Kia Sorento Review | 2013 Platinum 2.2 Diesel All-wheel-drive Automatic

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Kia Sorento

X Factor


Vehicle Style: SUV

Price: $50,390 (plus

Fuel Economy claimed: 7.3 | tested: 9.6 l/100km.

The second-generation Kia marked a massive step in style and refinement for the Korean

Along with the Cerato, in 2008, the second-gen Sorento has to some serious growth in brand cachet over the few years.

Now, enter the revised 2013 Kia Sorento but, even at more a glance, you#39;d barely it was actually all-new.

What you see from outside is that that mildly-updated exterior a brand-spanking new platform.

And that because, while Hyundai has a new Santa Fe that looks as on top as it is below, the Hyundai#39;s underpinnings are with the 2013 Sorento.

As Kia has had its own way with the platform to ensure a driving experience – that merely ‘re-skinning’ the The result is a Sorento that is smoother and more refined its topside tweaks would

In $50,390 Platinum form, here, the Sorento breaks the barrier for the first time, a $1200 increase over the model.

Is it worth it? Kia invited TMR to find on some of Tasmania’s finest and old Targa sections.

Quality: the exterior, the makeover of the Sorento’s is pretty subtle. The overall remains unchanged, but there’s a new console and steering wheel, and new throughout.

Fit and finish is noteably with the hard plastics and new surfaces nearly a match for the new Fe.

As an update though, the Sorento’s misses out on the soft-touch dash even the Rio now offers.

The 2013 does however gain a and high-resolution speedometer and instrument digital display.

Comfort: comfort is greatly improved in the Sorento, particularly in the second where there’s 30mm legroom than before.

never been much in the third row, suited to pre-teens, but Kia has squeezed an extra 9mm of in there.

Access to the third row is a affair, and the seats fold away when not needed.

The are largely unchanged, but they’ve been bad, with hip-and-thigh bolstering to suit body types and driving

One plus is the improved materials, and the trim in up-spec models a noticeable improvement over the Sorento.

Equipment: Standard in the top-shelf Platinum model a 7-inch ‘Supervision’ speedo and cluster, and a 7-inch dash with satellite navigation and traffic data, and iPod/USB/Bluetooth/Aux connectivity.

There’s also alloy wheels, a full-size spare, dual-zone climate heated/cooled front seats for the Sorento), a panoramic sunroof, and powered folding outside roof rails, a rear lip LED tail-lights and second-row curtain

Storage: With all three in place, rear storage is to 258 litres. Fold away the row and that grows to 1047 and a capacious 2052 litres is with the third and second laid flat.

Driveability: by the same updated 2.2 litre and six-speed auto found in its stablemate, and benefiting from an handling tune, the 2013 performs well on the road.

the auto shifter, the diesel 436Nm of torque (the lists ‘only’ 421Nm).

figures are unchanged from the model, but with around shed from its kerb – bringing the big SUV under two – overtaking, and the up-hill is a breeze.

As an all-wheel-drive soft-roader, the diesel is a sure-footed wagon on unsealed But with no dual-range transfer and a low ground clearance of 184mm, clear of rock-climbing and deep tracks.

There’s also a new feature – a first for Australian range – three driver-selectable settings for weight, including Normal, and Comfort modes

The gap between the won’t blow you away, and the can still be a bit lifeless; but for #39;enthusiast forced into the family tapping through to Sport can make corners a little fun. (If only it did something to and throttle settings. )

Braked remains unchanged at 2000kg, and at 750kg (2500 and 750kg for model).

Refinement: Noise/Vibration/Harshness is improved through the addition of new in the engine bay and transmission tunnel, and the big mirrors, wind noise is low.

Wheels on the Platinum have been upgraded 18- to 19-inch, wrapped in 235/55 R19 While this means feedback on uneven roads is prominent, road noise in the new is very well damped.

Suspension: Kia continues with struts up front and a multi-link at the rear. It’s a new design with changes including trailing arms, a bigger and dual-flow dampers.

As with any SUV, body roll and is unavoidable, but the 2013 Sorento surprisingly resistant in corners and noticeably improved over the model.

With the full of Kia’s local tuning – a relatively new undertaking the pre-update model only saw the tip of the 2013 Sorento is well and rides well on all but the poorest

Braking: The new Sorento gets front ventilated brakes its predecessor – up from 298 to

Pedal feel is predictable. with the torturous run we gave the big SUV some of Tasmania’s best of bitumen, the pedal hardened a but remained fade-free.

ANCAP Five stars

Safety Standard is electronic stability including traction control, brake-force distribution, brake Also vehicle stability down-hill brake control, assist control.

Front and park sensors are standard, with rear-view camera and guides, active headlights, headlights.

There is also six front seatbelt pre-tensioners, front headrests and side beams.


Warranty: The is covered by a 5-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty roadside assistance. Speak your dealer for more

Service costs: The Kia Connect lists a five-year capped-price programme, with costs from $314 to $559 on the car’s service schedule. details here. )

Hyundai Fe Highlander Diesel ($49,990) The Sorento’s platform mate, and an rival. It’s also a tad – surprising, given supposed place as the premium in the Hyundai/Kia partnership.

Apart design and some small of brand cachet, there a great deal separating two, and the mechanical/technology packages are on par.

The Santa Fe’s materials are more up-market, but the Kia servicing package has its own appeal. this choice carefully. Santa Fe reviews )

Ford Titanium AWD 2.7DT ($63,240) As far as features go, the Territory is no contest the heavily-featured Sorento Platinum.

The has a spectacular V6 diesel and class-leading (the Sorento was benchmarked it) – but it’s beaten by the for fuel consumption. (see reviews )

Toyota Kluger AWD 3.5i ($65,490) – no diesel, and it’s dearer than the Territory Titanium.

The Kluger is as sure as they but it can’t match the Sorento’s list or its on-road spirit. As a option, it’s also (see Kluger reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.


Kia benchmarked the new Sorento against sterling Territory for cruising and the BMW X5 for handling.

It’s not quite – but with at least between the Sorento and the Ford the BMW way off into the stratosphere), the Sorento is a strong option.

And if creature are your main priority, big high-riding family wagon is a value-for-money choice.

Kia is up against it it comes to the comparably featured and Santa Fe – but even the diesel-powered Sorento Platinum is buying.

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