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Kia and Nissan win at the Autocar Car of the Year Awards

The Kia EV6 and Nissan X-TRAIL have claimed titles at the 2022 Autocar Car of the Year Awards!

These awards showcase the best-in-class vehicles that were introduced to the market in the past 12 months. They’re judged on a variety of factors, including value for money, space, spec, style, safety, and more.

Please note that international imagery and specifications are referenced in this blog, speak to our product specialists for details on New Zealand models.

Most Electrifying Car of the Year: Kia EV6

“Kia’s new EV6 makes a strong first impression, for it’s not your usual-looking vehicle. The styling is a break from the norm; long and wide but low and certainly eye-catching. Utilising an 800V architecture allows for super-fast charging at DC juice points while the big battery and notable efficiency, particularly in town running, mean no worries about range. We liked the various set-up options for brake regeneration and the controlled ride is a definite plus; the effort Kia puts into the suspension is noteworthy.” – Autocar New Zealand

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Eco Car of the Year: Kia Niro

We realise that an EV is not the solution for everyone concerned about their emissions when it comes to getting about the place. Sure there’s walking and cycling, but really… Kia’s Niro is something that covers many needs with its low- to no-emissions powertrain options including hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full electric. Don’t want to charge? The hybrid is the go with a great range (up to 750km on a tank) and with its electric bits helping out, the combined fuel use figure is 4.4L/100km (101g/km) which means a $3418 rebate.  – Autocar New Zealand

Kia Niro side view driving on the road

Family Car of the Year: Nissan X-TRAIL

“Wagons have always made good family cars. It’s just that in the 2000s, a five-door with a big boot is now called an SUV. And Kiwis can’t get enough of them. Nissan’s new X-Trail lands in this popular sector, fronting with plenty of choices for buyers, including a novel hybrid with EV-like drive appeal. There’s a good range of conventional models too with the option of front- and AWD, and sevens seats, while the top models are brimming with kit.” – Autocar New Zealand

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Kia and Nissan win at the Autocar Car of the Year Awards

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