It’s been a while since I have been at the helm of our Kia Sorento long termer. After driving countless other vehicles since my last stint in our black Sorento, it comes as a surprise each time I jump on the throttle to flee an intersection or overtake a truck on a country road.
Even as an entry level model, our Kia Sorento Si comes with an adequate amount of features that would keep most punters happy. A cracker of a sound system and decent air conditioning make long journeys a breeze.
In terms of reliability and build quality, we are yet to find any issues with our car. Aside from noticing the suspension is firmer than I last recall, we have yet to run into any dramas with the car. It has been comprehensively driven through a wide range of high heat conditions both on and off-road.
The Koreans are also starting to recognise the concept of seat quality. After spending nearly 1000km in the Sorento, the one thing that stands out is seat comfort. The front and second row of seats have become quality places to be that don’t leave you aching after a long trip.
Unfortunately, the third row is an adult free zone. When erected, the third row caters mainly for children. Adults can squeeze in with a bit of effort, but won’t find it a comfortable place to stay for a great length of time.
The thing that impresses us with the Sorento is the placid fuel consumption. During my stint I managed to get our average down to around 7.1L/100km. It's a commendable effort for a car the size of the Sorento, especially when you consider the performance punch on offer.
I can probably speak for myself and my colleague Matt Brogan in saying that the Sorento has really taken us by surprise. It’s testament to the effort and research Korean companies like Kia are putting into their new products. It’s a serious shift toward brand recognition and improvement.
If the Sorento is anything to go by, we can’t wait to get our hands on the new Sportage, which hits our shores later in the year.
If you have any questions to ask about our long term Kia Sorento, leave us a comment or send us an e-mail and we’ll do our best to respond.