We’ve already tested the Kia Sorento manual and liked it enough to award it a strong, four-star rating. Now it’s time to discover what tow car ability the Sorento has when fitted with an automatic gearbox – step forward Practical Caravan‘s long-term test car.

Choosing the automatic over the manual adds £1755 to the price, and reduces the legal towing limit from 2500kg to 2000kg. Even so, is the auto just as good for towing? We hope the automatic gearbox will enhance towing, giving smooth gearchanges and hassle-free hill starts – let’s find out.