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.