The latest version of the Kia Niro has been named the best new car on sale by leading car buying advice website Carbuyer.co.uk.
The Niro, which is available with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric powertrains, scooped no fewer than three of the 18 categories on offer.
Carbuyer’s judges could hardly believe the transformation Kia has made with this second-generation Niro. Editor, Richard Ingram, said: “Our favourite small family car, our top hybrid, and of course our overall Car of the Year, the fabulous new Niro builds on everything we loved about the old one, but with sharper styling, and a cutting-edge interior.
“It remains a practical, efficient and easy to drive family car – with a powertrain to suit all buyers. The Kia Niro is a most deserving winner of our 2023 Car of the Year award.”
Kia wasn’t the only Korean manufacturer to make a splash at this year’s Carbuyer Best Car Awards. The Hyundai Tucson – Carbuyer’s overall Car of the Year just 12 months ago – was awarded Best Family Car, while the Hyundai i20 N scooped Best Hot Hatchback for the second year in a row. Finally, the SsangYong Musso was awarded the Best Pickup prize thanks to its strong value, practicality, and generous kit list.
Carbuyer Car of the Year 2023 winners
|Carbuyer Car Of The Year||Kia Niro|
|Best Small Car||Skoda Fabia|
|Best Small Family Car||Kia Niro|
|Best Family Car||Hyundai Tucson|
|Best Large Family Car||Skoda Kodiaq|
|Best Estate Car||Skoda Octavia Estate|
|Best Small Company Car||Cupra Born|
|Best Company Car||BMW i4|
|Best Sports Car||BMW 2 Series Coupe|
|Best Convertible Car||MINI Convertible|
|Best Hot Hatchback||Hyundai i20 N|
|Best Hot SUV||Cupra Formentor|
|Best Pickup||SsangYong Musso|
|Best Small Electric Car||Fiat 500|
|Best Family Electric Car||MG ZS EV|
|Best Large Electric Car||Nissan Ariya|
|Best Hybrid||Kia Niro|
|Best Plug-in Hybrid||Mercedes C 300 e|
|Best Large Plug-in Hybrid||Lexus NX 450h+|