2020 Kia Niro

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2020 MODEL
$24,590 - $32,790
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2020 Kia Niro Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020
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Totan Banerjee

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Today in the US two most interesting topics which we have are either Donald Trump or SUVs. The SUV segment dominates the entire car market with a huge margin. To note down its one of the hottest segments in the car market. Many brands are trying hard to dominate the SUV segment within the 4-meter category. Compact SUVs combine strength, efficiency, and comfort at the same time. Kia the Korean carmaker also has a good car in the segment that is loved and owned by many. The 2020 Kia Niro is an example of a simplistic design in a future-ready car. Read more:

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Pros

The turbocharged engine gets quicker acceleration

Agile handling dynamics

Highly loaded features

Sportier looks

Cons

AWD comes optional

Cheap interior quality

Less refined transmission

Brake lights look ugly

What's New?

New Headlights

New Diamond grille

New 18 inch wheels

Updated digital display


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24590

bodystyle

5dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

96 cu.in.

horsepower

104 hp

torque

109 lbs.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

11-Nov

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

171.5 in.

width

71.1 in.

height

60.4 in.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

2800 lbs.

payload capacity

849 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

51/46/49 mpg

highway range

547.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Kia Niro in Deep Cerulean color 2020 Kia Niro in Runway Red color 2020 Kia Niro in Silky Silver color 2020 Kia Niro in Snow White Pearl color
Deep Cerulean

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

Competition

6.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Kia Niro LX

LX

power
104 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
49 combined

$24,590


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 5dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $24,590 MSRP (51/49/46) 104 hp, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Kia Niro LXS

LXS

power
104 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
49 combined

$25,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LXS 5dr SUV (1.6 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,990 MSRP (51/49/46) 104 hp, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Kia Niro Touring

Touring

power
104 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
49 combined

$28,290


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring 5dr SUV (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $28,290 MSRP (51/49/46) 104 hp, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Kia Niro Touring Special Edition

Touring Special Edition

power
104 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
49 combined

$30,790


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Touring Special Edition 5dr SUV (1.6 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,790 MSRP (51/49/46) 104 hp, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed automatic front wheel drive 5

2020 Kia Niro EX Premium

EX Premium

power
104 hp
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
49 combined

$32,790


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Ex Premium 5dr SUV (1.6 4cyl 6A) Starting at $32,790 MSRP (51/49/46) 104 hp, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-Speed automatic front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.2

Overall Rating


2020 Kia Niro is a fabulous example of a simplistic car that has more striking elements to grab your attention. 2020 Kia Niro is a small compact SUV that gets a sportier exterior and a loving interior. Overall it’s one of those cars which add muscle for an everyday drive and is well equipped to make your everyday drive more funnier.

The 2020 Niro comes with various fuel-efficient engines and packs more performance than ever. The Niro looks fabulous and young. The SUV comes in young and bright colors and black decals add a sporty element to its design. 2020 Kia Niro gets a huge trim line and you get more features on climbing the trim ladder. The SUV offers a great ride and handling on all roads. The SUV packs practicality and comes under an affordable price makes it really fun to own one.


8.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.5/10
Exterior

 

7.5/10
Safety

 

6.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Kia Niro Features

8.0/10

The 2020 2020 Kia Niro comes in a lot of trims to select. It teams up with a 1.6 L Inline 4 cylinder and the limited and Ultimate trims pack a 1.6 L turbocharged 4 cylinder and does offer AWD on all trims as optional. All these trims come competitively priced and do offer great features for the price being paid.

Trims

LX

LXS

Touring

Touring Special Edition(SE)

EX Premium

MSRP

$24,590

$25,990

$28,290

$30,790

$32,790

Key Features

16" Aluminum Wheels

Add ons to the LX trim

Add ons to the LXS trim

Add ons to Touring Trim

Add ons to the Touring SE trim

 

1st Row LCD Monitor

3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel

HD Radio

10-Speaker Premium Sound System

Heated & Cooled Front Seats

 

AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio

Automatic Climate Control

Automatic Climate Control

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Rear Parking Sensor

 

Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic

Bluetooth Audio Streaming

Cruise Control

Hardboard Interior Cargo Panels

Heated steering wheel

 

Cloth Seat Trim

Navigation System

Remote Engine Start System

Speed sensitive volume control

 
 

Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry

Auxiliary Engine Coolant Cooler

Voice command Radio

Ambient Lighting

 

Which trim you should consider buying for the 2020 Kia Niro?

The Kia Niro did make the news for getting a fully electric drive. But that’s a different chapter. In our consideration, you can buy one of the Touring SE trim. It is the most feature-packed SUV and also comes at an affordable price that enjoys a more sporty exterior. The price difference is not much between all the trims but packs a much more features than the base variant and has a more economical engine.

2020 Kia Niro Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Kia Niro range gets two engine configurations. There is a 1.6 L inline 4 which produces 147 hp and is merged to a six-speed automatic transmission unit. 

