Kias have not been noted for their residual strength over the years, and we’d not feel too confident about the future value of one with seven seats and a price tag of over £30k. That said, we’d expect the Sorento to outperform the car it replaces, though in itself that would not be a great achievement.
Running costs, however, should be impressive for such a car. Not only is the 2.2-litre diesel one of the most frugal engines in its class – manual versions return 42.8mpg on the combined cycle, though we averaged a less impressive 28.1mpg in our automatic test car – but Kia has also extended its unrivalled seven-year, transferrable warranty to cover the Korean-built Sorento.
The equipment grades work up quite logically once you’re past the entry-level front-drive petrol model, so by the time you reach this range-topping KX-3 all the usual goodies you might expect are included, from cruise control to leather upholstery. And although the official options list is short, extending to special paint and self-levelling suspension, there is a long list of dealer-fit accessories you can choose to make your Sorento a little more individual.