2020 Kia Niro

MSRP $24,590 - $30,790

Ranked #13 in Midsize Suv

7.2

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2020 Kia Niro Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2020 Kia Niro is a spacious hatchback that is marketed as a crossover SUV. It is available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV configuration as well. The 2020 Niro stands out for its efficiency and range, and Kia claims that the base Niro has a combined fuel mileage rating of 50 mpg. In its plug-In avatar, the vehicle can do 24 miles on battery power alone only.

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Pros

Fuel efficient

Pocket friendly

Multitudes of crossover practicality

Spacious rear seats

Cons

Dual-clutch transmission not refined

Odd brake feel and dull ride quality

Noisy cabin

What's New?

New front grille design

8-inch touchscreen infotainment gets standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24590

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

96 cu.in.

horsepower

104 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

109 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automated manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3 in.

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

51/48/46 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$24,590 onwards

LXS$25,990 onwards

Touring$28,290 onwards

Touring Special Edition$30,790 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Kia Niro in Aurora Black color
Aurora Black

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

Pricing and 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

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


For 2020, the crossover SUV is available in five trims with prices starting from $24,690 and going up to $32,950. Kia’s quirky yet practical styling and its industry-leading claim combined fuel mileage rating pits it directly against hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Ioniq. How does the 2020 Kia Niro hold up in comparison amongst hybrids? Let’s find out. 


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

The 2020 Kia Niro comes in five trims. The base LS trim starts from MSRP $24,690, followed by the LXS and Touring model which costs $26,090 and $28,390, respectively. The two top models, Touring SE and EX Premium get standard luxury features like ventilated and leather seats, heated steering wheels, and driver-assist features like rear park assist and blind-spot monitor control. 

Trim

LX

LXS

Touring

Touring SE

EX Premium

MSRP (FWD)

$24,690

$26,090

$28,390

$30,950 

$32,950

Key Features

16-inch alloy wheels with full covers

Equipped with LX features, Plus

Equipped with LXS features, Plus

Equipped with Touring features, Plus

Equipped with Touring features, Plus

 

Six-way manually adjustable front seats

16-inch alloy wheels with partial covers

18-inch alloy wheels

LED headlights

16-inch alloy wheels with partial covers

 

Cloth Seating Upholstery

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter

Steering wheel mounted paddle shifters

Color-keyed leather seating upholstery

Heated Steering Wheel

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Cloth and leather seating upholstery

Ten-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen 

Heated and Ventilated front seats

 

8-inch infotainment touchscreen 

Blind-Spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert

Electronic Parking Brake

Onboard Navigation system

Synthetic leather seating upholstery

 

Six-speaker sound system

Lane Keep Assist with Driver attention warning

Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go

Eight-Speaker Harman Kardon Sound system

Rear Park Assist

We recommend

Sparing the base 2020 Kia Niro LX aside, we’d go for the LXS trim. This model gets some critical standard safety features like forward-collision warning, driver attention warning, lane-keep assist, and rear-cross traffic alert. On the inside, both the steering wheel and shift knob are leather-wrapped and keyless entry with a push-button start is available. So, overall, the 2020 Niro LXS is safer and better-equipped. Moreover, a budget-friendly price tag on this one makes it a better deal. 

2020 Kia Niro Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2020 Kia Niro Hybrid gets a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine paired to a 1.6 kWh battery with an electric motor for a total power output of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated cylinder is mated to 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. The Niro Plug-In model gets the same powertrain, but a bigger 60hp motor and 8.9 kWh battery that alone can afford up to 26 miles of range. 

When it comes to acceleration, the 2020 Niro Hybrid can do the 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 17 seconds with a top speed of 104 mph. These numbers are better than the Prius by a few fractions of seconds. It is the only mild hybrid offering in its category, thus making the Niro hybrid SUV an exclusive piece of machinery.

