Kia Niro PHEV (2019) Guide

Kia Niro PHEV (2019) Guide

The Kia Niro PHEV is the plug-in model of Kia’s compact SUV crossover range. As a small family SUV, the Niro is highly practical, offering ample space and a functional interior. The promise of cheap running costs is achievable with frequent charging, aided by its 30-mile electric range – enough for the typical daily commute. Affordable and reliable, the Niro makes a desirable PHEV; that’s if you’re not ready for its award-winning fully electric e-Niro.

Electric Range

30 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

9 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

3 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge


OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Kia Niro PHEV

The Niro comes with a battery size of 8.9kWh and has an official WLTP range of 30 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 3.7kW home charger, for example, will take 3 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 14 miles*.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the Niro PHEV has a max AC rate of 3.3kW. If you were to plug into a 7kW or 22kW charge point, the vehicle would continue to charge at a rate of 3.3kW. Given the petite, yet efficient, battery size and short charging times, this shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 4 hours for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 3 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 3 hours for 0-100%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Built on the same platform as Hyundai’s IONIQ, the Niro PHEV offers similar benefits in the form of the increasingly popular crossover SUV frame. Frequently topping up for outings to the shops or the school run will showcase the advantages of its electric motor, while reserving its traditional engine for longer journeys.