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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?
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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