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Kia Niro named Carbuyer Car Of The Year 2023

Kia’s compact family SUV has taken top honours at our sister title’s Best Car Awards

Carbuyer Car of the Year winner graphic (3 Kia Niros)

The Kia Niro has been named Car of the Year for 2023 by Carbuyer, our sister publication. 

The new Niro impressed so much that it also bagged the Best Small Family Car and Best Hybrid Car titles. Ever-important qualities such as practicality and impressive on-board tech were just two of the many reasons why the Niro found itself at the head of the pack, and the new model’s eye-catching design and easy driving experience were also highly praised. 

The final factor that ‘sealed the deal’ for the Niro, though, is the choice of a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully-electric drivetrain, meaning there’s a model to suit every driver.

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Commenting on the Niro’s success, Kia UK President and CEO, Paul Philpott, said: “Following on from the ever-successful first-generation Niro family, the all-new version has earned a highly positive response in a short period of time. To be named Carbuyer’s overall Car of the Year and topping two other categories, just months after its UK launch is a remarkable achievement – and something we and our nationwide dealer partners take huge pride from.”

This year’s annual awards ceremony saw Carbuyer name its favourite new cars for 2023 across 18 categories, and Auto Express’ Car of the Year, the Nissan Ariya, can be found among them, proudly carrying the title of Best Large Electric Car.

Elsewhere it was a stellar performance from the Korean brands with the SsangYong Musso snatching the title of Best Pick-Up Truck from long-standing champion, the Ford Ranger. The Hyundai Tucson was also named Best Family Car.  

Click here to read the full list of Carbuyer award winners or here for the Auto Express winners...

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Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

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