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fits your bud­get. Third row if you want it is an­other $1500. Just re­mem­ber, you get what you pay for. Diesel rates four stars in crash tests (petrol re­mains un­rated). Thirst 9.8/6.3L/100km (petrol/diesel). car-like dy­nam­ics. Five safety stars. Thirst 7.3L. The Sorento is the Kia equiv­a­lent of Santa Fe, shar­ing plat­form and driv­e­trains. An­other seven-seater, the Kia is per­haps a slightly sportier drive, thanks to lo­cal sus­pen­sion tun­ing. Again it’s the diesel you want. The petrol model is 2WD only. The SLi and Plat­inum are bet­ter equipped and both get sat­nav. Five safety stars. Thirst 7.3L.

WILD­CARD

of a big­gish hatch with a third row that, when folded, leaves a roomy boot. It’s not overly pop­u­lar but it’s a prac­ti­cal fam­ily hauler. You can prob­a­bly pick up a top-spec Plat­inum, per­haps even a diesel, in your price range. It might even still be cov­ered by Kia’s seven-year war­ranty. Five-star safety. Thirst 7.9L.

VER­DICT

For­get the Fiat, the Sorento is the pick. It’s a lit­tle cheaper than the Santa Fe and a lit­tle sportier to drive. It was a fi­nal­ist in Cars­guide’s Car of the Year run-off in the year of its re­lease and the cur­rent model won the gong last year.

With that sort of form, you can’t go wrong.

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