The Kia Sorento is a large seve-seat SUV that features grippy four-wheel drive, and comes with Kia's excellent seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. Rivals include the new Nissan X-Trail, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva, and the Land Rover Freelander 2.
There's only one engine to choose from in the Kia Sorento range, but thankfully it is a good one. The 2.2-litre diesel gives the Kia decent – although not class-leading – economy for a car of this size, and also makes it feel quite quick. That said, the Sorento will always be more of a comfortable cruiser than particularly fun to drive.
Trim levels come in the form of The Sorento KX-1, KX-2, KX-2 SATNAV, KX-3, and KX-4. We would go for the KX-2 Sat Nav, which gets lots of equipment despite being a mid-range model.