7 reasons to buy

7 reasons to buy. a Kia Sorento

Seven good reasons to buy a Kia Sorento

1. Looks aren’t everything. But in the modern car market, they count for a lot, as consumers prioritise design when buying a fresh car. Fortunately for Kia, its design chief, Peter Schreyer, is one of the most creative in the business, so modern Kias aren’t a million miles away from the cars that he used to design for Audi. The Sorento – with its slick surfaces, acute lines and bold nose – is yet another good-looking car that will win fresh fans for the brand.

Two. Lots of equipment. One of the other reasons Kia has been so successful in latest years is that it includes a lot of useful equipment as standard in its cars – unlike many of its rivals (especially the premium ones). All variants have features such as air conditioning, privacy glass, cruise control, DAB radio and parking sensors, with only the entry-level cars not fitted with a touchscreen for the infotainment system.

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Trio. A comfy cabin. The improvement in quality of Kia’s cars has been marked in latest years and the Sorento is another rung on that ladder. Soft-touch plastics, comfy seats and good-quality materials via the cabin is a sign that buyers will be more than blessed to spend time in their fresh car.

Four. . and roomy, too. The Sorento has seven seats and there is a surprising amount of room for everyone. The front has slew of room for the driver and passenger; the 2nd row of three seats is also spacious, especially as they stir backward and forward; and the pair of seats in the back , which lift up from the boot floor lightly enough is fine for kids and smaller adults – and they even have their own air con controls, which isn’t common in seven-seaters.

The Kia Sorento boasts a convenient cabin

Five. No choice? No problem. The Sorento just has one engine option, a Two.2-litre turbodiesel that produces 197bhp and meet the latest EU6 emissions regulations. It has embark/stop technology to cut the engine temporarily when stationary, so emissions can be as low as 149g/km and official fuel consumption can be as high as 49.5mpg (figures aren’t as good if you opt for an automatic transmission or when speccing up the car). Not bad for an SUV with a kerb weight of just under two tonnes.

6. But also slew of choice. Four trim levels – KX-1 to KX-4 – mean that there’s something for a broad spread of budgets, from £28,795 fifty to £41,575, a spread that suggests just how far the company has come from its ‘budget car’ roots.

An amazingly roomy car

7. Unruffled rail. The cabin isn’t the only comfy thing about the Sorento: it has a decent rail quality that is particularly well suited to long-distance cruising and copes pretty well with bumps and violated road surfaces. True, the treating is fairly bland and uninspiring, but that is unlikely to put off many buyers, we imagine.

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