Kia EV9’s practicality and quality delivers UK Car Of The Year triumph

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Kia EV9 has been voted UK Car of the Year 2024, recognising the EV’s practicality and quality.

The runner-up spot went to Kia’s stablemate, Hyundai, with its IONIQ 6, while the final podium place was occupied by another EV crossover, Volvo’s EX30.

However, Kia’s seven-seat SUV was a clear winner when nearly half of the 30-strong jury chose it as their UK Car of the Year for 2024.

“The uberpractical Kia EV9 could be the vehicle that gets more drivers out of their petrol or diesel car than any other model,” said John Challen, co-chairman, UK Car of the Year Awards.

“Seven seats, loaded with technology, premium quality and enough miles from the battery to cure almost every case of range anxiety – plus it’s fantastic to drive, too.

“The fact that nearly half of our judging panel chose the Kia as the UK Car of the Year 2024 is a massive vote of confidence in what is a seriously impressive and hugely appealing car.”

Taking delivery of the winner’s trophy, Paul Philpott, president and CEO, Kia UK, said: “The recognition is made all the more significant, having been judged by some of the UK’s most influential and respected journalists from across automotive, business and technology industries. We are grateful to the judges for their hard work appraising this year’s contenders.

“This well-respected award also gives our 190-strong UK dealer network a boost, as it continues to support customers on their electrification journey and deliver them the UK’s best car,” added Philpott.

Karen Hilton, CEO of heycar UK – sponsor of the UK Car of the Year Awards – said: “The EV9 ushers in a new dawn for the brand. It’s a proper family seven-seater with an impressive range and has caused quite a stir among car buyers.” 

UK Car of the Year Awards 2024 category winners:

Small Car – Renault Clio

Family Car – Hyundai IONIQ 6

Small Crossover – Volvo EX30

Medium Crossover – Fisker Ocean

Large Crossover – Kia EV9

Executive Car – BMW i5

Performance Car – Honda Civic Type R

Pictured: Paul Philpott (right), president and CEO, Kia UK, is presented with the UK Car of the Year 2024 trophy by John Challen, director, UK Car of the Year Awards. 

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