market SUV continues to grow by leaps and bounds. With these data it is not surprising that many companies find the gross of their sales in this type of vehicle, cars that are halfway between an suv and a sedan and they offer the space of a minivan, with a face more graceful. The versatility of the todocaminos has led to sales of sedans and mpvs dropped, finding in this fact the collateral damage of the great boom of the SUV. To the test this week we have chosen a model of this nature that in addition to offering all of that, that SUV you have to give, design, space, adventure, let us a relief in the economic field, being a car with a more competitive price than that of their opponents. We started the test Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4×2 200 HP.
The Kia Sorento is renewed, and makes it simple and simple to be better. The SUV of the hyundai brand wants to reach customers more demanding offering equipment and quality more premium collected in a casing, more elegant and attractive. In addition, in our country, the Sorento is available with a single mechanic that offers nothing less than 200 horsepower, another reflection of the type of product that we have before us. Its price starts at about € 37 000, although with the discounts of the brand, we can access this huge todocamino for less than 30,000 euros. We’re going to get to know the bet Korean to the segment E of the demanding SUV market.
design mature, elegant and refined
Since he was born the Kia Sorento back in the year 2001, things have changed a lot. In a first moment their aim was to fight in the mud with other suvs, showing a design with much less elaborate and more rudimentary. The second generation, and especially the third, which we have on our hands in this test, has matured into a more premium, most of todocamino. And is that as shown by the numerous details in chrome that we have adorning its facade, its measures for a short reach 4.8 metres, or their refinements in design and quality of materials.
The body leaves us with a car of 4.78 meters long, 1,89 meters wide and 1,685 metres high. With these figures in hand, we realize that the new Kia Sorento is 95 mm longer, somewhat wider and about 15 mm lower. The tweak to its measures has led the battle to increase by about 80 mm, and that the scale reflects a few kilograms more than its predecessor. The company justifies this increase of weight in the best acoustic insulation of that is just the new Sorento and the evolution of its chassis, more rigid in the greater part of its structure. While the total weight will depend on the version chosen, keeping in our case,that we don’t have or all-wheel drive or with automatic gearbox, in 1,763 kg
But what I like most about this new Kia Sorento is the exterior design that looks simply beautiful. The front part it is the most graceful of the set, starring the wide-calender chrome, the drivers that are outlined on your side and the nerves of the hood that they pronounce a look with genius and decision. The huge antinieblas surrounded again by chrome are also a hit, ending all in a small diffuser in silver that revives the adventurous side of the Sorento. Also do not have the wrong mounting these 17-inch tires on huge wheels that “fit” the SUV, trim that doesn’t enlarge the figure of the same for the just dimensions but that keeps us from the dreaded and painful run-ins with the curbs of the sidewalks.
Is on the side where it is evident that the Korean language is quite large and that we are in a car impressive and elegant line. And is that, between the color black that looks this unit of the press, the tinting of glass, the elongated profile that teaches and details silver your body, he has not left me to remember this whole week to the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and the company that uses the FBI american. In addition to the behind is well finished off by a few pilots elongated and a bumper strong. Yes, the icing on the cake would have, since the two outputs of exhaust that I miss to each side of the diffuser, a detail that would have completed the set so powerful and that has left me a little halfhearted.
A cabin huge which takes care of the details
The Kia Sorento dares to confront face to face with their enemies premium. It shows its beautiful outside and what supports your care inside. Upon entering the cabin, the atmosphere is pleasant, clean and tidy. We have soft materials on the dashboard and in the doors, only finding plastic in the tunnel of transmission. The silver details are added to parts covered with shiny black, leaving a space that, as was the case in the outside, bet for the elegance and care of details.
The central console stands out for the little boutonniere that teaches. Instead of stun the driver with so many buttons, use a 7-inch touch screen. Under it have placed the controls of the air conditioning that emerge from the dashboard accentuating this area and leaving this control closer to the hands of the occupant. Finally everything blends into a center console with many storage areas and a few buttons with which you can select the driving modes, turn off the Star/Stop or lock the differential in-variants 4×4.
