Euro NCAP

See the safety results of the Kia Niro by Euro NCAP

Results
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CleanAir Created with Sketch.
4.9 10 Clean Air Index
EnergyEfficiency Created with Sketch.
7.6 10 Energy Efficiency Index
6.0 10 Greenhouse Gas Index
Laboratory TestsNMHCNOXNH3COPN
6.710Cold test
7.510Warm test
2.710Cold Ambient test
0.010Highway
Road test
2.610On-Road Drive
0.08On-Road Heavy Load
3.45On-Road Light Load
3.95On-Road Short Trip
2.02Congestion
Robustness
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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

Pollutant emissions when the vehicle is working with the battery depleted are low due to the good aftertreatment system composed of low-pressure EGR, a three-way catalyst and a particulate filter. Together with the hybridization strategy, this makes the Niro robust in terms of pollutant emissions in many of the driving environments and ambient conditions tested in Green NCAP.

Laboratory TestsEnergy
8.210Cold test9.9kWh100 km
8.210Warm test
5.710Cold Ambient test
4.110Highway
ConsumptionDriving range
PetrolElectricPetrolElectric
Average 5.0l 32.7kWh 100 km 860 50 km
Worst-case 5.9l n.a. 100 km 729 n.a. km

Consumption in electric mode: 9.9 kWh/100 km electric + 2.6 l/100 km fuel

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  • n.a.
  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The electric range of 50 km is close to Kia's claimed value. However, Green NCAP's test laboratory was unable to drive the car in ‘pure electric' mode. The combustion engine was started even though the high-voltage battery was fully charged, not to help power the vehicle but in order to heat the cabin, as Green NCAP's test is performed at an ambient temperature of 14°C. Although this ignition of the engine was short-lived, the energy consumed was a significant proportion of the total energy consumed.

Greenhouse GasesCO2N2OCH4
4.57Cold test
4.37Warm test
3.47Cold Ambient test
2.37Highway
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  • good
  • adequate
  • marginal
  • weak
  • poor

Comments

The Kia Niro scores an impressive 6/10 for this part of the assessment due to its low emissions greenhouse gases CH4 and N2O. Since greenhouse CO2 emissions are also quite balanced in all test the vehicle is able to achieve this respectable result.

Our verdict

The Kia Niro was tested by Green NCAP as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Its 1.6 litre petrol engine is combined with a 8.9 kWh battery, which should be recharged from the mains in order to be used most efficiently. In general, the implementation of the hybrid technology, and the strategy adopted by Kia, works well and results are good. Green NCAP's test laboratory noted that the Niro started its petrol engine even when the battery was sufficiently charged, in order to warm the cabin or to provide additional torque when needed in the high-load tests. The Niro performs well in all three areas of assessment but its plug-in hybrid power system is most effective in improving energy efficiency. Overall, the Niro emerges from Green NCAP's tests with a good 3½ star rating.

Specifications

  • Publication Date 02 2021
  • Tested Car KNACD81DGL531XXXX
  • Emissions Class Euro 6d-Temp
  • Tyres 205/60 R16
  • Mass 1,546 kg
  • Engine Size 1,580 cc
  • Engine Power/Torque 103.8 kW/265 Nm
  • Published CO2 31 g/km
  • Battery capacity 8.90 kWh
  • Published driving range 49 km