This is my second Kia Sorento XE. The first was manual and bought new in 2005. In two years it was trouble-free and I was so delighted with the car that when it went in for the two years service, I finished up buying the XE automatic.
Unfortunately this car is not as reliable or as well built as the old one. Apparently my original vehicle was built by Hyundai and this one was built at the new Kia facility.
I have had vibration problems since new and after several attempts at balancing the wheels, fitting a new set of wheels and tyres changing axle and transmission oils, checking steering and suspension geometry, and fitting two drive shafts the car is better but not as good as it should be. The brakes are also suspect.
The car has had an identical problem to the one identified by Linda Beddoe - on reversing out of the garage on a tight left-hand lock it engaged four-wheel drive, refused to disengage in either forward or reverse and after contacting the dealer I had to drive it to the garage to have it resolved.
The sump guard is now rusty and it would appear that the build quality coming out of the Kia factory needs to improve.
I have recommended the Kia to many friends in the past but on the performance of this vehicle I may well look elsewhere for my next 4x4.
I had never had or used a 4x4 before, so I decided to get rid of the old Vauxhall Zafira and try my luck with one of these. I went to Land Rover first to look at the new Freelander but was put off by the problems that they seem to have.
I had never looked at a Kia until a new dealership opened up along the road - and since I have never looked back.
I have a silver XT with full black leather. It is fantastic to drive, has a smooth gearbox and good brakes. I seem to be getting about 28mpg in town but I'm going to Scotland next month, so fingers crossed.
Forget about the snobs with the Freelanders etc, these have better specs and at a fraction of the price. Sorento XT £26,500, Freelander HSI £33,000 - that says it all !
We purchased this second-hand car a year ago to tow our caravan and it is really good except for a four-wheel-drive fault that seems to be intermittent. Every couple of months I go to turn the car away from a kerb or reverse in a tight spot and it locks into four-wheel drive. It only seems to unlock when it is put on a tow truck and taken off again. It has been in and out of a number of garages for various checks. Kia and all the other garages cannot find the fault - has anyone else experienced similar problems?
I bought this vehicle over a year ago secondhand and it has been wonderful. I have been towing livestock and horses for 30 years now and this is great.The old Daihatsus were vg but very basic, but the old Land Rovers were unremittingly awful. I find it lovely to drive - perhaps many people don't understnd 4WD. It is good off-road with trailer. I took my daughter/horse to Merrist Wood College, put it in 60mph on cc in Amesbury and didn't change down until junction 3 of the M3. Fantastic, so quiet and so smooth. The only fault was that the CC didn't work when I had it - it had been a Cheltenham tractor - and the fault was a switch on the brake. Soon fixed, but very tiresome to-ing and fro-ing.
Fuel use is not bad, but essential to use Cruise to make best use of economy. It is very roomy and pretty comfortable. Controls and so on all good and functional. It has endured an accident wherein a car drove into the back at 70MPH and the other car was written off, the Kia had a new bumper and trim for £386 and my wife, the driver, was completely unharmed.
I cannot think why it is three-star in What Car. It is so much better at REAL work than the dreadful Land Rover/Range Rover vehicles, so much cheaper to buy/run. The engine is fab, unstoppable. Trouble is, it has the wrong badge for the Kensington/Horse/Private School brigade ,,, At a recent horse do, I was asked What Make? I replied, KIA.... you know that look on people's faces when they stand in the by-product of a dog.....
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