Best Family Wagon for $50,000?

A family needs a family wagon to get around town and is perfect for vacations. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, then Australia’s best cars 2016 awards which we have covered in some articles on this site have the best family wagon for $50,000. Not only has this vehicle been appealing to family buyers, who have a wide choice when it comes to buying in this class it has stepped up in quality, ability, as well as the design.

What automobile are we talking about here, the best family wagon for 2016 is the Kia Sorento SLi 2WD? Let’s have a look at the vehicle below.

Voted – Best Family Wagon in Australia for $50k

Although all the contributions in this class are two wheel drive wagons with seating for seven or more, there were some other petrol & diesel cars, and SUVs in the range and many of them excelled in specific areas but fall short in others. The Sorento came out tops as it managed to blend the things that people love the most a high-riding SUV offering them versatility and functionality.

The Kia Sorento offers car buyers with good value for money as it has an outstanding seven-year/unlimited km warranty with a low repair and servicing costs, plus a seven years’ capped-price servicing for extra peace of mind.

It is one of the affordable automobiles in its class and well equipped, in both safety, comfort, and exterior features. Some of these stands out features are:

  • Power steering,
  • Drive mode select,
  • An energy absorbing steering wheel,
  • Adjustable steering column,
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system,
  • Alloy spare wheel,
  • Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control with TCS, and Hill-start Assist Control,
  • Driver and front passenger airbags,
  • Side door impact beams, and more that you can view on the Kia web page
  • Driveaway price $50,184.

The Sorento drives superbly with the 3.3Litre V6 petrol engine and produces 199kW of power with 318Nm peak torque. For driving, it has a smooth-changing 6spd automatic transmission with ample performance when needed the most.

Interior design

Furthermore, the strength and performance are dreamlike when the cars fully loaded and means higher than average fuel consumption. The new Sorento has a longer wheelbase offering you spacious legroom. The front and second-row seats are spacious. The third row comes with some compromises but still better than others in its class.

There are not loads of luggage space when the seats are up, but folding the third-row of seats down creates a useful cargo space for the entire important luggage when out.

Kia Sorento SLi 2WD

Voted best family wagon – Kia Sorento SLi 2WD – Photo credit


For an award, winning family wagon the Kia Sorento has all the luxury features, safety features, and comfort for the whole family to enjoy a long trip. As with most vehicles in this range it may not have, a large cargo space when the seats are up, but fold them down it offers you ample of space for different items. As you can see, the Kia Sorento has not received the best family wagon in Australia for $50k for nothing. If you would like to see how ABC rated all the vehicles, their evaluation criteria are laid out on their main website.

Other cars that can be compared around a similar price bracket to the Kia Sorrento SLi model is the Honda Odyssey VTi-L, which is a five-door model for $50,250 and a Kia Carnival SLi, which is also a five-door model with automatic transmission and priced at $56,905.  Those prices are drive away prices from Honda and Kia dealers around Australia.

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Article By Guest Author - David Baker.

This article has been submitted by guest post writer - David Baker.  Originally from New Zealand, a passionate traveller, I have been spending a mix of time in Australia and South East Asia for the last fifteen years.  A freelance writer, and photographer I contribute media and investigative articles for a number of media outlets and specialist blogs.  My area of interest is motor vehicle auctions, new car sales and used car, online sales.  Other areas include airline and hotel writeups and product reviews.

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