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The Kia Niro PHEV - The Best Vehicle for First Time EV Buyers 

The 2020 Kia Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV, is the perfect opportunity to dip your toes into the electric vehicle market. Plug-in hybrids represent the best combinations of EV and gas driving with incredible fuel efficiency, driving range, and EV incentives. All while still offering a fun and comfortable ride. Best of all, The Niro PHEV lets you get the best of both worlds by using your full electric range of 42 km to save money on your daily commute while still having the capability to drive over 800 km on a single tank of gas. The Niro’s versatility is what makes it an incredible vehicle for first-time EV buyers. 

Why Choose a PHEV?

What about a PHEV makes it the best choice for you?

Firstly, a PHEV is significantly less expensive compared to its full-electric counterpart. Many would-be EV customers list the high initial purchase price as one of the biggest barriers to entering the market. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles not only cost less but are also eligible for EV incentives. In B.C. you receive a $1500 government incentive and a $2500 federal incentive for a PHEV, which greatly reduces this initial cost barrier. Much like with a full EV, PHEV owners also have a greatly reduced yearly fuel cost.

While you are limited to a smaller range on most plug-in hybrids, the 42 KM range of the Niro is more than enough to get most to and from work during your daily commute. Depending on the voltage you use, the Niro PHEV can recharge in around 1-3 hours. A charge time this quick can get you back to full battery life even on a half workday. Finally, using a PHEV greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to a gas vehicle, helping you selflessly save the environment while saving money on gas.

What Sets the Kia Niro Apart?

The Kia Niro PHEV offers one of the lowest entry costs to the hybrid SUV market, starting from $35,995 the entry-level EX premium is anything but basic.

Here is a list of the active and passive safety features shipped with the EX premium for no extra charge: 

  • Forward Collision with front camera and sensor
  • Lane Keep Assist with Driver Attention Warning
  • Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Lane Following Assist

 

 

While it's not a sports car, the 195 lb-ft of torque makes it peppier than most plug-in hybrids and gives acceleration when merging in or out of traffic. All while still offering a combined electric-gas fuel economy of 2.2L/100 km combined. On top of this, the Kia Niro PHEV is one of the more spacious hybrid vehicles on the market, offering a combination of convenience and versatility not offered by its competitors. 

Topping off this incredible offer is an industry best no charge warranty that offers:

  • 5 year/ 100,000 km powertrain warranty
  • 5 year/ 100,000 km comprehensive full coverage warranty
  • 5 year/ unlimited km 24/7 Roadside Assistance
  • 8 year/ 150,000 km Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid, Electric Vehicle components

Not to mention that the Kia Niro PHEV was the winner of the third annual Driving Electric Awards for "Best Used Plug-In Hybrid" and "Hybrid Small SUV".

 

Want to know more about hybrid and electric vehicles? Check out our previous article on Buying an EV from a dealership to get all the information you need. Or, experience it for yourself by viewing our diverse selection of Niro PHEV, Niro EV, and Soul EV’s