Key differences between the 2023 Kia Niro and the previous model

2023 Kia Niro

The 2023 Kia Niro unveiled this week at the New York Auto Show is a new generation of the popular Kia Niro small urban SUV. The new Kia Niro significantly improves upon features and characteristics of the outgoing Niro. We thought we would take a look at how the 2023 model differs from the current Kia Niro so that you can get a better understanding of what this new generation brings to the table.

Powertrains and range

The 2023 Kia Niro will continue to offer a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric engine lineup. This doesn't change with the current Niro. However, the 2023 model gets larger batteries in its PHEV and electric versions which translates into more range.

The Kia Niro PHEV now has an 11.1 kWh battery which translates into 53 km of range, a 25% improvement over the current Niro PHEV. As for the Niro fully electric model, it now has a 64.8 kWh battery which means 407 km of range, a 10% improvement over the outgoing model.

Interior space

In terms of interior space, the 2023 Kia Niro will offer more passenger space and cargo space than the current model. The 2023 Niro will offer 646 L of total cargo space behind the rear seats, a roughly 10% improvement over the outgoing model. Moreover, the new Niro has a larger wheelbase and larger overall footprint which means more interior space as well.

Design and functionality

The most significant differences between the current Niro and the new model can be found in the interior design and functionality. The new Niro will be more luxurious and offer more features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Google Assistant, ventilated front seats, and Alexa built in. There are two new large 10.25-inch screens in front of the driver and the centre console adopts a brand new and more modern design inspired by the Kia EV6.

Overall, the 2023 Kia Niro is more spacious, more efficient, and more advanced than the outgoing model. It goes on sale this year in the fall.