4th Gen Kia Sorento Wins Carbuyer’s 2021 ‘Car of the Year’ Award

The all new 4th generation Kia Sorento has got to a flying start to year 2021 as the flagship SUV has been named as Carbuyer’s 2021 ‘Car of the Year’, as well as ‘Best Large Family Car’. This is not the first time Kia has won the coveted titles, with the e-Niro, Picanto, and Cee’d all taking honors in previous years.

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Commenting on the achievement, Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia Motors UK said:

“For the Sorento to win this award is an outstanding achievement and one which fills our UK team and dealer partners with pride and encouragement. This vehicle embodies just how far we have come as a brand since entering the UK market nearly 30 years ago, offering high quality, efficient and desirable products to a growing customer base. The Sorento winning this award is high praise indeed and credit that’s been duly earned.”

The UK-spec Kia Sorento

The event was live-streamed on 25th November on Carbuyer’s YouTube channel. The awards ran through 19 different categories, crowning a winner for each, before finally conferring the overall ‘Car of the Year’ title to the 4th generation Sorento, which was judged by the entire editorial team at Carbuyer. Richard Ingram, editor of Carbuyer.co.uk, said:

“The Kia Sorento is a versatile SUV that’s nipping at the heels of premium rivals, feeling luxurious and spacious in equal measure. Competition in this area of the market is fierce, but no other model comes close to the far-reaching talents of the fantastic Sorento. Congratulations to Kia on a well-deserved win.”


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The 7-seat Kia Sorento SUV for the UK comes with 1.6L TGDi hybrid petrol with 6-speed automatic and 2.2L diesel with 8-speed DCT, both equipped with AWD function. Features include 7 airbags including new central airbag, all round 3-point ELR seatbelts, impact sensing door unlock in addition to Active Safety & Driving Dynamics suite which includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Multi-Collision Brake Assist (MCBA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Manual Speed Limit Assist (MLSA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) City/Pedestrian/Cyclist/Junction, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear-Cross Traffic Assit (RCTA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA), Highway Driving Assist (HDA), Rear Self Leveling Suspension, Drive Mode Select and Terrain Mode Select (Mud, Snow, Sand).

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