Kia Sorento Platinum Review
Being a parent is a funny thing. And not always in the ‘ha ha’ way.
There you have a minute, live a great life, go to great places, climb the career ladder, party dawn, with money in the bank and a great collection of shoes. Next you are parents. And the world changes. Or yours, in every way.
The flash sports car gave way to a closed-top car or SUV. When kids grow up, you play taxi drivers to not only them, but also their friends. The seven-seater that you ridiculed on your way home from a weekend music festival just a few years ago, is now a coveted prize.
If this scenario feels familiar, Kia’s award-winning Sorento may be just a ticket. We ordered testing all the AWD (Platinum) wheels for the family.
Is there anything interesting about its design? October 7
Allow your imagination to run a bit and it’s easy to see how the Sorento ‘Nose Tiger’ grille is named. More than a comfortable, cheerful tiger, more than a fierce tiger, growling, but a tiger is the same.
Sorento is a chap with a handsome, sleek and delicate appearance, sitting low on its bends, a high belt added to the assertive muscular appearance.
The atmosphere of prestige is replicated in the place where there are two tones of skin, in our test car, sitting next to the shiny metal accents and elegant wood grain. Kia has stepped up a device here to produce furniture for $ 50,000, and it’s not surprising, people tend to be subtle, rather daring and rude.
The device is reasonable and clear, the climate control is easily accessible on the move, and thanks to the steering wheel adjustment and rake, the perfect driving position is (you guessed it) easily achieved.
The 7.0-inch color touch screen may be a bit small for a dash of this size but nicely integrated into the dashboard and simple operation.
Front seats with heating and cooling (heated in the second row) are accommodating; Long enough under the thigh and wide enough over the shoulders to meet most shapes and sizes.
How realistic is the space inside? October 8
Seven seats, especially those built in Kia’s model, are nothing if not realistic. That easy-to-fold third row has a lot of efficiency, especially for large families, and this Sorento Platinum product is solid, comfortable and can provide affordable adult accommodation during trips. go short.
Headroom can get tight, but not so ancient. Passengers in the third row also receive cupholder, a storage block and climate control, too.
My girls quickly took advantage of the luxury of the second row, stretched out comfortably. Window blinds help keep things cool and have vents and cups, as well as deep door vats that can hold a bottle of water, not to mention a large number of Pokémon statues and training balls.
There are no integrated DVD players, do not disturb my conversations, but can be missed because families often have long trips.
The three ISOFIX points in the second row make it easy to install the child seat and the top binding points on the back of the seat, instead of the floor of the cargo area, meaning that the belt does not affect the luggage space.
There are a number of storage options for drivers and front passengers, including space in water bottle doors, deep-covered central control boxes and a few cups to keep them happy.
With all seven seats, the boot still manages a healthy 320 liters. This number increased to 1077 liters with the third row split 50/50, and 2066 was amazing if you also lowered the second row 40/20/40.
The luggage area has two hooks for hanging a few shopping bags and a screen and net if you are carrying larger items. Two post-storey stores are neatly placed on the floor when not in use.
The second row slides forward and backward to accommodate passengers, while the large door and lower seats help in and out. Accessing the third row can be by sharpening if the second row of seats is cluttered instead of just leaning forward.
Does it represent good value for price? What features does it come with? October 8
Only with the new GT-Line to keep it from glorious topping the range, would you expect this Platinum spec, starting at $ 56,590, to provide a list of expanded features. And it does. Rotating LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, 19-inch alloys, three-zone climate control, heated and cooled seats, and heated steering wheel are just the beginning of this story.
The Sorento also has an impressive glass roof, a sunshade for the second row, a reversing camera, a comprehensive parking sensor and a backed rear door. The 7.0-inch color touch screen has a multimedia system that includes a premium 10-speaker sound system, MP3 compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB chargers and three 12 volt power sockets.
What are the important statistics for engine and transmission? October 8
AWD Sorento Platinum is equipped with a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine good for capacity of 147kW / 441Nm. That torque is available from a low of 1750 rpm, bringing the grunt necessary to move this two-ton SUV.
A six-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode is a perfect support and hard to fault. There’s a steering wheel paddle if you have the opportunity to drive this family carrier like a racing machine.
The Sorento is also available with a 3.3-liter petrol engine (199kW / 318Nm) but it seems to be the preservation of front-wheel drive models.
How much fuel does it consume? October 8
Kia claims the combined economic figure is 7.8L / 100km. More than 800km we recorded closer to 8.6L / 100km and we were quite satisfied with that. 71 liter container.
What does it like to drive? October 8
The cool thing about good family cars, like Sorento, is that they are very effective in business, they allow you to calmly go back to your car. On the way, the Sorento has the ability and assurance, quick response and irrelevance when you change your mind.
It is quiet, thanks to the insulated panel increase, with reinforced gearbox and rear bushing that helps to neutralize vibration and harshness.