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Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
by Matt Brogan

Surprising even the harshest critics, new Sorento has to be driven to be believed.

Model Tested:

  • 2009 Kia Sorento Si CRDi; 2.2-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-diesel; six-speed automatic; wagon – $41,990*

Options:

  • Metallic Paint $450 (Fitted – Ebony Black)

Words by Matt Brogan Pics by Brendan Nish

The newest member of the CarAdvice long-term fleet, our shiny new Kia Sorento Si diesel, is already proving to be a practical, comfortable and, above all else, economical SUV.

With seven seats and acres of cargo space the Sorento has been put to task gathering the larger items required for our family Christmas function and, with the third-row seats stowed flat in to the floor, had no trouble carting two trestle tables, a dozen folding chairs and a marquee – with room to spare.

Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction

Highway trips are comfortable with the spacious cabin also proving quieter than expected at 66dB (@ 100km/h). Ventialation and temperature control is diligently managed by the single-zone climate control, though the lack of third-row ventilation outlets is a little concerning, and a let down considering how accommodating the sixth and seventh seats actually are (full dimension info at bottom of page).

New Sorento is also proving to be a good all rounder, dealing competently with suburbia and the open road alike. We’ve piled on nearly 1,500km since collecting the Sorento early last week, and with only a touch over 2,500km now on the odometre, fuel consumption is averaging an impressive 8.43L/100km – a figure I expect to improve as the engine frees up.

And what an engine it is. The 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit develops an ample 145kW of power mated to a mass of torque – 436Nm all told – which is completely usable and free flowing from just 1,800rpm. The engine itself is quiet and free of the ‘rattle’ typically associated with diesel powered units.

Turbo lag is virtually non-existent, overtaking is brisk and hills are barely noticed thanks to Kia’s new, silky smooth six-speed automatic transmission. There’s no hunting or slow decisions here, just intuitive and prompt selections.

Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction
Kia Sorento Review - Long Term Introduction

On the downside, the lack of parking sensors or rear-view camera make reverse parking a little tricky and I’d highly recommend fitting either or both if you’re considering a Sorento (these options are standard on more highly spec’ed models). ‘C’ pillar visibility is also a little obscured thanks to the crescent shape at the top of the glass – a niggling issue when reversing back from 45-degree parks. Otherwise Sorento offers a commanding forward view and to the side, further assisted by large electric, self-folding mirrors.

To date the majority of Sorento’s driving has involved the mundane weekday commute, but evidence of competent handling and solid braking are already shining through, even if the brake pedal could do with a touch more assistance. Steering is delightfully weighted with a decent level of road feel that comes as a pleasant surprise when considering the car’s proportions (expect more on Sorento’s drive and off-road performance over the coming weeks).

Though the refined drive and confident performance have come as no great surprise to myself, what has caught me a little unaware is the reaction of friends and neighbours to the Sorento, most finding it hard to believe it’s a Kia.

So far our glossy black SUV has been mistaken for a Ford – “is that the new Ford Territory?” – a Toyota – “that new Toyota Kluger looks good in Black” – and, wait for it, an Audi, perhaps proving Kia are on to something with this design.

The Si model on test over the next few months is certain to be the volume seller for Kia’s Sorento range, and though it lacks some of the technical wizardry found in the SLi and Platinum models, still boasts an impressive range of standard features and safety gear to represent excellent value for money.

Stay tuned for an update in a few weeks.

For a full review of the Kia Sorento Platinum, click on this link.



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    • Mitch

      You said most of your driving was around town, Kia lists the urban fuel consumption as 8.7L. So that sounds pretty good.

      • Andrew

        I have had mine now since early December, I bought one of the Press cars featured in some Articles.

        I now have over 6000klm on the clock and I am loving it more and more each day. I bought the SI Diesel and fitted parking sensors myself which was the only thing missing in my wish bag.

        I travel from Dapto to Caringbah every day and am consistently averaging 6.9 to 7.2 l/100km.

        Over the xmas break I drove to Wagga Wagga, 387km from Dapto and I averaged 5.9 l/100km !!!! On the way back it was 6.9 so I guess it is slightly down hill all the way to Wagga but all the same what fanastic economy. This is in better than 40mpg in the old scale.

