KIA SORENTO

CAR (UK) - - Quick Group Test -

USS En­ter­prise or Soviet gu­lag in­side?

Sen­si­bly laid out, if a bit drab, with de­tails rem­i­nis­cent of a US mini­van: mas­sive, thin-rimmed steer­ing wheel, whop­ping gear­lever and kit to ri­val some yachts. Touch­screen easy to nav­i­gate but looks low-rent.

More cub­bies than a hiker’s back­pack?

Cuphold­ers for fat travel mugs and cen­tre con­sole stor­age deeper than an ocean trench. Door bins •it a litre bot­tle but at an awk­ward an­gle, while lock­able glove­box is use­ful but small.

Can adults ac­tu­ally ‘it in the third row?

Head­room is tight but adults can •it – they even get their own air-con vents. Ac­cess eas­ier from left side due to only one easy-to-reach lever. Rear sun blinds a handy ex­tra, and par­cel shelf is stow­able in seven-seat mode. Mid­dle bench only splits 60:40.

VER­DICT

Armed to the teeth and gen­uinely use­ful, but when did Kias get so ex­pen­sive?

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