DRIVER POWER SURVEY AWARD WINS FOR KIA NIRO AND SORENTO, AVAILABLE AT ROADSIDE KIA IN COLERAINE

  • Kia Niro has been voted best Small SUV by owners, while Sorento won in the Large SUV category
  • Three other cars from the Kia range were recognised in the annual survey
  • Awards are given using survey results of real-life car owners


Five models from the Kia range were recognised in the 2018 Driver Power Survey awards, as voted for by owners. Both the Niro and Sorento won the top prize in their respective categories. In the list of best cars to own in 2018, the Kia Niro took second place scoring just over 93 per cent, while six other Kia models featured in the top 75.

The Niro, available from Roadside Kia was voted the best ‘Small SUV’ by its owners and was also awarded first place in the Infotainment, Connectivity and Electrics category as it comes with a reversing camera system, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The Niro’s safety features, which include Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist System, were also highly commended and came in second place.

The Sorento, also available at Roadside proved popular with its owners, winning the ‘Large SUV’ category whilst also winning the ‘Practicality and Boot Space’ category with a capacity of 605 litres with five seats in position or a generous 1,662 litres when seats are folded. Owners also praised the Sorento’s ‘Reliability and Build Quality’ finishing second in the category.

Other awards included second place for the Rio in the ‘Supermini’ category. Third place for the Sportage in the ‘Mid-size SUV’ category, with the Picanto coming in third in the ‘City Car’ category.

Ian Lamont, Sales Manager at Roadside Kia said: “We are thrilled that Kia models placed so highly in these awards. It’s fantastic to receive such excellent feedback from Kia. At Roadside, we pride ourselves on our range of models and it’s great to see that it’s recognised across the board. We look forward to welcoming customers in Coleraine and the Triangle Area down to the dealership to book a test drive and experience a Kia for themselves.”

Roadside Kia, the largest Kia Brand Centre in Northern Ireland, sells a wide range of new and used Kia models, including the Niro and Sorento. Prices start from £23,140 and £29,310 respectively.