Models

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

MSRP

$24,590

$23,200

$24,325

Engine

1.6-liter Gas/Electric Inline-4

1.6-liter Gas/Electric Inline-4 Hybrid

1.8-liter Gas/Electric Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automated manual

6-speed automated manual

CVT

Power 

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

195 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

109 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

105 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.2

8.4

9.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17

16.6

18.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

104

102

112

The 2020 Niro Hybrid and Hyundai Ioniq hybrid have the same powertrain with the same specifications. But the Prius is the only hybrid that offers an AWD option. In 2020, there are not a lot of mild hybrid SUVs in the market which makes the Niro a pretty sweet deal. Though Niro and Ioniq are equipped with the same powertrain, the former’s boxy stance and heavyweight drags it down.

How well does the 2020 Kia Niro handle?

Without an All-Wheel-Drive option and narrow economy-oriented tires, the 2020 Kia Niro might come across as a bit compromised. But that’s the trade-off for a car that returns close to 50 mpg of combined fuel economy. There are two driving modes on-board, Eco and Sports. The latter merely stiffens up the steering feel. The tall crossover design works against the hatchback on a winding road, where the car has quite the lean when pushed around corners. The Niro is by no standard a performance machine. It is at best a city car. On the highway, the vehicle feels underpowered and vulnerable.

Braking Performance

Part of the 2020 Kia Niro’s update was its regenerative braking system. This system works in tandem with normal friction braking applied on 11-inch brake rotors on the front and 10.3-inch brakes at the rear. The regenerative system helps charge the battery but doesn’t help much with actual braking. This is again proved because the 2020 Niro’s 132 ft braking distance is the longest in this competition.

Models

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11

11

10

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

10.3

10.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

NA

2996

3010

60-0MPH (feet)

132

126

115

With no official confirmed curb weight, the 2020 Kia Rio takes the highest distance to stop from 60 MPH. The 2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid offers the best braking performance of the lot even though it is the heavier one and uses the smallest brake rotors compared to the other two. The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid comes in between, taking 126 feet to stop from 60 MPH to a standstill.

2020 Kia Niro Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The base Niro LX is also the lighter model that helps achieve the magic number of 52 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway. Our trim choice, the LXS model returns 51 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway. The top-trim Touring model is heavier with standard 18-inch wheels, sunroof, etc, and these factors make it less fuel-efficient with 46 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. It comes with a small fuel tank of about 11.9 gallons which affects the driving range.

Models

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

MPG (City)

51

57

58

MPG (Highway)

46

59

53

mpg (Combined)

49

58

56

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

11.9

11.9

11.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

606/547/583

678/702/691

655/599/632

Both the Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq have the same fuel tank size at 11.9 gallons, but with bigger batteries, the Ioniq gets more miles on less fuel consumption. The Toyota Prius started this whole revolution, and it is still reigning with an average of 56 mpg inside the city. Hyundai Ioniq offers the highest driving range in the segment- a whopping 702 miles on a fuel tank on the highway.

2020 Kia Niro Interior

7.0/10

The crossover profile gives the 2020 Niro the added headroom space advantage over its competitors. The standard seats in the base trim are mostly covered in cloth upholstery, but both, Touring Special Edition and EX Premium models get leather seats as a standard feature. Their seats are also ventilated with heating options, unlike the base trims, which at best get a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with 2-way lumbar support.

The vehicle can seat 5 people comfortably, and it offers a balanced front and rear row room. Standard interior feature on the 2020 Kia Niro includes Dual-Zone automatic climate control with the option to turn the passenger’s climate control off. The UVO infotainment system is standard across the line-up, and the graphics have been updated too. There’s also an option for a sunroof with the LSE and Touring trims. 