        I will admit that I drive fairly conservatively once on the highway, that is I am not a lead foot, but I do tend to travel at around 115kph on the highway (According to the speedo)

        Andrew

        • Andrew

          Time for an update, my Sorento is now over 3 years old and I have over 110,000 klm on the clock. It has never been back to Kia for a single warranty item, only issue ever had with it is the indictor light on the dash have blow and I had to change the headlights bulbs once. That’s it, nothing has gone wrong. It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned. 

          I have it service by my local mechanic as Kia dealer here in Wollongong is ridiculously over priced, they wanted $450 for the first interim service, hate think what they would charge for a full service!!!

          I also added a GPS/DVD/mp3/TV/Reversing camera system to my car that I bought direct from China for $300 including freight to replace the radio.

          Andrew

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Matt Brogan

      Hi Mitch,

      Yes the fuel economy is proving to be a pleasant surprise. We’ve just finished the second tank (last night) which returned 845km (so 8.28L/100km). Driving style was much the same over a similar urban route.

      We’ll get some highway km’s on the clock over Christmas break and see if we can knock the figure down even lower.

      Cheers Matt.

      • Callous Aussie

        I love the comment about the neighbours. Wake up Australia. The Koreans are coming. I’d own one if I was buying in that market. Economy that a landcruiser can only dream of and a damned sight cheaper too.

        • The Oracle

          Clueless Aussie, Do you really think that this is a comparative vehicle to a Landcruiser? What are the similarities between the two? Size, construction, weight, engine size, gearing, suspension and so on are all made for different applications. Your comment is pointless and irrelevant.

          If you are in the market for a heavy duty 4WD, (and some people apparently do have a use for them), you wouldn’t consider one of these, you’d be looking at a Prado, Disco, Pajero, Challenger maybe, Patrol even and so on. The competitors for this is more likely the Kluger, Territory, CX9, but even they are all bigger, so maybe a RAV4 and Outlander 7 seat and its Hyundai twin are a better comparison. Where this has the advantage, for some, is the available diesel.

          • Jinsei

            It would ve been a very good competition if the Hyundai Veracruz and/or the Kia Borrego was available in the Aussie heavy duty 4WD market.

            The S diesel used for both models produces over 170Kw with tonnes of torque. Currently, the Prado, Pajero or Challenger’s diesel can’t even come near this figure. It actually measures on par with or higher than that of the Audi Q7 or BMW X5…

            • The Oracle

              I understand what you are saying, but I don’t think many who are looking for a heavy duty 4WD would consider a soft roader like the Sorrento. Yes, it seems to have an excellent diesel, but it is not comparable to a heavy duty 4WD type of vehicle.

              I think I know Vera Cruz. I used to go out with her sister, Penelope.

            • Jinsei

              oracle, i agree that the Veracruz is more towoards a softroader, but the Borrego really is a serious off-roader that can take on any Japanese competitors in the market.

              If the Borrego was available here, the Prado or Pajero would have missed out on lots of sales… you would believe me if you read the review on motortrend.com

          • Callous Aussie

            Well for your info “the orifice” the majority of buyers will use then fior exactly the same thing. How many of those other vehicles you mentioned have 7 seats or a diesel for that matter.

            The landcruiser is massively over-priced. None of your toyota love will change the fact.

            • Brett

              If your comparing to a landcruiser the toyota has many issues – no indicators when changing lanes and if they do decide to work they only flash once. They seem to do 5 to 10kph under the speed limit and when you eventually pass they have a habit of tailgating. They wander into the next lane, so must have wheel alignment issues. Drivers side window must have a blind spot, because they tend to pull out in front of on coming traffic. Then to make maters worse they forget they are not pulling a caravan and take forever to get up to 55. And now they must be so noisy their drivers forget they have ascreaming kid in the back seat! So really perhaps KIA doesn’t have so far to catchup to arrogant, small minded, big truck little pen*s mentality of a Toyota Landcruiser?

            • http://lagonda mark

              Brett,

              is your gripe with Land Cruisers or the stereotype that you have in your mind of all LC drivers? “small minded?” we’re talking cars here arent we?

