Kia duo hon­oured: Car Of The Year Awards

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Kia duo hon­oured with Car Of The Year Awards Kia has con­tin­ued to reap ac­co­lades and en­dorse­ments from where it counts with the multi- award win­ning baby Rio and Sorento large SUV join­ing the elite Car Of The Year win­ners nom­i­nated by Aus­tralian New Car Buyer magazine.

The awards recog­nised the best new cars of 2013 to a read­er­ship ac­tively shop­ping for a new ve­hi­cle in Aus­tralia’s crowded and con­fus­ing new car mar­ket.

‘‘ When you fac­tor in re­li­a­bil­ity, run­ning costs, war­ranty, value and in­te­rior space … the Rio is ar­guably the best small car on the mar­ket,’’ the magazine said.

‘‘ Han­dling is ex­cel­lent for a small car, as is ride com­fort. Kia en­lists lo­cal en­gi­neer­ing in­put for its sus­pen­sion and steer­ing tun­ing, and it shows, es­pe­cially on rough roads, where the Rio ab­sorbs big hits with re­mark­able ease and com­fort for a small car.

‘‘ The body feels solid and strong and it’s also safe, with a five- star ANCAP rat­ing.’’

For the Sorento, New Car Buyer magazine was ful­some with its praise of the family SUV’s han­dling and the award­win­ning 2.2R diesel.

‘‘ Kia’s Aus­tralian sus­pen­sion tun­ing guru Graeme Gam­bold has de­liv­ered the best han­dling SUV in the class,’’ the magazine’s testers said.

‘‘ It ( the 2.2R engine) pulls smoothly and eas­ily from idle, with min­i­mal lag and easy, ef­fort­less strength.

‘‘ The 2.2 has that old- time grav­elly diesel note at idle and when crawl­ing along in first gear, but at cruising speeds it’s si­lent. The six- speed au­to­matic is a happy match with the engine.’’

The Sorento was also named as Drive. com. au’s Best SUV Over $ 40 000 for 2013, back­ing up its win from the pre­vi­ous year, while the new Cer­ato Koup was voted Aus­tralia’s Sex­i­est Car by Au­toChic. com. au’s read­ers.

For a full run­down on the win­ning duo of Rio and Sorento or any other Kia ve­hi­cles, call into Thomp­son Kia, Be­nalla road Shepparton. Or call Gary on 58222666.

The multi-award win­ning baby Rio and Sorento large SUV (pic­tured) join­ing the elite Car Of The Year win­ners nom­i­nated by magazine

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