17 Posted: 17th Mar 2024

Kia has collected four award wins and a ‘highly commended’ title at the 2024 Business Motoring Awards, with the publication heaping praise on Kia’s electrified model line-up.

  • The Business Motoring Awards celebrate the businesses and cars that best serve the fleet and SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) markets and is judged by an independent jury of experts.

    The awards judges bestowed multiple honours upon Kia’s electrified vehicle line-up, namely the fully electric EV6 and EV9 models, as well as the Niro, available with a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric powertrain. With Benefit-in-Kind tax starting from just two per cent on fully electric models, each of Kia’s electrified cars are tailored to suit a variety of business motorists.

    Kia’s award-winners
    Best Hybrid: Kia Niro
    Best Small Car: Kia Niro
    Best Medium EV £30,001 - £45,000: Kia EV6
    Best Medium SUV: Highly Commended:  Kia EV6
    Best Large SUV: Kia EV9

    The Kia Niro, a now familiar member of the brand’s UK model walk-up, has continued to add to its impressive awards tally, collecting two category wins at this year’s awards. Available with a trio of powertrain choices, the Niro impressed to take the title for ‘Best Hybrid’, following in its predecessor’s tracks, as the previous generation Niro was named Business Motoring’s ‘Best Hybrid’ at the 2021 awards.

    Offering urban-focused dimensions and intelligent packaging, the Kia Niro also took the award for ‘Best Small Car’, representing excellent practicality in a compact shell.

    Increasing in size, the Kia EV6 was selected as a category winner by Business Motoring, as the judges named it ‘Best Medium EV’ within the £30,001 to £45,000 price category and listed the model as a ‘highly commended’ contender in the ‘Best Medium SUV’ category.

    The first of the Kia line-up constructed using the brand’s Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), the EV6 offers a wide array of practical features in a sleek and crossover-inspired body. A totally flat floor allows for impressive passenger and cargo space, while the fully electric powertrain enables smooth, refined and hassle-free motoring.

    At the pinnacle of Kia UK’s EV line-up sits the recently launched Kia EV9, a three-row, fully electric SUV available as a six- or seven-seater. Bulking out its rapidly expanding awards cabinet, Business Motoring named the Kia EV9 its ‘Best Large SUV’, as the model fended off EV, petrol and diesel-powered rivals from several traditionally premium and luxury brands. With cargo-hauling credentials, a range of up to 349 miles* on a single charge and ultra-fast 800V charging capabilities, the EV9 impressed judges and fits the bill as an impressive large SUV; further bolstered by its zero-emission driving on the road.

    The model, which commenced sales in the UK in December 2023, has been met with consistently high praise since its reveal, and was recently named ‘UK Car of the Year 2024’ at the 2024 UK Car of the Year Awards, and ‘World’s Best Car of the Year for 2024’ at the Women’s Worldwide Car of the Year Awards.

    John Hargreaves, General Manager for Fleet and Remarketing at Kia UK, commented: “We’re delighted to receive these awards from Business Motoring. It’s notable to see the awards go to our newest fully electric vehicle, the EV9, as well as the EV6 and electrified Niro, highlighting our position as a leader in electrification.

    “Winning these awards goes further than the products themselves, as we offer several key services for corporate customers including the Business Service Promise, 48-hour test drives in fully electric cars, and of course support from our established nationwide dealer network and seven-year/100,000-mile warranty delivering peace of mind.

    “We are confident that along with these award winners, we offer a car for every business or job requirement and the best way to find this out is to get behind the wheel.”

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Notes to Editor:

*The range was determined according to the standardised EU measurement procedure (WLTP). The individual driving style and other factors, such as speed, outside temperature, topography and the use of electricity-consuming devices/units, have an influence on the real-life range and can possibly reduce it.