            • Brett

              Don’t get me wrong LC’s perhaps have their place, in the outback or a mining site. But seriously how many get used out there? My reply was in response to the comment comparing the KIA to a LC. They really should not be on city roads, but if they seriously have to be perhaps drive them like there are other road users ! Yes I am stereo typing city LC drives. The ones that are spotless, with bull bars, roof racks etc and never so much as seen dirt let alone outback 4×4 driving.

            • Tomas79

              Brett,
              Just because a 4wd is spotless doesn’t mean at hasn’t been off-road!!
              Especially if someone spent money doing it up.
              Any good 4wd driver will wash his car after a decent offroad session!! This is to remove salt, and dirt build up, and thereby prevent rusting….

      • Simon

        Good article on a good vehicle. Nice to see the Koreans put a cat amongst the proverbial.
        One issue with the write up – perhaps it should read:
        “With seven seats OR acres of cargo space”.
        Ok I admit it’s nitty gritty but there are not many SUVs that can really offer both. In fact most SUVs stuff a couple of pews for midgets where the shopping normally lives.

    • Baddass

      It does seem to look better in dark colours. I guess this is because of the masses of black plastic around the vents and foggies and the black background of the headlights don’t contrast as badly in dark colours as it does in lighter colours.

    • Jessie

      I can’t think of too many cars, especially in this price range, that don’t have “masses of black plastic”. I think it looks fine. The Platinum looks even better. Excellent value for money I reckon.

      • Shak

        He was talking about the plastic on the outside.

    • Safety First

      Note to all other manufacturers,
      Have a look at how many long term test cars have been given to CA by Kia in the past twelve months…
      If you want favourable reports on your products, give them to the media to drive. Familiarity does a lot for someones perspective and confidence.

      Now before anyone tries to argue my comment or moderate it, it is not against Kia nor their product. I am actually praising KIA for it’s marketing Nouse…

      • Joker

        Nissan: Take a good hard look at this power train and then at your 3.0L Diesel in the Patrol. That is all.

        • Hung Low

          You know that 3.0 has been around for over a decade and soon to be replaced! It is not the best engine from Nissan, the old 4.2 it replaced was bullet proof.
          Why draw silly comparisons?

          • Ken

            Why draw silly comparisons? Because it’s 2009 and Nissan should have updated that engine by now. As you said, been around for over a decade. That means if you buy a Nissan, your paying top dollar for old technology.

          • Joker

            Thats right.
            The Patrol is a tough platform let down by a B-Grade motor.
            It’s a serious amount of Mass to move for what is a fairly underpowered unit!
            It should be picked on Hung Low, The 4WD Market is a competitive one and
            Torque is a big selling point in that segment…Towing, beach work, all that stuff are what people are looking when they buy a 4wd (ok, maybe not soccer mums but their hubby’s in any case).

            • Hung Low

              Silly comparison because you are comparing a proper 4X4 against a soft roader! The 3.0L in the Nissan is more agricultural and fits a different function, and the Patrol still uses it because the car is still selling as is. This car is a proper 4wd and tow car and people are still voting with their wallet. This is probably because the new Gen Patrol due next year has gone the same direction like the 200 series Cruiser and the choices for a proper 4wd are pretty limited these days.
              The Kia is more suited to urban driving where important factors like NVH, acceleration and fuel consumption is more important. Different engines for different needs!

            • Joker

              Errr..Hung low, If thats you’re argument, then the 3.0L Diesel should be in the Kia as it will probably never fully utilise the torque and power in most cases.
              Propper 4WD being an excuse for Nissan not putting a more powerful motor in the Patrol is no excuse.

              Kia Sorrento:
              2.2L
              # Power: 145kW @ 3,800rpm
              # Torque: 436Nm @ 1,800rpm

              Nissan:
              # Engine: 2,953cc DOHC four-cylinder (16 valve)
              # Power: 118kW @ 3,600rpm
              # Torque: 354Nm @ 2,000rpm

              Torque comes on earlier in the Kia and it has more 27Kw available only 200Nm higher than the Patrol 82 more Nm available at lower revs.

              It’s not an unfair comparison. It’s very, very fair.

          • Projet -L

            Nissan will surely update but it wont be any of their doing.
            It will surely be smothered in Renault know how.

            The Japs couldn’t make a diesel engine to save themselves.

