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2012 Kia Sorento SLi Diesel Drive Review

Kia has not been on the bench as Australians continue to buy in record numbers. The Sorento and Sportage compact SUVs the Korean giant with two representatives in Australia’s fastest market segments.

We first the Kia Sorento at the national media on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and that with the ultimate SUV the family holiday. Kia Sorento up trumps in both, impressing its interior space and refinement when fully loaded beach paraphernalia, luggage and

Lots of good SUVs in the $35,000 – $48,000 and if you’re looking in that Kia Sorento’s all-round and value means it must be on your shopping list.

2012 Kia Sorento SLi Diesel

For this test Car Showroom got the wheel of the mid-grade Kia Sorento SLi at $45,990). At the most recent upgrade, SLi Sorento gained safety and interior style including a leather wrap for the cluster and a reversing camera its image displayed in the internal mirror.

Nicely styled in the Kia way, the seven-seat Sorento or diesel) matches its rivals in segment specification-for-specification.

Also in the Kia way is the list of standard safety in the Kia Sorento six airbags including side and curtain airbags, brakes, stability and traction hill-start assist, downhill control and a reversing camera in SLi and grade models.

2012 Kia Sorento SLi Diesel

A mid-life update brought the 2.2-litre CRDi turbo-diesel to Kia A current-generation engine which the older 2.5-litre version, the delivers impressive refinement, and in our SLi test car, impressive cycle fuel consumption of (8.2l/100kms for Ford’s V6 turbo-diesel

It’s powerful too 145kW at and 436Nm from 1800rpm for the SLi automatic we tested (422Nm for the six-speed manual).

Our test car all four wheels via a six-speed transmission.

2012 Kia Sorento SLi The Interior

If you haven’t checked-out a Kia for a few years, prepare to be surprised. its exterior styling, Kia interiors been transformed and the Sorento is a example.

Sure our Kia Sorento SLi scores upholstery as part of its inclusions eight-way power adjustment for the but the overall look and other materials are impressive regardless of the model you’re considering.

is a six-speaker CD system with input and Bluetooth with streaming.

Kia Sorento scores big in this segment for its abundant space, but whenever we have a in the garage the Car Showroom juniors to sit in the third row an instant assessment of And, like all seven-seat those extra seats are left to youngsters (that’s who designed for) but Kia Sorento a reasonable job in the access department clever folding of the second

With all seats folded Kia delivers an impressive 2052-litres of space. Set-up as a five-seater you have 1047-litres of cargo and with all seven seats a still-reasonable 250-litres is available.

Kia Sorento SLi Diesel Exterior

Kia Sorento

Since the arrival at Kia of German guru Peter Schreyer, is part of the Korean company’s The Sorento has it wherever you look.

4685mm in length, 1885mm in and 1710mm in height, with a of 2700mm, the Kia Sorento is definitely one of the mid-size SUVs (although disguise its dimensions). That into a sturdy on-road as demanded by many buyers in segment.

The front-end is all ‘modern Kia’ the current ‘Schreyer grille’, wraparound headlights/indicators and an aerodynamic housing stylish fog lights.

We the curved C-pillar and shaped side windows which an overall look for the Kia Sorento avoids the boxy appearance in many mid-size SUVs.

Kia Sorento SLi Diesel On The Road

Kia Sorento scores points for its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. Kia has a great job in calibration and refinement as the delivers its impressive 145kW/436Nm in a un-fussed way.

Like diesels, the Kia Sorento was a little when first started in the but with a little temperature the engine bay it quickly reverted to its hushed form and by the time we the peak-hour freeway rush, the delivered handy acceleration appreciated refinement.

Over our high-speed mountain test loop, the Kia Sorento got our with clever matching of torquey turbo-diesel with the automatic transmission power you need it.

Kia Sorento runs a strut front/multi-link rear set-up and – as we experienced in the around the Sunshine Coast plenty of travel for testing action. Diesel models the SLi we tested include a self-leveling

On-road we did notice a bit of body-roll and softness when pressing on in the hills.

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