From £22,180
All-new Sorento has broader appeal than ever before

Our Verdict

Kia Sorento 2010-2014
An attractive and capable SUV with slightly ambitious pricing

An almost class-leading family 4x4, if a little pricey given its workmanlike flavour

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What is it?

This is the all-new Kia Sorento. Under the direction of its design guru Peter Schreyer, Kia has completely transformed the four-wheel-drive figurehead of its range, broadening its appeal.

The Kia Sorento’s body-on-frame construction, low-range transfer box and live rear axle have all disappeared, replaced by a modern, monocoque design, with all the usual benefits of weight saving and crash safety.

What’s it like?

The Kia Sorento looks great. The nose is a winning combination of the Volvo XC60 and Nissan Murano, and it really sells the car. The width stays the same, but the track has been widened front and back so that the wheels fill the wheelarches. Add a 10mm lower stance and you’ve got an impressive muscular presence on the road that its predecessor never possessed.

The driving position is good, with well laid-out, easy-to-use controls and the now-familiar three-cylinder instrument binnacle, a Kia hallmark. Interior space is much improved. Although the wheelbase has been shortened, the dashboard has moved forward and the tailgate pushed back, combining with thinner seats to give good amounts of leg and headroom. The third row of seats is suitable for children only on long journeys, but could take a couple of adults on a short trip.

The new Sorento has a comfortable, lightly damped ride that will happily soak up the worst that British roads have to offer. Estate car drivers would take time to adjust to the large amounts of body roll, pitching and fidgeting under hard cornering, but the Sorento maintains its line well in high-speed bends. Dynamically it lacks the precision, adjustability and general sortedness of the Ford Kuga and Audi Q5, but the absorbent ride does a lot to compensate for this.

The Sorento’s star attraction is the new 194bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel. This is undoubtedly the best in the class at the moment, with an easy-spinning character and plenty of low-end torque. Mated to either the new six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox, it provides comfortable overtaking ability and relaxed, economical cruising.

Should I buy one?

The Kia Sorento should be most comfortable competing with traditional seven-seat estate cars and niche vehicles such as the Nissan Qashqai+2. Its desirability against these rivals will largely be determined by price.

Kia hasn’t confirmed UK prices yet, but expect the two-wheel-drive 2.2-litre turbodiesel five-seater to undercut the current Sorento by a few hundred pounds and the top-spec, seven-seat diesel automatic to peak at around £2000 above the current range-topper.

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Comments
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2 September 2009

Better looking than the Lexus RX 450h, but still rubbish ;-)

2 September 2009

If Kias are so 'rubbish' why do you never cease to comment on every article posted about one of their cars.

Did you not read the part where the writer clearly stated that the Sorento had a CLASS-LEADING ENGINE. In fact, this is exactly what he wrote about the 2.2 Diesel engine available in the new Sorento, 'undoubtedly the best in the class at the moment'. Hardly rubbish is it T o p p r a t, oh excuse me *cough cough*, Topkat. =)

3 September 2009

Relax Mr Kia fanboy, I was talking about it being an SUV. I don't like ANY SUV's as they are totally pointless unless you live on a farm... I'm sure this car is waaay more reliable than some crappy over priced Maserati or Alfa... which isn't saying much... ;-)

Oh and writers get paid to promote products... don't believe everything you read! ;-)

3 September 2009

I still dont yet think Kia has a family look, each car doesnt relate to the rest, but styling is definitley improving. I have no idea about build quality, but I'd get the feeling many would rank it above some of the French marques already.

3 September 2009

[quote Topkat]I don't like ANY SUV's as they are totally pointless unless you live on a farm... [/quote]

What a pointless comment. Is it still rubbish if you have a use for such a vehicle?

[quote Topkat]I'm sure this car is waaay more reliable than some crappy over priced Maserati or Alfa... which isn't saying much[/quote]

Do you even have a clue? Alfa at least are making some pretty reliable cars these days.

[quote Topkat]Oh and writers get paid to promote products... don't believe everything you read[/quote]

Proof?

On topic anyway, It looks like a decent effort. Engine sounds promising too. Have had a few C'eeds recently as courtesy cars and have been impressed by the diesel engines especially. It's not a bad car overall either if the steering and gearchange were a little better sorted.

3 September 2009

Topkat - you really need to start learning to think before you write and post comments; maybe even before you talk but it would mean I'm prejudicing you on that one.

7 September 2009

[quote JonathanLGardner]n fact, this is exactly what he wrote about the 2.2 Diesel engine available in the new Sorento, 'undoubtedly the best in the class at the moment'. Hardly rubbish is it T o p p r a t, oh excuse me *cough cough*, Topkat. =)[/quote] As us kids say Toppratt got ripped l0l

7 September 2009

[quote Greg1]you really need to start learning to think before you write and post comments[/quote]

what you really need to learn is that the only way to deal with imbeciles on anonym public forums is to ignore them.

9 September 2009

Lol Topprat was really beginning to irritate me =D

4 January 2010

The syling has yet to grow on me but therest of the package seems very well thought out. I think I'm right in saying the engine and gearbox are shared with the latest Hyundai Santa Fe which looks better in the flesh to my eyes and having sat in one today certainly feels well put together.

Owning an Alfa I can vouch for their imporvement in reliability. Never put a foot wrong in three years.

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