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2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
by Steve Lague

It is with mixed emotions that the CarAdvice WA team says goodbye to the 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum – the first official long-term tow car for BoatAdvice.

The past four months with the seven-seat all-wheel-drive Kia Sorento Platinum diesel have, for the most part, been a joy. But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Despite the Kia SUV’s 2000kg maximum braked towing capacity, due to its 100kg maximum tow ball weight – highlighted in our long-term report two – there were boats the big South Korean could pull but not legally be hitched up to.

After two months of trouble-free motoring, the last couple of months have also been slightly tainted by a minor electrical gremlin. The fuel gauge broke.

A visit to our nearest Kia dealership revealed the cause was a faulty sender unit. The faulty component was replaced within the week, and while the issue did not create any major issues for us, other than not knowing how much fuel was in the tank, Kia Australia said only a small number of cars were affected locally.

Regardless, the minor setbacks experienced with our Sorento have not been enough to dampen our enthusiasm for the car as a whole. And given all new Kias are covered by a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty – Australia’s longest currently offered – owners should feel confident that any potential problems encountered should be easily rectified.

2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell

In its final months in the garage we also got to test the Sorento’s 1662-litre load-carrying capacity. With the BoatAdvice crew cramming the near-4.8m-long Kia full of gear, the Sorento impressed with the third row and two of the second row’s 40:20:40 split-fold sections folded down, we were able to stow plenty of ‘stuff’, plus still comfortably carry three passengers.

As we’ve mentioned in previous reports, it’s the Kia Sorento’s blend of features, both safety and comfort, and drivetrain sophistication that make it stand out from its competitors.

The interior is roomy, well-built, well thought out and exudes a certain level of sophistication and elegance, with additions such as third-row air vents with their own controls and a second USB plug in the second row making a big difference.

The 147kW/441Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is a refined engine with virtually no sign of diesel clatter once under way. The six-speed automatic transmission too is well matched to the engine, changing ratios seamlessly, while keeping the engine spinning right in its sweet spot.

Rolling on standard 19-inch alloy wheels, ride comfort is also good with a well-sorted suspension setup that is ideal for relaxed urban driving. You don’t have to put too much weight on the back to start to see the rear suspension drop, however.

2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell
2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD Review: Long-term report three and farewell

We didn’t get a chance to properly test the new four-wheel-drive Sorento off-road, however, as mentioned in long-term report two, the latest generation is far more urban focussed than the more ‘rugged’ previous iterations. If going off-road is your thing, it’s perhaps worth having a look at more suitable seven-seat alternatives, such as the Ford Everest, Isuzu MU-X, or Toyota Fortuner.

Over our time with the Kia Sorento Platinum we travelled 3196km and averaged 8.5 litres per 100km – up 0.7L/100km on its 7.8L/100km claim. Given the reasonable mix of towing we put the car through, and mostly over short distances, it was still a pleasing result.

If you are looking for a comfortable family hauler that offers seven-seat flexibility, good towing capacity (providing you can stay within the tow-ball weight limit), and class-leading safety and features, all at a competitive price, the 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum is certainly hard to look past.

Click on the Photos tab for more 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum AWD images by Glen Sullivan.

Kia Sorento Platinum
Date acquired: November 2015
Odometer reading: 8332km
Overall distance travelled: 3196km
Overall fuel consumption: 8.5L/100km

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Kia Sorento Specs

PLATINUM (4x4) : UM MY16 : 2.2L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - DIESEL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
KIA
Model
SORENTO
Variant
PLATINUM (4x4)
Series
UM MY16
Year
2016
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
7
Pricing
New Price
$55,990 MRLP
Private Sale
$48,070 - $54,630
Dealer Retail
$46,440 - $55,220
Dealer Trade
$36,900 - $43,700
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
Engine Size
2.2L
Cylinders
DIESEL TURBO 4
Max. Torque
441Nm @  1750rpm
Max. Power
147kW @  3800rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
74.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
85.4x96mm
Compression Ratio
16.0
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.195
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
DIESEL
Fuel Tank Capacity
71Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1985
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1690mm
Length
4780mm
Width
1890mm
Ground Clearance
185mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2000  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.1
Front Rim Size
7.5x19
Rear Rim Size
7.5x19
Front Tyres
235/55 R19
Rear Tyres
235/55 R19
Wheel Base
2780
Front Track
1633
Rear Track
1644
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Control & Handling
Traction Control System
Driver
Trip Computer
Entertainment
Sound System with 10 Speakers
Exterior
Xenon Headlights
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
84 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Under Driver Seat On Floor
Country of Origin
Korea