2017 Kia Sorento Platinum Review

2017 Kia Sorento Road Test, Review

2017 kia sorento platinum

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.

kia sorento interiorA step ahead of the Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder, the Kia is a line-ball call with our 2016 Car of the YearMazda’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.

kia sorento rear seatsIt 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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