2010 Kia Sorento R-series Diesel First Drive Test

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2010 Kia Sorento First Review

THE 2010 SORENTO is an model for Kia, and yes, a line we seem to use a lot when about the smaller Korean#39;s new models.

Trying to bust out under the shadow of its bigger (Hyundai) has KIA having to work to get its new models noticed, let alone market share.

Despite the economic climate, Hyundai has had an year in Australia on the back of a priced, modern and strong range.

Now it#39;s Kia#39;s if it can get the product mix and pricing right.

The SUV market is dominated by the big guns, Prado, Captiva and Territory, with 7000 to 9000-plus clocked up for 2009.

Well that pecking order is the Santa Fe (1864 sales at the end of and the now superseded Sorento (1012 over the same period). So a competitive market segment, and one a truck-load of potential for the manufacturer a good product at a fair

If Kia is going to be anything more just a sideline player in it needs its new models to be visually confidence-inspiring, and serious value-for-money

Enter the all-new 2010


Based on the KND-4 revealed in 2007, the all-new of the Sorento is the work of chief Peter Schreyer. His influence is in the company’s family ‘Schreyer grille, shared locally by the Kia Cerato sedan and Koup. and the Kia Soul .

Despite being 95mm than the outgoing model, the new loses 10mm from its and, for a sportier look, has been chopped from its

Sharp headlights meet the chrome grille-frame in what Kia Product Manager Nick described at the launch as a #39;mask-like#39; The unique clamshell-style bonnet and masculine lines set the Sorento

The profile bears other Kia in particular the #39;hockey stick#39; line along the bottom of the and the prominent rear-pillar, both a on the Cerato sedan and Koup.

An grey-black plastic moulding along the bottom of the Sorento#39;s bumpers and wheel arches, for a sporty off-road appearance.

The new has radically improved the Sorento#39;s of drag, dropping from the old 0.43 to 0.38.

To my thinking, the individual styling elements well, making it one of the more and handsome SUVs currently on the

The interior

The new Sorento is Kia#39;s genuine seven-seater SUV, the stretched cabin providing space for occupants seated in the third row. Headroom is 906 mm and 795 mm.

As with most seven-seat the third row of seating is best to kids. In the Sorento#39;s case can double as an occasional seat for on shorter trips.

Of course, with the third row in place, storage is limited to 258 but this is a limitation found in all vehicles. Drop the third row and the increases to 1047 litres. row down, and space jumps to litres.

The new Sorento#39;s interior is a significant improvement over the model, and should immediately to most buyers.

The cabin now a refreshingly modern design and a level of fit and finish. Put simply, the looks great and works

The only noticeable negative was the plastics that dominate the and doors. It remains to be seen if surfaces will mark as as in those in the Cerato sedan.

and features

As with the Grand the new Sorento is available in three levels, kicking off with the Sorento Si.

Standard features on the Si 17-inch alloy wheels, fog remote keyless-entry, fabric folding power-adjustable side leather-wrapped steering wheel, mounted cruise control, and climate control.

The SLi adds alloys, automatic headlights, LED leather trim, roof and alloy pedals.

The range-topping includes a smart-key with ignition button, a panoramic and more oomph for the audio courtesy of an external amplifier, speaker and sub-woofer.

The new Sorento has earned a 5-Star NCAP rating, which is to see it awarded a 5-Star ANCAP from December 2009.

active safety features ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Assist Control (HAC) and Brake Control (DBC).

a six-airbag package is standard. front-airbags, dual front and full-length side curtain-airbags to roll-over sensors as well as sensors) maximise head for all occupants.

Front seats in all are equipped with ‘active’ restraints.

Mechanical package

The for improved refinement, efficiency and manners sees two new engines in the Sorento range, and it#39;s the new diesel that takes of place.

The all-new common-rail DOHC ‘R 2.2’ features 16-valves and double cams, developing 145kW and from just 1800rpm when matched to the manual

The previous model#39;s 180kW/309Nm 3.3 V6 petrol engine has been by Hyundai-Kia#39;s Theta II 2.4 litre unit developing 128kW and of torque.

Available only in 2WD and with the automatic transmission, Kia that the petrol engine is for 9.2 l/100km on the combined cycle. The on the other hand, comes a choice of manual or auto and is at 6.7 l/100km (for the 4WD manual) and 7.4 (for the 4WD automatic).

Transmission choices include a manual or automatic, with transmissions featuring #39;high#39; top ratios for improved fuel during highway cruising. to Kia, both transmissions been engineered specifically to the Australian market.

The previous rugged body-on-frame chassis has dropped in favour of the dynamically and lighter unibody or #39;monocoque#39;

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Kia says that while the to a unibody layout has resulted in towing capacities of 2500kg for the and 2000kg for the auto, its research that most Sorento aren#39;t looking to lug spectacular

Nor, it seems, are they to head too far off the beaten track. The new now features independent multi-link in place of the outgoing model#39;s rear axle, while a transfer case is no longer

The previous model’s double-wishbone suspension has been replaced a newly-developed lighter, less and more compact MacPherson arrangement, mounted on a lightweight subframe.

An automatic self-levelling is available on all diesel models, ensures an optimum ride-height is under varying load

Front brakes are 321mm discs, while the rear are 302mm solid discs. ABS and EBD brake-force distribution systems are as standard.

Kia expects the bulk of the sales to be the 4WD SLi model, despite the of a #39;proper#39; 4WD#39;s towing and high/low transfer case.

The drive

Kia#39;s launch program took in a range of streets, smooth highways and roads that ranged reasonable to rough. The intention was to showcase the Sorento#39;s new chassis and

First impressions from the wheel suggest that the has now matured into a dynamically more efficient, refined and SUV.

The new suspension manages a compromise between ride body control and feel at the Perhaps a little on the firm with only two passengers on it is calibrated to carry a family and luggage in comfort.

Road is comendably low, and the R 2.2 diesel is quiet. It is also a torque with that 436Nm short work of hills and

In typical diesel style, the R 2.2 is at its in the low to middle revs, but there is big on offer and big dollops of it persist the optimum rev range.

Officially, the 4WD Sorento should average 7.4 on the combined cycle, but the best we saw was 9.2 on the first leg of the launch drive and 9.8 for the second leg.

To be fair at no time were #39;the spared#39;, and we have no reason to that the diesel Sorento return 7.4s or better. The currently running in the Global Challenge are all running at well 6.0 l/100km.

Kia is clearly expecting buyers to opt for power, and with class levels of performance and efficiency on why wouldn#39;t you? This probably explains why there was one petrol engined Si at the launch, and we didn#39;t get to sample its wares.


The 2010 Sorento is impressive on levels. The new Kia SUV now leads #39;the for style, challenges the current of medium SUV#39;s on packaging, and a first class diesel

But it won#39;t have that diesel to itself for long.

has fitted the same R 2.2 diesel its popular Santa Fe SUV, and is the updated model later week, making it the Sorento#39;s evenly matched challenger. sibling rivalry that we follow with interest.)

All being equal, we think SUV shoppers would be well-served to out the new Sorento#39;s handsome lines, on-road manners, immensely diesel and tastefully stylish

We#39;ll be booking a week the new Sorento and providing a full in the near future.

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