Model

2020 Kia Niro standard

Ford Escape S 

Fiat 500X pop AWD

MSRP

$24,590

$24,885

$24,590

Engine

1.6 L 4 cylinder

1.5 L 3 cylinder

1.3 L 4 cylinder

Transmission

6 speed automated manual

8 speed automatic

9 speed automatic

Power

175 hp @ 5500rpm

N/A

177 hp @ 5500rpm

Torque

195 lb-ft @1500rpm

N/A

210 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm

Comparatively, the Ford Escape model S gets a 1.5 L 3 cylinder engine but in terms of refinement and stability, it misses with a bigger margin than the 2020 Kia Niro. However, the Fiat 500X which also has a similar engine gets standard All wheel drive and churns out more power than the 2020 Kia Niro.

How fast is the 2020 Kia Niro?

If you are driving the 2020 Kia Niro which gets a 2.0L Inline 4 you won’t get faster and speedier performance. The 2.0 L engine isn’t lazy but it lags performance. It gets to 0-60 in about 9 seconds and looks quite underpowered. Whereas the 1.6 L turbocharged is absolutely faster it will spindle a quarter-mile track in just 6.5 seconds. The peppier engine makes from 0-60 MPH in just 6.6 seconds and engages a thrilling drive on freeways. 

Model

2020 Kia Niro standard

Ford Escape S 

Fiat 500X pop AWD

MSRP

$24,590

$24,885

$24,590

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5

9.2*

7.5*

Quarter mile (sec)

14.9

16.9

15.7

Engine

1.6 L 4 cylinder

1.5 L 3 cylinder

1.3 L 4 cylinder

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2019 Figures

What kind of Ride and handling does the 2020 Kia Niro offer?

The Niro offers a comparatively good ride and handling. It balances well in rough roads and city ride conditions. It's fun to drive because of the agile handling. The suspension offers a relaxed ride even on choppy roads and keeps the road shocks isolated from the interior of the car. One drawback in the ride and handling area is the transmission unit stumbles at lower speeds and there you need to engage back and forth between the low gears. It’s not a problem for the city rides but when you go on rough roads you feel that. You might have enjoyed more in the SUV if the optional AWD could have come in as standard. However, roadhold is decent and you can confidently cruise the vehicle at higher speeds.

The steering of the Niro is perhaps more underrated than it actually is, it goes well with the vehicle although there is room for improvement. The heavy steering responsibly aheads the vehicle on bumpy roads and even steering on city roads isn’t bad, but sometimes it loses communication with the wheels at higher speeds and requires correction.

Does the Niro get good braking capability?

Brakes work fine and stops the vehicle gently without any sudden jerk. The brake pedals are smooth and need a gentle push whenever you want to brake the car. However, if you are willing to suddenly brake at high speeds you need to combine the hand brakes with the usual discs. Brakes help you get a stable ride and on choppy roads, you can align the drive by using ABS. 

Model

2020 Kia Niro Limited

Ford Escape S 

Fiat 500X pop AWD

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

12.8

12.0

Brake Rear (in.)

9.0

12

11.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2890

N/A

3305

60-0 MPH (ft.)

129

112

130

The braking area needs improvement in the 2020 Kia Niro. But you can be pretty confident to drive it under 60 MPH of speeds.

2020 Kia Niro Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Niro is surprisingly fuel-efficient. The engine in normal mode can take you 27 miles per gallon on city roads and up to 30 miles on the highway. The eco mode with the 1.6 L engine adds one more mile per gallon on city roads. We can say it is a good car for driving on a day to day basis.

Model

2020 Kia Niro Limited

Ford Escape S 1.5 L

Fiat 500X pop AWD

MPG (city)

28

27

24

MPG (highway)

32

33

30

MPG (combined)

30

30

26

Range (miles) (city/highway)

370/422

N/A

305/381

Tank Capacity (gal)

13.2

N/A

12.7

SUV engines are generally called gas guzzlers but the compact SUV segment has more practical and efficient engines that you can use for day to day commute. Even some rivals do well in fuel economy figures still the 2020 Kia Niro is more fuel-efficient than many.

2020 Kia Niro Interior

7.0/10

Interior of the 2020 Kia Niro does not surprise you for an SUV but it carries an upscale design. The car collects zist from many 2020 Kia Niro Sedan but the quality feels cheap. The plastic surface overlaps every bit and corner of the interior. It does not have a fit and finish issue but you might feel some places could have gone better with synthetic leather or aluminium metal. The Niro offers a good dashboard upfront with large spaces and storing pockets.Additionally the design is ergonomic and the front center console feels decently laid out. The cabin is logical but boring because of the black colour.

Model

2020 Kia Niro Limited

Ford Escape S 

Fiat 500X pop AWD

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.0/55.5/41.5

40.0/57.6/42.4

39.1/54.3/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/54.5/34.6

39.3/56.0/40.7

37.8/52.8/34.8

Niro delivers good comfort with those soft seats but lacks space. The scenario on the front and rear are quite different. It's spacious in the front row but the second row is pathetic in terms of legroom and headroom. You won't be able to fit three of your fellow friends in the second row for long rides. The front seats are power adjustable and the driver seat also gets power lumbar support except in the standard SE model.

