KIA Niro: Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is designed to stabilize the vehicle during cornering maneuvers.

ESC is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Factors including speed, road conditions and driver steering input can all affect whether ESC will be effective in preventing a loss of control.

Operating ESC OFF button

Operating ESC OFF button


  1. Press the ESC OFF button for approximately half a second to turn ESC off.

    ESC OFF ( ) indicator light will appear and the warning chime will sound.

  2.  Press and hold the ESC OFF button again for approximately 3 second to turn ESC and traction control off. ESC OFF ( ) indicator light will appear and the warning chime will sound.
  3.  To turn ESC on again, press the ESC OFF button. ESC OFF ( ) indicator light will go off.


  • For maximum protection, always wear your seat belt. No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions.

    Always drive responsibly.

  • Drive carefully even though your vehicle has Electronic Stability Control. It can only assist you in maintaining control under certain circumstances.
  • Never press the ESC OFF button while ESC is operating (ESC indicator light blinks). If ESC is turned off while ESC is operating, the vehicle may slip out of control.


  • A click sound may be heard in the vehicle compartment when the vehicle begins to move after the vehicle is started. These conditions are normal and indicate that the Electronic Stability Control system is functioning properly.
  • When operating the vehicle on a dynamometer, ensure that the ESC is turned off (ESC OFF light appeared). If the ESC is left on, it may prevent the vehicle speed from increasing, and result in false diagnosis.
  • Turning the ESC off does not affect ABS or brake system operation.

NOTICE- (Kia Niro EV only)

  • Select 0 step of the regenerative braking system and depress the brake pedal around 10 times to efficiently apply brake disc cleaning.

    Brake disc cleaning may decrease.

  • Brake disc cleaning may decrease the driving distance by restraining the regenerative braking system. After brake disc cleaning, the regenerative braking system may be restored.
  • If the regenerative braking system is not restored after the brake disc cleaning, Kia recommends visiting an authorized Kia dealer/service partner.

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the vehicle from rolling back by applying the brakes automatically for approximately 2 seconds.

The brakes are released when the accelerator pedal is engaged or after approximately 2 seconds.


HAC does not replace the need to apply brakes while stopped on an incline.

While stopped, make sure you maintain brake pressure sufficient to prevent your vehicle from rolling backward and causing an accident. Don't release the brake pedal until you are ready to accelerate forward.


     Multi-Collision Brake (MCB)

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     Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

    Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) provides further enhancements to vehicle stability and steering response. Operating VSM Operation Press the ESC OFF button to turn VSM off and the ESC OFF indicator light ( ) is appeared. Press the

     Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)

    The Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) alerts the driver behind by flashing the brake lights when braking sharply and severely. Operating condition(s) The vehicle suddenly stops. ABS is activated and the driving speed is over 55 km/h (34 mph).


     Highway Lane Change Assist (if equipped) (Kia Niro EV only)

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     Service Highlight / Inspection Mode Procedures

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