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All-New Kia Sorento 2,2L CRDI Diesel Review
The all-new Kia Sorento is a vehicle that always seems to have its sights set firmly on value and practicality, but the latest 2016 generation has seen the Koreans shift that focus towards style, quality, and a real level of refinement.
The first sign that things are changing can be seen on the new Sorento exterior.
Despite the fact that the new model is larger, the new design makes it look sleek, thanks in large part to the newly designed Kia signature grille and rear spoiler.
Refiend Kia 2,2L CRDI Diesel Engine
The great thing about this new Kia Sorento SUV model is how refined it is.
The 2.2L 4-cylinder diesel engine, coupled with 6-speed manual transmission, has been updated for the 2016 model year and allows the Sorento SUV to go from 0-62 mph in 9 seconds, roughly a half second faster than the model fitted with the 6-speed automatic gearbox.
It’s a smooth ride, but also one with plenty of power, as the engine delivers 441Nm of torque.
Cornering is also excellent, especially given the sheer size and weight of the 2016 Kia Sorento.
Running costs are lower when you choose the manual transmission over the automatic, as emissions go from 174g/km in the auto to 149g/km when driving the base model on 17-inch wheels.
Economy also dips from 49.5mpg to 42.8mpg.
Moving up to the available 18-inch wheels will mean less economical figures will be delivered.
You get the real feeling of the size of the car when you sit inside.
This feeling can be somewhat removed by moving up to a higher spec model, as you can use the new 360 degree view camera to help with maneuvering the vehicle.
Parking sensors also help get the car where you want it to go.
The steering is very light, which also helps with maneuvering the Sorento. Things are a little different when moving at higher speeds, as it sometimes feels as though the wheel doesn’t have enough weight.
That can be taken care of by putting the vehicle in sport mode, thus taking away the level of steering assistance.
Looks and refinement are just the beginning, though, as the Sorento also ups the ante in terms of practicality.
When the third row seats are folded down, you get 605 liters of cargo space, well up from the 515 liters in the outgoing model.
The second row can also fold flat to allow space for larger objects, and there is additional cargo space to be found in a storage compartment under the floor of the trunk.
There is a wealth of passenger space in back, with leg and headroom to spare.
Kids will fit nicely in the third rows of seats, although it may feel just a little cramped for taller adults.
All of that said, though, the all new Kia Sorento is still a very comfortable ride and at the end a great buy if you’re looking for a 7-seat mid-size SUV / CUV!