The 2021 Kia Niro is a hybrid that doesn’t say it in its name, while the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid leaves no doubt. Here is how they compare.
Kia Niro 2021
2021 Kia Niro starting price: $ 25,865 | Price yours or View listings near you
Above average: Fuel economy averages nearly 50 mpg; reasonable price; outstanding guarantees.
Below average: Desirable driver assistance features increase costs; despite the crossover SUV look, all-wheel drive is not available.
Consensus: The Kia Niro 2021 is one of three Niro variants with fuel efficient transmissions. Depending on your situation and your needs, you can opt for a standard hybrid, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or electric (EV) vehicle. With this standard hybrid model, there is nothing to plug in.
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2021
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2021 starting price: $ 24,405 | Price yours or View listings near you
Above average: Competitive prices; Ioniq Hybrid has a total range of almost 700 miles and up to 59 mpg combined; driver assistance functions are standard; Outstanding powertrain warranty and lifetime battery warranty.
Below average: Sober style; no all-wheel drive option; The livelier Sport mode results in a drop in city mileage to 40 mpg.
Consensus: The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq is a sedan designed for three different buyers. We’re focusing on the standard Ioniq Blue Hybrid, but it’s also available as an all-electric Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Hyundai Ioniq EV, both available in a limited number of states. Electricity is discontinued after this year.
Niro vs. Ioniq: mileage matters
Kia Niro Hybrid
The 2021 Kia Niro is a conventional hybrid, as is the grandfather of the genre, the Toyota Prius. With the Niro, there is nothing to connect. Just fill the gas tank and go. From there, you’ll enjoy fuel economy of around 50 mpg on average.
Another advantage of the Kia Niro Hybrid is that buyers will enjoy generous cargo space thanks to its SUV-inspired shape. Standard features include 16-inch alloy rims, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto connectivity, and a 6-speaker audio system.
The Kia Niro Hybrid is powered by a combined gasoline / electric powertrain. It consists of a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder permanent magnet synchronous electric motor-generator. The two combine for a total system power of 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via an automated 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Niro’s fuel economy can be as high as 53 city / 48 highway, depending on the trim level. These versions range from the entry-level LX to the LXS, Touring, Touring SE and EX Premium.
The Hyundai Ioniq lineup includes three different variants, including the All-Electric (EV), Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and the Hyundai Ioniq Standard Hybrid which we discuss here. Ioniq Blue is one of the most fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles on the road today, averaging 59 miles per gallon combined.
The Ioniq is refined and comfortable; you really don’t realize you’re driving a hybrid. The interior has well-organized mainstream features. Offering superior build quality, Hyundai has done its homework using materials such as recycled plastics, wood, sugar cane and even volcanic stone. A standard 8-inch touchscreen is here, while the top trims make a 10.25-inch display available.
Power for the Ioniq comes from a 1.6-liter Atkinson-cycle in-line 4-cylinder gasoline engine and 32 kW electric motor-generator for a total system output of 139 horsepower and 109 lb-ft. of couple. As with the Niro, the Ioniq uses a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Using this combination trains the Ioniq Hybrid seamlessly and includes enough muscles for daily riding. For those who are more enthusiastic about pedaling, there are shift levers to channel their inner race car driver.
Both use a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle gasoline engine and a 32 kW electric motor-generator for power; guarantees.
Advantages Kia Niro 2021
Loading space; spacious rear seat; compact dimensions; Looks inspired by SUVs.
Advantages Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2021
High mileage; well-designed interior; lower base price.
Which one is right for me?
The 2021 Kia Niro delivers great looks and excellent mileage in an SUV-style body. There is plenty of cargo space when the second row is folded down.
The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid delivers excellent fuel economy in a conventional hatchback body style. The interior has the appearance of a more expensive vehicle.
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|Kia Niro 2021||Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2021|
|Motor||1.6 I4 Petrol / Electric Hybrid||1.6 I4 Petrol / Electric Hybrid|
|Powerful||139 hp @ 5,700||139 hp @ 5,700|
|Couple||195 lb-ft @ 2,400 rpm||104 lb-ft @ 5,700 rpm (engine only)|
|Transmission||6 speed DCT||6 speed DCT|
|Fuel economy||50 mpg (53 city / 48 highway)||59 mpg (58 city / 60 highway)|
|guarantee||5 years / 60,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||10 years / 100,000 miles||10 years / 100,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||4 stars||N / A|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||106.3 inch||106.3 inch|
|Total length||171.5 inch||176.0 inch|
|Width||71.1 inch||71.7 inch|
|Height||60.4 inch||56.9 inch|
|Turning diameter||35.0 feet||34.8 feet|
|Headroom, forward||40.1 inch||39.1 inch|
|Headroom, aft||39.1 inch||37.4 inch|
|Legroom, front||41.7 inch||42.2 inch|
|Legroom, rear||41.7 inch||35.7 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||56 inch||55.0 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||55.2 inch||52.9 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||100.9 cubic feet||96.2 cubic feet|
|Cargo volume||19.4 / 54.5 cubic feet||26.5 cubic feet|