Added: 04 February 2021
Kia’s flagship SUV, the All-New Sorento has made a strong start to the year by picking up ‘Large SUV of the Year’ at the 2021 What Car? Car of the Year Awards.
Up against worthy competition in the Large SUV category, the What Car? judging panel chose the Sorento for its impressive fuel economy, driving dynamics, high levels of standard specification and exceptional build quality.
The variant chosen by the judges at What Car? was the 1.6 T-GDi HEV ‘2’ grade that is available from £38,845. This entry grade of the large SUV is packed full of standard features such as a Reversing Camera System, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist and Forward Collision Avoidance including Pedestrian, Cyclist and Junction detection.
Commenting on the Sorento win, Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? magazine said: “The Sorento's hybrid tech combines good real-world fuel economy with comparatively low CO2 emissions, while the ride is comfortable and the steering accurate. Throw in a nicely made and well-equipped interior, a driving position that’s lofty enough to make HGV drivers jealous and Kia’s unmatched seven-year warranty, and the Sorento is an outstanding all-rounder.”
Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd commented: “It is a great honour to receive this special recognition from What Car?. The All-New Sorento has only been on sale via our dealers for a short time, yet has already cemented itself as an important halo product for our line-up, having also won ‘Car of the Year’ at the Carbuyer 2021 awards.
“As our brand continues to evolve, the Sorento is a perfect example of Kia’s innovation and customer promise to deliver modern, efficient and stylish mobility. It offers new standards for quality, practicality and equipment whilst also supporting our rapid shift towards electrification.”
Instead of the awards being announced at the usual black tie event, this year’s winners were announced across a week-long, entirely digital event, with the very best cars on sale celebrated online, on video and across social media.
The all-new Sorento range is available across Kia’s national dealer network with powertrain options including hybrid, diesel and the newly announced Plug-in Hybrid version.