Derrick Grocock, Vice-Chairman of the Northern Group of Motoring Writers, said: “Kia’s consistent quality and style have seen them become the only company to have two vehicles in the Top 10 on three separate occasions – and this year Picanto topped the bill with the all-new Sportage right behind.
“Picanto was a clear winner thanks to its looks, quality and excellent packaging which makes it such a perfect city-car.”
The new three- and five-door Kia Picanto was launched in June this year with a starting price of £7,500.
The new model features a redesigned exterior to match the other cars in Kia’s new range including the new Kia Rio hatchback.
It also features three trim levels (1, 2 and 3) and a new ‘1 Air’ option which adds air conditioning to entry-level models for the first time.
Engine choices include a 1.0-litre petrol and a larger 1.25-litre petrol. The former engine delivers sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions and subsequently qualifies for zero road tax in the UK and exemption from the London congestion charge.
In Ecodynamic variation, the 1.25-litre petrol engine also offers sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions thanks to its use of fuel-saving Start/Stop technology.
Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: “We are delighted to get this award from such a well-known group of fair-minded and practical journalists! This is the first major award for Picanto but I don’t think it will be the last.”
Other Kia models such as the Kia Sportage crossover and the Kia Soul SUV have been no stranger to motoring awards in the past 12 months after both were named winners of the prestigious ‘red dot design awards’.