Kia Sorento

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SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON - 2.2 CRDi KX-1 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£28745

BEST PRICE

£24,433 

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Kia's improvd third generation Sorento SUV looks as if it's really hitting its stride. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi KX-1 5dr
DIESEL
£24,433.25
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi KX-2 5dr
DIESEL
£27,323.25
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi KX-2 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£29,023.25
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi GT-Line 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£30,553.25
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi KX-3 5dr
DIESEL
£30,723.25
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi KX-3 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£32,423.25
SORENTO DIESEL STATION WAGON
2.2 CRDi GT-Line S 5dr Auto
DIESEL
£35,228.25

Ten Second Review

The Kia Sorento has ambition. What started life as an agricultural cheapie has been fettled and polished into something far more refined. This improved third generation model looks to have the finish and engineering to put the frighteners on the SUV-class high fliers.

Background

Kia doesn't really adhere to the normal conventions of car manufacture. The South Korean company wants to get places fast, so its product planning is accelerated, compressed into 'Matrix-style' bullet time. Cars are launched, facelifted and replaced in half the time of many manufacturers. Take the Sorento. It first appeared way back in 2002 and hung around for seven years. Upon introduction it was probably the best car Kia made, but that wasn't too hard when the range included models like the original Rio and the Shuma. The second generation car got with the programme, being a far slicker thing. Introduced in 2010, it got straight onto the fast track; facelifted in 2012 and replaced in 2015 with this third generation car, which was facelifted in the Autumn of 2017 to create the product we're going to look at here. The SUV market has evolved rapidly in that time and car makers can either invest to innovate or react. Kia's chosen the latter route with its Sorento.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
Noise Level dB(A)
74
CO
0.084
NOx
0.052
HC+NOx
0.08
Particles
0.0003
CO2 (g/km)
149
CO2 (g/km)
157
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
177
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
16.0:1
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
6 SPEED
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
85.4
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
96
CC
2199
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
40.9
EC Urban (mpg)
39.2
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
57.6
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
53.3
EC Combined (mpg)
49.6
EC Combined (mpg)
47.1
WLTP - MPG - Low
34.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium
41.5
WLTP - MPG - High
47.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb
41.5
General
Safety Concerns?
False
Coin Series
KX-1
Coin Description
CRDi
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
7
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
6
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
24E
Service Interval Mileage
20000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Badge Power
197
Badge Engine CC
2.2
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Performance
Engine Power - KW
147
Engine Power - RPM
3800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
325
Engine Torque - NM
441
Engine Torque - RPM
1750
Engine Power - BHP
197
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
0 to 62 mph (secs)
8.7
Top Speed
127
Engine Torque - MKG
45
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
235/65 R17
Tyre Size Rear
235/65 R17
Tyre Size Spare
FULL SIZE
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type
17" ALLOY
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Space Saver?
True
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2780
Height
1690
Length
4800
Width
1890
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1932
Minimum Kerbweight
1928
Gross Vehicle Weight
2590
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
142
No. of Seats
7
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
71
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
2500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Max. Loading Weight
658
Max. Loading Weight
662
Max. Roof Load
100
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1662
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.1
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Driving Experience

As before, this Sorento comes only with (the same) 197bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. What's changed is that this unit is now mated to a much more sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission (replacing the previous rather clunky six-speeder). This auto gearbox offers four different drive modes - Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart. Drivers can select their preferred mode with the Sorento's electronic Drive Mode Select system. Each mode enables the user to customise the powertrain's responses to driver inputs, enhancing fuel economy or acceleration characteristics depending on preference. Otherwise, things are much as previously and as before, a six-speed manual transmission remains available. The 2.2-litre diesel develops a peak torque of 441Nm and powers this Kia to 62mph in 9.0s en route to 124mph. Like most of its rivals, this Sotrento isn't really intended for off road use, though rutted tracks are easily within its remit should you want to make use of the provided selectable 4WD system. Refinement is quite impressive, thanks to a torsionally stiff bodyshell, plenty of soundproofing, acoustic shields built into the engine bay, and a thick dashboard. There's nothing particularly sophisticated about the fully-independent suspension (it's mainly borrowed from the previous generation model and features MacPherson struts at the front and Kia's multi-link system at the rear), but Kia maintains that it's fit for purpose. At the rear, the subframe supporting the suspension has large bushings to better isolate it from the cabin and the large shock absorbers are mounted vertically behind the axle line, improving body control.

Design and Build

Updates to the Sorento's exterior design include revised front and rear bumpers, smarter LED headlamps, revised tail lights and a slicker dark metallic finish for the 'tiger-nose' front grille. Otherwise, it's as you were, which means that the Sorento's hallmark long bonnet and trademark chunky D-pillar have been retained, along with the low-ish roofline, high beltline and swept-back shape, all combining to give the car quite a more assertive, muscular stance. Inside, the cabin features a re-designed steering wheel and driver instrument cluster, as well as a classier climate control LCD display and Kia's latest 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating a new Audio Visual Navigation set-up. There's also an increased proportion of soft touch materials and leather for a more premium cabin ambience. The interior follows a 'modern and wide' theme, providing passengers with a stable, horizontal layout. As before, one of the most distinctive interior styling features is the Swiss watch-inspired centre-console, although to this eye it still looks more Casio than Rado. There's a stack of room inside there though, with five or seven seat models offered. The extra 80mm of wheelbase means greater legroom throughout. Cargo space is mpressive and capacity with the third row seats folded flat is rated at 605-litres. The Sorento also features a neat under-floor tonneau cover storage compartment.
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