Seven-seater sports utility vehicles (SUV) have been winning over more families, thanks to flexibility and practicality presented in a sporty body-style.
The Kia Sorento excels at all that, and more, which explains why it’s certainly one of the best cars in the big, seven-seater segment (yes they’re literally called ‘Big SUVs’) right now.
Looking at the Kia Sorento’s road presence you might think, though: Hmm, is this too much for me to handle?
The reality is that the Kia Sorento behaves much more placidly than its image suggests – in fact, the Sorento just looks rough n’ tumble, but it’s actually all about un-toughening your drive.
When The Going Gets Tough…
The tough start ‘untoughing’! Okay that’s not a real word, but it does sum up the Kia Sorento’s abilities well.
Big cars can cause anxiety for newer drivers, but the Kia Sorento has a slew of features that puts a driver at ease.
One major concern about big SUVs is fitting into tight parking lots. The onboard Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) gives you fully automatic parallel and perpendicular parking.
To use the system, all you need to do is select the parking mode (reverse or parallel), and let the car do the rest. After signalling your intention to park, the Sorento’s ultrasonic sensors help to find a suitable lot for it to park in.
Handing your keys over to Junior might be a little easier knowing that, obliquely, it’s the engineers at Kia that are ‘parking’ the car instead.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen with connectivity to Apple CarPlay controls infotainment, so if what’s on the radio isn’t to your liking and you have no idea how to get to your destination, it can all be solved with a swipe or three.
In addition, the driver’s seat can retain the preferred position of up to two users, so no more switching between one driver’s high-rise position and another’s regular comfy throne. And they’re ventilated, so it’s literally ‘no sweat’!
The Kia Sorento’s turbodiesel R VGT engine has 200ps and a massive 441Nm of torque, so it hauls the entire family without hesitation.
Think a big SUV means a big fuel bill? Again, it’s got you covered, since it has good fuel consumption for a large SUV, with the Sorento SX taking just 6.2L/100 km.
The Sorento GT Line makes tough look even easier thanks to its new Dynamax All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, which continuously monitors driving conditions to maximise traction and stability, be it in a slippery carpark, or a dirt-strewn Malaysian road.
On all Sorento models, an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth shifts you’ll hardly feel and maximises the efficiency of the already capable engine. And do you know which other cars typically have an eight-speed auto? Yep, German luxury cars.
Space for Everyone
A generous 2,780 mm wheelbase, together with partial and full-folding of the rear seat rows means the Kia Sorento can take on a spectrum of seating and cargo combinations. The car is ready-to-go for holiday drives, with everyone’s luggage nicely stowed away at the back.
Visiting the furniture store and want to save on delivery fees? Fold all the seats down and you have a huge 1,530 litres of room, which you can also fit bulky or oddly-shaped items easily.
The boot door also has memory function to store specific opening angles to cater to a variety of height or storage needs. Moreover, the tailgate opens up in three seconds when you stand behind with the car key, handy when your hands are totally full. The Kia Sorento just makes it all so much easier.
A Safer Ride
And since everyone in the family is going to make full use of the new Kia Sorento, the safety features certainly aren’t lacking. Six standard airbags come along on a body made with advanced high strength steel, complete with a sturdy rear sub-frame to improve driving stability and a more vertically oriented rear shock system to better isolate car occupants from bumps on Singapore’s increasingly bumpy and badly-maintained roads.
Four-point LED fog lamps offer consistent and bright lighting when it’s not so bright outside, and for mildly challenging terrain, there’s Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), the latter being crucial for traction on slippery roads.
Seven-seater SUVs may be more common these days, but there’s nothing common about the Kia Sorento’s ability to make your life easier, simpler, and safer thanks to its huge complement of features and technology. Singapore’s demands on a car and driver can be tough, so let the Kia Sorento be ally to untoughen your drive – it’s that simple.
Engine 2,199cc, inline 4, turbodiesel
Power 200ps at 3,800rpm
Torque 441Nm at 1,750rpm
Gearbox 8-speed automatic
Fuel efficiency 6.2L/100km for SX Line, 6.5L/100km for GT Line
Agent Cycle & Carriage Kia