The KIA Sorento is a well equipped 7 seater with cruise control, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping standard steering wheel and digital radio (DAB). Standard on the V6 models is a third row seat. The EX model has 18 inch wheels and a number of extra features which include leather seats, automatic headlamps, a powered driver’s seat, backup sensors and a push-button start. The optional extras include a more powerful audio system, a sunroof, a navigation system, KIA’s voice command UVO system and a DVD entertainment system.
Practicality of the Sorento
The KIA Sorento has a base model 2.4 litre engine which is perceived as punchy enough and capable for most purposes. Still, it struggles a bit when carrying large amounts of cargo and passengers. The additional power that is generated from the direct-injected 4-cylinder engine assists in this case. The majority of buyers will enjoy this mid-level option. At the higher end of the scale, buyers who regularly ferry luggage and a car full of passengers might be better served by the smooth and strong 3.5 liter V6. The first generation Sorento manufactured from 2003 to 2010 offered good value for money. However, it was not a car-based cross over which is unusual in models belonging to this category. Rather, it was a conventional sports utility vehicle built on a different frame, similar to that of a pickup truck or 4×4 chassis. This did however offer it an excellent towing capacity and a 4-wheel drive option, albeit hurting the ride comfort and handling.
At highway speeds the cabin remains remarkably isolated from both wind and road noise. Also impressive is the handling ability of the new model Sorento as well as its direct reaction to steering inputs. The KIA Sorento is one of the more pleasant small family crossovers to ride in. The quality of the drive is a bit firmer than several of the other models in a similar class. It would however suit most people just fine. It is a great looking vehicle with numerous added features. In terms of fuel consumption it’s a little on the high side for a vehicle specifically designed at the family market.
Engine & Fuel Economy
The standard KIA Sorento comes with a 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder engine which produces 169 pound feet of torque and 175 horsepower. Each Sorento typically comes with in a front-wheel drive configuration, and 6-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive is optional. The performance tests affirm that the front-wheel drive goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 9.9 seconds. It has a 21 mpg city/24 mpg combined and 29 mpg highway EPA estimated fuel economy for the front-wheel drive and 20/22/26 with the all-wheel drive.
Both the standard on the EX and optional in the LX is the direct-injected edition of the 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine which produces 181 pound-feet of torque and 191 horse power. The 3.5 liter V6 produces 276 hp and 248 lb-ft torque and it is standard in the SX and optional in others.
The Kia Sorento is a 7 seater crossover, medium in size. It shares most of its underpinnings with the Hyndai Santa Fe. The Kia Sorento has advanced from its previous model as a conventional SUV to becoming a more modern crossover having the choice of either six or four cylinder engines and an optional all-wheel drive. It faces competition from models such as the Ford’s Edge and Explorer, Chevrolet’s Traverse and Equinox, the Dodge Journey, the Nissan Pathfinder and Murano as well as from the Toyota Highlander and Venza.