8 questions from our users
Hi, I am seriously considering a Sorento. It was mentioned previously that it has a DPF. I understand that the Santa Fe with an identical drive train does not have a DPF. Would someone please clear this up for me please? Furthermore, does any one know if the Hyundai Tucson has a DPF?
I keep hearing about serious diff issues in the santa fe but none whatsever in the sorento. Don't both of them share the same drivetrain? I'm referring to model post 2012
I have a 2018 sorento limited edition and I’m thinking of getting a caravan. Can I get some feedback on anything I need to know before I get going. For example, it’s an auto so how will I do with fuel consumption, do I need to upgrade the springs etc.
Really appreciate any help I can get. Thanks
Forget it. I have a 2018 GT line and although it has a 2000kg tow capacity, it only has a 100kg limit on the tow ball which means you can pull a box trailer or a jet ski. The only camper in all of the Jayco range that you can legally tow is the JPod. VERY disappointed with this aspect of the car.
I purchased a 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum which unfortunately only has a tow ball weight of 100kg. This rules out any caravan or even some camper trailers.Its pointless being able to tow 2000kg but only having a 100kg tow ball weight. does anyone know a way of increasing the tow ball weight. i understand Hyundai have an upgrade kit but Kia doesnt seem to?
Ball weight and towing weight are very different.
We tow a lot and our ball weight limit is 150kg and our caravan weighs 1700kg. The down force or ball weight is 142kg.
Each rig you tow will have a different down force to the ball and it can usually be measured with good bathroom scales (150kg) and a piece of wood about 100 x 100mm square/round and about 450mm long placed between the hitch and scales.
Kia do offer a rear spring upgrade which increases the ball weight to 150Kg. This should be a lot closer to the towing limit of 2000kg.
Hi my knowledge with Diesel engines is very limited would anyone know if the 2016 Kia Sorento 2.2 Diesel engine has a timing belt or timing chain or does it not have one because it's a Diesel engine? Just would like to know as I just bought one and love it. I just don't want to make the same mistake I did many years ago with my car which was not Diesel??
@ Emms. Thanks for your response. I'm very happy with the Kia Sorento....Great Family Car!, However To my disappointment I have asked people at the service/parts desk and the response I've gotten (Twice) Is......Please wait a minute and I'll ask the mechanic...and both instances when the person returns.....The answer is our head mechanic hasn't had to changed a timing belt or chain on the Sorento so he's not sure. Hopefully when you come in for the next service we will have an answer for you.
I think because dealership service centres are combined with makes of cars such Kia, Ford, Honda & Subaru and fall under the same service centre they have mechanics that are 'Jack of all trades and experts of none'!.
I would like to mount a led light bar to my um platinum sorento 2015. I am told that because of the smart (radar) cruise control and front parking sensors this is not possible. Any one achived this successfully? I am not interested in roof mounting.
Yeah the smart sensor is located on the left side of the smooth black piano finish area. If you have one that's small and doesn't cover that. It's worth giving it a try. Worse case is you just take it off if the smart cruise radar isn't working. Otherwise roof is the best area. You could also experiment on mounting it higher or lower to see if it interferes. I'll have a look at that area next time I open up the bumper. It's relatively easy to take out the whole bumper to do install work like this. Do let us know if it works please. I have a 27" light bar but yet to attempt It as mounting location is a little tight in that area.
What drive away price are people paying for the Kia Sorento 2015 model?
Hi Thank you for reading this, we are about to purchase a Kia Sorento platinum in the platinum graphite colour and I am wondering if you have the two tone interior because I was wondering how dirty it gets and is the air conditioning good on hot days? Just wondering how the engine is performing also Thank you Enjoy
We have the 2011 Platinum with the dark charcoal leather so can't answer your first Q. Our vehicle air con struggles if the vehicle has been sitting in the sun. It gets quite hot inside even though the exterior colour is silver and it has factory tinted windows. particularly if the front seats have been in the sun, and noticeably more so than our last vehicle, a Nissan X Trail with similar specs. We try and make sure we use a sun shade when parked. The dual climate system works well on a longer run but i can,t answer for the 3rd row as we havn't used it back there. I had it re-gassed recently which helped slightly. The engine is operating well and has plenty of grunt despite age, although I haven't run it on a dyno to check specs against factory. Oil usage has been insignificant between changes. It does have a rough spot / vibration at low revs below 1300rpm but is otherwise typical diesel and works well with the 6 speed auto. The fuel economy is excellent for the size and performance.
All the best with your purchase.
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