The Kia Sorento has been named as Total 4×4’s Best SUV for the second year in a row – beating off keen competition in a well-established segment.

Editor Alan Kidd said: ‘The Sorento was our reigning champion in the full-size SUV class, and it impressed us every bit as much this year as last. Its style, poise, kit and practicality all score heavily in its favour.

‘Make no mistake, this award wasn’t about just being cheap. The Sorento beat a long list of premium opponents because it’s very good at everything that matters. Its bargain price and unbeatable seven year warranty merely seal the deal.’

The latest version of Kia’s full-size 4×4 Sorento was launched in the UK in February 2010 and immediately impressed the Total 4×4 team. It remains the flagship of the Kia range and is available in two and four wheel drive versions – but it is the full-time four wheel drive model that again impressed the Total 4×4 judges to retain its Best SUV crown.

Michael Cole, Managing Director of Kia Motors (UK) Ltd., said “From the day of its launch we knew that the latest Sorento continued the car’s impressive record of delivering excellent go-anywhere ability coupled with on-road sophistication at a great value price. Sorento has been a long-time favourite in the Kia range and its popularity amongst a wide variety of customers – from those who want on-road towing security or all-weather ability to the more adventurous owner who needs to head away from the main roads.

“I am delighted that Total 4×4 has again awarded Sorento its Best SUV accolade – especially in the face of so much impressive competition in what remains a hard-fought sector of the market,” he added.