Around 10 years ago, SUVs suddenly became the go-to vehicle, as car buyers demanded more space, more comfort, more versatility and a more commanding driving position.
The seven-seat SUV allowed drivers to include the family plus some more, and the models quickly grew among car buyers who didn’t want to compromise space or ability in their cars.
We got out and about in the all-new 2015 Kia Sorento Platinum to test whether the new model can beat the competition in a hotly contested segment.
The voice of the navigation will become familiar if you have a lead foot, as an authoritative voice warns you ‘You Are Over The Speed Limit’ when you get a little eager with the throttle. It’s certainly a stern warning, and helpful if you’re in a rush to be reminded, especially as the turbo diesels quiet power delivery can surprise you with just how fast you’re going.
The diesel has no problem delivering power, coming in smooth waves, although you do have to adjust your driving style thanks to the ‘organ pedal’ accelerator which is attached to the floor, which makes placing the centre of your foot on the pedal a little different to a regular car.
The vehicles active safety features are constantly on watch in the Platinum to tell you what’s going on at any point around the vehicle. Blind spot detection will check for approaching cars, while the Lane Departure Warning System can detect if you’re drifting outside the lines that may cause a crash. It’s not perfect, moving around cyclists or cars parked on narrow streets will alert that you’ve left the lane, but thankfully, the system is relatively unobtrusive to your drive – giving a gentle beep and a warning light in your digital display to let you know that you’re not where it thinks you’re supposed to be.
The Sorento is, of course, covered by 7-year, unlimited kilometre warranty with 7 years capped price servicing and 7 years roadside assist which allows you to budget for a considerable portion of ownership. See Motorama Kia for exact pricing on petrol and diesel models, as they differ on scheduled servicing costs.
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