We had a year to explore plug-in benefits with this 2019 Kia Niro PHEV and compare it to the regular Niro Hybrid, we had in our long term fleet the year before.
Well, time flies while driving efficiently, and now the Niro PHEV is also leaving. So, what did we learn over 19-thousand-miles of plug-in driving?
Obviously, the key is to lay down as many miles as you can without the engine firing up; making full use of the Niro PHEV’s 26-miles of EV range. Sounds simple enough, but some of our staffers were more diligent about plugging in than others. Still, we averaged a great 60.2 miles-per-gallon for the year; which is 38% better than the Niro Hybrid’s 43.7 miles-per-gallon.
The Kia Niro PHEV is a great little car; offering true crossover utility, along with the ability to live the plug-in lifestyle without making a full commitment to it.