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New Zealand’s Best Medium, Large, and Hybrid SUVs

Today we were delighted to hear that three of our group’s vehicles have won their respective categories in this year’s prestigious AA Driven New Zealand Car of the Year Awards for 2022, along with a final award for People Choice; the only award voted for by the public.

All are in very relevant categories for today’s car buyers, and reflect some amazing work by Kia and Toyota’s design and engineering teams.

Best Medium SUV, the Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage took home the highly popular category of Best Medium SUV 2022. With New Zealand’s love of SUVs and the broad ‘medium SUV’ term, it’s possible that this category had the most competition, making it all the more impressive that the title was taken by Kia.

Kia certainly has come a long way in recent years and today’s Kia vehicles have a lot to offer.

The Kia Sportage range is available at Miles Kia in Christchurch, or view their current range or vehicles here.

Kia Spotage LX Plus Dsl Black Sea Blue

Best Large SUV, the Kia Sorento

After a large SUV? AA Driven New Zealand’s judges will tell you the best vehicle for you is the Kia Sorento, and we’d be inclined to agree!

This 7-seater SUV range includes diesel, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options.

The Kia Sorento is available at Cockram Kia in Christchurch and Autoworld Timaru in Timaru.

White Kia Sorento SUV driving around the corner of a city street.

Best Hybrid, the Toyota Highlander

For excellence in hybrid driving with 7-seater SUV practicality, be sure to view the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, AA Driven New Zealand’s overall Hybrid of the Year 2022.

“For life’s little battles, help has arrived with the Toyota Highlander. The Highlander delivers an exhilarating drive while conquering anything Kiwi roads can throw at you.”

The Toyota Highlander is available at Miles Toyota and ILAM Toyota in Christchurch, and Pacific Toyota across the Bay of Plenty.

Toyota Highlander GXL Hybrid SUV

People’s Choice Award, the Toyota RAV4

Finally for the Miles Group, and always a crowd pleaser, the Toyota RAV4 was awarded the People’s Choice Award 2022, the only award that’s directly based on the votes of the New Zealand public.

“The Toyota RAV4 is the ideal vehicle for anyone who enjoys an active life and likes a bit of adventure every now and then.”

The Toyota RAV4 is available at Miles Toyota and ILAM Toyota in Christchurch, and Pacific Toyota across the Bay of Plenty.

Toyota RAV4

Watch the announcements of all 12 awards on the Driven website.

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