The Kia Sorento SUV: Review

Buying a large SUV is a big decision and most people will take their time before committing to a vehicle.

The Kia Sorento SUV can seat seven people and it has a practical boot space. The 2.2 diesel engine gives plenty of power and the vehicle offers all wheel drive for comfort and safety. Kia are leaders in giving guarantees and this one has a full seven year/ 100,000 mile warranty which can be transferred to a new owner should you wish to sell.

This warranty will enhance the resale value, an important aspect for many owners. The good looking Sorento is solid, reliable and extremely comfortable especially on long motorway journeys. Kia is breaking out of the budget market and is becoming a leading contender for all types of vehicles.

The Kia Sorento is only available in one engine type in the UK and that is the 2.2 litre diesel. The four wheel drive gives excellent grip on the road and for its size it is quite nippy going from 0-62 mph in only 9.4 seconds with a top speed of 118 mph. Going around corners makes the vehicle roll a little but this is the same as other SUV’s.

Comfort wise, this SUV has a soft suspension and even the roughest roads do not faze it. When at the upper limit the engine can be a little noisy but it works best in the lower rev range so this should not be a problem most of the time.

When cruising on the motorways the engine is quiet and the vehicle makes the journey very pleasant. Safety measures include anti lock brakes, electronic stability control and six airbags. There are also some safety measures that other vehicles do not provide as standard and these are ISOFIX child seat anchor points, traction control, hill start assistance and brake force distribution.

When the seven seats are all being used, the boot space is limited to 116 litres of luggage. This increases to 515 litres with the back seats folded down and 1,530 litres with all seats folded. Leg room is limited and adults can find themselves a little cramped in the rear of the vehicle. The price of all Kia models has increased and they are no longer the cheap option they once were.

However, on the credit side, Kia now includes a range of equipment as standard that other manufacturers offer as extras. The entry level Sorento has alloys, air con, bluetooth connectivity, an iPod connection and cruise control. Running costs are equivalent to other SUV’s and the extras offered make this a very tempting vehicle.

One thing that all owners of discount vehicles have to remember though, including Kia owners, is that the sell on value of a vehicle drops dramatically after purchase. For cars that were sold new at a great price to begin with, this issue can only be exhasibated.

What new Kia Sorento owners can do to help increase the sell-on value of their SUV is to make sure the car is kept in the best possible condition, including having original tailored car mats (such as those sold at Halfords or My Car Mats), a full MOT history and original alloys. More thank likely however is that your new Kia Sorento could turn into your forever car!