What are the infotainment features you get in Niro?

2020 Kia Niro infotainment systems are praised for the responsiveness and user friendly configuration. The 2020 Kia Niro also get a lot of good infotainment features :

  • 7 Inch touchscreen
  • USB ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Six stereo speaker
  • Navigation
  • HD radio
  • Head up display
  • Auto climate control

The Limited model also offers an eight Inch touchscreen, bluelink connected car system and 8 speaker audio system with subwoofers.

What are the creature comfort features in the 2020 Kia Niro?

The Niro might lack space but it gets bundles with such comfort features that make your ride more comfortable:

  • Wireless device charging
  • Cup holders
  • 12V charging
  • Driver seat power lumbar support
  • Tilt and telescopic steering
  • Power adjustable seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • 3 Headrests in second row
  • Power Windows
  • Cargo area lights

How much cargo can it store?

The 2020 Kia Niro offers decent space at the rear to store cargo baggage. The space it packs is average compared to any other crossover but if you are upgrading from a hatchback or compare it to any sedan it packs much more baggage. Even its rivals such as the Ford Escape get much bigger cargo space.

Model

2020 Kia Niro Limited

Ford Escape S 

Fiat 500X pop AWD

Cargo space(ft3)

19.2

33.5

14.1

Loading unloading the baggage is easy from the rear door but if you want to put your bag from the second row it won't be easy. That means every time you want to store something at the cargo area you need to access the rear cargo door.

2020 Kia Niro Exterior

7.5/10

Niro has a beautifully laid chassis that is designed with more aerodynamic styling and top of all the plastic decals add sportiness and rigidity to its exterior.The body frame is designed on a strong and light metal. This increases strength and safety but reduces the weight of the SUV resulting in better performance. The front grille is big and looks bold. You can draw the SUVs Korean instincts from the slim headlights. There is minimal use of chrome in the entire body exterior. You will find only small chrome strips cornering the front grille. 

Model

2020 Kia Niro Limited

Ford Escape S 

Fiat 500X pop AWD

Curb weight (lbs.)

3042

3299

3305

Length(in)

164

180.5

167.2

Width(in)

70.9

74.1

70.7

Height(in)

61.6

66.1

63.7

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

-

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

102.4

106.7

101.2

The aerodynamic design of the body is also helpful in minimizing drag on the road. The SUV looks tall but is actually not. It has a good amount of ground clearance for sure and those 18 Inch 5 spoke alloy wheels look pretty decent and practical on the SUV. The fog lights look chunkier and foolish though and at the rear those backlights will make one feel outdated. However the SUV is too compact which turns practical on tight roads.

Does the Niro have exterior features?

THe Niro lacks exterior features and what it gets is also optional and some of them are available on the standard trim.

  •  LED headlamps and tail lamps
  • 16-18 inch wheels
  • Roof Rails
  • Body Claddings
  • Fog lamps
  • Body-coloured Side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Power sliding sunroof

2020 Kia Niro Safety

7.5/10

Niro outperforms its segment when it comes to safety features. It gets some pretty cool safety features and you can just hope they work fine in the real world.

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward Collision warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver attention monitor
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high beam headlights
  • Cruise control

2020 Kia Niro Competition

6.0/10

2020 Kia Niro Vs Ford Escape

2020 Kia Niro is a good car but it has got rivals in around. There are not a handful of cars that rival the likes of a 2020 Kia Niro they count in many. Getting all of them here to race with it is not possible so we have two important competitors who look serious to give the Niro a hard competition on the road. The Ford Escape being one of them and in our opinion its always been a better choice for a compact SUV. It has a spacious interior and has cool looking features. The exterior looks great. But the Niro gets an agile handling and has slightly better performance. Above all the Limited trim gets a 1.6 L turbocharged engine which is peppier and reliable than the 1.5 L 3 cylinder engine of the Ford Escape S.

2020 Kia Niro Vs Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X is one not so admired car in the segment. Its old school design body gets a good and comfortable interior and has a lot of fresh updates that make it a more practical car. The entire 500X range gets an AWD setup which results in better roadhold and traction on off road. The SUV also gets better handling but the reason it is less admired is of its poor ride quality where its suspension turns out to fail. The engine performs well and is also efficient. It's spacious and collects similar interior features as the 2020 Kia Niro.

2020 Kia Niro Final Verdict

If you are planning to buy an SUV for single use and daily commute you can go with the 2020 Kia Niro that comes with a 1.6 L 4 cylinder turbocharged engine which accords you with a good amount of power and torque. However there is a lack of space in the interior. The braking also disappoints but acceleration is pretty decent. Steering needs work but the suspension system turns out to impress on rough roads. The design of the interior is excellent but you might not find peace of mind due its plasticky interior. Well it is a good choice for the money it comes. Well if you have a bit more time we can suggest a similarly good looking car which got better with time. The Hyundai KONA, go check out.