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New Sorento an SUV with class


AS FAR as SUVs go, Kia has been relatively successful with its Sorento. The revamped and upgraded model promises to build on its predecessor’s history.

By day the Sorento is an easy car to live with. Its large body and upright driving position allow you to feel comfortable, not only in the cabin but on the open road too.

Powered by a 2.2-litre diesel powertrain, our test mule was a breeze, coasting along at different speeds while the six-speed automatic gearbox does exactly what it’s supposed to and isn’t reluctant to change when required.

Producing 146kW of power and 436Nm of torque, it’s a lively motor, but the standout feature on this Kia has to be - once again - its standard features.

The cabin is crammed with all the latest creature comforts to keep the driver and occupants comfortable and safe.

Ergonomics are well laid out and an easy-to-read instrument cluster means you can get all the vehicle’s vitals at a glance.

Safety features like front, side and curtain airbags, TCS, ESC and hill start assist all make the car a good value proposition. Kia clearly has an agenda to rise up to be a top-tier manufacturer with offers like this. But with the newly launched Toyota Rav4, it could have a lot of competition from SA’s favourite vehicle brand.

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