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2017 Kia Niro Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Niro was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The Niro's interior features high-quality materials and an uncluttered, clean design. Although some hard plastics are used on the dashboard, they don't look or feel cheap and the Niro's stylish design isn't compromised. The cloth and leather seats are high-quality and comfortable. There is plenty of leg- and headroom in the front and rear. The infotainment system is intuitive and features traditional knobs and buttons for easy control, but its touch-screen controls are also easy to use.

  • "Lesser trims get either plain cloth or cloth and leather seats. After that, the surfaces you touch - the center armrest, door handles and doorsills - are soft and feel good in quality. While there is a lot of hard plastic in the dash area, it looks good and isn't the sort of thing one normally touches while driving or riding anyway." -- Cars.com
  • "Materials show well with a mixture of soft touch surfaces, gloss black trim and nicely finished hard plastics." -- CNET
  • "Forget glossy white plastics, big touchscreens, and funky shifters. We've got an interior that wouldn't look out of place in any other Kia. It's low and wide, and has good fit and finish. There are some cheap plastics here and there, but they're textured nicely and kept to areas of the dash that you won't be touching often. Only the gauge cluster looks mildly futuristic, with its power/economy meter." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Kia Niro seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Also standard is a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and 60/40 split folding rear seats. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, driver's memory settings, and a heated steering wheel.

The Niro's seats provide good support and are comfortable. There is plenty of head- and legroom in the front and rear seats, and even taller adults will be plenty comfortable. Outward visibility is good thanks to the high positioning of the seats.

  • "Interior space is sufficient, with good headroom for everybody and nice hip- and shoulder room up front. In the back, this 6-foot-tall journo was able to sit very comfortably even after positioning the driver's seat where I would need it." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Niro's backseat provides plenty of headroom and legroom for 6-footers and beyond." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats were comfortable, with good support and a leather-trimmed seat that looked and felt good. Lesser trims get either plain cloth or cloth and leather seats." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The 2017 Kia Niro comes standard with a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, and the Active Eco System to optimize fuel economy. Kia's UVO infotainment system is also standard and includes a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio.

Available features include push-button start, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, front and rear park assist, autonomous emergency braking, a forward collision system, a rear USB port, a Harman Kardon surround sound eight-speaker audio system, a sunroof, and the upgraded Kia UVO infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, real-time traffic conditions, and a voice-command navigation system.

The Niro's infotainment system has an organized layout and is easy to use. There are physical knobs and buttons for those who prefer traditional controls. However, the touch screen is responsive to commands and has vivid graphics. The positioning of the screen and controls makes everything easy to access.

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  • "The instrument cluster is simple, direct, and easy to use. There's an 8-inch touch screen for all the technical data, graphics, and navigation system with knobs for the stereo and controls on the steering wheel as well. A wireless cell-phone charger is located beneath the USB port and is definitely a necessary modern touch." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Audio and climate controls are smartly situated, there's a handy open bin with USB and power ports ahead of the transmission selector, and the buttons and knobs all feel like they were designed, engineered and manufactured with attention to detail." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Designed to be enjoyable to live with on a daily basis, Kia rightly emphasizes how easy this car is to use. Everything is located where you expect to find it, and interaction with the infotainment display screen is minimized through inclusion of real buttons and knobs that make it easy to reference and adjust the most commonly used vehicle features." -- New York Daily News

Cargo

The Niro has 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 54.5 cubic feet with them folded. Standard 60/40 split folding rear seats give the cargo area more versatility. Additionally, the rear seats fold completely flat, making it easier to carry cargo.

  • The cargo area isn't quite as generous, but a 60/40-split-folding seatback adds valuable cargo/passenger flexibility. Like most any hatchback, wagon or SUV-like vehicle, however, the Niro grows positively cavernous when you fold down the rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Located beneath the Niro's load floor, a compartmentalized storage area helps to organize your things. When you fold the rear seats down, they lie flat and create 54.5 cubic-feet of cargo volume." -- New York Daily News
  • The Niro's cargo area isn't bad. I generally find hatchbacks easiest to load a wider variety of items into, and the Niro is no exception. If you're cross-shopping the Niro with the Prius, though, the Prius is bigger; I find it to be among the easiest cars to load things into. The Niro's one advantage, though, is that it doesn't have a lip on the cargo area to snag things, as does the Prius. As much as Kia wants to define the Niro as a crossover, it's probably best to think of it as a small hatchback when it comes to storage. I think it could take four people and their roll-aboard luggage to the airport, but I'm not sure how it'd do if those same four people had bigger bags." -- Cars.com

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