Published on May 26th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


Kia Sorento 2.5L Petrol // SUV Of The Year VOTY 2023

We can’t think of a better SUV option for VOTY 2023 than the all-new Kia Sorento.

SUVs are fast-becoming the most popular type of vehicle in the market. To us, an SUV has to be a vehicle that provides maximum utility and be capable of some sporting adventure. The all-new Kia Sorento 2.5L Smartstream Petrol was out pick for SUV of the year for those reasons.

Kia Sorento SUV rear

For Malaysia, this petrol powered version has more than enough power available and a reliable 6-speed conventional automatic. You can get it with 7 seats and 2WD or with 6 seats and an AWD configuration.


There’s no denying that the Sorento is one handsome looking vehicle too. There’s nothing too avantgarde about the look save for the twin vertical taillight strips, but Kia have managed to make an SUV that looks modern, stylish, upmarket, and rugged and capable. Inside you find more than enough tech even on the base model.



The Allianz DSF.my Vehicle Of The Year (VOTY) Award ceremony is the first and only vehicle award event in Malaysia that does not hand out paid awards, nor does it charge winners or participating brands any fee whatsoever. Winners are allowed to use the VOTY event logo free of charge in all marketing materials. Event attendees are not even charged for their seat at the award presentation. All car manufacturers that operate in Malaysia are invited to participate free of charge. All they have to do is let our judges test drive their nominated vehicles.

The nominated vehicles must have been launched in Malaysia in the last 12 months and cannot be a localised minor facelift (body-kits, stickers, wheel upgrades, etc). All judging is independent and is put down to a vote before the winners are selected. Car manufacturers are not informed if they are winning or not before the event.

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