After looking at most SUV's on the market, the last car I would have thought of buying would have been the KIA Sorento.
We had test drives in many different types but you could not beat the KIA for sheer value, refinement and comfort. Our previous 4x4 was a Land Rover Discovery, which seemed to spend more time in the garage than on the road. The build quality was terrible, it had lots of oil leaks.
We were going to wait to see what the new Land Rover was like but after seeing the first photographs did not like the styling. And a road traffic policeman friend, who had been test driving one of the new Discovery models, was dismayed when it broke down after 2 days use with tranmission problems. That certainly put us off.
So back to the KIA Sorento. I guess most people are put off by the badge - more fool them.
This car is so good. It's well put together, no rattles, no poor fitting panels, a super stereo/CD system, a great engine, fantastic economy. After owning this car for nearly two months I know we made the right decision to buy.
It also tows our horse box with ease. We also found a great KIA dealer - they actually treated you like customers!
If you are looking for an SUV make sure the KIA Sorento is on your list, you will not be disappointed.
I'm quite pleased over all.
The fuel consumption could be better when towing or knocking about town.
After a few teething problems, the vehicle is great value for money, mine is fitted with Pioneer Sat Nav, rear TV screens etc.
You would pay a lot more for an equivalent Merc, BMW or Volvo, and for me it does the same job but without the badge and associated costs.
I am told it will even go off road if I needed it too!
It's a great towcar with loads of torque, towing a large twin axle caravan with ease, particularly with the auto transmission cruise control and self-levelling suspension.
Other reports describe the road handling as "jittery", it does have a firm ride, but as a result very little body roll. I think that it handles pretty well for a two-tonne high ground clearance vehicle.
Front and side styling are good, I think the rear end is a bit fussy, a lot has been made of the "Walnut Trim" quality, to me it looks no different to that of other manufacturers.
With an engine by Hyundai, transmission by Borg Warner and suspension by Porsche, it can't be a bad deal for under £22k.
I've had this car since February 2004.
I was a little apprehensive at first, as I had 3 Isuzu Troopers prior and was concerned about the drop from the 3.0 DOHC engine to the 2.5 CRD Sorento.
It has proved to be an excellent car. It tows the caravan most weekends, launches the boat in the sea and ploughs through the sand with no problems.
Overall, the finish is excellent, and inside is excellent. It does about 28mpg towing and around 32mpg a week up and down hill and dale.
I've had many caravanners asking me about its performance and towing abilities and have recommended it to anyone. We have a small, local dealer (Longley Park in Huddersfield) and service is second to none. Beats the 'big' garages any day!
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