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Kia claims Niro plug-in sips a mere 1.3 litres of petrol every 100km

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Kia Niro

Kia Niro

Kia Niro

KIA recently unveiled their plug-in hybrid version of the Niro SUV.

The company claims emissions of 29g/km and 1.3 litres/100km.

I always take these figures with a pinch of salt because they never translate into real-world driving. But even allowing for that, this Niro should be highly economical - the official figures mean road tax is just €170.

And if you can manage even half the claimed pure electric driving range of 58kms, then you might be able to commute without dipping into the petrol tank too often.

It has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and advanced driver assistance technologies, including AEB and smart cruise control, as standard.

The infotainment system works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The car costs €35,995 (the price includes €2,500 VRT rebate and €5,000 SEAI grant).

The plug-in joins the conventional hybrid already on sale here (the 1.6 EXL ADAS, price €30,045).

One trim level covers all: there is leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual air-con, reversing camera, satnav with TomTom services, and 16ins alloys.

Powering the car is a 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine and a 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack.

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