The Kia Sorento wowed the most demanding users in Britain for the second year in a row when it captured the title of Caravan Club Towcar of the Year in the over-1800kgs segment.
Having captured the same title last year - in the face of stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the 4x4 world - Sorento returned to The Caravan Club’s exhaustive and challenging test and again won out for its combination of flexibility, load-lugging ability and comfort and convenience.
Awarding the Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE Manual model the top honour the judges praised the car’s excellent value along with its uncompromising ability to deal with the varied conditions Britain’s most-adventurous campers and caravaners might face.
President of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, Mr B. K. Jang said: “When Sorento captured this title last year we were delighted - to win it for a second year in a row shows just how good Sorento is. Its traditional strengths of security on and off road, go-anywhere ability and the combination of comfort, flexibility and load-carrying, and pulling capacity, along with its excellent value provides exactly what caravaners want.
“Modern caravanning is not just about low-cost family holidays and many dedicated caravan and mobile home owners want luxury and flexibility from their cars even when they are not towing. Sorento has already won many awards and considerable praise for its off-road capability and its excellent value, but to win this award for the second year in a row clearly sets Sorento apart in a market often populated by 4x4s that are little more than beefed-up road cars,” he added.
Kia also captured another Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Award with its Rio 1.5 CRDi, this time in the Under £13,000 price category. Praised for its flexibility and modern comforts in a package still capable of easily towing trailers, Rio pipped last year’s winner - the Kia Cerato - to take first place. In fact judges said the two Kias considerably outshone their rivals from other manufacturers in that segment.Published 30 September 2006