What's the used Kia Sorento like?
Once upon a time, the Kia Sorento was the sort of thing you would have sent round to the servant’s entrance, so basic were its intentions, but the last two versions have had a decidedly upmarket air to them.
This third-generation version is much improved in its driving behaviour and in its fit and finish, and the Sorento may well be the only fully fledged seven-seater with such a handsome warranty, too: Kia offers a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty from new, with the chance to extend that to the full seven years on any used car up to 18 months old. Combine that with its sharp looks and it’s no wonder that this latest model has already proved such a popular car in the UK.
The sole engine option is the punchy 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel, which is available with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The engine’s performance is a bit flat at low revs, but the Sorento is in fact faster than rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail and Land Rover Discovery Sport, and it’s also noticeably more refined. The average claimed economy figure is reasonable, too, for a car of this size and weight, with the base-spec KX-1 model, on its smaller wheels, recording a respectable 49.6mpg. However, the higher-spec versions are thirstier, with the automatic version of the top-spec KX-5 trim recording a claimed average 42.2mpg.
Hop inside and the Sorento has a good driving position, a roomy interior and it is comfortable to travel in. It rides well, too, and its handling is safe if a little uninspiring. It also has four-wheel drive, so buyers might feel that they have that extra edge of security on difficult roads.
Another bonus is that even the cheapest versions are well equipped. Base KX-1 trim gets alloys, air-con and rear parking sensors, while KX-2, our favourite, adds leather seats and a reversing camera. KX-3 and KX-4 trims add even more opulence and are worth seeking out if you like your luxuries, but both will cost you more on the forecourt.