Living in the suburbs or the country means that vehicle size isn’t usually an issue. For those of us with townhomes in the city, or who must deal with street parking, however, the size of your vehicle is a huge consideration. The idea of a vehicle that, like Dr. Who’s Tardis, is larger on the inside than the outside is one that leads us in this situation to salivation. After all, being able to park and parallel park can be a challenge even for the modern compact crossover like the Kia Sportage. Subcompact crossovers aim to provide the dependability and utility of their larger compact siblings in a smaller and more maneuverable package.
Within this class, the Kia Niro has given drivers something unique – an unbelievably-efficient hybrid powertrain. Today, we’re matching up the 2018 Kia Niro with Jeep’s subcompact crossover – the Renegade – to see which vehicle offers the superior combination of both utility and agility for urban dwellers.
2018 Kia Niro
2018 Jeep Renegade
|50 combined MPG (FE)||Base model fuel economy||26 combined MPG (Sport)|
|6-speed automatic with Sportmatic®||Base transmission||6-speed manual|
|195 lb-ft.||Torque||184 lb-ft.|
|106.3 inches||Wheelbase (longer = smoother ride)||101.2 inches|
|17.4 feet||Turning radius (smaller = easier turning)||18.1 feet|
|7-inch touchscreen||Standard infotainment system||5-inch touchscreen|
|41.7 inches / 37.4 inches||Legroom (first row / second)||41.2 inches / 35.1 inches|
|Yes||U.S. News and World Report Top 5 Subcompact SUV?||No|
|19.4 cubic feet / 54.5 cubic feet||Cargo volume (seats up / folded)||18.5 cubic feet / 50.8 cubic feet|
|5 years / 60,000 miles||Limited bumper-to-bumper warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
As you’ll see above, the Kia Niro isn’t just a vehicle that gives you the incredible efficiency of a hybrid car, it’s also a crossover that does its SUV duties well. Equipped with some of the most impressive specs available in this growing class, the Kia Niro proves its acumen and value for tasks both social and utilitarian.
From its base model FE up through its top trim, the Kia Niro delights with several features that are either typically reserved for upper trim levels or not to be found in the subcompact crossover class. Take, for instance, the 7” UVO touchscreen which allows you to enjoy all of the benefits of Kia’s innovative infotainment system. These benefits include a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Additionally, the Niro has a longer wheelbase, making the ride more comfortable, yet can turn in a smaller circle, allowing more easy maneuvering in the urban cityscape.
These advantages have been well noticed by reputable publications like U.S. News and World Report who have placed the Niro well above the Renegade on their lists of the best subcompact SUVs.
Finally, the value is all the higher for the 2018 Kia Niro as it includes a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty standard, whereas the Renegade’s 3 years or 36,000 miles leave a lot to be desired – 2 years or 24,000 miles to be exact.
When you decide the Kia Niro is the subcompact SUV you’ve been needing (and these gas prices have been doing a lot to aid that decision), stop by Friendly Kia! We’re Tampa Bay’s #1 Kia dealership. Not only do we have the largest inventory of new Kia vehicles in Tampa Bay, but we’re also the consistently-highest rated dealership on popular review sites like Yelp and Dealer Rater.
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For more information on the 2018 Kia Niro or to schedule a test drive with this one-of-a-kind SUV, contact us today!