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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.
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.
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.