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The Kia Sorento is a brilliant seven-seat SUV for those who don’t want to shell out for a premium-badged alternative. With value in mind, we reckon entry-level 2 trim makes the most sense, although 3 trim is also worth a look. Most buyers will be best served by the hybrid (HEV) model, although the plug-in (PHEV) will appeal to company car drivers.
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Jumping up to 3 trim brings 19in wheels, ambient interior lighting, electric leather seats (with lumbar support), keyless entry, a powered tailgate and heating for the outer seats on the second row. The infotainment screen is upgraded to 10.3in (from 8.0in) with better graphics and you also get wireless phone-charging. This is the only trim available with the diesel engine so, combined with the self-levelling suspension, it’s the way to go if you’re planning to tow heavy loads.
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The PHEV uses the same engine as the self-charging Sorento but has 261bhp, a quicker 8.4sec 0-62mph time and it will travel (officially) for up to 35 miles on a single battery charge. It's a great option for company car buyers looking to save tax, but not our favourite because it's more expensive than the HEV. If you can keep the battery charged up all the time it will save you a lot on fuel, though.
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