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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Large SUV of the Year
A spacious interior is obviously a prerequisite for a car to compete in this class, but we also expect an upmarket feel, sensible costs, and top-notch comfort and refinement...
Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 2
However, unlike the old Sorento, the new car is available as a hybrid, so it combines good real-world fuel economy with comparatively low CO2 emissions. And this setup doesn’t just aid efficiency; the petrol engine, electric motor and automatic gearbox work very well together, delivering smooth progress and punchy performance.
Comfort is another Sorento strength, particularly if you stick with entry-level 2 trim, because this gets smaller wheels and chunkier, more forgiving tyres than pricier versions. Meanwhile, the steering allows you to place the car confidently on a country road but is still easy to twirl at town speeds.
Throw in a nicely made and well equipped interior, a driving position that’s lofty enough to make HGV drivers jealous and Kia’s unmatched seven-year warranty, and the Sorento is an outstanding all-rounder.