            • Silver Streak

              Yes, as much as I like the new Triton and the even newer Challenger, I think Mitsubishi’s new 2.5Ltr diesel is a little under done as well, with only 131Kw available power and a maximum torque of 350/400Nm, depending on transmission. Also, a 5 speed auto these days is a bit ancient isn’t it, let alone the 5 speed manual.
              It will be good to see how the Sorento goes with its off(soft)roading. By that I mean along the beach in the soft sand and on roughish back tracks, no full blown rock-climbing, which doesn’t interest me anyway. I know some Hyundai Santa Fe owners, and they are quiet happy with their “part-time” AWD system, which is the same as, or similar to, the new Sorento.

            • Devil’s Advocate

              I wouldn’t go that far about the Japanese not being able to make a diesel engine to save themselves. The Mazda MZR-CD 2.2L seems to perform quite well in the power/torque front etc. It even manages to produce less diesel clatter than many of the ‘leading’ Euro diesels in my experience.

    • app_master

      We test drove one, realy nice (SLi)…we both (wife and I) noticed some body roll in our short test drive (compared to competitors)…how did the Si fair in this respect, on your longer term drive?

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au Matt Brogan

        Hi App_Master,

        There’s a little body roll sure, but it’s a large(ish) SUV, so I guess that’s to be expected. That said, it’s certainly no worse than similar sized competitors and in some cases is even better.

        To date I’ve been quite impressed by the Sorento’s dynamics, but expect to hear more about that once I break out of suburbia next month.

        Cheers, Matt.

        • ruralreg

          I would be interested in a comparison of the AWD systems of the Sorrento and Subaru Outback.

          Does the full time AWD system of the Outback provide real advantages in safety and off road ability to a part time system like the Sorrento ?

    • Ken

      Not a huge fan of the orange blinkers on the headlight. Much prefer the clear blinker with orange globe. Maybe the series 2 will address this like they did on the 2005 Optima. Much better looking IMO.
      Funny how Hyundai have come in cheaper than KIA on their new Santa Fe. I actually like the look of this as well but I think the Sorento looks newer.

      • Silver Streak

        Yes Ken, that’s probably why, the Santa Fe has a brand new engine and transmission with the old (good looking, I must say) body, with a few tweaks to slightly change the appearance.

        Cheers,

        Silver Streak

    • Shak

      I really have got this new found liking for all KIA products. They are definetley on a roll. Now if they could convince Hyundai to bring the genesis sedan downunder, id be as happy as larry, as i want to get rid of my ugly Accord.

      • Jinsei

        Then you might hope for the Kia Cadenza (named K7 in the South Korean market) to come on shore.

        Although it is front-wheel drive, I heard the South Korean motoring press has been vastly impressed with its driving dynamics and engine performance, hence the phrase ‘nothing like the Amanti’.

        The V6 petrol produces 213kW on regular petrol and i guess it looks just as good as the Genesis.. so google it and take a look at some pictures if you like.

    • Blake

      The third row events are avliable in the mid and top spec cars

    • Blake

      as far as pricing goes if you compare the cars the kia has more spec than the santa fe and it looks exactly the same as the old model

    • pack2ply

      Great car, Kia has done rather well with this.

    • Callous Aussie

      It’s nice to read an overall positive group of comments here. If this is anything to go by, Kia are heading the right way.

      • Joker

        Definitely,

        Hiring an ex BMW designer to oversee development was a HUGE move in the right direction. Not to mention those excellent motors coming out of Hyundai/Kia at the moment. Superior to GM-DAT in every way.

        • Shak

          i thought peter was from audi?

        • Steve-Poyza

          Did he design for BMW? All I know is that his most recognised design is the original Audi TT. And yes all of the new Kias look great, I can’t wait to see what they do next. I am hoping for a large luxurious sedan.

