2016 Winner
Family wagon

Kia Sorento SLi 2WD

Kia’s all-new high-riding Sorento seven-seat wagon has stepped up in quality, design and ability, and has ticked the right boxes to be appealing to family buyers, who are blessed with a lot of choice in this class.


Although all offerings are 2WD wagons with seating for seven or more, there are petrol and diesel cars, and their origins range from converted commercial vans to SUVs and vehicles designed specifically as people movers.

Quick specifications
  • Engine3.3
  • Transmission6A
  • Indicative drive away$50,184
  • Fuel economy9.9
  • Fuel typeULP
  • ANCAP5 star

Many of them excel in specific areas but fall short in others. Sorento 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 user-friendly throughout.

Sorento delivers good value for money across almost all purchasing and ownership aspects. Kia’s outstanding seven-year/unlimited-km warranty and low servicing and repair costs with 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. Sorento drives well, with the 3.3L V6 petrol engine producing a healthy 199kW of power and peak torque of 318Nm. Coupled with a smooth-changing 6spd 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 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. Yet folding down the third-row seats to create a useful cargo space could not be easier.