Kia Sorento Review

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Kia Sorento Review

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Getting into and out of the Kia Sorento is an easy affair but those of you with shorter legs might have to haul yourself into the seats as they are quite high, you may, therefore, find running boards or side steps helpful.

Ease of Use

Getting into and out of the Kia Sorento is an easy affair but those of you with shorter legs might have to haul yourself into the seats as they are quite high, you may, therefore, find running boards or side steps helpful.

It is easy to find a comfortable driving position as the Kia Sorento XT version we were driving features a powered driver's seat.

The Kia Sorento has a commanding view of the road and all round vision is very good. Rear parking sensors are fitted to XT and TITAN models to help owners avoid those niggling little parking scrapes in the urban jungle.

The Kia Sorento offers the versatility of an estate car with 849 litres of luggage space with the seats up and with the 60:40 split fold seats down, this increases to an uninterrupted load area of 1850 litres. Thoughtful Kia includes luggage net fixings and a net as standard.

There is further storage under the boot floor and in the rear quarter panels. As an added convenience, the rear window opens independently of the tailgate, making it easier for owners to put in small items in tight parking spaces.

Safety and Security

The Kia Sorento comes equipped with four airbags (two front and two full-length curtain airbags). The front passenger side airbag can be switched off, allowing a rear-facing child seat to be carried safely. There are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points in the rear, driver and front passenger active headrests that substantially reduce the likelihood of whiplash injury if the car is hit from the rear. Front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters help minimise the risk of accident injury without putting undue pressure on the wearer's chest, three height-adjustable rear headrests, rear child safety door locks and front and rear side impact beams are standard.

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) are standard, allowing the Kia Sorento to be steered and braked simultaneously, while XT and TITAN models also have electronic stability control (ESC). This detects if the car is likely to skid or veer off course and brakes one or more wheels, reduces engine power or does both to return it to the driver's intended course.

For security, an engine immobiliser and locking wheel nuts are standard. Kia Sorento XT and TITAN models also have a Thatcham category 1 alarm as standard whilst it is an option on all other trim levels.

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Kia Sorento Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Sorento XT
  
Body Type4x4
ColourBright Silver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.6 seconds
Top Speed 113 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban28.2 mpg
Extra Urban42.2 mpg
Combined35.8 mpg
  
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3 years / Unlimited miles
Price (when tested on the 12/06/09)£25,690

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