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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The dashboard has been massively spruced up and it should stand the test of time unlike the previous model that was looking tired and outdated after a couple of years even after a facelift in 2006. It’s not the simplest looking layout, but you don’t find yourself steering across the road while adjusting the dials because they are stupidly placed. There’s a few gripes with this new model: the dashboard materials look a little cheap and the door plastics are flimsy.

In 2012 the Sorento was updated, getting a host of better quality materials and switchgear.

Kia Sorento comfort levels are pretty high – in fact, it’ll be difficult to find a large 4×4 that’s more comfortable than this. The Sorento has an excellent high driving position and with supportive seats it’s a nice place to sit. The ride is soft, but there’s no bounciness or wallowing, even on rutted roads. Road and wind noise has been well contained, but the most surpising aspect is the minimal engine noise coming into the cabin at motorway speeds – it’s virtually non-existent.

Kia has changed the Sorento’s proportions (shortening the wheelbase, but increasing overall length by 95mm) to maximise interior space and that has delivered extra legroom for all three rows.