KIA SORENTO SLI 2WD
Indicative drive away price: $50,184
Although all offerings in this category are two-wheel-drive with seating for seven or more, there are petrol and diesel options. Their origins range from converted commercial vans to SUVs and vehicles designed specifically as people movers.
Many excel in specific areas, but fall short in others. The Sorento SLi manages to blend the things people love about a large, high-riding SUV with the functionality and versatility of a traditional people mover. They get that commanding SUV-style view, while the straightforward controls and a versatile cabin make it extremely user-friendly.
The Sorento delivers good value for money across almost all purchasing and ownership aspects. And Kia’s outstanding seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and seven years’ capped-price servicing provides extra peace of mind. It’s also one of the cheaper vehicles in the class to insure.
For a mid-spec version, the SLi is well equipped, both in creature comforts and safety features.
The Sorento drives well, with its 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine producing a healthy 199kW of power and peak torque of 318Nm. Coupled to a smooth-changing six-speed automatic, it provides plenty of performance when needed. The strength of this performance is a real plus, particularly when the vehicle is fully loaded, however it does mean higher than average fuel consumption.
The new model’s longer wheelbase delivers more legroom. Comfort and space in the front and second-row seats, although not class leading, are very good. In the third row – which can be folded away when not needed – there are a few compromises, particularly access, but it’s still better than many of the others.
As with most vehicles in this class, there is not a lot of luggage space when all seats are up.
|1ST: KIA SORENTO SLI 2WD, 870
|2ND: HONDA ODYSSEY VTI-L, 860
|3RD: KIA CARNIVAL SLI, 848