KIA EV6 WINS ‘CAR OF THE YEAR’ AT 2022 WHAT CAR? AWARDS

It’s not EVeryday a vehicle is awarded a ‘Car of the Year’ award.

The Kia EV6 has done just that in the 2022 What Car? ‘Car of the Year ‘awards.

It is only the second fully- electric vehicle ever to win the ‘Car of the Year’ award after the Kia e-Niro back in 2019.

Not content with that alone, the EV6 also took the award for ‘Electric SUV of the Year’ at the prestigious awards event.

The EV6 is no stranger to winning awards which include, among others, winning the ‘Premium’ category in the German ‘Car of the Year’ awards, as well as securing Top Gear’s ‘Crossover of the Year’ award.  The EV6 has also been shortlisted for ‘Car of the Year’ 2022, with the winner set to be announced on the 28th February.

Clearly, it’s very difficult to keep a great vehicle out of the spotlight

Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? magazine adds; “The EV6 combines a huge real-world range with the ability to charge at speeds that no rival can keep up with, addressing two of the biggest concerns that people still have about electric cars. What’s more, by using bespoke electric underpinnings, rather than a set that’s shared by petrol and diesel models, Kia has been able to take advantage of the compact size of electric motors and produce a car that’s hugely spacious as well as being practical. Add -in the effortless performance, outstanding refinement, competitive pricing and one of the best warranties around and the EV6 doesn’t just look like the future – it feels like it too.”

Jason Jeong, President of Kia Europe, further commented: “It’s a great honour for Kia to win ‘Car of the Year’ at this year’s What Car? Awards. The EV6 has been extremely well received by customers and the media across Europe thanks to its impressive real-world driving range, ultra-fast charging capabilities, bold design and state-of-the-art interior, what’s exciting is that the EV6 is just the beginning of things to come for Kia as we continue our journey to electrification – with 11 new BEV models due by 2026.”

Elaborating further on its impressive long-range, zero – emissions charging capability, the EV6 can reach a range of up to 328 miles, (528 kilometres) on a single charge on the WLTP combined cycle, while advanced 800V charging technology means drivers can charge from 10-80 per cent in just 18 minutes.

Kia’s ever- apparent success doesn’t stop there.

Alongside the recognition for the EV6, the Kia Sorento also received an award, the ‘2022 What Car? ‘Tow Car Award’ in association with the UK’s Camping and Caravanning Club. The Sorento 2.2-litre CRDi with an eight-speed double -clutch transmission was selected by the jury as the “ideal car for those looking to tow caravans or trailers.” Its powerful diesel engine enables the Sorento to tow braked loads of up to 2,500 kg, while the SUV also offers seating for up to seven people, generous cargo and cabin space and enough technology and convenience features to keep all occupants comfortable and engaged.

The What Car? Car of the Year Awards are no ordinary awards.

Each year, they recognise and name the best new cars across several vehicle categories. To be eligible for the awards, a car has had to have been tested back-to-back with its rivals, on roads as well as a dedicated test facility by What Cars? team of road testers. An overall ‘Car of the Year’ is then selected from the category winners.

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