Confirming Kia’s outstanding performance in the workhorse-world of caravan and trailer towing, the latest Towcar Awards – jointly hosted by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club – have added another prize to the company’s display-case.
This time it was the flexible and versatile Sportage that captured the honours – named best Budget 4×4 in a competition that focuses on weight categories not price.
In particular, it was Sportage’s range-topping 2.0 CRDi Titan model that walked away with the ringing endorsement from What Car? editor Steve Fowler, who commented that the vehicle showed that it wasn’t necessary to spend enormous sums to get a capable, comfortable and enjoyable towing vehicle with all-wheel-drive.
With a powerful four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine producing a massive 305lb/ft of torque – essential for towing, larger diameter disc brakes that provide added security with a van or trailer behind and an extensive standard equipment list including air-conditioning all for £19,195. The Titan showed that it is an excellent choice for campers and caravanners who want to keep more of their cash for enjoying the past-time, instead of spending it all on their towing vehicle.
Put through five days of exhaustive testing by towing experts, road-testers from What Car? magazine and members of the general towing public, Sportage was able to see off all-comers to snatch the sought-after value title.
Yaser Shabsogh, sales Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., said: ‘This accolade simply confirms what our dealers and customers have been telling us for quite some time – it is almost impossible to find a better package of ability, quality, reliability and value than Sportage Titan.
‘It has been a very successful addition to our Sportage range and impresses anyone who thinks that you have to spend big bucks to get big ability. We are delighted that the Towcar Awards 2008 have recognised what our customers have been saying for some time – for quality and value Kia continues to surprise,’ he added.