2019 Kia Niro PHEV 15,000-Mile Update

We’ve just cleared the 15,000-mile mark with our Kia Niro PHEV. That’s the time when wear-and-tear starts to become evident, and minor annoyances become major concerns.

Not so with this little plug-in Niro. The only stumble so far, was a complete UVO shutdown when trying to engage Apple CarPlay. Admittedly, our long-terms have a lot more smartphone pairings than the average car; and it was an isolated incident that has not re-occurred.

"We've really put this Niro PHEV through its paces as a daily driver and even in the summer heat it's been up to the task. The AC is working overtime, but all-electric range is still in the mid to high twenties on a full charge. And you might not think it, but those quiet EV miles are relaxing after a long day at the office."

Keeping trips short, and recharging often, has boosted our overall fuel economy to 58.7 miles-per-gallon.

One thing we’ve come to appreciate, is a very accurate battery gauge. If it says there’s 24-miles of battery range, we generally achieve at least 24-miles. Unlike some plug-ins that have an optimistic number that falls rapidly as soon as you start driving.

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