Best SUV over $40,000

Although not topping the tables in any of the three scoring categories, this didn’t prove an obstacle for Kia Sorento to accumulate enough points to be a clear winner for the second year in a row, adding further kudos to one of the most improved automotive manufacturing brands globally.

Modern, powerful and economical drivetrains, high levels of occupant safety, attractive value for money equation, almost best in class warranty and, more recently, ride and handling capability to meet the demands of our unique Australian roads, are among its many attributes.

Sorento takes a bit of a hit in depreciation compared to similar priced vehicles from other makes, but the judges rated build and finish quality well above average so resale might be expected to improve in coming years.

There is seating for seven, although the third row is more suited to children. Adults up front are catered for in comfortable and supportive seats with the driver getting eight-way adjustment including lumbar support. Second row passengers have the option of reclining their backrest for increased comfort and there is more than adequate leg room.

Sorento matches other finalists for space and is only shaded in this category by the Ford Territory. With the third row seats folded flat under the floor when not in use, rear luggage space is ample.

Australia's Best Cars Best SUV over $40,000 Kia Sorento SLi

Manufacturer’s List Price: $46,190

Criteria out of 10 – Kia Sorento SLi

 Value for Money   Rating 
 Pricing  8H
 Depreciation  6M
 Running Costs  10H
 Fuel Consumption  7C
 Warranty and dealer access   8M
 Insurance  6L
 Standard Features  5H

 Design and Function   Rating 
 Safety  9C
 Environment  6C
 Comfort  9H
 Space  8M
 Practicality  8H
 Ergonomics  8H
 Build and Finish  8H

 On the Road   Rating 
 Performance  8M
 Ride  8M
 Handling  7H
 Braking  7H
 Smoothness and Quietness   8M
 Off-road ability   9M

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.