The dashboard is very clean, with few buttons
From the driving position, we have a privileged view of what is happening around us. The chair puts us in a high position, as is typical in this type of vehicle, although it is grateful for the great route to offer the seats to suit our taste. Again, it makes visible the care for details with a footswitch in aluminum, some great finishes for the doors, and a three-spoke steering wheel that is a success by its design and by its measures. By putting a paste may have driven the centre console more towards the driver, because the screen is too flat, and sometimes looks not so good as it should be.
Five large squares and two more that will also give you the size
The third row of seats is standard on all versions
Another of the sections in which the Kia Sorento is shown in more solvent is the one that has to do with the space. This SUV is simply enormous, both for the occupants of the seats front and rear. Even in the middle seat, that position that no one likes to occupy in the travel, there is space for the legs, shoulders, and head, by allowing three adults to ride comfortably in the second row. To save the baggage we stock nothing less than 605 litres of luggage space, a capacity lower than most of their competitors, but also suitable for families and adventurous. And is that the ground is flat, the measurements are very usable and the height and mouth of load is more than correct.
Although the Sorento has an ace under the sleeve, and it is the possibility of mounting a third row of seats. In practice, as is logical, these two spaces are not as comfortable than the previous, but are not reserved for only children and / or passengers of short stature. The people more stout if you will have more problems to travel in them, especially due to the difficult access and the little space for the knees, but the ones that are not don’t look too bad if they invite you to upload them. In addition, in this space we also have room for our personal items and the feeling of claustrophobia is not as annoying thanks to the large glass area. It is important to also take into account that with this row of seats deployed, the trunk goes on to offer 142 litres only.
A single engine of 200 HP
The Kia Sorento offers just a little option in their range mechanical, the diesel 2.2-liter CRDi with 200 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque. Despite the displacement and power that declares, Kia announces a consumption of media that do not reach the 6-litre, a figure attractive taking into account that this mechanics should move a body of more than 1,700 kg Also takes less than 9 seconds to go from 0-100 km/h for 8.7 seconds to be exact on this version that we tested, which equipped with the gearbox six-speed manual and front-wheel drive 4×2. Good arguments on paper that should show up.
And what is certain is that this engine has 200 horsepower does not push us wanting to skip us fillings, but if is very willing from the very bottom of the rev counter. You can go in sixth gear behind a truck, if you decide to move forward you’re not obliged to take the hand of the gear shift lever to complete the overtaking without danger. The margin is linear and you go giving those 200 horses of power gradually, without jolts, it is not necessary to hasten your heart to get a response from him, and it recovers without major problems. The engine is full, it is not stupid or lazy.
The gearbox of six-speed governing in a good way, this block of four cylinders. The touch of the lever is not the best, I like the journey to be shorter, although it is soft and easy to handle. The only drawback that I see to the position of the lever is your tilt, which seems too advanced and costs a little more work done with her. An appreciation that the majority of drivers will not notice, and although they give account of the two days they will have forgotten.
The tare of the Kia Sorento is not hard, it is more like a win in comfort errs on the side of being soft. In the changes of support or in sharp turns this SUV is a little “boat” and can feel like balancing your deck. And is that his height of 185 mm and its weight, plus the length of your body, do not help also to avoid this fact. Where it is shown more comfortable is devouring and devouring kilometers of highway, this is their habitat. You can already make 200 to 500 miles, this Sorento seems to be a distance runner. And is that the miles pass and pass and not even the Sorento or your back seem to learn. Plated in this section.
The address is another of the points I have to mention the Korean. Despite the fact that its purpose is not to conquer the city, it has not been created to move around too much in urban environments, the smoothness of the direction we makes it easy to park or wander the streets of. With their measures, which are close to the five meters as I’ve told you, it is difficult to move freely, so that the management puts on his part to avoid that more of one will pull the hairs. If this softness that I speak to you like too much we have at our disposal two driving modes with which we can adjust the hardness of the same. An option that will not be obliged to take into account because the address changes its hardness automatically in function of the speed.
