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The Sorento picked up the overall champion award alongside the winner of ‘best tow car’ in the 1,900+kg category. WhatCar? praised the Sorento for its breadth of abilities ideal for towing caravans and trailers.
They said the car offered a “painless towing experience” with plenty of torque and a smooth transmission.
Editor Steve Huntingford said the Sorento could “handle whatever it’s faced”, making it ideal for longer journeys.
He said: “If you picture a Venn diagram with circles representing stability, performance, practicality and value, right in the middle, at the point where those circles overlap, sits the Sorento.
“It’s a reassuring car to tow with, pulling a big tourer with composure.
“And the Sorento can handle whatever it’s faced with because it has powerful brakes, the stability to cope with a sudden lane change, and four-wheel drive to help you make the most of its performance whatever the weather.”
“The Sorento also has room for adults in all seven of its seats, and air vents for all three rows.
“While the many USB ports throughout its interior show that Kia understands how modern families keep themselves entertained on long journeys.”
Testing for the award was done by matching eligible cars to caravans weighted to 85 percent of the car’s kerb weight or its legal towing limit.
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The cars were then ballasted to replicate driving with passengers and luggage.
SEAT picked up two awards with their Leon machine picking up the trophy in the up to 1,400kg category.
The SEAT Ateca also triumphed in the 1,550 to 1,699kg group in a big win for the Spanish marquee.
Mr Huntingford added: “Towing also comes easily to the Ateca. Its 2.0 TDI 150PS engine has all the pull you might need to handle any sensibly matched caravan.
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