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The Kia Sorento is the best used large SUVs in our Used Car Awards 2018

Best used large SUV: Kia Sorento

Prices from: £15,750Our pick: Kia Sorento 2018 (65) KX-2 auto, 17,356 miles, £16,969

Kia’s value for money has been a big factor for buyers over the years. But while prices of some of its new models have risen to beyond £40,000, buying used means you can get a big seven-seat SUV that offers Land Rover space for supermini cash.

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This gets you an early 2015 Sorento with an auto gearbox in KX-2 trim. Our example had covered just over 17,000 miles, and because the Sorento’s interior is relatively hard-wearing, it should have plenty of life left in it as a family 4x4. Walk away if it looks tired.

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Another big benefit is that it’ll have the balance of Kia’s seven-year warranty left, so even a used Sorento should provide plenty of peace of mind for buyers.

The Sorento’s design is stylish, while even in mid-spec KX-2 trim it has a relatively high-quality cabin that feels solid and gets a decent level of kit, including a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav and heated seats.

With seven seats, lots of storage spaces and a massive 1,622-litre boot with the chairs folded, practicality is one of the Sorento’s party pieces.

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The soft ride takes the edge off the worst bumps and there is strong refinement. That is hampered a little if you rev the 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel – which at least works well with the smooth six-speed auto box – but it offers enough performance here.

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Four-wheel drive is standard, so there’s security for wintry conditions, and it helps boost off-road ability if you need it. The Sorento stops short of being fun, but it’s at least comfortable, even if it rolls a fair bit, and composed, so it shouldn’t upset passengers.

Kia has built up a good reputation for reliability. It’s safe, too, with a five-star Euro NCAP rating and a respectable level of safety kit for a family machine.

Key details

On the road: Kia’s big SUV offers a blend of refinement, comfort and enough performance

Interior: Hard-wearing cabin has plenty of space and the versatility of having seven seats

Finance options

Space is key in a large SUV, as we’ve seen, but buying a used Sorento outright and on PCP finance shows you don’t have to sacrifice affordability in the pursuit of practicality.

That’s because with a deposit of around £1,700 you could drive away on a £300-per-month deal. Do some calculations and you’ll realise when it comes to space per pound, this is a great offer.

Commended

Land Rover Discovery 4

The Mk4 Land Rover Discovery is a great used buy, due to its incredible off-road ability, sweet V6 diesel engines, seven-seat usability and premium feel. But Land Rover doesn’t have the greatest reliability record.

Left-field choice

Lexus RX 400h

A used hybrid SUV such as the previous Lexus RX in 400h trim is still an incredibly hi-tech machine. The RX brings brilliant build quality and refinement, plus the ability to reduce your running costs.

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