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By Gator_86_951
#10716
Hey guys, what is our overall opinion of Kia cars? I know they are boring and I have read the reviews that say exactly that, but this Niro seems like the perfect fit for my older brother. He really likes the car and is looking to me for advice on the car itself and the buying process (he has never bought a car himself before). I have heard very positive things from the engineering side on Kias from Tier 1 engineers and suppliers, etc... I have never owned a Kia though.

He wants Burnt Orange, which requires upgrading to a higher trim, but the car is still only like $31k, not accounting for any tax incentives because of the hybrid part. Car would look like this.
Kia Niro Orange.PNG
He is currently driving a 2001 or 2002 Honda Civic my parents got him when he was in PT school. And that car has been beat to death. He lives in center city Philadelphia and is currently doing at-home PT. So, he is on the road A LOT. He also has a daughter who just turned 8, and they do a lot of soccer and that kind of thing.

What do you guys think?
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By lupo.sk
#11766
Kia / Hyundai have one of the best warranties all around (at least in yerp - 7 years bumper to bumper).
Knowing their internal processes and quality checks pretty well, I have 7 hyundais and 4 kias as company cars. A couple of them are leased since 2014 and there have been literaly ZERO issues with them even with company abuse by multiple drivers so I didn’t change them and extended lease at a better rate. My wife actually drives one 2015 i30 (elnatra gt in the US) nowadays since we’re waiting for the perfect 958 to pop up - and she likes it.

As for the NIRO, I like it quite a lot - it’s a very good car for the money. I had it as a demo loaner from our dealer (he had to put some miles on it and I know the owner personally). I drove that thing flat out on freeways for 500 miles, abused the shit out of it by repeatedly accelerating as hard as possible and never had an issue. And yes, you can get 16mpg in a Kia. Hybrid :D
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By lupo.sk
#11768
One more thibg: the trunk size sucks.

Btw: he should rent it from Hertz or whoever for a couple of days, I’ve had it two years ago at the PS.
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By amdavid
#11778
I personally would do some research on the hybrid units they use and how they compare to the competition at the given price point. I might do a Hyundai, but couldn't bring myself to own a Kia, but that's just me. I'm sure they're great "beaters".
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By Gator_86_951
#11832
You guys come through again. I will take the advice to do a little more research on their hybrids and suggest he rent one.

It is definitely going to get beaten on, that is for sure. Road quality in Filthadelphia is the purest of merde. The interstate is particularly bad.
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By Gator_86_951
#13484
Brother bought the car the other day. He is very happy. Did not want to wait around for the higher optioned orange one. Seems like a good deal all around for him.
By unBilt 987
#19897
amdavid wrote: Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:17 pm I personally would do some research on the hybrid units they use and how they compare to the competition at the given price point. I might do a Hyundai, but couldn't bring myself to own a Kia, but that's just me. I'm sure they're great "beaters".
Keep in mind, Kia and Hyundai are generally the same car(s). Think of it like Chevy vs. Pontiac.
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By lupo.sk
#22424
I had a niro electric loaner for a day a week ago and I have to say it was pretty fucking good. Nowhere near the range promised when I got it in the morning but I drove it like a florida man jacking off while high on coke.

I migh lease one as a company around town beater.
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By alordofchaos
#25318
Hey guys, I am late to the party as usual. But IIRC, CP (Pong) at RL bought a Niro a couple of years ago and wrote a pretty glowing review of it. Hopefully I am not getting the hybrid name mixed up with another car.

You could probably ping Pong for a long term ownership update :grin:

I thought about buying one for my wife as most of her driving is around town with only an occasional long trip but our youngest son is graduating college in a year (or so depending on COVID) and she can buy it herself then if she wants.
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By Scott at Team Harco
#26788
alordofchaos wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:22 am Hey guys, I am late to the party as usual. But IIRC, CP (Pong) at RL bought a Niro a couple of years ago and wrote a pretty glowing review of it. Hopefully I am not getting the hybrid name mixed up with another car.

You could probably ping Pong for a long term ownership update :grin:

I thought about buying one for my wife as most of her driving is around town with only an occasional long trip but our youngest son is graduating college in a year (or so depending on COVID) and she can buy it herself then if she wants.

Hey - there you are!

Welcome. Ask to get shown around. The good stuff is in the Dive Bar.
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By i am not a traitor
#27171
alordofchaos wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:22 am Hey guys, I am late to the party as usual. But IIRC, CP (Pong) at RL bought a Niro a couple of years ago and wrote a pretty glowing review of it. Hopefully I am not getting the hybrid name mixed up with another car.

You could probably ping Pong for a long term ownership update :grin:

I thought about buying one for my wife as most of her driving is around town with only an occasional long trip but our youngest son is graduating college in a year (or so depending on COVID) and she can buy it herself then if she wants.
Welcome, we all missed you! Do you have access to the Dive Bar?
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By JDS968
#27261
alordofchaos wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:22 am Hey guys, I am late to the party as usual. But IIRC, CP (Pong) at RL bought a Niro a couple of years ago and wrote a pretty glowing review of it. Hopefully I am not getting the hybrid name mixed up with another car.

You could probably ping Pong for a long term ownership update :grin:

I thought about buying one for my wife as most of her driving is around town with only an occasional long trip but our youngest son is graduating college in a year (or so depending on COVID) and she can buy it herself then if she wants.
Wow, glad you're back!! Missed having you around.
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