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Kia Niro, Hyundai IONIQ Spearheading Korea's New Green Car Onslaught

Both models will prove forces to be reckoned with By ,

The all-new 2017 Kia Niro has generated substantial interest since its unveiling last year, Now available on the Canadian market, it promises to shake up the compact SUV segment with its hybrid powertrain and seductive styling – not to mention the aggressive price tag attached to it.

As our contributor Mathieu St-Pierre wrote a few months back:

“When it comes to compact CUVs, Kia wants you to think of their all-new Niro as being everything you need, want, and more. The company was so convinced of the idea of this perfect small utility vehicle that it built a dedicated platform and developed a powertrain specifically for the Niro. It’s an impressively aggressive offering, too: At $24,995, the levels of kit and technology are superior to almost everything out there. It’s not a bad drive to boot.”

We encourage you in fact to check out the full review in which he shares his impressions after a first go-round behind the wheel of the 2017 Kia Niro.

Take a moment also to view the photo gallery below as well as two videos – one that showcases the Niro on the beautiful roads in and around Geneva, Switzerland, and another that illustrates the advantages it holds for active-lifestyle drivers.

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Meanwhile, the equally new Hyundai IONIQ has been making headlines with its three different powertrain options (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric) and some highly attractive pricing.

Here's what our veteran contributor Denis Duquet had to say about it recently:

“It is a well-conceived car with a rigid platform and sophisticated mechanics able to successfully challenge the Toyota Prius. In addition, its five-door configuration makes it just as practical and versatile as its Japanese rival. On the road, it displays strong acceleration.”

Check out his full review of the Hyundai IONIQ.

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