All-new Kia Niro named 2023 ‘Car of the Year


The latest version of the Kia Niro has been named the best new car on sale by leading car buying advice website

The Niro, which is available with a choice of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric powertrains, scooped no fewer than three of the 18 categories on offer.

Carbuyer’s judges could hardly believe the transformation Kia has made with this second-generation Niro. Editor, Richard Ingram, said: “Our favorite small family car, our top hybrid, and of course our overall Car of the Year, the fabulous new Niro builds on everything we loved about the old one, but with sharper styling, and a cutting-edge interior.


“It remains a practical, efficient, and easy-to-drive family car – with a powertrain to suit all buyers. The Kia Niro is a most deserving winner of our 2023 Car of the Year award.”

Kia wasn’t the only Korean manufacturer to make a splash at this year’s Carbuyer Best Car Awards. The Hyundai Tucson – Carbuyer’s overall Car of the Year just 12 months ago – was awarded Best Family Car, while the Hyundai i20 N scooped Best Hot Hatchback for the second year in a row. Finally, the SsangYong Musso was awarded the Best Pickup prize thanks to its strong value, practicality, and a generous kit list.

Carbuyer Car Of The YearKia Niro
Best Small CarSkoda Fabia
Best Small Family CarKia Niro
Best Family CarHyundai Tucson
Best Large Family CarSkoda Kodiaq
Best Estate CarSkoda Octavia Estate
Best Small Company CarCupra Born
Best Company CarBMW i4
Best Sports CarBMW 2 Series Coupe
Best Convertible CarMINI Convertible
Best Hot HatchbackHyundai i20 N
Best Hot SUVCupra Formentor
Best PickupSsangYong Musso
Best Small Electric CarFiat 500
Best Family Electric CarMG ZS EV
Best Large Electric CarNissan Ariya
Best HybridKia Niro
Best Plug-in HybridMercedes C 300 e
Best Large Plug-in HybridLexus NX 450h+


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