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Car of the Week: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi GT-Line S

THE WHEEL DEAL: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi GT-Line S. Price range: £28,995 - £41,995

THE GIANT Sorento is car on the move quite literally.

That’s always been the aim of the Kia Sorento, which has gone from budget workhorse to reputable seven-seat family SUV in a little over a decade.

The sole engine available is a 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel. It isn’t especially flexible by modern standards, but it's punchy enough as long as you keep the revs between 2000rpm and 3500rpm; do this and the Sorento is comfortable climbing steep inclines and overtaking on fast country roads.

On this latest model, Kia has concentrated on what matters most to family buyers: a comfortable ride.

The results are generally impressive, because the Sorento’s relatively soft suspension soaks up bigger obstacles, such as speed bumps very well and the car also lopes along smoothly on the motorway.

The Sorento has that lofty throne-like seating position that SUV buyers love, providing a commanding view of the road.

Your view forward and to the side from the driver’s seat is excellent, helped by a large windscreen, thin pillars and broad front side windows.

Opt for GT-Line S and you even get an around-view camera with parking assist that steers this monster of a vehicle into a space as you operate the accelerator.

On the safety front the Sorento ticks all the boxes. Not only does it feel safe and secure on the motorway, but its Euro NCAP five-star crash safety rating bodes well should the worst happen.

There's a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, too, and Kia managed an excellent third place overall in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Only Lexus and Skoda finished ahead.

Inside the cockpit, the Sorento has a touch of class about it. The Sorento is the first Kia to have been scrutinised by the company's new quality-control centre in Korea – and it shows.

Most of the car's interior plastics are soft to touch – some hard plastic door pockets being the only exceptions.

The range-topping GT-Line S has LED headlamps which impressively adds to the looks of the GT-Line, and introduces ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera system and blind-spot warning, as well as autonomous emergency braking. However, it pushes the Sorento through the £40,000.

The Sorento SUV is one of Kia's best cars, no doubt about that. The top models are a bit too pricey to recommend – even though they're loaded with features.

But if you stick with the lower models in the range you'll enjoy a family car that offers an impressive blend of value and versatility, without lacking style or substance.

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