The Kia Sorento is Total 4x4's Best SUV for the second year in a row. It is a huge success, because the competition is very tough.

"The Sorento was our reigning champion in the full-size SUV class, and it impressed us every bit as much this year as last. Its style, poise, kit and practicality all score heavily in its favour.", commented Editor Alan Kidd.

"Make no mistake, this award wasn't about just being cheap. The Sorento beat a long list of premium opponents because it's very good at everything that matters. Its bargain price and unbeatable seven year warranty merely seal the deal.", he added.

2011 Kia Sorento was launched in the UK in February, last year. It is the flagship of the Kia range and is available in 2WD and 4WD versions – but it is the full-time four wheel drive model that again impressed the Total 4x4 judges to retain its Best SUV crown.

"From the day of its launch we knew that the latest Sorento continued the car's impressive record of delivering excellent go-anywhere ability coupled with on-road sophistication at a great value price. Sorento has been a long-time favourite in the Kia range and its popularity amongst a wide variety of customers – from those who want on-road towing security or all-weather ability to the more adventurous owner who needs to head away from the main roads.", said Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd.

"I am delighted that Total 4x4 has again awarded Sorento its Best SUV accolade – especially in the face of so much impressive competition in what remains a hard-fought sector of the market," he added.", he added.

The engine range includes 2.0D 16V CRDi, 2.2D 16V CRDi, 2.4 MPI DOHC 16V with Dual CVVT and a mighty 3.5 liter V6 with 273PS (201 kW).

The Sorento is available in three trim levels - LX, EX and SX.

The LX is standard and features an MP3 audio system with SIRIUS SAT Radio, auxiliary and USB audio input, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel-mounted voice activation controls and 17" alloy wheels.

The EX adds the UVO infotainment system, push button-start with smart key and rear sonar back-up sensors, rear view back-up cameras, air ionization purification and 18" 5-spoke alloy wheels.

The top-of-range SX trim boasts a voice-activated SAT NAV system with SiriusXM Traffic, an upgraded Infinity surround sound system with 10 speakers and 18" 10-spoke alloy wheels.

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Source: Kia