I have had this car for about 14 months, supplied by North Yorkshire Kia, who gave me a great deal and also converted it to LPG.
The car has been utterly reliable and has never skipped a beat. I do feel the ride is a little hard, but not unduly so. The interior is very comfy and has better space in the back than my previous Jeep Grand Cherokee. Some of the interior plastics are hard to the touch, but have stood the test of time, including my five-year-old grand-daughter.
The only thing I have towed is my 2.5-tonne van, which gave it no problems at all. The performance of the 3.5-litre V6 engine is great, and is economical to run. Overall, it's a great car and about £10,000 cheaper than the Jeep. I would rcomend it to anyone.
If you think that the definition of Kia is poor, read on, and you will see otherwise. In February 2003, we were originally looking for a large family saloon, until my dad started looking at 4x4s.
You open the big, high-quality door, and you enter the helm. The door shuts with a reassuring 'clunk', and as you look around at the dashboard, you notice that there are no nasty sharp edges, no horrible plastics or tinny sounding materials.
As your eyes look around the car, you notice the very high equipment levels, such as air conditioning, a powerful stereo, and multiple 12v sockets.
You turn the key, and the 2.5 CRDi engine starts up with no rattles. It starts smoothly, and once on the move, you will appreciate the engine and automatic box combination, which is an absolute gem.
Shortly after purchase, we made a mandatory trip across Germany, and along the autobahns, and I have to say, the car was gob smacking. It cruised across Germany at 100mph+ very easily, and it was silent, no engine noise, and minimal wind noise. The ride was quality, and worthy of any super saloon.
After 6 months with the vehicle, we took our car off-road. We went on an AWDC day around an ex-army MoD site. While Freelanders were getting stuck without low range, we engaged 4LO, selected L, and drove around. The car was mind-blowing off-road, even with standard road tyres; even the AWDC organizers were rather amazed!!
I can reassuringly recommend the Sorento to any buyer. Look no further
I bought this car because I needed a lot of cabin space, I have two teenage children and they are both over 5'6" already. I found that the room in the car was excellent and four adults of over 6' can travel in complete comfort.
I am very impressed with both the car and the service recieved from Grovebury Cars, Leighton Buzzard.
The fuel is OK at arround 24-26mgp just messing about on short jorneys which given the weight of the car is not bad.
We Decided to get the XE Diesel Auto model as I'm 6'1" and I found that having the sun roof in the XS model took away to much headroom for me.
My fuel consumption is worrying - 22mpg from a diesel. Is this normal?
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