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Two models in Kia’s latest range of hybrid cars have landed on the government approved list expanding the options for alternative fuel vehicles.

The Kia Niro Hybrid S is a “standard hybrid vehicle where the main level propulsion is still a petrol engine.” It features a 410-litre boot. It uses 2.8 litres of regular unleaded petrol for every 100 kilometres and 88 grams of carbon dioxide, with 16-inch alloy wheels fitted.

“However, there is a small battery-powered electric motor that enables it to reduce its overall fuel consumption,” Chris Forbes, General Manager of Fleet for Kia said.

Meanwhile, the Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) S features an 8-inch touch screen, dual zone climate control, and smart push button start.

“The PHEV is built off exactly the same platform as the Niro hybrid, although it has a larger battery and is a plug-in hybrid that has an EV driving range of 58 kilometres (NEDC) and a potential fuel consumption of 1.3 litres per 100k (ADR81/02),” Mr Forbes said.

“Because they are an SUV with a reasonably sized boot, it does mean that it can replace many different types of vehicles currently deployed on council fleets around Australia,” Mr Forbes added.

The Kia Niro, just like other Kia vehicles have a seven-year unlimited kilometre warranty and seven-year 150,000 kilometres warranty on high-voltage electrical vehicle components, which are available for all councils.