The ever-green Kia Niro family has taken two top spots at the Business Motoring Awards 2021. Popular with both consumers and businesses alike, the Kia e-Niro has been crowned Best Company Car, with the Niro named Best Hybrid.
The Business Motoring Awards celebrate the businesses and cars that best serve the fleet and SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) markets, and is judged by an independent jury of experts.
In the ‘Best Company Car’ category, the e-Niro was crowned overall winner, with a choice of two battery variants – 64kWh or 39kWh – and up to 282 miles on a single charge, the e-Niro caters for various fleet motoring needs. The e-Niro boasts a high level of specification across the range and offers positive tax benefits and low running costs for business car drivers.
With a strong start to 2021, the e-Niro topped the UK EV sales charts for the first two months of the year, with some 75 per cent going to fleets in February alone. Kia extended the model range last month with the introduction of a new e-Niro ‘2’ Long Range, offering the full 282-mile range. Deliveries of the new model start in the summer, and the car is now available to order from £32,445 (after applying the £2,500 government Plug-in Car Grant).
Chris Wright, Managing Editor at Business Motoring, said: “With the combination of tax benefits and long range, the e-Niro is a real game changer for businesses looking to electrify their fleets. Equipment levels are good and it offers a smooth performance, but range really is key for fleet and this car delivers.”
Coming top in the ‘Best Hybrid’ award the pioneering Niro hybrid has allowed businesses to take their first steps into operating greener fleets. With hassle-free modern technology the Niro is easy to drive and offers reassurance to fleet managers with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Commenting on the two wins, John Hargreaves, General Manager of Fleet and Remarketing at Kia UK Ltd, said: “As fleets start to open up to the benefits of electrification, the Niro line-up should be top of the list for any business considering going green. These awards highlight that there is no need to compromise when it comes to eco-cars.”