The new Kia Niro is a plug-in hybrid tow car that is a bit like Baby Bear’s porridge. The pure electric version can only tow 750kg, while the regular hybrid has just 139bhp. But with a 1300kg towing limit and 180hp, we’d say that if Goldilocks is going caravanning, the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 3 is just right.
Perhaps it goes without saying, but you will need somewhere to plug in to make the most of it. A full charge should provide up to 38 miles of electric running, although you would need ideal conditions to match that figure.
You won’t go that far on electricity towing a caravan, but you can expect impressive economy. We had the chance to tow a Sprite Alpine 2 with the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 3, and the car returned 31.6mpg on a route of mostly A-roads and motorways.
The Niro offers stability, something we always look for in the best caravan tow cars, as well as fuel-efficiency, pulling straight and true. However, we found it easy to spin the front wheels making a hill start or pulling away from a junction.
Inside, the Niro has plenty of space in the front and provides a comfortable driving position. You’ll find there’s a reasonable amount of head- and legroom in the back, too.
Boot space is meagre, though, and the plug-in hybrid version is also pretty pricey for a vehicle of this size.
- Price: From £36,825
- Kerbweight: 1610kg
- 85% match: Above max tow
- Max towing weight: 1300k
One plug-in we looked at that has impressed us is the Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi Plug-In Hybrid 4 – we liked its practicality and how the third row of seats have been fitted in, despite the hybrid engine.
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