          • KM

            Peter is a x audi designer…

            • Joker

              My Mistake. He was VAG. :)
              (Antispam=Audi :))

    • david

      Go KIA…beautiful car to drive…considering for sure

    • towing nomad

      opinion on towing ? i tow a avan on a 07 sorento 3.3 petrol(can`t fault it). how do you think the 2.2 deisel auto would compare. i intent to spend a fair time on the road 2010

      • Silver Streak

        A bit hard to compare the 2800Kg of the old Sorento, to the current maximum of 2000Kg, isn’t it. I guess it depends on what you are towing at the moment, and whether it falls within that 2tonne limit.
        It will be interesting also to see if Kia offer a “Trek & Tow” package like Hyundai have on the Santa Fe. Which offers, upgraded springs all round plus new dampers at the rear lift the ride height by 20mm and firm-up the ride slightly. Although I think the towing capacity remains the same. (2000Kgs)

        Silver Streak.

    • Curious

      Wouldn’t mind seeing this light weight and high torque engine in something more compact and stylish, something like the up and coming Land Rover LRX.

    • http://caradvice.com.au auto

      kluger & territory might miss out on a few sales—good one kia

    • Steven

      I wonder if KIA made the ventilated seats an option on the Sorento?

      I bought a Subaru Forester as I didn’t need 7 seats and I couldn’t wait forever for the ix35 but I’d love to have that engine/gearbox combo!

      • Jinsei

        The R engine in ix35 produces the same amount of power as in the Sorento while the car weighs much less, resulting in even greater accleration (0-100km/h only takes 8.7sec ). And this is without any compromise on fuel economy, the official fuel efficiency in south korea is only 6.49/100km very respectable i guess..

    • jojo

      Would love to see the Kia in some serious off-road/mud action Matt….look forward to the upcoming reviews as you did by C/A with the Freelander

      • mark

        Yes, especially if its done in a direct comparison with a Land Cruiser or Patrol. Sadly, a few people here are making silly comparisons with these vehicles.

        I think Kia have really raised their own bar with this vehicle. I’m sure it offers very good value for this particular class of vehicle,( ie Territory, Kluger, Captiva etc.) but with only 184mm of clearance, lets be real..its not an offroader. To try and make such comparisons is misguided and unfair to the Sorrento. On road, it seems to offer plenty, and thats where the comparrisons should remain. At least if there was an offroad review, it might at least bring some things back into perspective. A good asthetic design and a powerful, efficient engine, dont guarantee impressive offroad ability. In real off road situations, most vehicles wont get out of first gear. Land Rover Defender hasnt changed its design much at all in over 60 years. It doesnt have a very powerful engine, yet it will leave most factory vehicles in its wake once you get it off road. Thats because it is built for that purpose. Korean Cars are in the same place Japanese cars were in the 70′s-80′s. They are getting better by the day, there’s no doubt and this is proof of that, but lets keep things in perspective and make fair comparisons. Keep it in the same class or same intended use.

    • Sumodog

      I ll admit it looks good in the pics (but not in real life). If this is what people want from a car (soft roader) than it might be a good buy.

    • JEKYL & HYDE

      42K price is a bit steep,if this is the base model.should be 36-38k…

      • http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9203/fordripsoffpeugeot.jpg Martin

        This isn’t the base model though.

        • app_master

          Si is the base “specification” – however you have drivetrain options:
          1. 2WD Petrol 2.4lt 4 cyl 6sp Auto $36.5k +
          2. 4WD 2.2lt Diesel 6sp Manual 4WD $40k +
          3. 4WD 2.2lt Diesel 6sp Auto (as reviewed here) $42k +

          PS – Calling it 4WD is a bit misleading…should be on-demand AWD (with centre diff lock) – which is capable enough for most, I would think?

          • http://img199.imageshack.us/img199/9203/fordripsoffpeugeot.jpg Martin

            Does the 2WD Petrol come with a Manual gearbox as well?

    • SteveT

      Interesting to hear your comment re the lack of turbo lag. I test drove the Hyundai with the same engine & gearbox & it had severe turbo lag. I liked the Sorento but its gone too soft. Lower ground clearance, too heavy and less 4wd control rules it out for me. Freelander is looking the best option for me.

    • Tony

      9.6 secs is pretty damn impressive

      i think eventually you should be able to chip and use a boost controller on it if you don\’t like the throttle lag

      it\’s still a tad rich for the money though

    • ron

      just had twins (3 kids now in the backseat) so i’m now looking to trade-in my 15 month old jeep cherokee limited (which i have to say is faultless), for a seven seater suv. I like the territory but the design’s bit dated, might have to wait for the result of the long term test for this new sorrento so i can decide between kluger and this.

