
  • Glossy Black Radiator Grille with Chrome Trim
  • Black Fender and Rocker Rail Cladding
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Mirror-Mounted LED Turn-Signal Indicators
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Positioning Lights
  • Fog Lights
  • Rear Combination Lamps, LED

 

Interior

The interior is available in 2 different colors, Charcoal Leather and Light Grey with electric Blue Accents Leather.

 

Convenience

  • UVO eServices with 8″ Touch-Screen Display, Voice-Command Navigation System
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Harman/Kardon Premium Surround Sound with Clari-Fi, 8 Speakers, and Integrated Subwoofer
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Front & Rear Parking Assist System (FRPAS)
  • Blind Spot Detection System (BSD), with Lane Change Assist
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
  • Interior Lighting with Delay
  • Mood Lighting, Dual Map Light

 

Seating & trim

  • Leather Seat Trim
  • 10-Way Driver’s Seat Adjustment, with 2-way Lumbar Support
  • Driver’s Seat Integrated Memory System (IMS)
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seat w/Center Armrest & Adjustable Rear Headrests
  • Leather-Wrapped and Heated Steering Wheel & Gear Shift Knob

 

Safety

  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags, Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags, Driver’s Side Knee Airbag
  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions
  • Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • High Line Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)

 

Conclusion

The all-new 2017 Kia Niro Touring hybrid crossover performs its best! Precise, elegant performance, a spacious and variegated interior, and an EPA-est. 50 mpg combined.

It has a hybrid engine with the latest hybrid technologies. The hybrid engine is so quiet that is hard to know if the car is on or off without looking at the dashboard.

Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com staff members rounded up the standout hybrids of 2017 and, after many tests, picked their 10 Best Hybrid Cars Under $40,000. First in the list is the 2017 Kia Niro, which KBB.com eulogizes for its innovative drivetrain that also has s super-efficient 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Niro is a small SUV, but still na SUV, enough space, great look, nice features all for less than $30,000.

Marco Carvajal
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Marco Carvajal has many years of experience in the editorial world, in the entertainment industry including events, cars, music and other fields. He also has a wide experience on business, e-business and e-commerce. He is actively involved in the development of AutomotorPro.com and other affiliated car publications, from marketing and business management, to the editorial department as a contributing writer and editor for other writers. His passion for automobiles, travel and art supports the development of AutomotorPro.com in an original and unique way, as a leader in the automobile editorial industry, nationwide in the United States and international territories. Marco graduated from the University of Miami, in addition to additional studies at other universities and institutions. In the field of business he has created several enterprises and multinational projects related to publishing and entertainment. As a writer, the number one goal for Marco Carvajal is to be able to communicate clear information easy to understand for our subscribers, in an easy language, very detailed, about automobiles and lifestyle. He also likes to show a different perspective, with innovative style, about the information and characteristics of each car, mostly oriented to the daily life, about what each person may want learn about each car, thinking on the practical daily use of cars in real life.

Marco Carvajal tiene muchísimos años de experiencia en el mundo editorial, en la industria del entretenimiento incluyendo eventos, autos, música y otros, así como gran experiencia en los negocios, e-business y e-commerce.

Se envuelve activamente en el desarrollo de AutomotorPro.com, desde aspectos de mercadeo y manejo de negocios, hasta el departamento editorial donde también escribe y edita artículos de otros escritores. Su pasión por los autos, viajar y el arte, le ayudan a AutomotorPro.com a desarrollarse de una forma original y única, como un líder en la industria editorial automotriz a nivel nacional en Estados Unidos y otros territorios internacionales.

Marco se graduó de la Universidad de Miami, además de haber realizado estudios y cursos en otras universidades e instituciones.

En el área de negocio ha fundado varias empresas y creado varios proyectos multinacionales en el área editorial y del entretenimiento.

Como escritor, la meta número de Marco Carvajal es lograr transmitir información fácil de entender, en un idioma sencillo, los más detallada posible, sobre automóviles, para los lectores. Además de lograr mostrar un lado diferente e innovador sobre la información y características de cada auto, principalmente orientado a lo cotidiano, a lo que cada persona puede aprender sobre cada automóvil, pensando en la vida diaria, en el uso de cada auto en la vida práctica.

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