2016 Kia Sorento Platinum Review

2016 Kia Sorento Platinum road test and review.

The new Kia Sorento is the vehicle that could finally get the South Korean brand the full acceptance of the Australian motoring public.

This is a genuinely good vehicle and if you’re ignoring it because of the Kia badge, well, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Kia provided me with a 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum to road test and review for behindthewheel.com.au, with two engines on offer, V6 petrol and four-cylinder diesel, the top-spec Kia model is only offered with the diesel engine.

Taking on rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and the Toyota Kluger, the Sorento range is seven-seat only, offers five-star safety and a seven-year warranty.

The engine is surprisingly enthusiastic from a standing stop and with a meaty 441Nm on tap you won’t have any issues climbing hills, even with a full load of passengers on board and my colleague, Joel Helmes, did a towing test with the Sorento recently and was most impressed.

Fuel consumption is quite good too, I averaged around 10.0L/100km.

As with most of the Kia vehicles available in 2016, the Kia Sorento demonstrates excellent driving dynamic, especially for a large SUV. The steering is well judged, and the ride and handling have been perfectly calibrated for Australian conditions.

Highway driving is just that little bit easier too in the Platinum grade Sorento with an easy to use radar guided cruise control system, while the driver also gets a blind spot monitoring system that is one of the best in the business and a reverse camera (as you would expect).

Strangely, Kia has not given the top-spec Sorento is an automated parking system, that’s despite the fact that it is available in the Hyundai seven-seater.

While other standard equipment in the flagship Sorento includes swivelling LED headlights, heated and cooled front seats, a 10 way electrically adjustable driver’s seat and eight-way passenger’s seat, heated steering wheel and sunblinds for the rear passengers.

One thing that Kia has overlooked, especially given the fact that the Kia Sorento is such a family-orientated vehicle, is the lack of a rear DVD screen(s). For the record, the Kluger Grande has a roof mounted DVD screen and wireless headphones as standard.

Metallic/pearl paint, anything other than plain white, will cost you and additional $595.

Summing it up: The Kia Sorento is a nicely refined and enjoyable SUV to drive. The diesel engine is a winner too and while a DVD screen is a glaring omission, I couldn’t think of a better way to move a family around.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum

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: from $44,490

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