New Sorento offers sedan comfort
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.
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.