Awarding the first-ever electric car for its Car of the Year category, the 42nd What Car? annual ceremony placed the Kia e-Niro in the spotlight. Alongside this value packed EV, delivering an advertised range of 253 miles, other affordable car brands like Volkswagen, and Hyundai were showcased.

Kia UK’s boss, Paul Philpott comments,

“This marks an important milestone in the Awards as we approach the tipping point where every motorist will be seriously considering buying an electric car as their next car.”

Hyundai tops charts

In addition to the Kia e-Niro, Hyundai ranked well. With four total wins, the brand received an overall victory in the Technology Award category. Following suit with this year’s focus on alternative fuel, Hyundai received recognition for its pioneering work in battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Find Hyundai’s three other chart-toppers below.

    Hybrid Car of the Year – IONIQ
    Best Plug-in Hybrid for less than £30,000 – IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium
    Best Hot Hatch for £22,000-£27,000 – i30N

The What Car? team comments on Hyundai’s success:

“Hyundai won not only for building the EV with the greatest real-world range we’ve tested so far [Kona Electric], but also for leading the way in developing the hydrogen fuel cell technology that could one day offer car buyers greater electric range without the hassle of recharging a battery.”

Notable What Car? 2019 winners

If you’re on the market for a new car, take note of the following budget friendly champions.

    City Car – Kia Picanto
    Small Car – Volkswagen Polo
    Family Car – Skoda Octavia
    Small SUV – Seat Arona

For the full list, consult Autocar‘s coverage.

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