The 2019 Kia Niro is a carryover model with minor updates. The Niro continues to redefine the hybrid segment with an engaging design, functional utility and an efficient powertrain. The Niro Graphite Edition has been renamed Niro S Touring for 2019.
At the heart of the 2019 Kia Niro is a 1.6-liter GDI four-cylinder engine Kappa family –- which is engineered specifically for hybrid applications. Making 104 horsepower, the engine marks the first combination of the Atkinson Cycle, cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), GDI and a long-stroke-narrow-bore specification to maximize efficiency to up to 50 mpg combined. Efficiency and emissions are further improved via the Niro’s exhaust heat recovery system, which speeds engine warm-up by routing coolant to a heat exchanger in the exhaust system. A 43-hp tractive motor is fitted between the engine and transmission and works in tandem with the gasoline engine to produce a robust 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
That power is transmitted through a second-generation six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which not only boosts efficiency but is also a key factor to the 2019 Kia Niro great driving experience. The transmission delivers smooth, quick shifts for a natural and spirited feel, which is in stark contrast to that of other hybrids equipped with continuously variable transmissions. Electric energy and power for the whole system is provided by a compact and lightweight 1.56-kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery located underneath the rear seat. Because the high-voltage battery is both power and energy dense, it is smaller and lighter than other hybrid batteries, and also allowed engineers to downsize the gasoline engine to further maximize fuel economy and reduce emissions.
1.6L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
Bore x stroke (mm)
72.0 x 97.0
104 hp @ 5,700 rpm
109 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
DOHC, four valves / cylinder, Atkinson cycle
AC Synchronous Permanent Magnet Motor
System Performance Combined Power
Fuel tank capacity (gal.)
Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery
Battery Voltage (V)
Battery Capacity (Ah)
Battery Energy (kWh)
Battery Power (kW)
Battery Weight (lbs.)
6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)
Dry, multi-plate hydraulically actuated
Max. Speed (mph)
0 - 60 mph
49.7 - 74.6 mph
62.1 - 0 mph
ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY
Driving Range (miles)
TRIM LEVELS AND PRICING
The 2019 Kia Niro is a five-passenger hatchback available in five trims: FE, LX, EX, S Touring and Touring. The base FE come with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, six-way manually adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable drive modes, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a rearview camera, Uvo eServices app suite, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port.
The LX trim adds rear LED taillights, roof rails, keyless ignition and entry, an underfloor storage tray for the rear cargo area, and a rear center armrest with cupholders. The LX Advanced Technology package adds foglights, LED daytime running lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. It also has.
The 2019 Kia Niro EX trim adds foglights, LED running lights and leather-wrapped steering wheel plus power-folding and heated side mirrors, a high-gloss black upper console, cloth and leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear air-conditioning vents, an additional USB charge port, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. The Advance Technology package includes the same active safety features as the LX but adds a power-adjustable driver's seat.
The Premium package for the EX trim adds xenon headlights, a sunroof, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory function, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen display, navigation, an eight-speaker premium Harman Kardon sound system, LED map lights, front and rear parking system, wireless phone charging and a 110-volt power outlet.
The 2019 Kia Niro S Touring includes the power-adjustable driver's seat, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and the premium Harman Kardon audio system plus trim-exclusive Platinum Graphite paint, glossy-black 18-inch wheels, glossy-black roof rails and a metallic-colored front grille. The Touring trim comes with everything standard this year, including the active safety aids from the Advanced Technology package on lower trim models.
MSRP for all 2019 Kia Niro is as follow:
Niro S Touring
Aurora Black Pearl Paint
Runway Red Paint
Snow White Pearl Paint
EX Advanced Technology Package
LX Advanced Technology Package
*excludes $995 destination