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2020 Kia Niro PHEV: The pragmatic performer

Kia's plug-in hybrid gets a few tweaks for 2020, but its main calling card is efficiency.

Emme Hall
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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The 2020 Kia Niro is offered as a hybrid, a full EV or, like this tester, a plug-in hybrid.

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An 8.9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery stores enough electrons for 26 miles of electric driving range.

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A 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine and a 44.5-kilowatt electric motor working together make 139 horsepower and a healthy 195 pound-feet of torque.

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On a Level 2 home charger, the Niro PHEV will fill its battery in about 2.5 hours.

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For 2020 the Niro gets a small mid-cycle refresh, with a new front fascia with a redesigned grille and LED running lights.

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The rear lighting also gets an update and there's a new Horizon Blue color on offer, too.

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The Niro PHEV gets 46 miles per gallon combined or 105 MPGe when you use the maximum electric and gas efficiency.

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The Niro is at home in the city, seamlessly switching between pure EV and hybrid modes.

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The Niro's adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist systems keep the car in the center of its lane, sweeping through turns with no ping-ponging or sudden movements.

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The 2020 Kia Niro PHEV in EX Premium trim pictured here comes in at 37,790 including $1,120 for destination.

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Keep scrolling for more photos of this practical PHEV.

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