2017 Kia Niro vs Honda HR-V

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It’s a head-to-head battle of the younger SUV siblings–the Kia Niro and the Honda HR-V, descended from the incredibly popular Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V. The subcompact SUVs Niro and HR-V both come in a small package, but their innovative interior layout design and better fuel efficiency make them worth a closer look. Before you hit the dealership, check out our comparison guide. We’ll help you decide which subcompact SUV is right for you.

2017 Kia Niro vs Honda HR-V

Interior Comfort and Style

The Kia Niro offers plenty of room to stretch, as one of the most spacious vehicles in its class. Its comfortable cloth or leather heated seats sit high giving riders plenty of outside visibility. As expected, the back seat folds down for extra cargo space, but their layout isn’t as innovative as the Honda’s interior.

Surprisingly, despite being the smaller SUV, the Honda HR-V rivals the Niro in interior space. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the HR-V lacks the luxury options you will find on higher trims of the Niro. Its magic seats give it a configurable interior, allowing you to haul even very long cargo like surf boards and lumber. By placing its fuel tank beneath the front seat, Honda makes the most of the HR-V cabin.


The Niro keeps you both connected and entertained. The Kia UVO infotainment system comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, plus physical buttons and knobs for those who prefer conventional controls. The touchscreen is responsive with an attractive, intuitive layout. Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard, as well as rearview camera, satellite radio, USB ports, and the Active Eco System, which may improve fuel efficiency. A host of upgrades are also available, such as voiceless navigation, an 8-point audio system, and real-time traffic.

Unfortunately, the Honda HR-V lacks some of the infotainment features that consumers really want. The standard trim only has Bluetooth connectivity, streaming audio, 5-inch display, and one USB port. Other features don’t some standard, even though they are nearly essential in today’s market.

Fuel Economy

The 2017 Kia Niro is unpretentiously environment-friendly. With its advanced hybrid technology, the 2017 Kia Niro is incredibly fuel efficient. It averages 51/46 mpg, running on a combination of electric current and regular unleaded gasoline. You’ll pay only an estimated $650 at the pump annually. In this category, there is no contest.

The 2017 Honda HR-V fares well in the subcompact SUV class in terms of fuel efficiency but it can’t compete with the Niro’s hybrid technology. Averaging 28/34 mpg, the HR-V beats out the conventional competitors, like the Buick Encore, the Chevrolet Trax, and the Fiat 500X. But none of these hold a candle to the Niro.


Though the 2017 Kia Niro has yet to be tested by the NHTSA, the Niro offers just about any safety feature you could want. Front and side airbags come standard while optional safety features, such as emergency braking, blind-spot monitor, and forward-collision and lane-departure warning.

The Honda HR-V landed a perfect five-star rating for overall protection by the NHTSA. Unfortunately, many of the driver aids available on the Niro, like forward-collision warning and blind-spot monitoring, are not offered on the HR-V at all.

Learn More about the Kia Niro

The 2017 Kia Niro narrowly beats the HR-V in this comparison. The Niro’s clear technological advantage in infotainment and fuel efficiency give it an edge over the Honda, though the HR-V does more with less space. . It’s genuinely difficult to settle for a smaller HR-V when the Niro’s hybrid engine does laps around the fuel efficiency of most other SUVs. In this head-to-head, the Niro is our pick over its Honda competition.