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Used car of the week: Kia Sorento

  • Our favourite pre-face-lift model available from Β£12,995
  • Manual 2.2 CRDi has 2500kg towing capacity
  • Generous entry-level kit spec
Words ByDoug Revolta

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After driving the forthcoming Kia Sorento recently, we made the model it's replacing our deal of the day after we found a saving of more than Β£4500 off its list price.

The pre-face-lift model of the current second-generation Sorento first went on sale in 2010 and is now available for less than Β£15,000. A practical and well-specced family car, it's our used car of the week.

Ideal Model Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-1
Prices from Β£12,995

Why should I buy a used Sorento?

The 2.2-litre diesel is the only engine available with the Sorento, and it’s a good one. It’s flexible, strong and very easily pulls you along at motorway speeds, and when driving around town it’s refined and smooth.

It’s a comfortable car, too, with plenty of head- and legroom for passengers in all seats, and Kia's seven-year warranty provides peace of mind.

Which model should I choose?

Our recommended choice is the 2.2 CRDi KX-1 with a manual gearbox and seven seats. However, depending on your budget, you might be better suited to a slightly different variation.

If you’re a keen caravan owner, the manual is the one to go for because it can tow 500kg more than the automatic gearbox-equipped model can.

Whilst KX-1 is a generous entry-level offering, you may be tempted to stretch your budget further with the higher trim levels. KX-2 has heated leather seats, privacy glass and rain-sensing wipers, while KX-3 brings larger alloys, xenon headlights, panoramic glass roof, electric seats, and sat-nav.

Five-seat versions are available, but there are few older cars on the market so the prices shoot up. Stick with the seven-seats as you can always fold away the rearmost seats when they aren’t in use.

How much should I pay?

Prices for our recommended KX-1 model on the approved used car section of our website start from Β£12,995, but models at this low price are fairly scarce.

On the used car market, prices for the auto-specced car start Β£1000 higher than the manual, so although the six-speed automatic gearbox is nice and smooth, we’d stick with the manual.

Around Β£14,000 can get you a 2010 KX-2 automatic with 43,000 miles on the clock, while Β£800 more can find you the range-topping KX-3 with an automatic gearbox and 50,000.

What problems should I look out for?

If you find a model with reversing sensors on them check they work, because there have been reports of failures.

Some owners have reported premature wearing of the clutch, often as a result of towing. Give it a thorough test when you drive it.

There have been recalls to repair problems with the electrics and wiring in the car, including brake lights and interior lights. Ask if the car you’re looking at had the necessary remedial work carried out.