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The Kia EV6 electric has been named the car of the year in an annual competition of all models – including the best cars for families and those on-the-go.

The model claimed the top spot in the 2022 What Car? Car of the Year awards – and marks the second time it has won with a new electric car, having taken its maiden victory in 2019 with the Kia e-Niro.

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The Kia EV6 set a new benchmark for electric cars, judges said, offering an official range of 328 miles, and managing 224 miles on a charge, when tested by judges.

Testers said it also ran well in near worst-case low temperature conditions and is capable of super-fast, 800V charging, with its battery capable of going from 10-80% in as little as 18 minutes.

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In addition, the EV6 earned praise from the judges for being hugely spacious and for being sold with the reassurance of a standard-setting seven-year warranty.

Car of the Year 2022 named including best model for families - see full list
© HANDOUT PR The Honda Jazz SR won best ‘small car’

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What Car? editor Steve Huntingford said: “Once again, Kia has set a new benchmark for an electric vehicle.

“The EV6 is a terrific all-rounder that answers electric car buyers’ questions around range and charging times brilliantly, and which offers terrific space, refinement and value for money.

Kia UK president and chief executive Paul Philpott added: “It’s a great honour for Kia to win Car of the Year at this year’s What Car? Awards, particularly given the high regard with which they are held by customers across the UK.

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“The EV6 is a truly exceptional car and it’s just the beginning of things to come from Kia on our rapid journey to electrification. This is tangible recognition that Kia is fast becoming a true leader in electric vehicles having also won this award with e-Niro in 2019.”

Other big winners included BMW, which won the prizes for the best luxury SUV (with the BMW X5), executive car (BMW 3 Series), luxury car (BMW 5 Series), coupé (BMW 4 Series) and convertible (BMW 4 Series Convertible).

Ford was the next most successful manufacturer, with three category wins: small SUV, sports SUV (Ford Puma ST) and pick-up (Ford Ranger).

Tesla was also a notable winner after recording a record-breaking year for sales, taking the Large Electric Car category.

What Car Car of the Year Awards 2022 – the full results

Car of the Year: Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line

Small car: Honda Jazz SR

Family car: Seat Leon 1.5 TSI 130 Evo FR

Small SUV: Ford Puma 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid (mHEV)

Family SUV: Volvo XC40 Recharge T4 Plus (Dark Theme)

Electric SUV: Kia EV6 RWD GT-Line

Large SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe 4WD Premium

Luxury SUV: BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport

Sports SUV: Ford Puma ST 1.5 Ecoboost 200 Performance Pack

Hybrid (plug-in): Lexus NX 450h+ F Sport Premium Plus Pack

Small electric car: Cupra Born 58kWh V2

Large electric car, sponsored by Ohme: Tesla Model 3 Long Range

Executive car: BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport (M Sport Pro Package)

Luxury car: BMW 5 Series 530e M Sport (M Sport Pro Package)

Estate: Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SEL

MPV: Volkswagen Touran 1.5 TSI 150 SE

Pick-up: Ford Ranger 2.0L EcoBlue 213PS Wildtrack auto

Hot hatch: Mercedes-AMG A45 S Plus

Performance car: Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo 4S

Coupé: BMW 4 Series 420i M Sport (M Sport Pro Package)

Convertible: BMW 4 Series Convertible 420i (M Sport Pro Package)

Sports car: Porsche Cayman GTS

Reliability award: Lexus

Safety award: Nissan Qashqai

Tow Car award: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 3 DCT

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