DOUBLE WIN FOR KIA AT WHAT CAR? CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2020​

Two very good reasons to choose Kia:-

  • The Kia Picanto wins its third What Car Award in three years.
  • The Kia e-Niro wins in its price category for Best small electric car.

In-fact, it couldn’t be a better start to 2020 for Kia as it picks up no less than two What Car? Car of the Year awards at this year’s ceremony.

Let’s see just why both models are clear winners……

The Picanto;- with its surprisingly spacious cabin, The Kia Picanto has always been an affordably-priced, well-equipped, practical and great fun to drive car.

It’s now picked-up its third award in three consecutive years with Best Value Car. The smallest car in the Kia range had previously been picked the Best City Car in 2017 and 2018. The winning Picanto ‘3’ grade comes with a host of notable accolades including; Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), 7” Touchscreen Satellite navigation with DAB and Reversing Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, all available as standard.

The What Car? Judging panel said: “The Picanto has been our favourite city car since 2017 and continues to set the standard thanks to its mix of space, performance, comfort and sheer value for money. Inside, there’s space for four 6ft-tall adults, while the 1.25-litre engine proves gutsy enough for both motorway and town use. The accurate steering and well-damped ride also impress, furthermore, you also get the reassurance of the longest warranty on the market.

The e-Niro;- taking a bow as the winner of Best small Electric Car for more than £35,000 award, the Kia e-Niro has proved itself a clear winner in a fiercely competitive category. The winner of last year’s overall What Car? Car of the Year award, the all-electric Niro is capable of 282 miles on a single charge. It comes with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection as standard.

The e-Niro differentiates itself from the existing Niro Hybrid and Niro Plug-in Hybrid with a series of exclusive design features. These include a bespoke aerodynamic grille with an integrated charging port, redesigned air intakes and arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights combined with blue trim headlights.

Inside the e-Niro, the all-electric powertrain negates the need for a traditional gear and gear linkage, instead using a ‘shift-by-wire’ rotator dial drive selector.

The seven-inch display in the centre of the dashboard allows drivers to locate nearby charging points as well as monitor the remaining charge and range. There’ also a seven-inch LCD instrument cluster.

Commenting on the e-Niro, the judging panel said: “The Kia e-Niro was our overall car of the year in 2019 and it remains one of the best electric cars on sale. In our real range test, it managed a seriously impressive 253 miles whilst offering plenty of space for five people and their luggage. It also rides more comfortably than rivals, staying more composed through corners. Furthermore, motorway journeys are a breeze thanks to its 201bhp electric motor”.

Steve Hicks, sales Director for Kia Motors (UK) Limited, commented: “The What Car? Awards are highly recognised and influential, so we and our 190-strong dealer network are delighted to be awarded once again. The Kia Picanto has always been a strong competitor in the value car market and continues to deliver what customers want, ahead of the competition. The e-Niro is a staple in the developing EV market and offers excellent range and levels of specification seen in premium vehicles. Throughout 2020 you will undoubtably see more on UK roads due to vastly increased supply.”