Evaluation of Kia Sorento Si Limited gasoline 2017: weekend test
Driving small cars has long proved a dangerous experience for families, with many trips attempting to reconcile peaceful solutions among children involved in territorial wars per inch. Square rear seat space available.
I have the feeling that my three kids see these small cars where their personal space will die. The narrow limits of the cabin pretty much guarantee a chaos of some sort will break out about those who are stealing more than their fair share of the backseat.
Thankfully, salvation is in the hands of Kia Sorento Si Limited.
This latest Sorento variant to join the Australian range is priced at $ 43,990 (with a V6 petrol engine) and is equipped with an additional gift worth $ 3,000 compared to entry level Si, including matching wheels. 18 inch needles, partial leather upholstery, premium steering wheel with fake wood trim and limited badge.
So, does Si Limited have enough room to appease the three children who value their fair share of space? We had weekends to find out.
With football and basketball season gone, I have to consider different ways to keep kids active. When I discovered a place with climbing in the house, my trampolining and shadowing were saved. I booked in advance and we departed.
When big SUVs go, the Sorento is not a bad looking car (even in white mines) and it easily overlooks the fact that there are seven seats and a pile of space lurking beneath.
With attention focused on the cabin, the kids quickly voiced their excitement at the surprisingly spacious space (and seven seats) inside. They make the most of the seven-seat configuration and arrange one row for each other.
Ride height is only in line with the entrance and a cinch exit, plus the added benefit of providing children with an improved window view compared to a hatch or sedan – which I have Can assure you that they appreciate. The rear door is wide open, allowing a wide access to the rear seats – especially useful for parents with babies or young children in the car.
Passengers are well served in the second row with vents and a central armrest containing two cup holders and bottle holders at the entrance. There are two ISOFIX points and three top anchor points for those who need to squeeze three small car seats across their backs
Accessing the third row may be a somewhat awkward exercise, however. The second row of seats can be folded easily but not falling forward, which means you are left to try and move the seat on its rails. My son did not pay much attention to it and liked to dive into the chair as if he were practicing goalkeeper skills ..
Back there, the third row will have a lot of things for it. It has anything except to provide a token, with passengers treated with their very own aircon and aircon controllers. The seats can be folded down to store neatly in the boots and are extremely easy to pull up. For older children, the second row of seats can be adjusted to the front and rear to help with more leg room.
Passengers up front are equally well served, with comfortable leather seats adjusting easily and providing a commanding view of the road up front. Reverse camera is essential for rear view.
Although it proved a great success for the kids, two hours of climbing, trampolining and shadowing reduced their energy. Instead of going home, I decided on a trip to the park in order.
My son, riding the horse, went straight to the 7.0-inch touch screen to operate the six-speaker stereo. Although the interface is extremely easy to navigate, it is located on the small side and the screen resolution of the reversing camera may be better.
At this point, it’s worth noting that there’s no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available on any Sorento variant. Thankfully, sat nav is standard.
An hour at the park reduced the children’s energy levels, but I was exhausted and only the Sorento.
Sorento has been doing light duty today with very few schedules from the usual Woolies run. The children, still exaggerated from the previous day’s activities, wanted to try another climbing site, and that was the first destination of the day.
You need to try your best to run out of places to put things in this car, with storage on a scale that will make IKEA sit up and take notes, with holes and nooks everywhere look. It comes with six cup holders (which we have used often), two rows per row, a bottle holder at each of four doors, plus a cave center control box and a hidden hole in front of the bar Gear, 12V and USB plug.
With all seven seats, the boot space is 320 liters reasonable (more than both Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9). This rises to 605 spacious liters with the third row folded, with an under-boot hidden concealed hole providing another useful storage addition.
In addition to being extremely smooth (a feature that even kids have mentioned), ride quality is negligible. As a full-size SUV, you feel inclined to the corners, but with its size and height, it’s hardly surprising and easy to forgive.
The V6 engine is a peach and offers more ability to accelerate with all four of us on board, going about its business calmly and composing. For those who need a weekend job, the Sorento has a friend with a towing capacity rated at 750kg unbound and 2000kg braked.
After another successful climbing expedition, we stopped at Woolies to buy ingredients for roasted lamb on Sunday before going home. Parking a Sorento, whether on the street or in a shopping car park, is an event with no good maneuverability and parking sensors front and rear to help.
Safety technology in Si Limited consists of six airbags, stability control and traction and ANCAP five-star ratings, with driver support to depart the horizontal slope of the standard set.
It is worth noting that the additional $ 3,000 features that come with Si Limited do not increase the price of the entry level Si model that it relies on, once it takes into account the cost on the road. The end result is that Si Limited buyers receive $ 3000 of accessories at the same cost as Si.
Over the weekend, I managed nearly 350km of city driving and suburbs with a trip computer showing fuel consumption of 12.5 / 100km. Slightly more than the requirement of 9.9L / 100km (combined cycle).