2022 Kia Niro

MSRP $26,000

Ranked #6 in Fullsize Suv

2022 Kia Niro Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Kia has launched the Niro as a subcompact crossover with a few powertrain offerings including a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid in 2020 which was not the best car money could buy for the competition as it lacked proper steering feels, interior spacings, and overall the car felt cheap with its build quality. 

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Pros

Excellent value for the price

Good handling characteristics

Spacious interiors

Cons

Powertrain is not so capable

Acceleration should be better

Steering feel is not great

What's New?

Updated driver assistance and cabin techs.

A hybrid powertrain with more overall efficiency. 

All-new exterior and interior design.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

96 cu.in.

horsepower

139 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 2400 rpm

chassis

suspension front

Strut

suspension rear

Multi-Link

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.

curb weight

3150 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100.9 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

51/49/46 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LX$26,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 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.

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


For the upcoming 2022 model year, Kia is expected to enter the market with its second-generation and that would bring changes to both the exteriors and interiors. Based on the current-generation Niro, the car is very stylish, packed with loads of features, and offers a good amount of practicality for everyday scenarios

2022 Kia Niro Features

According to few speculations, we may expect the 2022 Kia Niro in the same five trim levels as its predecessor. Namely, LX, LXS, Touring, Touring SE, and the high-end EX Premium. Although most of the features remain the same, we might expect few additional features as standard in the high-value LX trim.

Trim

LX

LXS

Touring

Touring SE

EX Premium

MSRP*

$26,000

(Expected)

$28,090

(Expected)

$30,390

(Expected)

$32,950

(Expected)

$34,090

(Expected)

Key Features

6-way manually-adjustable front seats

Blind-spot detection

10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

LED Projection headlights

Heated Steering wheel

 

Cloth upholstery seats

Push-button ignition

Smart cruise control

Standard Navigation system

Heated & Ventilated front seats

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

18” alloy wheels

8-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

 
 

16” alloy wheels

Lane-keep assist

     

We Recommend:

We recommend going for any of the top three trims as the base variants lack most of the safety tech. Though all the variants of the 2022 Kia Niro feature the same engine, the Plug-in Hybrid models boost the performance a bit. 

2022 Kia Niro Engine and Performance

The 2022 Kia Niro will be powered by the 1.6L inline 4 engine under the hood which has been the sole powertrain since its launch. This engine is capable of producing up to 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of max torque. This engine is slightly bigger than the competition but is not that powerful. However, the plug-in hybrid trims will get a power bump over 150 horses, and the EV models can boost up to 200 horses. The 1.6L engine is mated to a 6-speed automated manual transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain as standard. 

Models

2022 Kia Niro* 

2021 Ford Escape 

2021 Fiat 500X

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

MSRP

$26,000

$24,885

$24,590

$24,995

Engine

1.6L Inline Four-Cylinder

1.5L Turbocharged Inline Three-Cylinder

1.3L Turbocharged Inline Four-Cylinder

1.5L Inline Four-Cylinder

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

CVT

Power

139 hp @ 5,700 RPM

181 hp @ 6,000 RPM

177 hp @ 5,500 RPM

170 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

195 lb-ft @ 2,400 RPM

190 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

210 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM

203 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.9

8.9

7.5

8.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.9

16.6

15.7

16.3

*2021 MY data used for reference 

The engine power is where the Niro cannot stand tall against the competition. However, the EV could crush the competition with its power but the price tag would be somewhere higher than the competition. In terms of engine power, the 2021 Ford Escape does a great job in the competition but falls back behind for its torque figures. The Kia Niro does a better job in the quarter-mile test where it comes out to be the fastest to complete it which is unexpected given the lower engine grunt. 

How does the 2022 Kia Niro handle?

The 2022 Kia Niro is said to handle better because the previous model years were not doing particularly well with the steering capabilities. The steering felt heavy and couldn’t take down corners easily maintaining a constant speed. 

Apart from that, the Niro has offered exceptional riding dynamics with enhanced suspensions which were surprisingly offering relaxed driving even on rough patches on the road. The 2022 Kia Niro is expected to perform better with improved handling and overall riding dynamics. 

2022 Kia Niro Fuel Economy

The 2022 Kia Niro base trim will deliver a similar fuel economy to that of the previous generation which was class-leading. The car uses unleaded regular fuel and it will return around 51 MPG for the city, 46 MPG on the highways, and a combined 49 MPG. The Touring trim will reportedly deliver lower fuel economy because of its heft and the size of the wheels. It is expected that the plug-in hybrid will have better fuel efficiency over the previous generations. 

Models

2022 Kia Niro* 

2021 Ford Escape 

2021 Fiat 500X

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

MPG (City)

51*

27

24

26

MPG (Highway)

46*

33

30

31

MPG (Combined)

49*

30

26

28

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

11.9*

14.7

12.7

14.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

607/547/595

397/485/442

305/381/330

387/462/417

*2021 MY data used for reference 

By the figures, it is very much evident that the Kia Niro offers a class-leading fuel economy followed by the 2021 Ford Escape. The range is quite impressive on the Kia Niro despite having the lowest fuel tank capacity. The upcoming 2022 model year of the Kia Niro will bring similarly improved fuel economy.

