The recently launched new KONA Electric and all-new Santa FE have scooped accolades in the Parkers New Car Awards 2019.
The KONA Electric was awarded Best Eco Car with the judges commending it range of 300 miles, its usability and its affordability allowing customers to genuinely consider an electric vehicle as their next family car. The KONA Electric offers the very latest in battery electric powertrain and connected technology and a driving range of up to 300 miles.
Parkers Editor, Keith Adams said: ‘Here’s a car that’s made all of its rivals sit up and take notice. As the BEV’s journey to the mainstream gathers momentum, the Kona’s excellent range and all-round usability is outstanding.”
The all-new Santa Fe, which went on sale at the beginning of this month, was also awarded Best Seven Seater, with the judges praising its space for all the family, practicality, comfortable, assured drive and high level of standard equipment including its suite of driver assistance systems. All new from the ground up, the New Generation Santa Fe represents a huge step change for the model. With a new exterior and interior design, elevated equipment levels and premium levels of refinement, the New Generation Santa Fe reasserts its position at the top of the Hyundai range.
Keith Adams continued, “The Santa Fe typifies where Hyundai is these days – it’s a good-looking, great value, high-quality product that promises to be tough enough to handle all that a modern, large family will throw at it.”
Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK, said, “These awards are a testament to the position of Hyundai in today’s new car market. Both these models offer customers leading-edge technology and bold and stand out design combined with all the additional value and capability that our customers have come to expect from us. It is this consistent progress and investment in new product that has driven the company to become one of the top ten carmakers in the UK.”
The Parkers New Car Awards are based on the buying habits of its websites users and are not awarded within conventional market segments, a decision backed by research showing that customers consider vehicles from multiple market sectors. The awards also avoid automotive industry titles for categories’, such as SUV and Supermini, instead focusing on categories such as Best Car for Small Families or Best Seven Seater.