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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kiora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2017 at 1:26pm
Yes I totally agree keeping the cost competitive but it is rather stange that this site http://accessoires-kia.be/niro/transport-packs/           

which is an official Bekgium Kia site does offer a bar and seems to fly in the face of the technical requirements of the vehicule in question.

Anyway I will still enjoy the Niro and look forward to our summer holiday drive to France. 
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It is a shame, especially as there was talk of towing capacity coming soon when initially launched

I wouldn't have towed but was thinking about using towbar to attach a cycle carrier to the car
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote AlanHo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jan 2017 at 9:16pm
My son has a Golf GT with a bike carrier that hooks onto the rear hatch which requires no mods to the car. He can carry two bikes on it.
 
Just phoned him and he gave me the details. Looks a lot cheaper than adding a towbar and rack
 
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In terms to worry that these might damage the paint work, the towbar ones often tilt allowing you to access the boot

Ive gone for the roof bars instead, not ideal but it's functional
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dave1978 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jan 2017 at 2:02pm
The Halfords bike rack hooks onto the rear hatch of my Cee'd Sportwagen and carries 2 bikes. I carefully pad out the ends of the pedals just in case the bikes move and contact the hatch, but so far they haven't. By hooking the bottom straps onto the bottom of the hatch you can still open the hatchback although it gets a bit heavy with bikes in place.

Don't know the current price but I bet it undercuts the Thule rack.

Edited by dave1978 - 15 Jan 2017 at 2:04pm
"The Boss" has a 13-plate Picanto and I have a 17-plate 1.0 ltr Hyundai i30 Se Nav new generation with all the options(and very nice it is too.....)
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Hi All, I also have a niro on order and have been chasing Kia for information. Today I received a reply that may be of interest to you all, it doesn't make good reading however.

Here is a copy of that reply:-

Thanks for your email.

We would advise against fitting a towbar to the Kia Niro for several reasons.

Firstly, in order to tow, the vehicle requires uprated brakes and an uprated cooling system - both not featured in the Niro.

Secondly, the vehicle variant has not been homologated for towing, therefore any towbar fitted and used for towing would be illegal. If stopped as part of a VOSA inspection or by the Police, it could lead to a fine and possibly points. You may fit a towbar or frame for carrying bikes, but you would not be permitted to tow.

I appreciate that this isn't the response you were hoping for, but at no point have we stated that the Niro in the UK will be suitable for towing. Any information obtained relating to this, comes from outside the UK and is not applicable.

If there is anything else I can help with, please get in touch on 0333 2022 990.

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As you see that is pretty conclusive, I replied that it is a bit of a cotradiction to call a Niro a SUV without maintaining a small part of "Utility Vehicle" in the process.
Make what you like of this, it certainly hasn't cheered me.

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First, well done JAZZCAR on your perceverance with Kia. For me, part of the reply is positive in as much Kia confirm you can have a towbar for carrying bikes.

We have two electric bikes each weigh 24kg and have had towbars on our previous two Kia's.
I can now declare that last week I had a towbar fitted which I ordered from here
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/transportsysteme24com?_trksid=p2047675.l2563   ;
Is this the first UK Niro with a towbar?.
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Not seen another Niro on the road let alone with a TB
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I saw one near work the other day but was on European plates!
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Loads of Kias around here but not yet seen one on the road.

Had a nose around one in my dealership yesterday - must say I was very impressed with the space and fittings. Just need our friend Ernie to do his stuff.....
"The Boss" has a 13-plate Picanto and I have a 17-plate 1.0 ltr Hyundai i30 Se Nav new generation with all the options(and very nice it is too.....)
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