Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4×4 more for less

Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4

I'll advance because it is important that you are clear from the outset: if you are looking for a I suv accommodate up to seven occupants, comfortable, versatile, very equipped even from the intermediate level and powerful for not much money, You'll have to put, or yes, this Sorento in your pools. Meets all that and even brings something more.

Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4

As the Grand Santa Fe, Sorento all have both seven-seater that provision as Diesel 200 hp -no other- works well. The provision, although it does not protrude, is always loose: it is up to the Discovery Sport 2.2 SD4. The Santa Fe has similar performance and their rivals, the BMW X5 25d only is clearly faster. This one as well 218 hp X5 is the only one capable of improving consumption of Sorento 4WD, a car that proportionately more economical road in town. This Korean Diesel can be combined with manual or automatic transmission, which is what we tested. Not the best of this type because the torque converter to the engine linking it tends to slip more than necessary in situations like a page torn off or a turn, when to reduce a march. Not fast because his obsession is to be comfortable. Even what seems, a lot, when used in manual mode.

If you're not going to move out of the asphalt may compensate you choose front-wheel drive before all. This is because although the latter works well with voluntariness and the addition of a blocking force distribution when the ground is very slippery, it is clear that the Sorento is not a car ready to leave behind the roads or roads in good condition for which could run a car towing a single axle. does not help or paths suspensions nor the angles of your body, because its long wheelbase can make it touch the ground easily, especially when the ride height is not large when the bulky side sills is conditional which can be mounted as an accessory. Nor, despite its appearance of off-road, help that does not have proper wheels because, although they have a high profile, they seem allergic to it than asphalt. If you intend to do the best for this area Sorento, the first thing you should do is change at least one M + S tires. If, however, you want to make it go better than going on the road, too. In this case seeks others able to provide more grip and better quality, with faster code. What it is more difficult to overcome for the latter purpose are the tires, because in the list of options for this Kia does not include 18 ". Universal are 17. "

Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4

Good behavior

However, this SUV has ingredients in its chassis that make for good behavior, well, the suspension contains fine body movements with its strength and direction is required. If the first has a different point made over the previous Sorento, even with different dampers that give more firmness; incorporating the second electric motor assistance zipper instead of on the same axis. You can choose how much assistance we want with a button next to the change and between Sport, Normal and Eco definitions. In the latter case the less direct steering feel, also the accelerator seems to lose connection to the engine and the air conditioner cools slightly. In short, you may save fuel, but filters feelings too much: I'll take either of the other two positions.

Of the three levels with which this Kia sold the highest and the intermediate combined with all-wheel drive; while the front-wheel drive is associated with the Basic Concept and Drive. This is one of the reasons to choose type of traction -2500 euros plus 4WD why the 2WD- the Drive step may be the most recommended equipment. Also because it allows save 3,500 euros on the Emotion, the top of the range. This is the amount in which the mark rate leather, the smart key, the power seat for the passenger and also ventilation four side seats of the first and second row. If you do not want or need any of it, a drive is a good choice. However, choosing it renounces mount optional equipment that is not metallic paint. Driving aids as notice of involuntary lane departure, the vehicle detector in the blind spot, the adaptive headlights or motorized gate are reserved to Emotion and included in a package called Luxury options. It goes for 3,000 euros. A Drive, however, already reversing camera, Xenon headlights, the most colorful instrumentation data projection or the panoramic roof.

Test: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi 4x4


What does not change with the level of equipment is versatility, always high. In whatever Sorento, the center seat is moved longitudinally, their backrests have different regulations tilt, no transmission tunnel and emerges soil disturbed, backrests are lowered in proportion 40/20/40 and the trunk when the two rear seats are hidden under the floor flush with the edge load is enormous: 590 liters. If extracted two hollow spaces forming the third row, the situation varies, but still is appreciated that there is a place under the ground to place the ocultaequipajes or small objects. Thus, the boot capacity is 132 liters normal volume in its class.

In the third row even an adult can sit comfortably by the space available, but has to cope with his back remains low relative to the knees-the stool is 23 cm from the floor and some difficulty to access it. You can only get on the right rear door and the folding of the back, plus the displacement of seating forward, leaves a big hole. Located in those places and there are details that valorize that position, as air outlets with independent regulation of them a ceiling light itself, spaces for placing small objects ...

All for a good price, since even with the highest level of equipment, all-wheel drive and automatic transmission to, it is below its rivals. The same applies to the version located just at the opposite end of the Sorento range, with the basic equipment of standard equipment corresponding to the Concept, front-wheel drive and manual transmission, located below the 30,000 euros, costs similarly SUV as Mitsubishi Outlander and Ssangyong Rexton W, also with seven seats, but less potent.