My wife wants a new SUV – we have three children and she would like a seven-seater to cart around their friends. I want a petrol as it’s only for use around town. Is it worth waiting for the new Kluger? Would you recommend the Hyundai Santa Fe? What else would you suggest?
I'd pick the Kia Sorento. The electronic latching system makes access to the third row a breeze, and it's big enough to house an adult comfortably over a short trip. Kids will love it.
There's also a choice of powertrains, even at the entry model. The diesel dual-clutch combo is fantastic.
If you have heaps of kids or want flexibility, there are ISOFIX points across the second and third rows, too. Handy if the oldies don't want to climb into the third row, but you still have a child in a support seat.
The Hyundai Santa Fe is good, though Kia's twin – the Sorento – has the advantage of ISOFIX points in both second and third rows. Also, you get a seven-year warranty with Kia, whereas you only get five years with Hyundai.
If even greater versatility is needed, the Kia Carnival can seat up to eight and has a brilliant boot that's a million times better than those offered by seven-seater SUVs. You could take seven people on a week's holiday and have room for luggage without needing a roof pod!
As for the new Toyota Kluger, we won't be able to say how good it is until we drive it. However, it will offer a petrol-electric hybrid option, which would help to keep fuel consumption low.
I'd recommend the Kia Carnival if you want a legitimately useful third row!
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