The Kia Rio hatchback, launched late last year to replace the previous generation, comes with clever diesel technology lowering CO2 emissions to just 89g/km.
This is the lowest available on a diesel car in the UK and is eligible for Band A of UK road tax. Those cars in Band A pay zero road tax under the current rules.
The three- or five-door supermini, which is designed to take on the likes of the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa in the competitive segment, was also given an equipment upgrade and styling makeover for 2012.
Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said: “And I am even more delighted that CarBuyer has recognised just how Rio is changing the game for normally-aspirated cars – showing that you don’t have to choose expensive hybrid or range-limiting electric technology to do your bit for the environment!”
New Kia Rio prices start from £9,995 for entry-level ‘1’ trim levels from Kia UK dealerships. However, the small supermini was not the only winner at the awards.
The Kia Sportage, a compact SUV and one of the first to feature Kia’s attractive new front-end ‘tiger face’ design, won the Best 4×4 in 2012 award.
It is the second year in a row the Sportage has picked up the award and it was widely praised by judges of the annual awards.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of CarBuyer and Auto Express said: “Kia’s Sportage was CarBuyer’s inaugural Car of the Year in 2011 and it wins in the 4×4 category for the second year running.
“We love its style, quality and the way it drives, which when combined with Kia’s impressive buying package, makes for a superb all-round buy.”
The Kia Sportage is on sale now from £17,295 and comes in two- and four-wheel drive derivations.