The quiet achiever
There’s no chance of getting lost with Kia’s spacious seven-seater
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.
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.
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.
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.
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