What's the used Kia Sorento 4x4 like?
Gone are the days of snooze-fest seven-seaters. In today’s world, style, sharpness and suavity are key ingredients in even the most practical cars, hence the uptake of large SUVs like this, the latest Kia Sorento.
Unlike first, second and third-generation Sorentos, this fourth-generation model is especially eye-catching inside and out – yet, despite that, it doesn’t compromise on its more sensible attributes. It’s a compelling package and a desirable used buy.
Step up to 3 trim for 19in wheels, ambient interior lighting, electric leather seats (with lumbar support), keyless entry, a powered tailgate and heating for the outer seats on the second row. The infotainment screen is upgraded to 10.3in (from 8.0in) with better graphics, and you also get wireless phone-charging. This is the only trim available with the diesel engine so, combined with the self-levelling suspension, it’s the way to go if you plan to tow heavy loads.
Top-of-the-range 4 trim adds window blinds for the second row, a head-up display, a panoramic sunroof and ventilated front seats. Mind you, cars in this trim will come at quite a premium.
On the road, the Sorento’s reassuringly weighted steering allows you to place the car confidently on rural roads and also makes it easy to track straight and true on motorways. In town, you’ll find the wheel becomes light enough to twirl easily.
This is a tall and heavy car, so don't expect sports-car handling, but the Sorento does feel more agile than class competitors of a similar size. Indeed, it handles just as well as the closely related Hyundai Santa Fe.
We'd recommend sticking with entry-level 2 trim on the HEV if ride comfort is a priority. That's because you'll get 17in alloys – the smallest available on the Sorento – which help soften crevices and pimples around town. The high-speed ride on motorways is impressive, too.
In terms of the interior quality, there’s little to complain about. You’ll find lots of squidgy plastic, including on the insides of the rear doors – something that's by no means guaranteed in this class. There are also chrome and piano-black trimmings throughout, all the switches operate with precision and everything feels solidly screwed together.