What used Kia Sorento 4x4 will I get for my budget?
Prices for this third-generation model start at around £12,000 for a high mileage version, while between £13,000 and £15,000 will buy you a good, clean 2015 or 2016 car in KX-2 trim with an average mileage for the year and a full history from an independent dealer. Up the money to between £16,000 and £18,000 and you’ll find plenty of 2016 and 2017 cars in various trim levels, all with an average mileage and a full history, often from a Kia dealer. Spending £20,000-£22,000 will net you a 2018 or 2019 post-facelift car with a nominal mileage. Expect to spend upwards of £22,000 to net a 2020 model.
The main cost of running your Sorento will be fuel. The one and only 2.2-litre diesel engine has a lot of work to do, hauling around all that car, and although the base trim KX-1 can claim an average official consumption of 49.9mpg under the older NEDC tests, or 41.5mpg under the later and more realistic WLTP tests. In everyday use, your consumption will, of course, be considerably heavier than this, with the prospect of achieving only 25mpg in certain situations a real possibility. Annual car tax (VED) will be based on CO2 emissions figures for cars registered before April 2017, and will be charged at a flat rate (currently £150 a year) for cars registered after that date, provided they don't cost more than £40,000 new.
Servicing costs are reasonable, with services due every 12 months or 20,000 miles. Starting at just £299, Kia Care-3 and Care-3 Plus offer a competitive fixed-price package on each of the car’s first three or five services – but, alas, only for cars less than 11 months old. You can add the MOT cost to that for just £30.