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The new Kia Sorento is worth a look for family buyers looking for something a little more rugged than a typical people carrier.

11 May 2015

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Kia was once like the ignored Korean, the junior sibling to Hyundai. But in recent years, it has become a brand on the rise with newer offerings that sport sharper looks and are packed with wholesome features, such as the Forte K3, the Optima K5, the Sportage and the new Sorento.

In spite of rethinking the Sorento just about two years ago, Kia has reinvented it again for 2015. The previous rework was officially a facelift, which makes this latest model the third generation. Regardless, the aim this time around was to instill more refinement and luxury and it seems the Korean carmaker hasn't failed.

We took a spin in the new Sorento a while ago, and this time we test the oil burning variant of Kia's seven-seater SUV to see how well it rolls.

The new Sorento is now more wagon-like than before

Up close and Personal

While some may call the design of the new Sorento sophisticated, the smooth surfaces and simple sheet metal, front intakes, head and taillights are unlikely to divide opinion, except for maybe the aggressive front grille.

But a closer look reveals that the obvious emphasis here is very much on quality instead of daring design.

And nowhere is that more evident than in the new cabin, which is smothered in soft-touch surfaces and higher quality materials than what existing Sorento owners are used to.

The new Sorento is bigger, longer and wider than the old one and with an increase of 80mm in wheelbase, the interior space is much improved. As such, accommodation is generous in the front and second row of seats, with a flat floor in the rear and sufficient width for three Asian adults to sit in comfort.

Busy dads and mums will also appreciate the boot lever that easily flips down the third-row seats to reveal a 605-litre cargo area.

This space can be accessed via Kia's Smart Power Tailgate System and we were again impressed by it - standing at the rear of the vehicle, the Sorento senses the smart key in the pocket and automatically opens the power tailgate - no hands or feet required.

The cabin evokes a luxurious and premium feel
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Car Information

There's a promotion for Kia Sorento Diesel


: $146,999

Engine Type


Common Rail Direct Injection

Engine Cap





147kW (197 bhp) / 3800 rpm



441 Nm / 1750 rpm



8-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


16.1 km/L

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