KIA SORENTO R

South Waikato News - - NEWS/SPORT -

Power plant: 2.4-litre in-line four-cylin­der Theta II petrol engine, 130kW at 6000rpm, 227Nm at 3750rpm; 2.2-litre in-line four-cylin­der tur­bocharged diesel engine, 145kW at 3800rpm, 436Nm at 1800-2500rpm. Run­ning gear: Two mod­els are fron­twheel drive, re­main­ing mod­els have on­de­mand all-wheel drive. Six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with se­quen­tial man­ual mode. MacPher­ston strut front sus­pen­sion, multi-link set-up at the rear. Elec­tric power as­sisted steer­ing. How big: Length 4685mm, width 1885mm, height 1700mm, wheel base 2700mm. Ground clear­ance 185mm. How much: Prices range from $46,490 for FWD LX petrol, to $66,190 for AWD Pre­mium diesel. What’s good: Ex­cel­lent in­te­rior room, lovely drive, diesel one of the best on the mar­ket. What’s not: Cos­metic part of the facelift is quite mod­est. Our ver­dict: The best part of this facelift is that it has im­proved the abil­ity of the Sorento R.

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