2015 Kia Sorento diesel review filed by Garry Fabian.
The 2015 Kia Sorento continues to shine and was recently named the Behind the Wheel Car of the Year.
I won‘t go against my colleagues, the 2015 Kia Sorento is a worthy winner.
Offering car-like handling, an impressive list of standard equipment and an impressive diesel engine option, it’s hard not to like this new Kia seven-seat SUV.
Launched earlier in the year, the new-generation Kia Sorento continues to underline the rapid progress the South Korean brand has made over the last decade, both in engineering and build quality.
The first impression is how well the 2015 Kia Sorento drives for an SUV in its price range. While the ride is a little on the firm secondary roads, the other side of the coin is that this helps it feel composed over twisty roads. Even
The base engine, a V6 petrol unit, is adequate for most drivers, but the Sorento’s upgraded diesel power plant, which I drove, earns praise for very capable performance.
Even though, even by Kia’s own admission, this SUV can’t handle hardcore off-roading, the well balanced all-wheel drive is capable enough to provide reassurance when getting the kids to school in bad weather, or tacking the odd dirt track.
The Kia Sorento interior is a success story as well; it comes standard with more features than most other SUVs in its class.
These feature include remote central locking, power windows and mirrors, reversing camera & sensors, a good climate and sound system, good storage areas, and a sunroof on the flagship Platinum version.
One small complaint is that the rather cramped third row in the seven-seat configuration. You would have to say that the space is only barely big enough for kids and when the third-row is in use you have only very minimal cargo space.
Otherwise legroom in the second row is quite good and if you aren’t using seats six and seven you have quite a generous cargo space.
Safety is covered by a five-star ANCAP safety rating and yes, the Sorento is covered by Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.
Summing it up; the Kia Sorento is a good choice, though if you need to frequently transport passengers in the third row then you’d be better off with a larger SUV.
Overall though it’s hard to beat the 2015 Kia Sorento for its combination of an attractive and comfortable interior, capable performance, great fuel economy from the diesel engine and competitive pricing.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Kia Sorento Diesel
Engine: 2.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW and 441Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Seven years
Origin: South Korea
Price: diesel from $44,490