Kia Niro Hybrid: Detuned but still in tune

The Kia Niro Hybrid comes with premium features such as ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a hold function for the parking brake.
The Kia Niro Hybrid comes with premium features such as ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a hold function for the parking brake.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The Kia Niro Hybrid comes with premium features such as ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a hold function for the parking brake.
The Kia Niro Hybrid comes with premium features such as ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a hold function for the parking brake.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
The Kia Niro Hybrid comes with premium features such as ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a hold function for the parking brake.
The Kia Niro Hybrid comes with premium features such as ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging and a hold function for the parking brake. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Kia detunes the Niro Hybrid significantly, but its performance magically remains unchanged

Six years ago, a power cap was introduced to remove "upmarket" cars from Category A of the vehicle quota system.

It was decided then that cars with more than 130bhp belonged in Category B, along with models with engines bigger than 1,600cc.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2019, with the headline 'Detuned but still in tune'. Print Edition | Subscribe