Kia Sorento Road Test (2003)

Kia Sorento 3.5 V6 XS
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Kia Sorento Review

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The Sorento has been built to a good standard and is a testament to how far Kia have come in their quest for mainstream acceptance.

Infotainment
  • RDS stereo with 6 CD Auto changer
Rivals
  • BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Cherokee, Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes Benz ML & Mitsubishi Shogun
What We Liked
  • Standard specification
  • Smooth V6 engine
  • Exterior looks
What We Disliked
  • Light steering
  • Interior wood trim
  • Electric aerial
What We'd Like To See
  • Metallic grain effect trim instead of wood
  • Better quality interior plastics
Build Quality

The Sorento has been built to a good standard and is a testament to how far Kia have come in their quest for mainstream acceptance.

The interior is the only place that slightly lacks and as previously stated 'the interior is functional and ergonomic but the plastics are a bit cheap looking and the wood grain effect trim is not in keeping with a vehicle of this quality.

Having said that the Sorento is very competitively priced within the 4x4 segment and if Kia adopt the 5-year warranty of its parent company Hyundai it can only build on what is sure to be a best seller for Kia.
Value For Money

The Sorento 3.5 V6 XS is phenomenal value for money with a comprehensive standard specification combined with a 3-year unlimited mileage warranty. However, we will have to wait and see how the Sorento fares in respect of depreciation.

Conclusion

The Sorento did not disappoint us on our road test we covered approximately 2000 miles in 8 days and it performed faultlessly. It was reassuring both on and off road and the 3.5 V6 engine was superb. The Sorento manages to straddle the divide between premium 'off-roader' and workhorse.

The 4x4 market is pretty overcrowded so why should the Sorento stand out? Because it offers genuine value for money, real 4x4 ability and striking good looks backed up with Kia's 3-year unlimited mileage warranty. Kia are one of the UK fastest's growing brands and are certainly a company to watch.

13 October 2003 Melanie Carter
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Kia Sorento Road Test Data
Model ReviewedKia Sorento 3.5 V6 XS
  
Body Type5-Door (Four Wheel Drive)
ColourEbony Black
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph10.2 seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
  
Transmission4-speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban16.1 mpg
Extra Urban29.1 mpg
Combined22.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty3-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

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