Kia Sportage is CarBuyer’s first Car of the Year

Monday, 7 March 2011

  • website selects Sportage as its first Car of the Year
  • Award presented at Geneva Motor Show
  • 2WD and 4WD versions priced from £17,015 to £26,740

The Kia Sportage has been named CarBuyer's Car of the Year as well as Best 4x4 in the website's inaugural awards.

Citing the Sportage as a "landmark car" - launched by the company behind Auto Express, Dennis Publishing - goes on to say the Sportage wins "not just because it blends the best in on and off-road performance, and is loaded with kit. It also shows that Kia's engineers and designers are capable of building a world beating car. With its seven year warranty, good looks and capable diesel engine range it's a vehicle you can choose with your head, and your heart."

The inaugural Car of the Year award was presented by Dan Strong Editor of to Kia Motors Europe's Chief Operating Officer Paul Philpott and Kia Motors (UK) Limited Managing Director Michael Cole on the company's stand at the Geneva Motor Show. 

Paul Philpott commented: "This is great recognition for a great car and we particularly value the fact that is a website established to help retail buyers choose the car that is best for them. It is not just about high-performance and glamour - it is about real-world practical values for real people." 

Michael Cole added: "Since we launched the all-new Sportage we have seen remarkable levels of interest and demand for the car from a wide audience. It has attracted people from every sector of the new car market and CarBuyer's endorsement of Sportage's technology, reliability, design and value simply emphasises those advantages. 

"We are delighted to receive this award from - and we are especially proud to be their first-ever winners!" he added. 

Sportage is available with 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol engines and 1.7 and 2.0 litre diesel units. Two wheel drive and four wheel drive alternatives allow customers to select the best alternative for their particular needs and prices range from £17,015 to £26,740. All Sportages come with Kia's comprehensive and completely transferable seven year warranty.


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