Massive prize haul for Kia at What Car? Awards
Added: 31 January 2019
It was a huge night for Kia Motors at the recent What Car? Awards 2019.
Not only was the new zero emissions Kia e-Niro named Car of the Year and Best Electric Car, but the all-new Kia Picanto, Stinger GT and all-new Ceed all picked up awards, topping their respective categories.
Each of these award-winning models are available now at Chapelhouse Kia dealerships in Southport, St Helens and Warrington, with the all-electric Kia e-Niro arriving in April.
The all-new Picanto retained its top spot as the City Car of the Year. The 1.25-litre ‘3’ trim outshone its rivals thanks to its fantastic suitability to urban driving. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, DAB and 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring.
The Picanto was also lauded its value-for-money – starting at just £12,975. Each of the excellent features listed come as standard with the level ‘3’ Picanto.
Meanwhile, the Kia Stinger 3.3-litre T-GDi GT S was named ‘Best Performance Car under £50,000’. What Car? said: “If you’re looking for maximum bang for you buck, it’s hard to look past the Stinger GT S. With 365bhp from its twin-turbo 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine, straight-line pace is never anything other than mesmerising.
“What really sets the Stinger apart, though, is the fact that once you’re done having fun, you can soften off its suspension and enjoy what is one of the most cosseting long-distance cruisers currently on sale. It’s a trick that a lot of other performance cars haven’t mastered anywhere near as well.” High praise, indeed.
The Kia Ceed came out on top as ‘Best Family Car less than £20,000’. Following its launch in summer 2018, the all-new Ceed 1.0 T-GDi 118 ‘2’ was commended, in particular, for its smooth new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and smart interior.
“The three-cylinder engine is smoother and more refined… it will take on motorway miles without any fuss,” said the motoring magazine. “Inside, the Ceed gets a smarter interior and better infotainment system than any of its rivals at this price.” The Ceed 1.0-litre ‘3’ is just £18,295 at Chapelhouse Kia.
President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Paul Philpott said of the achievement: “To come away with five awards shows the breath of our product line up and is a testament to how for the brand has grown since launching in the UK.
“Cars such as the Picanto and Ceed remain a staple for Kia, while the e-Niro and Stinger show our ability to surprise the industry with our advancements in technology and engineering.”