KIA SORENTO

CAR (UK) - - Quick Group Test -

Why does it look like this?

It’s meant to be a posh SUV that can do the rough stu” – think cheaper Land Rover Dis­cov­ery. GT•Line S spec is ‘sporty’, so there are ‘ice cube’ DRLs, red calipers and an ag­gres­sive grille, to help pushy par­ents dom­i­nate after-school pick-ups.

What pow­ers this fam­ily ferry?

A sturdy 2.2-litre diesel with big torque – en­gine is the big­gest and most pow­er­ful here, hence the gru” din. Post-facelift eight-speed auto is smooth and re­spon­sive re­gard­less of drive mode. Has elec­tronic di” lock.

Re­sign my­self to driv­ing bore­dom?

More rolls than Greggs on a tricky road but ride is bet­ter than the crashy Peu­geot. Big, and doesn’t get any smaller on the move – tight ru­ral roads can be nervy. Sharp steer­ing a wel­come sur­prise and adds at least a ve­neer of en­thu­si­asm to the dy­nam­ics.

In a word, big; big car, big en­gine, big on body­roll

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