Kia Sorento KX-2

10 Jan, 2013 2:45pm Damion Smy

We get behind the wheel of the facelifted Kia Sorento on British roads for the first time

Verdict

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The Kia Sorento still offers a spacious seven-seat cabin and a standard equipment list as long as your arm. It drives even better than before, too. Unfortunately, the new car also comes with a hefty price increase of around £1,500, which is certain to put off some buyers.

The nose of the new Kia Sorento may look very similar to the old car’s, but this is actually an all-new model, as it now shares its platform with the latest Hyundai Santa Fe. It’s 10mm lower and gets a subtle visual makeover, with a new grille, bumpers and rear end.

Inside, Kia has updated the Sorento’s centre console and instrument cluster, which has helped make the cabin simpler and given it a more premium feel.

Our KX-2 Sat-nav model gets a seven-inch touchscreen as standard, and this also displays the image from the reversing camera. The quality inside is good, too, with well textured surfaces and solid switchgear.

The 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel is now the only engine choice. It has the same 194bhp as pre-facelift Sorentos, but with better fuel economy. Exhaust gas recirculation has boosted it from 42.2mpg to 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions have dropped 22g/km to 155g/km. The engine is smooth and refined, too.

Larger brakes, light steering and solid handling also make the Sorento very easy to drive, while the compliant suspension soaks up bumps well.

The 515-litre boot is big, but it trails the Honda CR-V’s 589-litre capacity. The car also costs more than the CR-V and is even £1,500 more than the old Sorento.

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Wow, now we are at the days were Kias are being called expensive for their segment...

Key specs

  • Price: £29,995
  • Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl turbodiesel
  • Power: 194bhp
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, all-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 9.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 118mph
  • Economy/CO2: 47.9mpg/155g/km
  • Equipment: Leather seats, seven-inch touchscreen, reversing camera
  • On sale: Now
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