Kia secures big wins at 2021 Driver Power

Added: 28 July 2021

Kia secures big wins at 2021 Driver Power

Kia models have picked up a slew of awards at the 2021 Auto Express Driver Power new-car survey, as voted by real car owners.

  • Class wins for Picanto, Rio and Ceed
  • Rio earns ‘Gold’ in the infotainment category, as well as the Car of the Year ‘Silver’ award
  • Sportage 10th out of 75 best new cars


Dominating the small car classes, honours for ‘Best city car’ have gone to the Kia Picanto and ‘Best supermini’ to the Kia Rio. This is the second year running that both cars have earned their respective class wins in the Driver Power survey. The Kia Ceed was also top of its class, winning the ‘Best compact family car’ category.

Kia appears twice in Driver Power’s 75 best new cars, with the Rio earning second place and Car of the Year ‘Silver’, as well as ‘Gold’ for the ‘infotainment, connectivity and electrics’ category. In addition to the Rio’s stellar success, the Sportage ranked an impressive 10th place in the 75 best new cars.

Now in its 20th year, Driver Power gives new car owners who have had their car for between three months and three years the opportunity to share their opinion on what their cars are really like. The survey touches on the complete ownership experience, from driving to the reliability, running costs, practicality and comfort.

Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief at Auto Express, commented: “If a third-place finish overall wasn’t impressive enough, Kia’s performance across our 13 classes and 10 categories is a testament to how comprehensively strong its cars are. With the Ceed being rated as the ‘Best compact family car’ and the Rio topping the supermini class, Kia is clearly on a roll. Factor in a win for infotainment thanks to the Rio’s perfectly judged system, and Kia’s designers and engineers are clearly doing a great deal right.”

Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK Limited, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Kia, especially because Driver power is voted for by our customers.
The survey results offer reassurance as to how well our cars fit into people’s lives and it is tremendous news that the Picanto and Rio have both maintained their class wins from last year, as well as the Rio being named as Car of the Year ‘Silver’ and a ‘Gold’ for its excellent infotainment system.
This is further testament to Kia and our dealer partner’s continued efforts to listen to customers, and deliver what they want in our products.”


The Kia Picanto

Available from £11,200

If the city makes you feel young and alive, and you're eager to explore new places, you've found a soul mate in the new Kia Picanto. It may be compact, but it's roomy inside, and it's full of big ideas. When pulling onto a fashionable street, the Kia Picanto immediately becomes part of the scene, with striking curves and colours that pop, it makes a statement that catches the eye and wins the heart!

Reliable, efficient and fun when you need them to be, the Picanto's engine options include the smooth-running Kappa 67-ps, 1.0- litre MPI engine which combines efficiency, power and performance.
Or the 84-ps, 1.2-liter dual-CVVT MPI engine that’s feisty and capable, yet also quiet and efficient.
Transmission options include either 4-speed automatic transmission offering quiet operation and shift points that are set to maximize smoothness even in stop-and-go city traffic or a 5-speed manual transmission that features friction-reduction for long lasting performance while also letting you select gears quickly and with confidence.

You can find more information on the Kia Picanto here

The Kia Rio

Available from £13,850

Whether you choose the all-new KIA Rio for its great aesthetics or for its practicality, the Rio offers pure enjoyment to anyone with a deep passion for driving.
Designed to make life on the road a pleasure, up to five people can ride in comfort with plenty of room to stretch thanks to a longer wheelbase, while automatic air conditioning simply adds to the experience.
Fully folding 60:40 split rear seats can let you stow long or bulky items in the extended cargo space providing flexibility in managing luggage and passenger space.

The Kia Rio uses totally focused technology to transform your daily commuting by offering a simple presentation of the information that you need to see as you focus on your driving. An intelligently designed and customisable supervision cluster provides outside temperature and trip data while steering wheel controls can adjust audio settings for enhanced driving safety. The auto cruise control functions can also be activated using steering wheel controls too!

On the road the all-new Kia Rio combines fuel saving efficiency with ample reserves of power and its handling characteristics are smooth, yet agile. When speed is called for on long motorway journeys, you’ll love the punch of performance the engine options easily deliver. Transmission options include a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission that effortlessly transfers the engine’s torque to the front wheels and an efficient 6-speed manual transmission that offers quick, smooth shifts and gear ratios perfectly matched to the engine's torque curve.

You can find more information on the Kia Rio here

The Kia Ceed

Available from £19,705

Carrying over the sporty, emotional design character of the Stinger, the Ceed conveys a more self-confident new look – one that is both emotive and precise in its execution.

Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces, the Ceed’s cab-rearward silhouette exhibits a more mature sense of athleticism. Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor, evolving the front of the car with a wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille and lower air intake, and precise, linear shapes framing its ‘face’. The new model features ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard. With a wide range of Kia Ceed accessories available, you can really make it your own.

You can find more information on the Kia Ceed here

Chapelhouse is proud to have 3 Kia Dealerships across the Northwest. You’ll find us in St Helens, Southport and Warrington.



You can find out more information on the new range of Kia cars on our website, or you can contact us online and a member of our team will be in touch.

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