Editor: Jason”The Bok” Date – 09 June 2017

If you are in the market for a spacious, comfortable and practical family SUV with decent ride height, you are probably aware of the Kia Sorento. Now Kia South Africa has added the new 2.2 CRDi LS model derivative to the line-up.

With South African’s affinity to buying large SUV type vehicles, the Sorento is an important model for Kia SA and this new 2.2 CRDi LS model gives a great affordable option to the compliment the Sorento range and fits in perfectly with previously entry 2.4 LS model.

Powerplant & Delivery

With the new 2.2-litre turbodiesel motor power output peaks at 147 kW and 440 N.m of torque. All the power is mated to a 6-speed automated gearbox which makes for a smooth, pleasant drive in traffic situations and both on and off-road. Kia also claims carbon dioxide emissions of a mere 203 g/km.

1The coarse engine note can be heard from outside the vehicle on take-off, but it offers an amazing quiet, smooth and comfortable delivery from within and it is certain to impress. The Sorento offers several available driving modes including and ECO and Sport mode for quicker gear shifts.

The Comfort Factor 

Thanks to its unique blend of space, practicality and well-appointed materials throughout the cabin, the Sorento offers an incredibly impressive interior space.

Great cabin ergonomics make accessing the climatic air-conditioning controls and that of the vehicle’s multimedia system a breeze. Media is delivered through sources such as the vehicles 6-speaker radio with CD and MP3 playing ability owing to its USB and auxiliary inputs. The large LCD display between the instrument cluster is great for viewing media and other driver related information on the go.

3The steering wheel mounted controls also make shifting through your media easy, without you having to take your hand off the steering wheel. Despite this being a large vehicle, it is easy to drive, even in a congested situation, thanks to its rear park distance control and good visibility all-around.

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a family SUV which is economical, practical and incredibly spacious, the Kia Sorento is able to offer a whopping 660-litres of luggage loading capacity, true space for the entire family and a premium solid build.

2The Kia Sorento is available as either a 5 or 7 seater.

SA Pricing & Warranty

2.4 LS Manual 5-Seater                           R457 995
2.2 CRDi LS Automatic 5-Seater             R489 995
2.2 CRDi LX Automatic 5-Seater             R582 995
2.2 CRDi EX Automatic 7-Seater             R686 995
2.2 CRDi SX Automatic 7-Seater             R713 995
2.2 CRDi SXL Automatic 7-Seater           R733 995

Pricing includes Kia’s impressive 5-year/unlimited km warranty, 5-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and 5-year/100 000km service plan.

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