The Kia Sorento has won the 4x4 class in the Diesel Car of the Year 2003 awards with the Volvo XC90 D5 as runner-up. The Kia Sedona was the best in class MPV in the 2002 honours. These annual awards are produced by the influential Diesel Car magazine.
The Verdict of Diesel Car after a full road test in the May issue states:
"Those who are tempted into the Sorento, probably including many newcomers to the sports utility lifestyle, will quickly appreciate its spaciousness, comfort, refinement and even driving enjoyment, not to mention sheer value for money."
Paul Williams, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Limited said:
"This prestigious award from Diesel Car magazine confirms the high praise that Sorento has received from a wide spectrum of motoring journalists. It proves once again that Sorento can hold its head up high in the badge-conscious premium 4x4 market."
"The diesel engines that Kia has introduced on the Carens, Sedona and Sorento ranges have been highly applauded and our plan is to extend this offering across our next generation of passenger cars as well."
The Kia Sorento range matches the style of a premium "off-roader" with the strength of a rugged workhorse. With a traditional separate chassis, Sorento has an impressive maximum towing weight of 2800kg allied to the looks that would not disgrace a prestige 4x4 with a £30,000 plus price tag.
Model Line-Up And Pricing
|Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE||£17,995|
|Sorento 2.5 CRDi XE automatic||£18,895|
|Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS||£20,495|
|Sorento 2.5 CRDi XS automatic||£21,395|