When we reviewed Kia’s Niro plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in 2018 we loved its efficiency as well as the standard CarPlay and Android Auto support, although its styling felt a bit bland and its powertrain lacked oomph. The updated 2021 hybrid and plug-in hybrid models are on the way, and while the weaknesses we noted are still roughly the same, some of the comfort tech inside is still improving.
This time around, vehicles with 8-inch infotainment screens will get standard support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless. With wireless device charging already available, this means that with some phones you won’t have to worry about plugging in once you’re in.
Likewise, anyone equipped with intelligent cruise control and navigation will benefit from enhanced driver assistance features, including Navigation-Based Intelligent Cruise Control and Curve (NSCC-C). As Autoblog Note, this feature uses navigation information to adjust your speed around bends in the road, and Kia promises 10 years of map updates in its MapCare program.
For those changes, they’re also going to be a bit more expensive. So while the EX Premium model we tested in 2018 started at $ 34,500, the price will drop to $ 36,550 for a 2021 edition. price is available on the Kia website, and the company gives details on the 2021 Niro ev will be revealed later this year.