The mid-size crossover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), Kia Sorento was launched in automobile market by South Korean automaker, Kia in year 2002. Kia Sorento has gone through 2 generations of production and currently is in its second generation. Sorento features front engine layout with either a front wheel drive or a four wheel drive. Kia Sorento is very much similar to Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Veracruz/ix55 when its designing is concerned. Kia Sorento with its unibody structure has high demand in automobile market.
Engine, Mileage and Variants
Kia Sorento is mechanized by a single engine diesel variant of 2.2 litre capacity. The 2.2 litre diesel engine with CRDi burns out a maximum power output of 200 PS at 3800 rpm along with a maximum torque of 422 Nm at 1800-2500 rpm. The combined fuel consumption calculated by Sorento by its 2.2 litre diesel engine ranges between 5.7-6.7 litres over 100 kilometres on an average. The top speed attained by Kia Sorento is 205 kmph accelerating from 0-100 kmph in 9.2 seconds time.
The elegant exterior designing of Kia Sorento is accentuated by its panoramic sunroof which is integrated with power sunshade in it that allows you to take a complete feel of exterior environment. The rear spoiler enhances its aerodynamic characteristics with curvy bumpers and roof rails. The newly elevated bonnet with long and sleek headlamps creates a substantial figure of Sorento with hexagonal shaped front radiator grille. The rear end of Sorento features LED stop lamps high mounted on its rear spoiler and LED tail lights with Kia badge placed at its center. This imposing SUV carries overall dimensions of 4780 mm X 1890 mm X 1685 mm (L X W X H) along with 2780 mm wheelbase.
The comforting interiors of Kia Sorento include high technology specified entertainment system which is integrated with a 7 inch long touch screen display. The stereo system also integrates a CD, Radio player in it with MP3 compatibility, USB and AUX plugins. The instrument cluster is further equipped with a 7 inch TFT LCD supervision cluster which enables high visibility display for vehicle related information such as average fuel consumption, outside temperature, digital clock and more. The inner beauty of Kia Sorento is further embraced with the stain chrome finish inside at the door handles. You can make hands-free calling with the help of Bluetooth hands free connectivity and voice recognition.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Safety in Kia Sorento is ensured by standard 6 airbags which includes front, side and curtain airbags in it to reduce the impact during a frontal collision. The seats belts are integrated with load limiters and pre-tensioners. The Traction control system monitors the wheel spinning during acceleration. The the 4 wheel disc brakes are integrated with Anti-lock braking system for maximizing braking efficiency. The Hill Start assist control prevents the car from rolling back while climbing a hill. Rest of the safety features are Brake assist system, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control and Tire pressure monitoring system.
This mid-size crossover SUV by Kia Motors is a solid vehicle, ideal for those looking for an imposing vehicle in the market. It offers decent value for the money you pay for it and is more compatible in off-road ability than its peers.