2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review

2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review
2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review.

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the mid-spec Kia Sorento.

2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review
2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review.

First up, I’ll make this just a short Kia Sorento review as I checked out almost exactly the same car last week, albeit the lower-spec Si Sorento, you can catch that full review here.

The reason why I will make this short is that again I found the 2015 Kia Sorento to be just about the perfect family-friendly SUV.

Great interior space, easy to drive, light steering, excellent visibility and a terrific turning circle being just some of the major highlights.

Again though, after another week in a V6-powered Kia Sorento, I am just as firmly of the belief that the turbo-diesel version is the way to go. Here in the mid-spec SLi grade Sorento you are looking at starting prices of $45,990 V6 and $49,490 diesel.

2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review
2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review.

Pay the extra and get the diesel, no question.

Above the entry Si Sorento, the SLi comes with a faux wood steering wheel insert (top of the wheel), this feels nice but is not really necessary in my opinion. You do get a nicer fully-digital speedometer and larger trip computer too.

Other extras in the mid-spec model include leather seats (which are probably more family/small children friendly), nice little lights on the exterior door handles, push button ignition, an electric tailgate and 10 speaker stereo (Si gets just 6 speakers).

One other inclusion is 18” alloy wheels, up from the entry-level models 17”. With the larger wheels comes lower profile tyres (60 Series instead of 65 Series), thus the SLi’s ride is not as comfortable as the base-models and this would be a factor for me.

2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review
2015 Kia Sorento SLi V6 Review.

Oh yes, you still get the spoken speed alerts which are handy and only come on if you are doing the wrong thing, still, they are a bit intrusive and annoying!

Summing it up; personally I don’t know if there’s enough difference to justify shelling out the extra $5,000 for the Sorento SLi. I liked the softer ride in the base-model car and with a reverse camera, sat-nav and three-zone climate control as standard, it is in itself quite a well-stocked offering.

Again though, whichever way you go, get the diesel.

With that seven-year warranty, five-star safety, heaps of space and being a top-notch product all round, the 2015 Kia Sorento is a winner!

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Kia Sorento SLi

Engine: 3.3 litre V6 petrol producing 199kW and 318Nm or 2.2 litre turbo-diesel producing 147kW and 441Nm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Seven years

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $45,990




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