The Kicks SR has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Niro only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Kicks and the Niro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Kicks’ 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Niro runs out after 100,000 miles.
There are over 38 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Kicks’ warranty.
The Kicks SV/SR has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Niro doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Kicks has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Kicks flat and controlled during cornering. The Niro’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Kicks has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Niro doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better maneuverability, the Kicks’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Niro’s (34.1 feet vs. 34.8 feet).
The Nissan Kicks may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Kia Niro.
The Kicks has .6 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more rear hip room than the Niro.
The Kicks has a much larger cargo area than the Niro with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 19.4 cubic feet).
The Kicks SV/SR has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Niro doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Kicks’ front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Niro’s standard power windows’ front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.