New Sorento of­fers sedan com­fort

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Al­most a third of ve­hi­cles sold in Aus­tralia in 2015 were crossovers, or SUVs, and Kia is keen to get a big share of the ac­tion.

As part of this plan, the Korean com­pany’s big all-new Sorento has gone ul­tra stylish.

All-new Kia Sorento is of­fered in Si, SLi and Plat­inum grades. Prices be­gin at a rea­son­able $40,990 for a petrol twowheel-drive Si and run up to $55,990 if you chose a Plat­inum with the turbo-diesel and all­wheel-drive.

Even the Sorento Si is well equipped, with 17-inch al­loy wheels, cruise con­trol, power win­dows and mir­rors and wood-look in­te­rior trim.

The SLi has 18-inch al­loys, the wood-look is ex­tended to the steer­ing wheel and cen­tre, and there are sporty-look­ing al­loy ped­als.

Top­ping off the range is the Sorento Plat­inum, with a huge sun­roof, 19-inch al­loy wheels, a heated steer­ing wheel and a more pow­er­ful stereo.

Sorento’s front end is big and bold, the bon­net is high and the grille has the fa­mil­iar new-Kia de­sign.

Large cut-outs for the fog­lights add to the ef­fect and give it a bold, wide look.

New Kia Sorento comes with a choice of petrol or diesel en­gines.

The Sorento’s four-cylin­der 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is a unit al­ready fa­mil­iar to us from other Kia mod­els, but has had sig­nif­i­cant changes.

In its lat­est it­er­a­tion it pro­duces 147kW of power and a big 441Nm to torque, the lat­ter from 1750rpm to 2750 revs. The 3.3-litre V6 petrol is an all-new de­sign and puts out 199kilo­watts of power and 318Nm of torque.

The petrol pow­er­plant is only of­fered in 2WD mod­els.

All Sorento mod­els have a six-speed au­to­matic.

Sorento has a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing. There are six airbags, in­clud­ing front-torear cur­tain cov­er­age.

All mod­els have ABS with brake as­sist, ESC, VSM (ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity man­age­ment), a rear-view cam­era, front and rear park­ing sen­sors and a tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

The Plat­inum as tested added Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing, Smart Cruise Con­trol, Blind-spot De­tec­tion and Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert to the driver safety aids.

The front seats are large, com­fort­able and sup­port well. The se­cond-row pews can slide back and for­ward to let you jug­gle space. In their rear­most po­si­tion they pro­vide a huge amount of legroom for their oc­cu­pants, mean­ing four large adults can travel in com­fort if the back seats are not in use.

The prac­ti­cal squared-off tail lets you carry a de­cent amount of lug­gage. On the road we found the big Kia SUV to be smooth, quiet and com­fort­able.

Han­dling is com­pe­tent; though don’t ex­pect it to com­pete with the big-name Ger­man SUVs.

Sorento is a large ve­hi­cle tuned for fam­ily com­fort ahead of sport­ing pre­ten­sions. Fuel con­sump­tion of the tur­bod­iesel was in the nine to 10 litres per 100km range in around-town driv­ing, drop­ping to six to eight litres when on the open road or mo­tor­ways.

Pretty im­pres­sive fig­ures.

Pic­ture: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

Big, bold and prac­ti­cal, the all-new Kia Sorento has a lot go­ing for it.

The ve­hi­cle is spa­cious and com­fort­able.

The Sor­rento’s stylish in­te­rior.

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