Kia Sorento named best car of the year by Drive magazine

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Off-road SUV that costs up to $ 67,000 is named Car of the Year as a ‘practical all-rounder’, while a China-made 4WD is the surprising best-value vehicle

  • Australia’s best cars have been unveiled with some surprising results
  • Drive’s Car of the Year 2021 awards are divided into 25 different categories
  • The Kia Sorento, which retails for between $ 47,000 and $ 64,000, took the top spot

Australia’s best cars have been unveiled with a Korean-made SUV, the surprise overall winner across a range of categories.

The final list was drawn up by an expert jury who tested hundreds of new models on the road comparing comfort, performance and value.

Drive’s Car of the Year 2021 awards were divided into 25 different categories, but the overall winner was the Kia Sorento.

The surprising choice is a full-size SUV that retails for between $ 47,000 and $ 64,000, excluding on-road costs.

Drive’s Car of the Year 2021 awards were divided into 25 different categories, but the overall winner was the Kia Sorento (photo)

The best value car was the MG ZS series (pictured) with a $ 21,990 drive-away entry point

The best value car was the MG ZS series (pictured) with a $ 21,990 drive-away entry point

Awards for Drive Car of the Year 2021:

Best city car: Volkswagen Polo

Best Little Luxury: Car winner: Audi A3

Best Small Car: Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatch

Dear mover: Kia Carnival

Best Mid-Size Luxury Car: BMW 3 Series

Best Medium to Large Car: Toyota Camry Hybrid

Best Large Luxury Car: Audi A6

Best Top Large SUV: Nissan Patrol

Best Upper Large Luxury SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLS

Best Mid-Size SUV: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Best Light SUV: Ford Puma

Best Large SUV: Kia Sorento

Best Off-Road SUV: Land Rover Defender

Best Sports Performance SUV: Audi RSQ8

Best Small Luxury SUV: Volvo XC40

Best Large Luxury SUV: Volkswagen Touareg

Best Mid-Size Luxury SUV: Volvo XC60

Best Small SUV: Skoda Kamiq

Best Of: Toyota HiAce

Best Dual Cab Ute: Isuzu D-Max

Best Electric Car: 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 series.

Innovation Excellence Award: Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle

“Sorento is efficient in the real world, with the diesel being the better option for families who enjoy car journeys and long distances, while the petrol engine is the choice for shorter journeys around town,” said Judge Trent Nikolic.

“It offers plenty of space and storage for family buyers… and is tailor-made for our local roads.

“The Sorento is a comfortable and practical all-rounder that performs just as well in regional areas as it does in the city.”

Another surprise was that the best value car was the China-made MG ZS range with a $ 21,990 drive-away entry point.

“Regardless of taste, the ZS, ZST and ZS EV present a stylish and well-equipped SUV with the compact footprint and functional layout that buyers are looking for,” said Judge James Ward.

For those looking for a little more adrenaline, the winner of the best sports car in excess of $ 100,000 was the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

For those looking for a little more adrenaline, the winner of the best sports car over $ 100,000 was the Porsche 911 Turbo S (photo)

For those looking for a little more adrenaline, the winner of the best sports car over $ 100,000 was the Porsche 911 Turbo S (photo)

The best city car was awarded to the popular Volkswagen Polo (photo)

The best city car was awarded to the popular Volkswagen Polo (photo)

One of the most contested categories was Small Car of the Year, which was dropped by Toyota's Corolla hybrid Hatch model

One of the most contested categories was Small Car of the Year, which was dropped by Toyota’s Corolla hybrid Hatch model

Drive judges said the pace the German-designed car is generating is ‘astonishing’ in both wet and dry conditions.

‘It will cloud your vision under a hard launch. Yes, it is that fast, ”said Nikolic.

That first strike is in no way diminished if you thunder through the mid-range segment. And he continues to pile up at speed across a track with complete ease, almost as if laughing at your attempts to confuse him. ‘

The Audi A6 was named the best luxury car, Volkswagen Polo was awarded the best city car and the Kia Carnival was named the best people mover.

One of the most contested categories was Small Car of the Year, which was dropped by Toyota’s Corolla hybrid hatch model.

Drive described it as a car that delivers first-class fuel economy in a stylish and quality package.

The best large luxury car was awarded to the Audi A6 (photo)

The best large luxury car was awarded to the Audi A6 (photo)

The Kia Carnival (photo) won the best people mover for 2021

The Kia Carnival (photo) won the best people mover for 2021

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