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Kia Telluride voted 2020 World Car of the Year

Kia Telluride voted 2020 World Car of the Year

The Kia Telluride has done it again. Fresh from winning American Car of the Year and Consumer Reports Top Pick, the Kia SUV has now won 2020 World Car of the Year.

The World Car of the Year competition is a global competition that has been running since 2004. It judges the best cars and SUVs from across the world to assess their quality, ability and value across a range of categories. With an international jury lineup, it is a wide approximation of what makes a great car.

The Kia Telluride narrowly beat the Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30 to take the prize for 2020. The Kia Soul EV also won the 2020 World Urban Car classification to make it a double for the Korean automaker.

The press release for the winner can be found here.

“Everyone at Kia is truly honoured to receive not just one, but two awards from the World Car Awards judging panel,” said Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Product Division at Kia Motors Corporation.”

“This is one of the hardest-fought competitions in the global automotive industry, proving that the Telluride and Soul EV are both truly outstanding vehicles. These accolades are testament to the talents and efforts of a worldwide team, who all strive to create desirable, high-quality and practical cars that drivers love.”

2020 Kia Telluride

The 2020 Kia Telluride joined a saturated SUV market and made an immediate impact. It took on incumbents we already know and love and beat them all. That is partly down to the design, build quality and the performance you can expect with every model.

The design is imposing but not too masculine. It has a tall front end with vertical lighting in each corner. A large tiger nose grille and hood set the scene while the unique name badging sits on the curve of the hood like a Range Rover.

Inside, the cabin is spacious, well-appointed and very comfortable. Opt for captains chairs in the second row and for leather upholstery and the Telluride is one of the most sumptuous SUVs out there for the price. The third row is comfortable and stows flat for extra cargo space. Overall it’s a nice place to be, even for long road trips.

Under the hood

Under that huge hood is a 3.8-litre V6 engine that produces 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. It uses an eight speed automatic transmission to send power to the front or all wheels.

The suspension is set to comfort without being floaty and the car handles well despite its size. It corners well and holds the road competently with little body roll. Steering is direct and offers good feedback from the road and switchable driving modes allows you to tailor performance to the situation or your mood.

We always knew the 2020 Kia Telluride was a superior SUV but the awards it keeps winning shows we aren’t the only ones. Check out the Telluride at Grimsby Kia, 435 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 when you can.

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