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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

The Sorento is easy and comfortable to drive, even over longer distances, but although the seat is multi-adjustable the steering wheel only adjusts for height and not reach. The interior is quite dull too with lots of grey plastics and although it’s well built, it doesn’t feel particularly upmarket. The layout is easy to get on with though and all the controls and clearly marked.

Facelifted models from 2006 got an improved interior with a new centre console, a neater control layout and higher quality materials.

Despite a firm ride, the Sorento is good on smooth motorways and makes a decent long distance cruiser. The cabin is roomy and five passengers can travel in good comfort thanks to well padded (if not especially supportive) seats. Engine noise can be an issue though, especially with the early diesel unit, but all models get air conditioning and electric as standard.

Facelifted XT and Titan models from 2006 get better rear legroom thanks to revised front seats.