Two major German auto journals have named the new Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) as the best model in the sector, boosting Hyundai Motor Group's global eco-friendly automotive market progress.
The Kia Sportage PHEV topped the German publication Auto Motor und Sport's sector ranking. The Sportage, Toyota RAV4, Opel Grandland, and Volvo XC40 were evaluated in terms of the body, safety, convenience, powertrain, driving, environmentally friendly features, and economics. The Sportage received 649 points, which was more than the RAV4's 615, Grandland's 603, and XC40's 566.
Another German publication, Auto Bild, compared the Kia Sportage with the Opel Grandland. The publication chose the Sportage above the Grandland because of its finer handling and better synergy between the gasoline engine and the electric motor. "The ratings by the two industry journals are an essential criterion for clients not only in Germany but throughout Europe," a Kia official said.
The new Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) has been crowned the best model in the industry by two major German auto magazines, increasing Hyundai Motor Group's global eco-friendly automotive market growth.
The Kia Sportage PHEV was ranked first in its class by the German newspaper Auto Motor und Sport. The Kia Sportage, Toyota RAV4, Opel Grandland, and Volvo XC40 were judged on their body, safety, convenience, powertrain, driving, environmentally friendly features, and economics. The Sportage scored 649 points, outperforming the RAV4 (615), Grandland (603), and XC40 (566).
Hyundai's Kona Electric was the best-selling vehicle among the South Korean duo's cars, selling 220,428 units, followed by the Kia Niro EV, which sold 163,884 units. Hyundai's latest all-electric IONIQ 5 sold 105,247 units, while Kia's award-winning EV6 sold 64,924 units.
Only Tesla is ahead of Hyundai and Kia as the No. 2 EV manufacturer in the United States in the first quarter. According to a CNBC article, they accounted for 9% of the country's electric vehicle market, topping out Volkswagen Group with 4.6 percent and Ford with 4.5 percent. Due to rising gasoline prices, Hyundai and Kia are projected to see an increase in EV demand.