For The Sorento has a spacious cabin, a strong diesel engine and lots of standard equipment. It’s also relatively cheap compared with other seven-seat SUVs.
Against It isn’t as good to drive as a Hyundai Santa Fe with an unsettled ride. The interior plastics feel cheap, while plenty of large MPVs are better seven-seaters.
Practical, safe and relatively affordable, but the Kia Sorento is let down by its cheap-feeling interior and mediocre driving manners.
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The Sorento is based heavily on the Hyundai Santa Fe, but isn’t quite as good to drive or as classy inside.
However, the big Kia is slightly cheaper to buy, and looks good value compared with most other seven-seat SUVs, too, including the Chevrolet Captiva.
Just don’t expect MPV practicality. Yes, the Sorento has seven seats, but it’s nowhere near as spacious or as flexible as similarly priced MPVs, such as the Seat Alhambra or Ford S-Max.
There’s only engine, so the only choice you’ll be faced with is which trim to go for. We’d stick with the entry level KX-1 model, because it keeps the price down, yet you still get plenty of equipment, including alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, air-conditioning, cruise control and automatic headlights.
You’ll also get Kia’s famous seven-year warranty.