The new Korean seven-seater hybrid, the Kia Sorento, combines comfort, fuel economy, and’smart’ features.

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The new Korean seven-seater hybrid, the Kia Sorento, combines comfort, fuel economy, and “smart” features.

It’s ideal for parking on the field at rugby practice and, despite its size, it’s also ideal for the weekly shop.

So you’re looking for a big, luxurious wagon with seven seats to transport the kids around in, but one that won’t suffocate the planet and won’t set you back more than £50,000.

Isn’t it impossible?

Koreans have once again stepped in to save the day.

Kia’s new hybrid Sorento is stylish, luxuriously comfortable, frugal, and spacious.

I could poke a few holes in it if I tried hard enough, but that would be churlish.

Kia has performed admirably.

Of course, big cars aren’t necessary for almost everyone, but if you simply enjoy driving them – as I do – the Sorento is all you’ll ever need.

Sure, it doesn’t have the prestige of a Range Rover badge, but I believe the Korean is cooler in some ways.

It’s one of my favorites because it doesn’t scream, “Look at me, I’m rich,” but it makes you feel like a million bucks inside.

The Sorento 1.6 PHEV ‘3’ I tested wasn’t even the top of the line, but it did everything a more prestigiously badged 444 should.

And, at £49,555, it’s less than half the price of a Range Rover with all the bells and whistles.

Don’t get me wrong: I think a Range Rover is a fantastic vehicle.

But you have to wonder if the badge is really worth tens of thousands of dollars more than this Kia.

You’ll probably need a Range Rover if your school run includes driving over mountains and through rivers.

If not, go for the low-key option and save the money to build an addition to your house or pay for a few years of luxurious vacations.

When you combine the electric and fossil fuel power, the Sorento claims a ridiculous 176.6 miles per gallon.

That may appear to be too good to be true, but I got more on a full charge.

The Sorento’s 35-mile all-electric range is good for a week’s worth of school runs and the like, as with all hybrids.

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The new Korean seven-seater hybrid, the Kia Sorento, combines comfort, fuel economy, and’smart’ features.

Kia Sorento review: The new Korean seven-seater hybrid combines comfort, fuel economy and the ‘smart’ stuff

Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi PHEV ‘3’ Auto AWD
Price: £49,555
Engine: 1.6-litre petrol
All-electric range: 35 miles
Combined mpg: 176.6mpg
0-60 mph: 8.4 seconds
Top speed: 119mph
Rating: 5/5 stars

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