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2018 Kia Niro Ground Clearance – Is It Car Or SUV?

One thing that you immediately notice about the Kia Niro is that the ground clearance is a little bit different than other vehicles.

A closer look at the specs reveals that the 2018 Kia Niro ground clearance stands at 5.9 in or 150 mm.

If you know anything about Kia cars, you will already know that this clearance is more than a regular car, such as the Forte sedan, but a little less than vehicles like the Kia Sportage SUV.

The Niro will be offered as a front wheel drive option only, and Kia says that there are no plans to deliver an AWD version anytime soon.

We all know that things can change quickly in the automotive industry, so never say never to AWD.

Kia Niro hybrid ground clearance: 5,9″

Kia Niro Ground ClearanceAll of that aside, the thing to consider with the Niro is that it has higher ground clearance than normal cars, which makes us wonder if it’s a car or an SUV.

The reality is that it’s neither, as the Niro hybrid falls into the crossover category.

What that means is that it’s a blend of both. It has the great handling of a car, whilst also having the higher seating position and ground clearance of an SUV.

With the addition of the Niro to the crossover category, Kia now has two vehicles in there, with the Soul being the other.

Kia calls the Niro a HUV, which stands for hybrid utility vehicle. The name also fits since the Niro is a hybrid model, with a plug-in hybrid model also coming soon.

No matter the tag attached to the vehicle, the ground clearance of the Kia Niro gives it an edge over other regular vehicles. The fact that it’s also a hybrid model makes a unique value proposition.

7 thoughts on “2018 Kia Niro Ground Clearance – Is It Car Or SUV?

  1. Huge mistake if not offered in all-wheel-drive,
    people want a car like the Niro in all-wheel-drive,
    Go For It !
    This is your opportunity to get a huge jump on the Toyota Prius
    And Subaru based all wheel drive cars.

  2. they (Kia) dont want Sportage and Sorento sales to be canibalised by AWD Niro or a AWD Soul who can be very interesting!

  3. Owned the Rondo, it was an excellent car. Traded the Rondo before it went out of warranty. Main reason for trade the Rondo model was discontinued; resale value became questionable, so traded for a new SOUL before Rondo value became questionable, Doing away with a nameplate of a model, should only done if the category served is non-supportive. If KIA is smart, they will never abandon the SOUL, it is destined to be the VW Beetle of this Century AND THAT WOULD BE BRILLIANT! rdb

  4. It is hardly going to replace my QashQai.

    I live at the end of an agricultural lane but do not need 4wd. My Qashqai has 180mm of ground clearance and is great. It is roomy, has enough power to pull a boat and gives 52mpg in normal usage.

    I had hoped that the Niro could do better still; but 150mm is too near the dirt.

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