2019 ASG AWARDS: Best All-Around Performance and Best Environmental Performance in the Compact Crossover segment.
NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: Top all-around performing Compact Crossover, outperforming 101 model variants, and holding the smallest carbon footprint at 47% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle, as compared to the average competitor in the segment.
ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE RATING: 100
ASG’s annual study found the Niro Plug-in to offer the best all-around performance of any model year 2019 compact crossover, earning the distinguished Best All-Around Performance award for the second consecutive year. In ASG’s environmental performance assessment, the Niro Plug-in furthered Kia's winnings by holding the smallest carbon footprint of any model year 2019 compact crossover, earning the distinguished Best Environmental Performance award in class. ASG found the Niro to produce 47% less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life-cycle, when compared to the average competitor in the segment.
2019 ASG AWARDS: Best All-Around Performance in the Mini-Compact segment, and Best 5 All-Around Performance among all small cars. NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: Top all-around performing Mini-compact,...View full product details
2019 ASG AWARDS: Best Environmental Performance in the Mini-Compact segment. NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: holds the smallest life-cycle carbon footprint in its class at 137 grams CO2-e per...View full product details
2019 ASG AWARDS: Best Economic Performance in the Mini-Compact segment. NOTEWORTHY ASG FINDING: offers best value in its class with the lowest purchase and operating costs over the...View full product details
The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.
Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.
While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.
One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.