The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
If you like a lofty driving position, you'll love the Kia Sorento. The driver's seat also has plenty of side support, although the manually adjustable seat that you get with entry-level 2 trim doesn't have adjustable lumbar support. Also, its backrest is adjusted using a fiddly lever that has only a set number of positions. Move up to 3 trim and those issues are resolved – you get a fully electric seat with two-way lumbar adjustment. Range-topping 4 trim brings four-way lumbar adjustment.
The steering wheel lines up neatly with the seat and pedals and there’s a footrest with plenty of room for your left foot. All versions have a sharp 12.3in-digital display behind the steering wheel (rather than analogue instrument dials). Changing what the screen shows is easy using the buttons on the steering wheel, but it isn't as versatile as the ones in the Audi Q5, Seat Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Perched up in the Sorento’s driving seat, you’re treated to a good view of the road ahead. The windscreen pillars don’t get in the way too much at roundabouts, and while the rear pillars are quite chunky, there are small side windows at the back of the car to help improve over-the-shoulder vision. Nevertheless, the Honda CR-V is still an easier car to see out of.
All versions of the Sorento get front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as full LED headlights for better visibility at night. Top-spec 4 models add a 360-degree bird's eye-view camera and a blind-spot camera. The latter displays a feed from rear-facing cameras located in the door mirrors on to the digital instrument screen. This shows what's next to you, although you could argue that encouraging you to stare down at the instruments instead of looking around you when manoeuvring isn't such a good idea.