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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″
All 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.