Kia Sportage named Used Car of the Year

The Kia Sportage has officially been named the Used Car of the Year at this year’s Car Dealer Magazine Used Car Awards.

Kia’s crossover SUV took home the top prize despite stiff competition from Citroen’s DS3 and other popular hatchbacks, but clinched the title thanks to its strong residual value and positive reviews.

The best-selling Kia model in the UK, the Sportage accounts for around a quarter of the manufacturer’s total sales in Britain, and it proved as popular with judges as it does with buyers.

Mike Brewer, awards host and Wheeler Dealers presenter, said: “The Sportage has impressed ever since the fresh design arrived on the scene.

“Three years on it is still performing incredibly well in showrooms and this has meant used performances have been equally impressive. Couple in strong residual values and excellent press reviews, our judges really could make no other choice.”

Five Stars for Sorento

Kia’s other SUV model, the new Sorento, also laid claim to top honours this week, having been awarded with the maximum five-star crash safety rating by Euro NCAP earlier this week.

According to the independent crash-test safety organisation, the next-gen Sorento scored extremely well in all four key areas assessed, with excellent protection for adults, children and pedestrians.

Euro NCAP also commended the addition of a reinforced body shell and the refreshed Sorento’s wide range of passive and active safety equipment, plus its stable passenger compartment.

Kia says that the structure of the new Sorento is significantly stronger than its predecessor, with a more widespread use of high tensile steel in its bodyshell.

According to the marque, the previous generation model was made up of 24.4 per cent ultra-high tensile steel, while the new model consists of as much as 52.7 per cent of the high-strength material.

The result is a core structure that’s 14 per cent more rigid than the previous model, maintaining structural integrity and protecting occupants even in the event of impacts at speed.

Safety kit

A high score was also achieved in the Safety Assist category, thanks to the Sorento’s range of safety kit, which includes a new stability management system to keep the car stable on low-grip surfaces.

Paired with an electronic stability control and electric motor-driven power steering, the Sorento is able to detect a loss in traction and compensate for it, helping drivers remain in control.

Other safety kit includes adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system, plus blind spot detection which displays a warning in the wing mirrors when a car is in the driver’s blind spot.

Pricing for the new Sorento has yet to be released, but Kia says that it’s due to go on sale in the first half of next year. The Kia Sportage , meanwhile, is available to buy now, priced from £17,495.