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Journalists who make up the Northern Group of Motoring Writers awarded the South Korean manufacturer's hatchback with the feat.
The judges were in awe of the refinement afforded to the all-new Kia cee'd, as well as its quality design, sophistication and being excellent value for money.
Derrick Grocock, vice chairman of the Northern Group of Motoring Writers, commented: "Over the last 12 months there have been some fantastic new products brought to car buyers by the world's most vibrant and innovative industry – but despite that competition the Kia cee'd was a clear winner in the voting."
Stephen Kitson, communications director at Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said that receiving the traditional miner's lamp trophy by the Northern Group of Motoring Writers was "a great honour".
He added: "It is the first car of the year award won by all-new cee'd but it is also the second Northern Car of the Year title in a row for us – and that really delights us!"
There is plenty to admire about the all-new Kia cee'd, including the fact that the vehicle's exterior features a trademark tiger-nose grille and a streamlined silhouette.
Inside the car, motorists are assured a comfortable drive every time thanks to the addition of black leather seats which can be adjusted and then saved for memory.
Other highlights of the interior of the all-new Kia cee'd are an ergonomic, driver oriented dashboard, which can be controlled via steering wheel mounted controls for added convenience.
Mr Grocock concluded that the "Kia cee'd delivers on every front – comfort, reliability, quality, value and of course peace of mind from its seven year warranty".