Models

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

40.1/56.0 /41.7

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.4/55.0 /42.3 

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg, in inches)

39.1/55.2/37.4

37.4/55.0/35.7

37.4/53.0/33.4

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

19.4

26.5

27.4

Despite the crossover profile advantage, the 2020 Niro has 19.4 cubic feet of default cargo space. But with the second row folded down, space increases to 54.4 cubic feet. Since the Niro was built from scratch as a hybrid model, the cargo floor is low as well, with no all-wheel-drive component to eat into space. Toyota offers the most cargo space in the competition at 27.4 cubic feet. Standout interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Sunroof
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The base 2020 Niro hybrid gets a standard 8-inch touchscreen that runs the UVO infotainment system. It supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base model also gets Bluetooth connectivity and Onboard Navigation, but a 10.25 infotainment screen is exclusively reserved for upper Touring SE and EX Premium trims. Also standard is a six-speaker system, but upper trim models get an 8-speaker Harman Kardon speaker system. Standout infotainment features include:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Onboard Navigation
  • 8-speaker Harman Kardon speaker system

2020 Kia Niro Exterior

7.5/10

As part of its mid-cycle update, Kia has given the 2020 Niro certain visual upgrades. This includes new headlights, a new diamond-patterned grille, new LED DRLs, and a new 16-inch and 18-inch wheel design. Keeping intact the Niro’s conventional crossover design helps make it easier to blend in traffic. The 2020 Niro has remained largely the same looking since its debut in 2017. Minimal enhancements have made the Niro sharper looking than the previous generation. Also, upgrading to the Touring SE trim gets you a Solar Orange exterior color finish.

Models

2020 Kia Niro 

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

Curb Weight (lbs)

NA

2996

3010

Length (inches)

171.5

176.0

180.0

Width (inches)

71.1

71.7

69.3

Height (inches)

60.4

56.9

57.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.3

5.3

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.3

106.3

The 2020 Niro sits 2.9-inches taller than the Prius. It also has more ground clearance at 6.3-inches, and its wheelbase of 106.3-inches is equal to both the Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius. The 2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid is the longest car of the lot, while the 2020 Kia Niro is the shortest. Standout exterior features include:

  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Gloss Black Radiator Grille w/ Chrome Lower Trim
  • Black Fender and Rocker Rail Cladding
  • Rear Spoiler

2020 Kia Niro Safety

7.5/10

The 2020 Niro received 4 stars from the NHTSA, with one significant concern for the passenger-side occupants in a frontal crash test, which recorded high acceleration injury. IIHS has tested the 2020 Niro and has declared it as one of their Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. This is despite the fact that the headlights had received a ‘Poor’ rating in IIHS testing. 

Besides that, standard driver-assist safety features are available from LXS models and above. This includes features like blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist with driver attention warning, auto braking, and auto high beams. Top trims like the Touring Special Edition and EX Premium models get adaptive cruise control with a lane-centering option. Standout safety features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

2020 Kia Niro Competition

6.0/10

2020 Kia Niro vs 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

Both the Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro share a similar powertrain of 1.6-liter Inline-4 engine, and both have the same power and torque figures. Mechanically, both are the same, but the Hyundai takes the lead with better fuel economy ratings of 58 mpg, compared to the Niro’s 50 mpg. Also, Hyundai is slightly cheaper than Kia, thus coming out as a better option.

2020 Kia Niro vs 2020 Toyota Prius Hybrid

Kia markets the Niro as a crossover, and despite being a hatchback, the 2020 Niro looks more conventional than the polarizing Toyota Prius. But the Toyota Prius is the only hybrid that offers an AWD option, something that would have made more sense in the Kia Niro, for it has the highest ground clearance in the segment. 

2020 Kia Niro Final Verdict

If the need is for a high-riding hatchback that has an extremely efficient powertrain, the 2020 Kia Niro is the perfect fit. It gets an excellent infotainment system and important interior features like Dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats as well. What works against the Niro is that it does not have an AWD option, and there’s no rated towing capacity either. And if the last point doesn’t bother you, then the 2020 Niro might just fit your bill.