    • Novice Grey Nomad

      Well I have to say i am pretty impressed with the write up on this new Sorento. I want to buy a van with an ATM of up to 2000kg and am wondering how this new Sorento will handle it. I know it says it can pull up to 2000kg but am wondering if this is a bit of dreaming or whether it will really do a good job of this. Any ideas out there.

      • Donna

        According to the specs, while the Sorento autos all do 2000kg, the manual supposedly does 2500kg. I realise manual doesn’t suit everyone esp if towing, but just a thought. Only thing to remember about your van, is the weight they advise will be raw. You need to allow for loading it up with all your cooking gear, utensils, luggage etc. But you may just be ok. My parents have been towing a 21 foot van (2500kg) with a Challenger (2500kg limit) for years and recently traded the Mits in on a Pathfinder for it’s 3000kg towing. The Challenger was fine, but they did used to feel that on steep hills it was struggling and now they have power to spare, which also feels a bit safer.

        • Novice Grey Nomad

          Thanks Donna. Good comments. The van we are looking at is 1670kg tare so we have 330kg we can fill it with. One thing we need to be careful of though is the water tank in the van (160 litres) which equals 160kg I think . My main concern was the fact that the Kia apparently drives from front wheels most of the time and only automatically switches to four wheel when its computers deem it necessary.

          • n burnett

            gday fellow grey nomad, after heaps opf investigation . i`ve just ordered a santa fe 2.2 auto slx, according to caradvice.com.au comparison. the sorento doesn`t come with reverse sensors, as standard & roadside assist(12months). i took both cars for test drive i think the santa fe has better vision. only my opinion though. same motor, i tow a avan . powerwise shouldn`t be a problem if you, stay within the limits. the power is incredible. good luck

    • Donna

      Am Loving reading this forum! Some really good comments from like-minded people. Tell you a funny though – went to a Toyota dealership just to make sure there were no new Kluger or Prado surprises that may have swayed us and the sales guy asked about our needs and current drive etc, then said “this is not the car for you – I’d recommend the Kia – did 3000km in one as a loan car overseas and it runs rings around the Kluger!” (no, I’m not going to dob him in, sales honesty is too hard to come by these days) Our next problem is, we would love to test drive a manual Sorento, but having rung a number of dealers around Sydney and even Head Office, it doesn’t seem they really exist after all?!!

    • Phil

      Does anyone know if the Sorento require a timing belt change at 60,000kms ? Spoke to a dealer today and he said Kia strongly recommended changing it at the interval, instead of the scheduled 80,000kms. If so, should add this on top of the maintenance cost.

      • Robin Graves

        I’m 99% sure the ‘R’ series Hyundai diesel thats in this car has the cams driven by a chain. Maybe the dealer was confusing it with the accessory drive belt?

    • John Stephens

      I was really impressed with the old Sorento 2.5 however the new one, while it looks nice, is not the tow vehicle or 4WD its predecessor was. It now falls into a different and heavily populated category so it will be interesting to see how it competes. I will probably update to a Nissan Pathfinder, not for the looks, but for the towing and off road ability. Sorry Kia!

    • stuart

      greetings to all and especially you Matt. I am so hoping to get a definitive response respect to the off road performance comparison of the new Sorrento diesel R and Hyundai Santa Fe R and if you would recommend an alternative such as Nissan X Trail Diesel or other diesel equavilents. Factoring in cost and off road, and towing. Looking forward to your future articles.

    • Vince

      USA Sorento: Bluetooth is standard. Australia it is a dealer fit, even though the radio is Bluetooth ready and capable. Why? Gouging?

      USA Sorento: SatNav is an option, not so for Australia. I would pay for one folks!! Please!!!

      USA Sorento: Entertainment centre for the back seat. Not one available for Oz.

      USA Sorento: Heated seats available. Not so for Oz. I would like to have ticked that box too.

      Thing I don’t like, the foot break, oops brake.

      OK so I bought one and am waiting for it!!!

      • http://49245/toyota-nothing-soft-gets-in-ad-campaign/ Hans

        You can get a blue tooth ear piece which will do a similar job.

