5 April 2021 ·

Kia Sorento | carsales Car of the Year | Phil Gilbert Kia

Carsales is the largest online automotive, motorcycle and marine classifieds business in Australia – and in early March 2021 they announced that the 2020 Kia Sorento had won their 2020 carsales Car of the Year.

We can’t say we’re entirely surprised, but it’s still a thrill to be able to say that we’re a trusted retailer of one of the most highly regarded family vehicles on the market. Let’s take a closer look at why the Kia Sorento has impressed carsales.com and their partners this year.

What does this award mean to us and the Australian market?

carsales’ choice of the Kia Sorento as their 2020 Car of the Year is a big nod toward the work Kia have been doing to get to the front of the market for safe and forward-thinking family-sized SUVs. The selection process this year had to be adapted to meet the challenges of COVID-19. But the support of both insurance provider Bingle and data-driven car value specialists Red Book has made this year perhaps the best researched award of the carsales COTY yet.

How was the Kia Sorento chosen as COTY?

Key factors included safety, and cost to purchase, own and run – and the carsales judges commented that the Kia Sorento is one of the safest SUVs available in the Australian market. But also outlined that the Kia Sorento was showing the way forward for other manufacturers, as the 2020 Kia Sorento is perhaps the most advanced Kia yet.

A multi-stage judging process whittled down a field of 27 finalists to a shortlist of 10, finally arriving at the 2020 Kia Sorento as the overall winner of the carsales COTY. On the win, Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer, Damien Meredith has said “The team at Kia are absolutely thrilled all-new Sorento has been awarded carsales Car of the Year 2020; our first carsales COTY win.”.

Sleek styling and packed full of features – the Kia Sorento

The 2020 Kia Sorento is available in a front-wheel drive 3.5-litre petrol V6 and all-wheel drive 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel powertrain. It’s standard eight-speed auto is one of the best in the business – and the interior is no slouch either. It features a 10.25" touchscreen, remote smart parking assist and 12.3" digital supervision instrument cluster, along with a rotary gear shift dial, BOSE® advanced sound system and 8" colour head up display.

Advanced safety features like the Kia Multi Collision Braking system were cited as pivotal in the success of the Kia Sorento. It’s an automatic braking system that engages when an airbag is deployed during a primary collision to help prevent a second collision.

Buy the 2020 Kia Sorento with Phil Gilbert Kia

The team here at Phil Gilbert Kia put this year’s success down to extensive local development by Australian designers for the Australian market. More spacious, more versatile with class-leading innovations wrapped in finely tailored style. The Kia Sorento is a great choice for any and all families looking for a safe car that is feature rich.

For a closer look at the 2020 Kia Sorento, come pay us a visit at Phil Gilbert Kia. You can also lodge an enquiry here online to our Croydon Kia Dealership.