The quiet achiever

There’s no chance of get­ting lost with Kia’s spa­cious seven-seater

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

goes ef­fi­ciently about its busi­ness, record­ing a few hun­dred sales a month and giv­ing those with a larger brood an­other op­tion be­yond the peo­ple-movers.

The re­cent ad­di­tion of satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, which the Korean brand has been lack­ing, war­rants some more time be­hind the wheel.

VALUE

Apart from sat­nav, the top-spec $50,180 Plat­inum gets key­less en­try and push-but­ton start, 18-inch al­loy wheels (and full­size spare), leather trim, split­fold sec­ond and third row, dou­ble sun­roof and dual-zone cli­mate con­trol with rear vents. There are cruise con­trol with au­dio, phone and cruise con­trols on the reach-and-rake ad­justable leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel, two 12-volt out­lets and an auto-dip­ping rear-view mir­ror, six-cd, sixs­peaker au­dio sys­tem, USB and aux­il­iary in­put, Blue­tooth phone and sound sys­tem link.

TECH­NOL­OGY

Shop for the top and it’s a diesel-only model, a 2.2-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der.

The lit­tle pow­er­plant pro­duces 145kw/436nm, worth­while out­puts when the Sorento was up­graded in 2009 and still fig­ures that com­mand re­spect.

The sat­nav sys­tem is a 6.5-inch touch-screen from LG, with Navteq maps (cur­rently up­dated at 12 and 24 months, free) clearly dis­played. The unit uses the SUNA live traf­fic info sys­tem to help avoid de­lays.

The screen set-up is easy enough to use and in­for­ma­tive, with real-time traf­fic and road and weather warn­ings. The dis­play is also used for the re­vers­ing cam­era.

DE­SIGN

The big SUV gets plenty of de­sign di­rec­tor Peter Schreyer’s sig­na­ture snout but has fewer sculpted sur­faces than its brethren. Big, square, boxy di­men­sions abound.

There’s a use­ful amount of

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