WETHERBY Racecourse was once again the venue chosen by the Northern Group of Motoring Writers to announce the winner of its Car Of The Year award.
There may have been a downpour but spirits were high – especially for Kia’s Dan Sayles who was delighted to accept the winner’s prizes in the shape of an engraved miner’s lamp and bottle of Tattinger champagne.
Andy Harris, Chairman of the Northern Group of Motoring Writers, commented: “After much deliberation and a well-attended driving day, The Northern Group of Motoring Writers has chosen its Car of the Year.
“The Kia e-Niro scooped the top spot due, I believe, to its combination of class-leading electric range, everyday practicality and top-notch build quality.
“Affordable pricing is the icing on the cake and a rapidly growing waiting list means the car buying public would seem to agree.”
This is the fourth time Kia have won the prestigious award with wins for the Picanto in 2011, the cee’d in 2012 and last year it was the sporty Stinger that took top honors.
Saddleworth Independent motoring writer and NGMW member Steve Berry wasn’t surprised with the result, commenting: “It certainly got my vote for the top spot as I believe it’s a genuine game-changer in the electric car market. It ticks a lot of boxes for people looking to go the zero-emission route.
“It not only has a terrific range, at 282 miles, but is spacious and refined with an SUV-like stance that people love. It’s surprisingly quick too and is certainly capable of putting a smile on your face!”