Kia Sorento review (2012 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Kia Sorento

review (2012


What: Kia Sorento

Barcelona, Spain

Date: 2012

Price: £26,495 £35,095

Available: on sale in showrooms December 2012

The new Kia ticks the boxes for refinement and but can people live with the

We like: smooth turbodiesel and automatic gearbox, improved greater efficiency

We don’t body roll, no bespoke UK option, material quality lacking in areas

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First impressions

When you clap eyes on the new Kia Sorento be forgiven for thinking the Korean had made a mistake – it almost identical to the old car. been touched up in places the fog lights are now upright in the front while the boot and taillights been massaged – but the are marginal.

Which is completely at odds the new car’s underpinnings. The latest gets a new chassis – to be 100kg lighter than – the same item its sister vehicle, the new Hyundai Fe. is based on.

Kia has missed a trick in not the styling further

Sharing a and powertrains, it’s inevitable people will compare vehicles, and it’s round one to the on the first impressions front.

The Sorento never struggled its looks, and even though it an old design, we can’t help Kia has missed a trick in not updating the further for the new car.

Still, the oily bits underneath we to assess fully – are the experience, refinement and comfort than they were?


It’s a yes on the first count, to the numbers. The Sorento gets a version of the 2.2-litre four-cylinder carried over from its Not only is it more economical, faster too.

With 197hp on tap 0-60mph up in a best of 9.4 seconds, while top is quoted at 118mph. A decent of torque – 311lb ft 1,800 and 2,500rpm – in-gear performance is good, In fact, the Sorento yields performance figures to the Santa Fe.

And like the Hyundai, the engine and automatic transmission are smooth and

The Sorento will be offered in guise only, meaning should be plenty of traction you need it – we never the Sorento lacking in this

Ride and handling

Kia’s new SUV is sharper to drive than however, unlike the Santa Fe, the chassis does not get a bespoke for the UK market – and it shows.

Although it drives well and a reassuring feel of safety and from behind the wheel, not the last word in big off-roader The steering is direct enough but the of grip available are not communicated any clarity.

the Sorento is comfortable, to drive and feels sure-footed

to a chassis that rolls in the it means you can easily misjudge a and find yourself going a bend a little over-eagerly. a pleasant vehicle to pilot at just a bit faster than a cruise, but push the Sorento any than that and it rapidly to feel out of its comfort zone.

But not what the car is about. How many will have it on its door with the kids in the third row of As a practical family off-roader, the is comfortable, easy to drive and sure-footed.

Kia has made impressive strides interior quality over years, and the new Sorento doesn’t the trend. That said, it feel quite as upmarket as Hyundai’s Santa Fe and the old-school clock is a bit naff.

The devil is in the – like the Santa new soft-touch plastic indicator The Sorento doesn’t get them, do with the harder, shinier and items.

The manual Sorento now return 47.9mpg

There are touch materials in the cabin and the TFT in the centre of the instrument binnacle is a upmarket feature, but it feels a like leftovers warmed rather than an all-new inside.

It is comfortable, well and practical inside, however. The second row of seats fold fully to give good to the rear, and boot space at a usable 515 litres with the row of seats collapsed.

Equipment are good, too. The £26,495 KX-1 gets cruise and climate control, while and KX-3 models get automatic and wipers, leather and reversing and an electric driver’s seat. are sat-nav versions available,


Economy and safety

The improvements to the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel have resulted in significant of 5.7mpg combined with CO2 emissions over the car it replaces. The Sorento will now return combined with 155g/km CO2 class-leading performance, according to

The new vehicle gets a host of driver aids, including useful gadgets to help aid off-road. Six airbags come as standard, as do active head to reduce whiplash.

noteworthy for its and practicality

The new Sorento has not yet been put the latest EuroNCAP assessment, but as the car achieved a full five-star expect the new model to score a result.

The MSN Cars verdict

The new Sorento quite feel as premium as latest Santa Fe inside, and nor it handle quite as well as its sister vehicle.

Prices at £26,495 and rise to a significant – the brand has changed and is now upmarket than ever, its products reflecting that, but potential buyer’s perceptions of the developed at the same rate? not so sure.

However, decent in fuel economy – as as good strides forward the cabin – and the added of being able to fold the row of seats forward fully than just sliding and collapsible seat backs the Hyundai) means the Sorento is for its refinement and practicality.

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Engines, petrol: N/A

Engines, 2.2-litre four-cylinder

Torque: ft

0-62mph: 9.4 secs

Top speed:

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