You get a comfortable driver’s seat that has plenty of side support. However, the cheaper KX-1 and KX-2 versions miss out on adjustable lumbar support, which limits the Sorento’s appeal as a long-distance cruiser. KX-3 versions have eight-way electric seat adjustment, while going for a top-spec KX-4 gets you 10-way electric adjustment with a memory function. Whichever trim you go for, though, the driver’s seat has a good range of adjustment – both back and forth and up and down.
Cars with a manual gearbox have pedals that are neatly aligned with the driver’s seat, so you won’t find yourself sitting at a skewed angle for hours on end. The automatic versions are just as comfortable, and have a well-positioned rest for your left foot.
You won’t have any problems with the air-con controls, either; they’re intuitive and the buttons are large, so it’s easy to tweak the interior temperature on the move.
Kia Sorento visibility
The Sorento has that lofty throne-like seating position that SUV buyers love, which provides a commanding view of the road. Your view forward and to the side from the driver’s seat is excellent, helped by a large windscreen, thin pillars and broad front side windows.
The windows in the middle row are also big, so sideways visibility is equally good for those sitting in the back. Anyone in the third row of seats isn’t nearly as lucky, though; the windows back there are small and the steeply rising windowline badly restricts their view out.
This also compromises your over-the-shoulder view from the driver’s seat, although all versions get rear parking sensors, and only the entry-level KX-1 misses out on a reversing camera to make backing into spaces even easier.
Kia Sorento infotainment
Even the entry-level KX-1 comes with a DAB radio, Bluetooth (including audio streaming), voice control, six speakers and a USB socket. However, you also get only a small monochrome screen on which to view everything.
Upgrading to KX-2 trim gets you a far more advanced system – a 7.0in colour touchscreen that also brings sat-nav. This system is simple to use because the on-screen buttons are large and clear, so are easy to press while driving. The menus are simple, too, while connecting you mobile phone is the work of seconds. You do forgo a CD player – which is standard on every other trim – but that’s unlikely to bother many.
Higher-spec KX-3 and KX-4 versions get an even larger 8.0in touchscreen, plus a higher-resolution information screen in the instrument binnacle. Sound quality is also much better in these versions because they get a 10-speaker Infinity stereo, which includes a subwoofer.
Kia Sorento build quality
The Sorento’s interior is Kia’s best effort yet. Everything feels solidly bolted together, and the dashboard is soft to the touch with a clever effect that makes it look as though it’s wrapped in leather, even though it isn’t.
For the most part, the switchgear is nicely damped, too, although some of the buttons and switches on the steering wheel feel a little flimsy. Don’t expect Audi levels of quality, but the Sorento is classier inside than a Hyundai Santa Fe.