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All New KIA Niro
San Antonio With the KIA Niro
Day One: Hotel Emma and Courtside at the San Antonio Spurs basketball game
This former brewery was transformed into a hotel in 2002. Throughout the space, elements of the brewery remain – large vats, concrete floors, exposed pipes. Upon check in, I was treated to their complimentary La Babia margarita in the hotel library. I drank it on the elevator as the bellhop took my luggage and showed me to my room. My room….
My room was rustic and luxurious and amazing and beautiful. The concrete floors that were in the lobby flowed all the way through the hotel and into each room. The walls were a warm winter white brick that somehow made the room feel cozy and inviting. The king sized bed with its delicious sheets and blanket made it extremely hard to get out of. The pièce de résistance? A plate of macaroons at turn down from Bakery Lorraine, that is located just a few short steps from the hotel.
San Antonio Spurs
I’m not a huge professional basketball fan, but I was definitely excited to go to the Spurs game. I’d been in game suites before but KIA surprised us with the opportunity to sit courtside for a quarter. Like, I could smell Pau Gasol’s sweat courtside. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.
Day Two: Toys for Tots
After our product briefing, we were assigned cars and partners and headed out to our designated Kia Niros that had trucks filled with toys. We caravaned to the local Toys for Tots drop off and presented them with the toys.
Drive Time With The KIA Niro
We traversed all over the southwest Texas countryside. However, my favorite highlight was on the highway on the trip back to the hotel. The Niro’s ability to adjust cruise based on speed of vehicle in front. The vehicle slows down and stops without pressing the brakes in traffic when the cruise control was activated. My initial impulse was to tap the brake but my riding partner kept encouraging me to “trust the car.” I did and that feature blew me away. Also when the car is in cruise, you can adjust the speed as traffic flows without pressing the accelerator pedal. You can do it from the steering wheel.
In low speeds, like in rush hour traffic, the car will charge itself. The Niro has as much speed and agility in eco mode as it does in manual.
Our first stop during our drive was to Club Rebecca Creek and golf resort just outside of San Antonio. There, we were greeted with more macaroons from Bakery Lorraine, hot chocolate and coffee. We switched drivers and headed to new Braunfel, where we ate lunch at Underground Pizza. In addition to their homemade pies, we had freshly made pasta with options of shrimp, chicken and pork and a ginormous salad bar. We had a moment to rest and prepare for dinner after returning back to the hotel. Dinner was a short walk from Hotel Emma to La Gloria and being that I was still full from lunch, I tried not to eat as much. However, even “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” We dined on ceviche, tacos, tlayudas (mexican pizza), queso fundido, quesadillas, and molcajetes, just to name a few of the dishes. The food kept coming and I stopped trying to figure it out. I just managed to get in a bite of everything, including a divine morsel of tres leches cake.
Price as tested: Not Yet Released
Max Capacity: 5
–Car Seats: 2 Large Car Seats
–w/o Car Seats: 3 Kids in back
Fuel economy: 50 mpg (near 600 miles p/ charge)
Test vehicle provided by KIA