The new 2015 Kia Sorento range has a lot to live up to. In a time of unprecedented global growth for the brand, the outgoing model set new standards for the Korean brand. Loved by buyers who appreciated its reliability, running costs, flexibility and comfort, the Sorento delivered plenty of value at a very reasonable price point – just as we’ve come to expect from the South Korean manufacturer.
The Platinum model is fitted with the full gamut of standard equipment and you can see that full model breakdown in the pricing and specification story. Rest assured, there’s nothing you need that doesn’t feature as standard in the Sorento Platinum. Our recent review on the entry-level Sorento petrol model illustrated value for money at that end of the model range too.
The 2.2-litre diesel engine features an electronic variable geometry turbocharger and generates 147kW at 3800rpm 441Nm, between 1750rpm and 2750rpm. The six-speed automatic gearbox seems perfectly matched to the diesel engine, such is the ratio spread across the power band. With peak torque available so low in the rev range, and holding on until 2750rpm, you’ll find the Sorento is flexible around town, getting up to city speeds without ever feeling like you’re working it too hard. The transmission itself is getting on now, and most manufacturers in the SUV segments are going with more than six ratios, but the Kia’s six-speed does the job admirably.
The ADR fuel claim on the combined cycle is 7.8 litres/100km. That in itself is impressive when you consider you’re talking about a full-sized, seven-seat SUV, but even more impressive is the indicated real world figure. I saw an indicated 8.3L/100km after my five days behind the wheel. With the majority of that driving around town, that real-world return is nothing to sneeze at.
Stepping out of the petrol Sorento model straight into the turbodiesel is an interesting exercise. The petrol engine, which isn’t a puny under performer, suddenly feels a fair bit less effortless after you’ve driven the diesel even a short distance. There’s a low-stress sense to the way the diesel attacks any given task that makes it very hard to argue against. Likewise the AWD system when compared to the FWD system of the base model: while there’s nothing inherently wrong with the FWD model, the AWD version just adds an extra sense of surety that makes the Sorento Platinum that much more enjoyable to drive.
Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2015