Like a worker ant, the new trans­mis­sion just does its job with­out fuss or com­plaint.

New Zealand LCV - - ROAD TEST -

Another ad­di­tion is Kia’s Idle Stop & Go, which saves a few sips of fuel in heavy traf­fic. The en­gine restarts once the brake pedal is lifted, and while this tech­nol­ogy is more than 10 years old, only over the past year or two has it be­come non-in­tru­sive, ie fast enough to not hin­der nor­mal driv­ing. Un­for­tu­nately the Sorento’s sys­tem still feels a cou­ple of years old, be­cause the time from lift­ing the brake pedal to mov­ing away is more than 1.5 sec­onds: not a prob­lem 80 per­cent of the time for nor­mal, leisurely driv­ing, but there are times where a faster re­sponse would be pre­ferred.

There’s also the carry-over com­plaint from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, a sen­si­tive brake pedal. It’s easy enough to get used to over

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