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.

Kia Sorento 4x4
33 5stars

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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There are 3 Kia Sorento versions available

4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 5dr £29,400
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 Sat Nav 5dr £30,500
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 auto 5dr £35,610
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

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.

Reader test team says:

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 5dr

95% of time I need a car that can cruise happily ... and for 6 months of the year the ability to weekly tow my boat of 2.2T on its twin axle…

Rick Hughes

2 out of 5 stars

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 auto 5dr

Drove KX-4 Auto 7 seater for a week as a demo. The ride was comfortable rather than sporty - tight cornering required a lower speed than I am used to…

Neal Hann

4 out of 5 stars

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 5dr

I have owned this car for 9 months and have been impressed with its quality and all-round ability, although as a 7 seat family car it does have some…

Alan Axon

4 out of 5 stars
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