The newly launched Kia Sportage has won the category of ‘Junior SUV’, the Kia Sorento was awarded top prize in the SUV category and Kia itself scooped the ‘4x4 Manufacturer of the year’ award in Total Off Road magazines 2011 4x4 of the Year awards.
Michael Cole, Managing Director, Kia Motors (UK) Limited said “we’ve always been confident about the abilities of the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento and are delighted that these have been recognised by one of the UK’s leading off-road magazines. Being chosen as Total Off Road’s manufacturer of the year is the icing on the cake.”
The Kia Sportage had competition from 18 mainstream and premium models including the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Volvo XC60 and the Ford Kuga. The Kia Sorento was up against rivals including luxury brands such as Range Rover and Lexus.
The full Kia Sportage line-up, including 2WD versions, went on sale in November priced from £16,645 and comes with a choice of two petrol and two turbo-diesel engines. Equipment levels are generous with even the entry-level version coming with features such as cruise control, Bluetooth & iPod connectivity and automatic rain-sensing wipers. The Kia Sorento is also available in 2WD and AWD versions and with either five or seven seat layouts. The powerful 2.2 CRDi turbo-diesel engine was recently joined by an efficient 2.0 CRDi engine and a new range-topping ‘3 Sat-Nav’ version with integrated touch-screen satellite navigation and a premium audio system. The Kia Sorento range is priced from £22,495.