2017 Kia Sorento review with video


The basics:

Starting price: $27,695 + tax
As tested: $47,095 + tax
Average fuel economy over our week of driving: 9.9 L/100 kms (24 US MPG)
Competition: Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Sante Fe, Toyota Highlander, etc

The Kia Sorento has built a solid following since it was first launched back in 2002. Now in its third generation, the brand wanted to offer European design and refinement at Korean prices. And it obviously struck a chord, with the Sorento becoming Kia’s best selling vehicle in Canada. For all the details, take a look at our full review in the video above and then scroll through our report card below.

Pros:
– Sleek exterior styling which looks compact from the outside, but offers a deceptively spacious interior for front row and second row passengers
– Very comfortable, supportive seats (but families should be aware that the Nappa leather in the SX trim is susceptible to getting scratched and scuffed by rowdy kids)
– Great fit and finish in the interior – feels like a much higher brow luxury SUV in our SX tester
– Pretty respectable towing capacity out of all three available engines: 2.4 L tows 2000 lbs, Turbo tows 3,500 lbs, V6 tows up to 5,000 lbs
– Fuel economy over a week of driving (mostly in the city) far better than Kia suggests. 9.9 L/100 kms is very respectable for a 3.3 L V6
– Excellent road manners – but it’s more car than SUV. Don’t expect a vehicle great for adventuring. It has 185 mm of ground clearance while the Outback has 220 mm and the Grand Cherokee has up to 275 mm
– 5 year/100,000 km warranty is tough to beat
– 1099 L of cargo behind the second row is very good for this segment
Cons:
– All Wheel Drive costs an extra $2,200 on top of base the price. So for all intents and purposes for Canadians, it starts at $29,895 – which is more than the base price of a Subaru Forester, which is arguably better equipped
– A Back-up camera and safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Emergency Braking are not standard. In fact, while mid-range trims include a back-up camera, forward emergency braking is only on the top trim SX+ while Toyota is putting its Safety Sense package into all but the most basic Highlander for 2017
– The blindspot monitoring is too sensitive. It alarms when the driver goes to make a lane change, even when trailing cars are safely spaced out
– 7 passenger seating only available on V6 models
– Third row seating is also very tight
– The easy slide function to access the third row is only on the passenger side, where people with young families often have car seats in placeFamily Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 3.5/5 (64 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4/5 (second row)
Family Wheels trunk score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 4/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 38.5/50= 77%

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