Subcompact crossovers are brilliant vehicles for many people, and especially those in urban environments. These vehicles provide the benefits of an SUV (increased ride height, improved all-weather performance, high-end cargo accommodation and robust safety features) without sacrificing the zippy urban agility and fuel efficiency of a small car. Their popularity is growing quickly and, with it, manufacturers are looking to introduce models that can move in this new, but competitive, segment.
Two models that we’re going to compare today start with different philosophies, but wind up offering similar appearances and positions in the market. The first, the rookie Kia Niro brings a focus on fuel economy to the class. With a hybrid powertrain, sophisticated style and luxurious interior finishing, the Niro has already become a favorite in the class. Based on the Jeep Renegade, the Fiat 500X upgrades the quirky city car with more interior space and SUV-like features. Let’s see how they measure up!
2018 Kia Niro
2018 Fiat 500X
|50 miles per gallon||Base model fuel economy||28 miles per gallon|
|6 speakers||Base model sound system||4 speakers|
|16” aluminum alloy||Standard wheels||16” steel with plastic hubcaps|
|106.3 inches||Wheelbase (longer is better)||101.2 inches|
|41.7 inches / 37.4 inches||Legroom (front / rear)||41.4 inches / 34.8 inches|
|40.1 inches / 39.1 inches||Headroom (front / rear)||39.1 inches / 37.8 inches|
|19.4 cubic feet / 54.5 cubic feet||Cargo volume (seats up / folded)||14.1 cubic feet / 39.8 cubic feet|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Bumper-to-bumper limited warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
As you can see, the 2018 Kia Niro provides a decidedly-superior crossover experience to that of the Fiat 500X. The Niro is built for passenger comfort, convenience and efficiency and this is evidenced by the extensive list of improved features on the Niro. Among them, the standard audio system which gives you a more immersive sound experience from the base model up.
Inside, driver and passenger comfort is at its best in the 2018 Kia Niro which manages to edge the 500X in headroom and legroom for both the first and second rows. With cargo being a primary consideration of drivers who choose crossovers, the nearly 55 cubic feet of cargo space in the Niro handily bests the 39.8 of the 500X.
With its incredibly-efficient powertrain, elegant style and tech-focus, the 2018 Kia Niro is a vehicle that will provide maximum satisfaction. When it comes to finding a dealership that will provide maximum satisfaction, Friendly Kia in New Port Richey is your premier Tampa Bay Kia dealership.
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