The Sorento doesn't lack storage space, the armrests in the front and back contain storage spaces and cupholders.
The Sorento doesn't lack storage space, the armrests in the front and back contain storage spaces and cupholders. Storage trays can also be found under the seats, there is a lockable glove box with a map tray for the stowage of valuables and the seat backs have large pockets. There is also a drivers side mini storage box and a hidden compartment under the rear load area.
Our test vehicle was also equipped with an optional DVD player with TFT screens in the back of the front head rests. When parked on the street I was concerned that these panels were highly visible and should have had a sliding cover to protect them.
How It Looks -
The Sorento styling is very modern and streamlined and in my opinion it is more attractive than the BMW X5, Lexus RX300 and the Mercedes ML. The build quality is very good and the Sorento has large bodyside cladding to protect it against light scratches and parking dents. Front fog lamps and mud flaps are standard as is a rear spoiler on the XS model. The door mirrors are body coloured and the door handles are chrome which offer a reassuring clunk when you close the door. The Sorento also has 16" alloy wheels and the window glass is tinted which enhance its looks.
Whilst touring Eire the Sorento attracted a lot of attention from people commenting how attractive it was, what was it and how could they get hold of one. This alone is testament to what a great looking vehicle Kia have produced.
How It Looks - Interior
The interior is the only place that lets the Sorento down. Whilst the interior is functional and ergonomic, the plastics are a bit cheap looking and the wood grain effect trim is not in keeping with a vehicle of this quality. The wood was very plastic looking, Kia please replace it with the metallic grain effect trim seen in the Sedona. Having said this the Sorento is only £ 21,995 in 3.5 V6 XS trim which is exceptional value for money and the savings have to come from somewhere.
Kia Sorento Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Sorento 3.5 V6 XS|
|Body Type||5-Door (Four Wheel Drive)|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.2 seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||29.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Warranty||3-year unlimited mileage warranty|
3-year roadside assistance covering the UK and mainland Europe
6-year anti-perforation warranty
|Price (when tested on the 13/10/03)||£ 21,995.00|