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The 2021 Drive Car of the Year – Overall winner

2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for the new car market both domestically and overseas. And yet, sales in Australia have remained strong, with buyers still looking to secure their next new car and manufacturers have kept their end of the bargain releasing a range of high-quality new models into the Australian market...

2021 Drive Car of the Year – Best Large SUV

Drive Car of the Year 2021 - Best Large SUV Finalists: Ford Everest Hyundai Santa Fe Kia Sorento Skoda Kodiaq Given Australia’s penchant for SUVs, the large sub-$70K segment is a fierce battleground. Alongside the promise of roominess and fantastic cargo areas, there’s also the option of seven seats – as all three of our finalists have...

2021 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid detailed with 70km all-electric range

Specifications for the 2021 Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV) have been revealed for Europe, ahead of an Australian arrival in the third quarter of 2021 (between July and September inclusive). The seven-seat SUV mates a 132kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine to a transmission-mounted electric motor to develop a combined 195kW/350Nm, sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission...

Top 20: Your most-read reviews in 2020

Yesterday we took a look at the vehicle models which garnered the most review-reads in 2020, but what happens when we break it down further and look at the individual reviews you read most? There were some big launches across a lot of key segments in a year where traditional launch programs and motor shows were all but non-existent...

2021 Kia Sorento earns five-star ANCAP safety rating

The 2021 Kia Sorento has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Australian crash-test body ANCAP – however, there's a catch. The maximum five-star score applies only to 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, all-wheel-drive variants of the Sorento, with front-wheel-drive, 3.5-litre petrol V6 models going unrated without a safety score...

2021 Kia Sorento recalled for fuel line fault

Kia Australia has issued a recall for 630 examples of its new-generation 2021 Sorento SUV, citing a potential fault with the fuel line. The affected vehicles were sold between August 1 and September 30, 2020 (model year 2021). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says “fuel may leak from the low pressure fuel line hose clamp”...

Kia Sorento Yosemite and Zion concepts unveiled in the US

Kia's US division has unveiled a pair of rugged concepts based on its Sorento seven-seat SUV. Based on the flagship, off-road-oriented X-Line variant of the Sorento offered in the US, Kia's Yosemite Edition and Zion Edition concepts – named after two American national parks – have been created by LGE-CTS Motorsports of San Dimas, California...

Serenity now! New Kia Sorento has built-in calming sounds to ease the daily grind

Do you love the sound of rain, the ocean, a fireplace, or crisp footsteps through snow? The 2021 Kia Sorento aims to transport owners to a place of peace and quiet even while they are battling the daily grind. Kia has installed a choice of six built-in calming sounds in the top-of-the-range Sorento seven-seat SUV...

2021 Kia Sorento V6 petrol delayed by two months

The more affordable petrol-powered versions of the 2021 Kia Sorento will arrive two months after their diesel siblings. The 2021 Kia Sorento went on sale in Australia this week and dealers have already begun delivering cars. However, initial shipments will only include diesel variants which are $3000 dearer than their respective petrol V6 equivalents...

2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) confirmed for Australia

Australian families looking for a seven-seat SUV hybrid will be spoiled for choice next year, with at least three models from which to choose among mainstream brands. In addition to the Toyota Kluger and updated Hyundai Santa Fe – both of which will be available with hybrid power for the first time in Australia – Kia has confirmed the all-new Sorento will have the choice of both plug-in hybrid and conventional hybrid power...

2021 Kia Sorento price and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2021 Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV have been released online ahead of the model’s arrival in local showrooms in the coming weeks. As reported last week, according to preliminary pricing, the 2021 Kia Sorento range will increase by up to $3880 depending on the model...