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Best cars for business users crowned at awards ceremony

The best cars for business users have been crowned at an awards ceremony in London.

At the Business Car Awards, held at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, the Kia Sportage was named New Company Car of the Year while BMW was named Fleet Manufacturer of the Year.

The Kia Sportage was also named Best Medium SUV, while Kia picked up the award for Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer of the Year.

Martyn Collins, editor of Business Car, said: “The new Sportage is a medium SUV at the top of its game. The new Sportage’s distinctive styling shows Kia’s new design confidence, and fleet drivers who can’t make the jump to EV will be happy with the choice of electrified powertrains. All models are also well-equipped and the attractive interior is impressively practical.”

He added: “Kia UK now offers one of the most comprehensive and modern model line-ups in the country. Fleets have a choice of eco powertrain options including fully electric, plug-in hybrid and full hybrid options. Supporting this, Kia’s fleet sales have soared in recent years, which reflects new adoption by businesses for Kia’s models.”

BMW secured five category wins. Besides being named Fleet Manufacturer of the Year the BMW i4, 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 all lead their respective categories.

Martyn Collins said: “We continue to be impressed by how BMW builds on its strong fleet record through its choice of models – most recently with its expanded EV range. Then there’s the support for company car drivers, from keeping them updated on the status of their order, through to the roll-out of ‘Inside Edge’, an exclusive rewards platform for BMW company car drivers.”

The prize for fleet supplier of the year went to the AA.

The full list of Manufacturer Awards is:

Best Electric Car (Under £40,000): Cupra Born

Best Electric Car (Over £40,000): BMW i4 (Genesis GV60, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 Highly Commended)

Best Small Car: Toyota Yaris (Skoda Fabia Highly Commended)

Best Family Car: Vauxhall Astra (Peugeot 308, Skoda Octavia Highly Commended)

Best Value Car: Dacia Jogger (MG ZS EV Highly Commended)

Driver’s Choice: Range Rover (Audi E-Tron GT Highly Commended)

Best Premium Car: BMW 3 Series (Mercedes-Benz C-Class Highly Commended)

Best Compact SUV: Ford Puma (Toyota Yaris Cross Highly Commended)

Best Medium SUV: Kia Sportage (Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4 Highly Commended)

Best Premium Medium SUV: Lexus NX

Best Premium Large SUV: BMW X5

Best Executive Car: BMW 5 Series (Mercedes-Benz E-Class Highly Commended)

One to Watch: Lexus RZ

Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer of the Year: Kia

Eco Fleet Manufacturer of the Year: Hyundai