Of all the cars tested in 2018, none has a higher practicality score than the Kia Sorento. It’s clear that this car has been designed with tow car drivers in mind.

The boot is huge once the third row of seats has been folded away, with enough room for every last bag and item of camping kit we use to test each car’s capacity.

It’s good to see a 12V socket in the boot, a relatively low load height, and host of towing aids like self-levelling suspension and a trailer stability system, as well as a handy reversing camera with a clear view of the towball.

The Sorento tows well, too – not with the unshakeable confidence of the best high-end SUVs, but well enough for us to be happy at the prospect of a long tow behind the wheel.

Once up to 60mph we noticed some slight movements from the caravan in our mirrors, especially in crosswinds. The Al-Ko ATC sensors also detected a little gentle sway, too.

The hill-start test played more to the Sorento’s strengths. The electronic parking brake held the outfit still, and released as the driver depressed the throttle, allowing an unfussy ascent to the top of the 1-in-6 slope.

In everyday driving, the Sorento prioritises a comfortable ride over sporty handling. That’s no bad thing in our book, and means the Kia handles patchy surfaces better than most of its rivals.

It’s also better value than many competitors, and comes with the reassurance of a seven-year warranty.

Category Winners
2019 Up to 1400kg

Škoda Octavia

Hatch 1.5 TSI 150PS SE L DSG

2019 1400-1549kg

Seat Ateca

2.0 TSI 190PS FR DSG

2019 1550-1699kg

Volkswagen Arteon

2.0 TDI 150PS Elegance DSG

2019 1700-1899kg

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport

2019 1900kg+

Land Rover Discovery

3.0 SDV6 HSE

2019 Best Budget 4x4

Dacia Duster

1.5 dCi Ambiance 4x4

2019 Best Plug-In Hybrid

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

P400e HSE Dynamic

2019 Best Ultralight Tow Car

Seat Arona

1.0 TSI 115 FR

2019 Fuel Economy Award

Ford Focus Estate

1.5 EcoBlue 120PS Titanium X

Previous Winners

BMW 520d

Touring xDrive M Sport


Land Rover Discovery

3.0 Td6 HSE*


Skoda Superb Hatch

2.0 TDI 150PS SE Business


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI BMT 150PS SE Business DSG


Nissan Qashqai

1.6 dCi (130PS) Stop/Start System Acenta Premium

Up to 1424kg

Skoda Octavia

2.0 TDI CR 150PS Elegance


Jaguar XF

2.2D Premium Luxury


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI 170 Bluemotion Sport


Land Rover Discovery 4

3.0 TDV6 XS


Volvo XC60

D5 SE Geartronic


Ford Mondeo Estate

2.0 TDCi Titanium auto


Volkswagen Passat Estate

2.0 TDI Sport 4Motion

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