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