Kia Sorento review

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Kia Sorento
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20 Jan 2017 10:00 | Last updated: 15 Oct 2018 15:32

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Upward mobility. That’s always been the aim of the Kia Sorento, which has gone from budget workhorse to reputable seven-seat family SUV in a little over a decade. However, there is, quite literally, a price to pay for the Sorento’s shimmy up the social ladder because, while the original model cost peanuts to buy, this latest version is priced closer to the £30k mark.

So, can the Sorento really justify such a premium positioning, especially against a backdrop of talented rivals that include the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq?

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Well, the first thing to consider is whether you really need seven seats. The Sorento is better at accommodating a full complement of passengers than most rivals, but there are better-driving five-seat SUVs, including the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Still, all Sorentos have four-wheel drive and even the cheapest versions come pretty well equipped.

Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the Sorento before buying one, including which version to choose. If you do decide it’s the SUV for you, check out our new car deals here.

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There are 5 trims available for the Sorento 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
KX-1
This entry-level trim isn’t as sparsely equipped as you might imagine. You get 17in alloys, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, automatic lights, a 7.0in touchscreen with Ap...View trim
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KX-2
Our favourite trim gets 18in alloys, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, automatic wipers and self-levelling suspension. You also get an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment sys...View trim
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GT-Line
This sporty trim is based on KX-2 but adds 19in wheels, ‘ice cube’ front foglights, electric driver’s seat adjustment, keyless entry and start, LED rear lights, lane-keep assist, plus sportier bump...View trim
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KX-3
Worth a look if you really like your luxuries. This trim gets everything that’s standard on the KX-2, plus a powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, a more p...View trim
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GT-Line S
This top-of-the-range trim adds to GT-Line a self-parking system, an around-view camera, adaptive cruise control, rear side window blinds, ventilated front seats, automatic emergency braking, rear...View trim
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