The new Kia Sorento is now available with a choice of either 5 or 7 seats.
When off-road the Kia Sorento is quite composed and although we did not venture too far into the wilderness it proved itself quite capable on green lanes and farm tracks.
You can select from two advanced drivetrains (2WD or 4WD), to 'best-match' the on-road and off-road abilities of their new Kia vehicle to their individual lifestyle. The 2WD drivetrain offers lower weight (60 kg less than the 4WD system), and enhanced fuel economy and delivers good on-road traction, aided by the standard-fit TCS (traction control system) linked to the vehicle's ABS.
For buyers who regularly face difficult driving conditions, tow trailers (weighing up to 2,500 kilos, depending on model) or go off-road, the Kia Sorento's 4WD drivetrain will be ideal.
This is a single ratio (High) 4WD system, with a default status that delivers 100% of engine torque to the front wheels during all routine city and highway driving. While in this two-wheel drive mode, fuel efficiency is enhanced compared to 4WD motoring. Whenever a front wheel loses grip a percentage of torque is automatically transferred to the rear wheels to maintain forward motion.
For improved traction and greater safety while driving in slippery conditions - such as rain, snow, mud, unpaved roads and off-road - the driver can manually select 'Lock Mode'. This mode splits the torque 50/50 between the front and rear axles - for better stability and maintains that split up to a speed of 18.5 mph.
Traction is also boosted by the available HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) which prevents slipping backwards, and DBC (Down-hill Brake Control) which limits vehicle speed to just 5 mph during steep descents.
Ease of Use
The new Kia Sorento is now available with a choice of either 5 or 7 seats. With its stretched cabin, it is a genuine seven-seater with much more space for occupants seated in the (optional) third row, making it 'best-in-class' for accommodating the sixth and seventh occupants. Headroom is increased by 64 mm (to 906 mm) and legroom by 102 mm (to 795 mm) - compared to the previous model.
Access to the cabin is also improved as the 'hip-point' for the front and second row seats is lowered by 37 mm, the cabin floor is lowered by 32 mm and the second row near-side seats 'double-fold' to allow easier entry and exit for third row passengers.
Every new Kia Sorento driver will be able to create the ideal driving environment thanks to the multi-adjustable seat, with a 46.5 mm height adjustment range, and the height-adjustable (+/- 20 mm) steering wheel, with (+/- 15 mm) reach adjustment on EX models. The fore/aft range of seat travel has been increased by 25 mm to better accommodate the tallest of drivers.
The thick-rimmed four-spoke steering wheel, which can be adjusted for height through a 40 mm range and (on Kia Sorento EX models) for reach through a 30 mm range, is becoming a Kia trademark feature. Through the wheel, the driver can view another element of Kia's developing design DNA - the 'three-cylinder' instrument cluster - the new Kia Sorento's cluster has clear and precise graphics.
A 'Super Vision' cluster with reddish lighting will be available as an option on EX models with a new 'message centre' digital information display at the bottom of the cluster. This display gives information about average and instant fuel consumption, current fuel level, range-to-empty, average speed, elapsed journey time, engine temperature and low-pressure tyre warnings, as well as door and tailgate 'open' alerts.
Kia Sorento Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Sorento KX-3|
|Colour||Titanium Silver - Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||45.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||7 years / 100000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/07/10)||£30,970|