Kia Dominates Crossover Category At UK Car Of The Year
Added: 12 February 2020
The Kia e-Niro wins ‘Crossover of the Year’ at UK Car of the Year Awards 2020, while the Kia XCeed is awarded second place, locking out almost all other competition. Finally, the Soul EV placed joint fourth in same category cementing Kia's authority in the Crossover segment.
Wins for the Kia e-Niro means that it now goes on to fight for top spot as overall ‘UK Car of the Year 2020’
Kia triumphed at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2020, locking out almost all other competition in the ‘Crossover of the Year’ category. The e-Niro was crowned the overall winner, while the Kia XCeed followed closely behind in second and the impressive All-New Soul EV landed joint fourth place. This means that the e-Niro will now go on to compete for the title of ‘UK Car of the Year 2020’.
Labelled as a “genuine game-changer”, the e-Niro earned top place and was described as “one of the most convincing EVs out there.” It has been exceptionally well received within the motoring industry, earning titles such as What Car? ‘Car of the Year 2019’ and Auto Express ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2019’.
Alex Grant, UK Car of the Year Judge, commented: “The e-Niro combines one of the market's best electric drivetrains with the impressive space-efficiency of Kia's compact crossover. It offers a long range and impressive efficiency without adapting driving style, with spirited performance and fast charging making it easy to go electric.”
Coming in close second, the Kia XCeed fills a unique spot in the C-segment, combining compact SUV practicality with the sporty packaging and engaging handling of a hatchback. The Kia XCeed is available as a low-emissions Plug-In Hybrid alongside the Ceed Sportswagon, which gives customers yet another eco option.
Commenting on the win, Paul Philpott, President and CEO for Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, said: “The crossover market has become increasingly competitive as customer demand has surged, making it all the more impressive that Kia has three different models placing within this category. It’s fantastic to see that the e-Niro is still raking in prestigious awards and I look forward to seeing how it fares in the battle for the overall title of UK Car of the Year.”
Finally, the Soul EV placed joint fourth in this year’s awards. The Soul EV uses the same batteries and powertrain fitted to the e-Niro, and with a driving range of 280 miles, it adds another staple all-electric model to the Kia eco line-up.
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The Kia range continues to expand on its range of small SUVs and fuel-efficient crossovers. Customers can enjoy incredible fuel economy without having to compromise on modern features such as lane keep assist, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
Kia are perfect for any road trip or even short city trips. Their range includes a variety of 4-wheel drive vehicles, hybrids harnessing power from electricity and petrol engines, or even the Kia Niro plug in hybrid or the all-electric Soul EV. Standard features included across the range have been impressing several of the industry car awards for the last few years, and it's incredible to see the e-Niro continuing the trend.