Twin test: Kia Niro PHEV vs MINI Countryman PHEV
Kia has one of the widest selections of electrified cars in the business, with its Niro proving one of the most popular. Available with a hybrid, pure-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain as tested here, the Niro was updated for 2020 with new styling and a lot more technology.
The Niro is an established favourite in the sector, but has plenty of rivals, not least in the shape of the sportier, more style-conscious MINI Countryman PHEV. It plays a similar role in the MINI range, offering a five-door crossover SUV with a good balance of passenger and luggage space, plus all the benefits of a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. However, the Countryman is altogether more powerful and driver-focused.
Kia Niro PHEV
MINI Countryman PHEV
We're big fans of the Niro at DrivingElectric, not least because of its enviable set of attributes and well judged pricing – but does it have what it takes to take on the cachet and driver appeal of the MINI? We've pitted these plug-in hybrid family cars against each other to find out...