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2019 Kia Niro hybrid

small car / 4-door wagon

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2019 Kia Niro hybrid 4-door wagon
2018 Kia Niro hybrid shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX wagon

The Kia Niro was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Ioniq and Elantra. Like the Ioniq, the Niro is a hybrid with both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a Niro Plug-In Hybrid conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX wagon

The Kia Niro was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Ioniq and Elantra. Like the Ioniq, the Niro is a hybrid with both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Two passenger-side small overlap frontal tests of the Niro Plug-In Hybrid were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests and apply to both the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger's survival space was maintained reasonably well (Institute test car shown).

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury (Institute test shown).

The passenger's space was maintained reasonably well in both tests, but forces on the right lower leg were just high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries in the test conducted by the Institute (pictured). In the test conducted by Hyundai/Kia, injury risk to both legs and feet was low.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX wagon

The Kia Niro was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Ioniq and Elantra. Like the Ioniq, the Niro is a hybrid with both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a Niro Plug-In Hybrid conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid LX wagon

The Kia Niro was introduced in the 2017 model year and is derived from the Hyundai Ioniq and Elantra. Like the Ioniq, the Niro is a hybrid with both a gasoline engine and electric motor. The Niro Plug-In Hybrid was introduced in the 2018 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet.

Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a Niro Plug-In Hybrid conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the Niro and Niro Plug-In Hybrid models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2018 Kia Niro hybrid LX wagon

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,138 lbs
Peak force 19,696 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.28

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Optional Forward Collision Warning

Package name

  • Optional on LX and EX trims with Advanced Technology Package
  • standard on Touring trim

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • EX trim equipped with Premium package
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

Trim level(s)

  • FE trim
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2018-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim LX
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

How child seat anchors are evaluated