Kia Sorento Road Test KX-3 (2010)

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Kia Sorento Review

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The Kia Sorento KX-3 is equipped with powered front seats, with electric adjustment of the cushion height (front and rear independently) and lumbar support, plus the regular fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments.

Comfort and Refinement

The Kia Sorento KX-3 is equipped with powered front seats, with electric adjustment of the cushion height (front and rear independently) and lumbar support, plus the regular fore/aft and backrest angle adjustments. Depending on individual markets, the front seats can be specified with heated cushions and backrests.

The twin cup-holders (one large, one medium), are positioned in tandem alongside the gear selector, to create room for the new console. Additional storage spaces include the large glovebox, an illuminated lower tray in the centre stack and four door pockets. The second row seat also features a folding centre armrest with twin cup-holders.

The Dual-Zone air-conditioning features air vents in the B-Pillars to cool second row occupants and there are floor level heating ducts for the third row passengers. Dual-zone air-conditioning and independent air-conditioning for the third row seats, as well as a Cluster Ioniser system to further enhance cabin air quality.

Other high-tech 'comfort & convenience' features available include key-less entry with an engine 'start' button, and a two-piece panoramic glass sunroof.

The new Kia Sorento's interior can be trimmed in one of two standard fabrics - Steel Black (one-tone) and Splendour Beige (two-tone) or in the optional leather, also in a choice of two colours. These two optional 'colour packs' feature Brown Leather (with Bright Wood grain trim on the dashboard and door trims) and Black & Ivory Leather (with Carbon Inserts on the dashboard and door trims).

The Kia Sorento KX-3 model also features black leather upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, trip computer, Xenon headlights with self leveller, rain sensing front wipers and front wiper de-icer.

Infotainment

The new Kia Sorento KX-3 model is equipped with a six-speaker audio system, with MP3, USB and iPod connectivity, plus a built-in or external amplifier. The standard six-speaker audio system features a 6.5-inch speaker in each door and a 1-inch tweeter at each end of the dashboard. This standard audio features Kia's innovative 'PowerBase' technology - first seen on the Soul. This system employs psychoacoustic audio technology to overcome the inherent challenges of an in-car sound system, small speakers, harsh environment and obstacles within the interior and deliver concert hall quality sound with lively reproduction of bass tones.

Rivals
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Land Rover Discovery 4
  • Mitsubishi Shogun
  • Nissan QASHQAI
What We Liked
  • Good off-road capability at a low entry price
  • Smooth 6-speed automatic gearbox
  • Exterior/interior styling
What We Disliked
  • Some of the interior materials look good but are a little cheap to touch
  • The foot operated parking brake
What We'd Like To See
  • The next generation Kia Sorento as we think they will have finally cracked it
  • An electronic parking brake
Conclusion

As Kia state "Beating a 7-year warranty is hard" and if you are buying with your head then this warranty is class leading. The overall package is excellent and in terms of European taste in design and driving appeal the Kia Sorento is nearly there. However, there are some niggles, the ride quality is a little soft and some of the materials used are a little 'cheap' but it does offer a lot of choice in configuration - 5 or 7 seats and 2 or 4 wheel drive - wrapped up in an attractive exterior and more importantly a lot of car for your money.

1 July 2010 Melanie Carter
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Kia Sorento Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Sorento KX-3
  
Body TypeSUV
ColourTitanium Silver - Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.6 seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban30.4 mpg
Extra Urban45.6 mpg
Combined38.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group30
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty7 years / 100000 miles
Price (when tested on the 01/07/10)£30,970

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