        You can get a portable Sat Nav unit for a fraction of a car fitted one.

        Instead of an entertainment centre you could just buy them a PSP =)

        You don’t need heated seats in Australia.

        Fair point about the foot operated park brake but hardly a deal breaker.

        • Vince

          Point being, why did KIA Australia not introduce the same features/options as the USA?

          Bluetooth Earpiece are ridiculous

          Portable StaNav will be old tech in 5 years and people will demand in-dash SatNav

          Agreed about the entertainment unit and heated seats.

    • Dennis

      Anyone know about the anchor points for child seats are? 2nd and 3rd row? How many in total?

      • Novice Grey Nomad

        Has three in the second row only. None in the third row.

    • http://www.sorentotoronto.com Sorento in Toronto

      Lots of cargo space is what we need for those trips to the cottage. Sounds good to me!

    • Bianca KC

      We have a 2010 Kia SorentoSLI – Basically I can confirm this car is brilliant – tows the boat like a dream fits all the kids in comfortably using all 7 seats (only whinge would be can’t fit a pram in with all 7 seats in use), drives like a dream and is a stylish car inside- HOWEVER!!!! Be warned – KIA SERVICE IS ABSOLUTELY ABYSMAL- we had an accident in ours (hit a kangaroo) on the 14th of December and it is now April 5th and we still do not have our car back!! No kidding – nearly 4 months and still not repaired – every part required has had to be shipped from Korea & taken as much as 4 weeks to arrive, and when they get the part it hasn’t fixed the problem. So almost 4 months on we do not have our car back.  Complaints don’t work… I contacted head office (Silverwater) to complain about the issue and had a smarta**e reply back correcting me on the name of the part I wrote to them about and basically telling me if I don’t like the service take it to another dealer. PATHETIC! Honestly, we really loved this car, but after seeing what happens when something goes wrong (and accidents are not an unusual occurance) and how badly Kia deal with it – We will NEVER buy a KIA again.

    Kia Sorento Specs

    EX : 2.5L DIESEL TURBO F/INJ - 5 SP AUTOMATIC - 4D WAGON
    Car Details
    Make
    KIA
    Model
    SORENTO
    Variant
    EX
    Series
    BL
    Year
    2009
    Body Type
    4D WAGON
    Seats
    5
    Engine Specifications
    Engine Type
    DIESEL TURBO F/INJ
    Engine Size
    2.5L
    Cylinders
    DIESEL TURBO 4
    Max. Torque
    392Nm @  2000rpm
    Max. Power
    125kW @  3800rpm
    Pwr:Wgt Ratio
    58.9W/kg
    Bore & Stroke
    91x96mm
    Compression Ratio
    17.7
    Valve Gear
    DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
    Drivetrain Specifications
    Transmission
    5 SP AUTOMATIC
    Drive Type
    4x4
    Final Drive Ratio
    0
    Fuel Specifications
    Fuel Type
    DIESEL
    Fuel Tank Capacity
    80
    Fuel Consumption (Combined)
    9.4L / 100km
    Weight & Measurement
    Kerb Weight
    2121
    Gross Vehicle Weight
    Not Provided
    Height
    1810mm
    Length
    4590mm
    Width
    1863mm
    Ground Clearance
    208mm
    Towing Capacity
    Brake:2800  Unbrake:750
    Steering & Suspension
    Steering Type
    RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
    Turning Circle
    11
    Front Rim Size
    7x17
    Rear Rim Size
    7x17
    Front Tyres
    245/65 R17
    Rear Tyres
    245/65 R17
    Wheel Base
    2710
    Front Track
    1580
    Rear Track
    1580
    Front Brakes
    DISC - VENTILATED
    Rear Brakes
    DISC - VENTILATED
    Standard Features
    Comfort
    Air Conditioning
    Control & Handling
    17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
    Driver
    Cruise Control, Power Steering
    Entertainment
    Radio CD with 6 Speakers
    Exterior
    Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors
    Interior
    Power Windows
    Safety
    Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
    Security
    Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
    Optional Features
    Exterior
    Metallic Paint
    Other
    Service Interval
    6 months /  10,000 kms
    Warranty
    60 months /  999,000 kms
    VIN Plate Location
    12-C-2
    Country of Origin
    KOREA