Kia Sorento may well have retained the trophy it won for this class last year but for a new engine in the Discovery Sport; it was that close. It’s difficult to fault Sorento. It has class-leading safety, loads of space for up to seven, a premium if not luxurious interior, well-sorted ergonomics and strong on-road performance. At cruising speeds occupants are treated to an extremely quiet cockpit although there is a level of engine intrusion when scooting about the suburbs at lower speeds. Kia undertakes a localised suspension program for most of its vehicles on the Australian market. On Sorento the results are impressive in terms of ride quality, however the sheer bulk of the vehicle does challenge steering feel and control on more challenging sections of the road. But as an urban and highway cruiser it’s very hard to fault. Inside there’s plenty of room, leather trim, electrically adjustable heated/cooled front seats (plus heated second-row seats), multiple USB and 12-volt outlets plus a high-level suite of safety systems including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise-control. Providing longer term piece-of-mind, Kia offers an industry-leading seven-year warranty.