2022 Kia Niro Interior

The interiors of the Kia Niro were made to look futuristic and are quite stylish except for the extensive use of cheap plastics, especially on the dashboard. The seating capacity is up to 5 people and the seats are cloth-covered for the base trim and the higher trims get leatherette and leather-covered seats.For the 2022 model year, there will possibly be similar cabin dimensions and features. The dashboard holds the infotainment screen and a 7.0-inch digital display as the instrument cluster as standard and is a delight to look at. 

The steering wheel offers a good feel and is slightly on the sportier side. The cabin is adequately spacious with a good amount of head, shoulder, and legroom. Overall the cabin is well equipped with modern techs and plenty of creature comforts as you go up the trims. The cargo capacity however is not as impressive for the competition. At just 19.2 cubic feet as standard, the space is adequate for your daily goods.

Models

2022 Kia Niro* 

2021 Ford Escape 

2021 Fiat 500X

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.1/56.0/41.7

40.0/57.6/42.4

39.1/54.3/41.4

40.0/57.2/40.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.1/55.2/37.4

39.3/56.0/40.7

37.8/52.8/34.8

38.5/55.5/39.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

19.2

33.5

N/A

29.9

*2021 MY data used for reference 

The 2021 model year of the Kia Niro offers a good amount of headroom and shoulder room but suffers in the legroom. The 2021 Ford Escape, on the other hand, offers an all-around cabin space with adequate head, shoulder, and legroom. 

The upcoming 2022 model year will possibly carry forward the previous generation dimensions. The 2021 Ford Escape sports the highest cargo capacity in the competition and the Kia Niro packs the least of it. A few of the salient interior features to be noted are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Adequate amount of storage spaces
  • Heated steering wheel and front seats for the EX trim

2022 Kia Niro: Infotainment and Connectivity.

The current generation Kia Niro has a well-developed and easy-to-use infotainment system with almost every feature present for the segment. The 2022 model year will have an 8-inch or 10-inch touch-operated infotainment screen that has been very handy since its launch and offers great visibility in almost every lighting condition. A few of the infotainment features are as follows:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen display
  • Navigation support
  • Bluetooth connectivity.

2022 Kia Niro Exterior

As of the 2022 model year predictions, it is expected that the Kia Niro will go through a lot of exterior changes in the styling while staying firm on the older platform. The 2021 Kia Niro has been a very modern crossover with all the cutting-edge looks. The front profile now sports sharp LED headlights and DRLs with the Kia-styled blacked-out intake grille. Coming to the side profile, it has a lot of cuts and shapes which make them sharp and aerodynamic in nature. 

Moving to the rear, it sports LED tail lights, an exhaust tip, and a faux skid plate. The standard wheels are 16-inches and 18-inches are exclusively for the Touring trim. Talking about the dimensions, the curb weight of the Niro is the lightest among the competition and that being said, the ground clearance is decent for every city condition.

Models

2022 Kia Niro* 

2021 Ford Escape 

2021 Fiat 500X

2021 Chevrolet Equinox

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,042

3,299

3,305

3,274

Length (inches)

171.5

180.5

167.5

183.1

Width (inches)

71.1

74.1

70.7

72.6

Height (inches)

60.8

66.1

63.7

65.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.3

N/A

7.9

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.7

101.2

107.3

Track Width (inches) F/R

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

*2021 MY data used for reference 

The 2021 Chevrolet Equinox is having the longest dimensions with a slightly lower curb weight than the 2021 Fiat 500X. The Kia Niro is the lightest car in the competition and that contributes to the overall performance bump despite having an underpowered engine. The 2021 Fiat 500X has the highest ground clearance over the Niro. Some of the major changes in exterior features that we expect are:

  • Redesigned LED headlights and DRLs
  • 16” and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power tilt/sliding sunroof
  • Slightly tweaked diamond-patterned front grille

2022 Kia Niro Safety

We don’t have any word about the possible safety features that the 2022 Kia Niro lineup could be equipped with. But we may expect a major carryover of the safety features that we have seen on the 2021 Kia Niro lineup. While Kia offers a host of safety and driver assistance features, most of them were reserved for the higher-end model of EX Premium. Some of the notable features include:

  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cross-Traffic/Pedestrian alert
  • Lane Departure warning

2022 Kia Niro Final Verdict

The Kia Niro has been a very fun-to-drive car in the city and that under-powered engine is responsible for cutting the fun on the highway. Apart from that, the car offers a decent cabin experience with loaded techs. A lot is expected from the 2022 Kia Niro, a lot of changes are expected, and it would be worth it if Kia gives all the effort to make an all-new Niro with all the pending improvements which have been due since its launch.