The Kia EV9: A New Age of Electric Vehicle Success

In the ever-evolving world of electric vehicles, the Kia EV9 has emerged as a beacon of innovation and excellence, redefining the standards of the premium electric car segment. The EV9's commendable achievements in the UK and its exceptional safety ratings have cemented its position as a game-changer in the electric vehicle (EV) market.

A Premium Electric Powerhouse

The Kia EV9, a seven-seat electric SUV, has recently been awarded two prestigious titles by DrivingElectric, a leading authority in the electric vehicle domain. Bagging both the 'Car of the Year' and the 'Best Premium Electric Car' accolades at the DrivingElectric 2024 awards, the EV9 has certainly made its mark in the global EV landscape.

The EV9's win at the DrivingElectric awards has propelled Kia into the limelight of the premium car segment. Such recognition, especially in a highly competitive market, underscores the EV9's potential to disrupt conventional norms about premium electric vehicles.

A Practical and Value-for-Money EV

The expert panel at DrivingElectric lauded the EV9 for its blend of practicality, space, and a premium feel, all offered at a relatively affordable price. According to the judges, no other EV offers this level of practicality for the price, a testament to the EV9's exceptional value for money.

The Kia EV9 is set to hit the UK streets in January 2024, and the anticipation is palpable. The vehicle is already among the most eagerly awaited cars of 2023, generating significant interest among dealers and potential customers alike.

A Versatile Offering

One of the aspects that sets the EV9 apart is its versatility. The EV offers a choice between six and seven-seat configurations, a rear-wheel, single motor powertrain, or an all-wheel, dual motor powertrain, and three comprehensively equipped trim levels. Bolstered by Kia’s seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, the EV9 promises a blend of choice, quality, and peace of mind.

Kia's reputation as an electrification leader is not new. The brand had previously won four awards at the DrivingElectric Awards for the EV6 GT, Sportage Plug-in Hybrid, Niro EV, and the previous generation e-Niro. The EV9's recent wins further endorse Kia's commitment to providing cutting-edge electric vehicles.

Outstanding Safety Credentials

The Kia EV9's accolades extend beyond its premium status and practicality. The vehicle recently earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, Europe's leading independent safety testing organisation. The rating, the highest possible, attests to the EV9's robust safety features and design.

High Scores in All Categories

The EV9 underwent extensive testing across four categories and excelled in all of them. It scored 84% for adult occupant protection, 88% for child occupant protection, 76% for vulnerable road users including pedestrians, and 83% in the 'safety assist' category, which rates the availability of crash avoidance technologies.

Advanced Safety Features

The EV9 is equipped with several intelligent safety features. The Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, which was praised for its performance in most test scenarios, is designed to react to other vehicles and prevent collisions. Other notable features include the Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and a speed assistance system.


The Kia EV9's recent accolades and safety ratings affirm its position as a leading player in the EV market. With its blend of practicality, premium feel, versatility, and safety, the EV9 is set to redefine what customers can expect from a premium electric vehicle. Watch this space for more exciting developments as the EV9 gears up for its much-anticipated UK launch in January 2024.