2017 Kia Sorento Platinum Review

2017 Kia Sorento Road Test, Review

We really are spoiled in 2017 with some terrific cars available and one that continues to be a standout for families is the Kia Sorento.

Our 2015 Behind the Wheel Car of the Year continues to be a standout among the seven-seat SUV crowd.

A step ahead of the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder, the Kia is a line-ball call with our 2016 Car of the Year - Mazda’s CX-9.

The big difference between the Kia and the Japanese rivals is the availability of a turbo-diesel engine.

Featuring 147kW and 441kW of torque, the Sorento diesel returns better fuel economy numbers than the petrol alternatives and delivers good acceleration around town too.

It’s also a capable towing vehicle (from personal experience) with a 2,000kg braked towing capacity, and is a great tourer with a full load of people on-board.

If you don’t want a diesel engine then there’s always the V6 petrol version of the Kia Sorento available as well - though my preference is the diesel.

All-wheel drive and a seven-speed auto transmission come as standard with the diesel.

Aside from the pleasant drive, Kia’s seven-seat SUV also brings a nice ride and better than you might expect handling.

Visibility is good all-round, although the rear 3/4 vision is affected a little by the chunky c-pillar design.

There’s plenty of legroom in the first two rows, and adequate access and space in the third-row.

Those sitting in that last row get climate controls and vents, though there are no power outlets back there - the closest power source is at the back of the centre console.

The seats are a real highlight in the Sorento. They have a relatively flat base, but good side bolstering on the back rest.

Very good cabin storage areas and nice fit and finish are also highlights.

Like what I found in the Kia Carnival, I’m not a fan of the ‘wood’ insert on the top of the steering wheel in this grade of the Kia SUV.

It looks good, but I prefer a grippier surface here, especially when making a u-turn or when parking.

Simple controls and easy to read gauges (including a full-digital speedometer) are also nice touches.

While safety is extremely well covered with a five-star ANCAP safety rating, while the Platinum grade of the Sorento boasts things like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and front and rear parking sensors.

Summing it up; the Kia Sorento is right at the top of the family vehicle pack and is a MUST drive proposition for anyone seeking a well-rounded seven-seat SUV.

The seven year warranty is the icing on the cake.

NUTS and BOLTS - 2017 Kia Sorento Platinum

  • Engine: 2.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW/441Nm or 3.3 litre V6 petrol producing 199kW/318Nm
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)
  • Safety: Five stars
  • Warranty: Seven years
  • Origin: South Korea
  • Price: from $40,490, Platinum diesel from$56,590

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