What used Kia Sorento 4x4 will I get for my budget?
Prices for this third-generation model start at around £15,000, which would 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 £18,000 and £20,000 and you’ll find plenty of 2016 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 2017 car with a nominal mileage. Expect to spend upwards of £22,000 to net a post-facelift 2018 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, most models, especially the automatic ones, will return a claimed 42.2mpg. 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 £140 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.