Kia Sportage wins Scottish Car of the Year title

Judges from the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers named the South Korean SUV crossover the best new car of 2010 at a ceremony in Fairmont St Andrews.

The awards pitted eleven different category winners against each other but the Kia Sportage won for the first time after being praised for its attractive design, safety features and low price.

John Murdoch, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers, said: "Kia are improving at an astonishing rate and they have shown that by producing the new Sportage. The newcomer impressed us with its stylish looks, sound packaging and blend of driving dynamics, safety and of course value for money."

Kia Sportage prices start from £16,045 and judges were also impressed by Korea’s seven-year warranty.

Kia UK Managing Director Michael Cole revealed orders for the Sportage in the UK are double those of the previous generation, beating all sales expectations.

He added: "I would like to thank all of the Association for this vote of confidence in what we are trying to do with the Kia brand – and I can tell you that our Chief Design Officer, Peter Schreyer, who led the development of Sportage’s dynamic looks will be every bit as delighted as I am."

The Kia Sportage is available in both two- and four-wheel drive variants – something the judges described as ideal for the ‘rugged terrain and harsh winters’ in Scotland.

Both petrol and diesel versions of Kia’s latest crossover SUV, the Sportage, are available to buy now from Kia dealers.