An electric family car has for the first time been crowned the best in Britain in the motor industry’s Oscars.
The economically-priced and practical Kia e-Niro from Korea became the first pure battery powered car – and the first Korean car – ever to win the prestigious Car of the Year Award by consumer magazine and website What Car?.
The fully-charged zero-emissions Kia beat 23 other category winners – including petrol, diesel and hybrid rivals – to take the overall title. It was also named best all-electric car in its category at the annual awards held at Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane on Tuesday evening.
Award winner: What? Car has chosen the electric Kia e-Niro to be the Car of the Year winner for 2019
Kia achieved a hat-trick when its perky Picanto won best City Car for the second year in a row in the motor awards.
But it was a largely British-free line up of stars with Jaguar Land Rover, Mini, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Lotus among those missing from the gongs.
Honda’s Civic – built in Swindon – was the closest thing to a UK winner, with fellow British-based Japanese manufacturers Nissan and Toyota also missing out.