Kia Wins Four Awards During the 2024 What Car? Car of the Year Awards

January 24th, 2024 by


The Kia Corp is known to be an award-winning automaker, earning honors and accolades for a number of models in its extensive lineup. One of the first automakers to go all-electric and start producing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) en masse, Kia also reinvents the wheel as well as the automotive industry with its “uni-wheel” concept and platform-based vehicles (PBVs). The latest awards Kia has won come from the 2024 What Car? Car of the Year awards, two of which for the latest BEVs to enter the Kia America lineup.

“Winning four prestigious What Car? Awards is an achievement we can feel truly proud of. While the Kia Sportage SUV is leading its class with its stand-out design, efficient powertrains and impressive practicality, the fact that readers voted again for the EV6 and for the recently introduced EV9 is impressive. This year is set to be another exciting one on our journey to becoming a leading global sustainable mobility solutions provider.” – David Hilbert, Marketing Director Kia Europe

Even with the plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions released for some of the automaker’s most popular models, the original is still the best when it comes to the Kia Sportage. An SUV designed to be a family vehicle, that’s exactly what the model earned during the 2024 What Car? Car of the Year award – “Best Family SUV”. In 2022, the fifth-generation was introduced and won the same award in 2023, making this the second consecutive year for the win.

As for the all-electric models landing in America, the Kia EV6 earned the “Best Family Electric SUV” award. With multiple power modules available, the maximum horsepower output is 576 and able to produce 545 lb-ft of torque. Leaning towards performance, the EV6 is able to accelerate from 0-to-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and has an all-electric range (AER) of an EPA-estimated 218 miles. Made digital and modern, the EV6 also features lineup standards, such as a 12.3-inch dual panoramic display, powered by Kia Connect. Recently released, Kia Connect is launching on multiple models with over-the-air updates. It first showed up on the EV9.

As for the Kia EV9, it won the “Best Electric 7-Seater” award during the 2024 What Car? Car of the Year awards. A vehicle known for winning many awards since its release, especially in 2023 once it landed in America, the What Car? magazine’s team of expert road testers and judges praised the EV9 for its luxury-class features while still being affordable. Able to travel 304 miles on a full charge, the EV9 is just as capable as most BEVs, such as being able to recharge its battery from 10-80 percent in just 24 minutes. The Kia EV9 also comes with various power models, such as a dual-motor setup that generates 283 kW (379 HP) and 516 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive (AWD).

The fourth award is the “Tow Car Award”. Producing plenty of towing-capable cars in its lineup, Kia changed the game this year. The award is usually given to a single vehicle, but this year, Kia took home the gold as a whole. Several notable Kia models come with a high towing capacity, including the popular Sportage, Sorento, EV6, and EV9.

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