During this week there have not been many rides that I have given for the field. The Kia Sorento has more of playboy that adventurous although you can loosen the tie if you ask for it. Can be mounted in the model with all-wheel drive, although the majority of drivers will be limited to rolling on the tracks. Here the Sorento does not have paste. A to a is filtering out the irregularities of the path allowing the inside of the cabin did not notice the stones or bumps that appear on the road. And that is such a bozo that we don’t entirely convince in curves, in the land shows its best face in ensuring our comfort.
In a formal way the Kia Sorento announces consumption habits that are very promising for a SUV seven seats, and 200 horsepower. According to the brand of your model spends 5.7 l./100 km of average consumption, the 4.9 l./100 km on the highway and 6.9 l./100 km in the city. And in practice, in some situation surprises which reflects the computer on board and other is wait. Although in this test that we have completed with the Kia Sorento travel road to 100 km/h have not been exceeded at any time the 5.7 l./100 km, a surprise since this amount to overcome in only 0.8 l. the that appointment the brand. Yes, on the highway at 120 km/h this figure rises up to 7,2 l./100 km Of expect to have been the consumptions that we have moved in the city, touching always the 8 l./100 km.
Equipment Kia Sorento
Although we concluded the test of the Kia Sorento we keep realizing that the Korean has more arguments to be able to stand up to the heavy weights of the market premium. And it is another of his virtues is the extensive equipment that offers serial. By getting you some examples, we have climate control bizona, system hill start, parking sensors, 7 inch screen, rear view camera, seven-seater or 17-inch wheels. A few accessories that are present from the first equipment level of the Sorento, called Concept. Also this will continue to be the finishes, Drive, Emotion and Emotion Plus.
Kia Sorento Concept
- starting System in pending
- steering Wheel and shifter in leather
- tinted windows
- 17-inch Wheels
- Climate control bizona
- cruise Control
- parking Sensors
- turning lights and automatic wipers
- LED Lights Daytime
- Browser with screen of 7-inch
- Seven spaces
Kia Sorento Drive
- Equipment Concept
- Pedals in aluminum
- xenon Headlamps
- rear headlights with LED technology
- Wheels of 18 inches
- power outside Mirrors with power folding
- instrument Panel 7 inch TFT
- driver’s Seat electric lumbar adjustment
Kia Sorento Emotion
- Equipment Drive
- detection System dead angle
- System of lane keeping assistance
- Optical front adaptive
- panorama sunroof
- Headlights antinieblas front with function Cornering
- steering Wheel, heated
- Tailgate electric
- electric Seats for driver and front passenger
- Seats, front and rear heated
- Upholstery leather –
- 19-inch alloy Wheels
- smart Key
- Equipment Emotion
- automatic System of assistance when parking
- 8-inch Screen
- adaptive cruise Control
Prices Kia Sorento
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||Manual 6v||4×2||Concept||27.843 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||Manual 6v||4×2||Drive||32.018 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||AT 6v||4×2||Drive||33.903 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||Manual 6v||4×4||Drive||34.518 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||AT 6v||4×4||Drive||36.403 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||Manual 6v||4×4||Emotion||38.218 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||AT 6v||4×4||Emotion||40.103 euros|
|2.2 CRDi 200 HP||AT 6v||4×4||Emotion Plus||43.253 euros|
The Kia Sorento proves that is not strictly necessary to disburse an amount exorbitant of money to have a SUV seven-seater with space and quality. Although the koreans are doing an excellent job, the Sorento still has a little more refinement to get closer to the premium segment. A fight in which the Kia have as a best weapon for a price simply unbeatable. The prices reflected in the table lead to applied the promotional discount of the brand.
the Opinion of the editor
- Comfort in motion
- Consumption urban
- Rolling in changes to support
image Gallery Kia Sorento