Kia Niro against Mazda CX-30 and Skoda Karoq: compact SUV in the test
Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI ACT
RRP EUR 30,980.00
Kia Niro 1.6 GDI Hybrid
RRP EUR 30,690.00
Mazda CX-30 e-Skyactiv G 2.0 M
RRP EUR 27,690.00
Kia pleases with bold design
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Test car price (is evaluated)
103.6 (141)/5700 (system performance)
265/1000 (system performance)
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The Mazda leaves its driver alone
The Mazda driver experiences a journey into the past in the best sense of the word. Classic analog instruments, few, easily accessible buttons and a rotary pushbutton for infotainment.
Kia saves thanks to hybrid drive
Unfortunately also the most fuel. The only turbo in comparison approved on the test round 7.2 liters and thus 1.4 liters more than the Kia. Somewhere in between is the Mazda with 6.6 liters. The fact that the Niro is so economical is due to its standard hybrid drive. A 44-hp electric motor powered by a 1.32-kWh battery helps the 1.6-liter vacuum cleaner.
Power is transmitted by a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Even if the typical howl of the stepless competition is absent, the driver gets a very clear idea of what is happening under the hood. High speeds under load spoil the otherwise positive noise impression.
Little punch despite the largest displacement in the CX-30
A problem that also knows the Mazda. Despite a full two-liter displacement, it lacks torque. If you want performance, you have to look for it above 5000 rpm.
After all, switching with the crisp six-speed box is fun. The Skoda unit goes to work powerfully and smoothly in every position. 250 Nm of torque from 1500 tours allow a lazy shifting driving style.
There is versatility in the Karoq chassis
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The Kia shows a balanced footwork with pleasant slow driving comfort. At high speeds, however, it stretches out too far and lifts its crew out of their seats. The steering is light, but offers little feedback. All in all, he’s the type for a relaxed urban pace.
At checkout, Kia is the strongest
This is where the savings potential of the hybrid comes into its own. It’s just a pity that the savings from expensive insurance classes and the by far highest purchase price of 39,070 euros are nullified. That’s a whopping 7,380 euros more than the 31,690 euros that Mazda calculates for the CX-30. At 35,780 euros, the Skoda Karoq is in the middle, but thanks to its calm, balanced nature it is at the very front – a safe bet in these troubled times.