Boasting a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric powertrains, the Niro impressed the EcoCar judges in every setup, collecting additional awards for ‘Best electric medium SUV’, ‘Best plug-in hybrid medium SUV’ and ‘Best hybrid medium SUV’.
Says Ian Robertson, Editor of Diesel&EcoCar magazine:
“The Kia Niro proves emphatically that buyers really can have their cake and eat it. Available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric Niro EV, the real achievement is that this SUV performs well in all three versions, seemingly without compromises.
“Which you pick is simply a matter of your personal or family requirements, driving habits and budget. It goes without saying that the Niro is also effortlessly modern, with a smartly designed exterior and interior, and thanks to its chiselled shape, it’s also roomy inside for families. The Niro is also loaded with reassuring safety kit and comes with a seven-year warranty, making it the most well-rounded model on sale and grabs the prize of ‘Electrified Car of the Year for 2023’.”
The all-new Niro was not alone in its success as Kia’s seven-seat Sorento model achieved two class wins in the awards, ‘Best plug-in hybrid large SUV’ and ‘Best hybrid large SUV’. The Sorento, now in its fourth generation, was the first Kia seven-seat model to be made available with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid or diesel powertrains, and this choice has gone down well with the EcoCar judges.
“The Sorento is a fantastic people mover, whether it’s fitted with a diesel, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain. Despite the arrival of Kia’s futuristic EV6, the big Sorento still manages to feel like the brand’s flagship model, thanks to its large and well-appointed interior. Now offered in a single ‘Edition’ trim level, it’s well equipped, looks classy, and has a solid Tonka-like ambience. The famed seven-year warranty really seals the deal.”
The EcoCar Top 50 awards compiles a list of the top 50 new electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles on sale today. Now in its second year, last year Kia collected four awards, with the Sportage and previous generation Niro collecting two awards apiece.