Kia launches improved and enhanced Niro Hybrid crossover in Singapore



Now available as a Cat A car, priced from S$109k with COE

SINGAPORE

Nearly three years on from its initial introduction to Singapore, the Kia Niro Hybrid has undergone its first raft of updates.

Two versions are available, EX and SX, priced at S$108,999 and S$118,999 respectively, both with Certificate of Entitlement.

The headline change for the Niro Hybrid are different power and torque outputs. They’re now 130hp and 170Nm, down from 141hp and 265Nm from before. That might seem like a step backwards, but it does mean the Niro Hybrid is now classified as a Cat A COE vehicle, helping earn it the distinction of being the most wallet-friendly full hybrid car officially available here.

Fuel consumption is claimed at 4.0L/100km, and the Niro Hybrid gets a VES rating of A2.

Outside, the Niro Hybrid has also been refreshed, closing the visual gap between it and its all-electric twin, the Niro EV. Changes include a shapelier “tiger-nose” grille, LED lights front and rear, and larger, double-arrow style daytime running lights in the corners of the bumper.

Inside, you’ll find a redesigned dashboard and centre console that frees up more storage space in the under-dash cubby, and a new 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity

*Pictured here is the interior of a UK-spec Niro

As is overwhelmingly the case with new Kias, the Niro Hybrid comes standard with plenty of advanced features. Lane keep assist for example, is a new feature that’s standard for both models, as is seven airbags, cruise control, rear aircon vents, digital instruments, and that aforementioned touchscreen.

Step up to the SX trim, and you also get blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, wireless phone charging, and our absolute favourite, ventilated seats

If you’re keen to take a look at the new Niro for yourself, it’ll be on display at Cars@Expo over this weekend, 5 and 6 October. There is also an ongoing promotion where customers who book a Niro Hybrid or Cat B Kia model will receive S$2,500 and S$3,500 in credits respectively, which can be spent on accessories, vouchers and more.

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