KIA Niro: Smart regeneration system (Kia NIRO Hybrid)

The Smart Regeneration System controls the regenerative braking automatically according to the road gradient and driving condition of the vehicle in front.

The system minimizes the unnecessary operation of the brake and acceleration pedal, improving the electric efficiency and assisting the driver.

Setting smart regeneration system

Operation

Setting smart regeneration system

  • With the vehicle on, touch Settings ? Vehicle ? Eco Vehicle ? Smart Recuperation on the infotainment system or pull and hold the right side paddle shifter for over 1 second to turn on and off the automatic change of the regenerative braking.

    The level of regenerative braking displayed on the cluster in stages is converted to the 'AUTO' indicator light.

  • When the vehicle is turned off and then turned on again, the regenerative braking mode returns to step '0'.

INFORMATION

The infotainment system may change after software updates. For more information, refer to the manual provided in the infotainment system and the quick reference guide.

Smart regeneration system activation

With 'AUTO' for the regenerative braking level displayed on the cluster, the regenerative braking level is controlled automatically when vehicle speed is above 12 km/h (7.4 mph) and one of the condition below is met.

  • The road gradient changes
  • Distance from the vehicle ahead reduces or increases
  • Speed of the vehicle ahead reduces or increases

NOTICE

When vehicle speed is under 12 km/h (7.4 mph), the Smart Regeneration System is canceled. The driver must adjust the vehicle speed by depressing the accelerator or brake pedal according to the road condition ahead and driving condition.

When the system is turned on from the Vehicle Settings menu, but the front radar does not recognize the vehicle in front, 'AUTO' is displayed in white.

Smart regeneration system activation

If the front radar recognizes the vehicle in front, 'AUTO' is displayed in green.

The regenerative braking level is automatically controlled depending on the driving condition of the vehicle in front and the level is indicated with arrows.

Smart regeneration system activation

However, current regenerative braking level is maintained if the driver depresses the brake pedal while the system is in activation. Also, the system is canceled temporarily if the accelerator pedal is depressed.

WARNING

The Smart Regeneration System which automatically controls the regenerative braking level when coasting is only a supplemental system for the driver's convenience. Do not solely rely on this system to stop the vehicle. The system cannot completely stop the vehicle in all situations nor avoid all collisions.

The brake control may be insufficient depending on the speed of the vehicle in front and when the vehicle in front suddenly stops, a vehicle cuts in suddenly or there is a steep slope. Always look ahead cautiously to prevent unexpected and sudden situations from occurring.

Smart regeneration system will be temporarily canceled when:

  • Canceled manually

With the vehicle on, touch Settings ? Vehicle ? Eco Vehicle ? Smart Recuperation on the infotainment system or pull and hold the right side paddle shifter for over 1 second.

The Smart Regeneration System turns off and switches to the regenerative braking level indicator with arrows instead of 'AUTO' indicator.

  • Canceled automatically
  • The vehicle is shifted to N (Neutral), R (Reverse) or P (Park) or shift lever in manual mode.
  • Switch the DRIVE mode to SPORT mode.
  • Smart Cruise Control is in activation.
  • The ESC (Electronic Stability Control) or ABS is operating.
  • If the motor and battery are in high or low temperature, or there is a problem with the battery or transmission.
  • SOC (State of Charge) gauge indicates high level.

WARNING

When the Smart Regeneration System is canceled automatically, adjust the vehicle speed directly by depressing the accelerator or brake pedal according to the road and driving conditions ahead.

INFORMATION

The infotainment system may change after software updates. For more information, refer to the manual provided in the infotainment system and the quick reference guide.

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