Kia Niro wins “AA Driven Best Small SUV of the Year”

The Kia Niro has been named “2023 Best Small SUV” by the AA DRIVEN Car Guide New Zealand Car of the Year Awards. Driven editor and awards host Dean Evans said the Niro “is the complete package. It looks great and offers a range of eco-engine options.” Having also won the Red Dot Design Award in the category; “Product Design” earlier in the year, the Niro is a small SUV making big waves. Kia’s commitment to designing innovative, high-quality vehicles is evident in the accolades the Niro has received. Recognition from the AA Driven New Zealand Car Of The Year Awards underscores the Niro’s exceptional performance, advanced features, and overall appeal in the competitive SUV class.

The Kia Niro comes with the choice of three electrified powertrains: full-electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. In line with the eco-friendly driving choices, all three variations also feature eco-friendly interior materials, ranging from recycled wallpaper in the headline, VOC-free paint in the door panels, and PU vegan leather seat coverings, made from Tencel from Eucalyptus trees. In addition, the cargo screen contains 75% recycled fibres.

The Kia Niro’s victory as the Best Small SUV in the AA Driven New Zealand Car of The Year Awards is a celebration of automotive excellence. With its advanced safety features, innovative technology, and stylish design, the Niro stands tall in the competitive small SUV segment. Kia has once again proven its commitment to delivering vehicles that exceed the expectations of consumers and industry experts alike. The Kia Niro remains a shining example of what a modern and capable SUV should be.

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Honourable Mention

The Toyota Corolla Cross hybrid was also named as a finalist in the “Best Small SUV” category for the AA Driven New Zealand Car Of The Year Awards. With its expansive boot space, this compact hybrid electric SUV is always up for an adventure, no matter how big or small.

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Please Note:

Some images shown are overseas models. Images used for illustrative purposes only and may show optional extras. Driving range figure standards are calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Actual results achieved will differ according to operating conditions and driving style. The figures for the all-electric range reflect the expected results under WLTP and are pending homologation prior to final confirmation. Charging speed and motor performance figures refer to Kia test results, final figures will be communicated at a later stage.

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