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Kia Sorento scoops car of the year crown

Judges across the ditch hail the SUV as a practical all-rounder as it beats off competition from six other finalists.
Posted on 11 May, 2021
Kia Sorento scoops car of the year crown

The Kia Sorento has been named Car of the Year 2021 by a team of expert judges from an Australian motoring website.

The team at Drive chose the SUV, pictured above, ahead of six other finalists for the annual honour. Available with either 2WD petrol or AWD diesel powertrains, they describe the model as a “comfortable and practical all-rounder that works as well out in regional areas as it does around town”.  

More than 80 vehicles across 25 categories were put through their paces for the Drive Car of the Year Awards, which is in its 15th year.

The other finalists for the top gong were the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma, Land Rover Defender, Mercedes-AMG A45 AMG, Audi e-Tron and the Isuzu D-Max. Last year’s overall winner was the Toyota RAV4.

2021 award winners

Best city car: Volkswagen Polo
Best small luxury car: Audi A3
Best small car: Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatch
Best people mover: Kia Carnival
Best medium luxury car: BMW 3 Series
Best medium to large car: Toyota Camry Hybrid
Best large luxury car: Audi A6
Best upper large SUV: Nissan Patrol
Best upper large luxury SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLS
Best light SUV: Ford Puma
Best small SUV: Skoda Kamiq
Best medium SUV: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
Best large SUV: Kia Sorento
Best small luxury SUV: Skoda Kamiq
Best medium luxury SUV: Volvo XC60
Best large luxury SUV: Volkswagen Touareg
Best off-road SUV: Land Rover Defender
Best sports performance SUV: Audi RSQ8
Best van: Toyota Hiace
Best dual cab ute: Isuzu D-Max
Best electric vehicle: Audi e-Tron
Best super sports car over $100k: Porsche 911 Turbo S
Best sports car under $100k: Mercedes-AMG A45 S
Best overall value: MG ZS EV
Innovation excellence: Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)