As a mechanic obviously my experience working with all sorts of makes and models has a big impact on what we buy when time comes to upgrade.
We were looking for an SUV, didn't need a 4WD, just something large enough for a family of 4 (plus 2 dogs) and all our luggage for family holidays.
The Sorento is a good car, even a very good car. For me the most impressive thing is the driveline. The R series diesel is a cracker, a proven performer that does everything well and unlike a lot of other brands stands the test of time. 8 speed auto is perf...ectly matched to the engine, space, safety and tech, not to mention class leading warranty. Hard to see a reason to buy anything else. Good deals on run out Sorrento"s made our decision easier when comparing to it's cousin Hyundai Santa Fe.
An absolutely excellent machine.
I have recently received a new GT Line as a company car and was going to leave a review earlier about just how great this machine is. Everything works, everything is in the right place, all controls make sense, it's extremely comfortable, easy to drive - its just a seriously great SUV. We love it. Then last week my son was T-boned in the drivers side door at an intersection. All side airbags went off and the car flipped on its side sliding down the highway till it came to an abrupt halt, smashing the rear window (he climbed out the back). So ...with 5,000 km on the clock, it's written off. Without a doubt the front side airbags, the side curtain airbags and the KIA's super solid construction, saved him from even getting a scratch. So thankful! We've just picked up our next GT Line Sorento! Hope to get more than 5,000 km out of this one....
Purchased in June 2019.
Recently purchased a Sorento GT.. Initial reaction was WOW, after living with the vehicle for a month now you realise whilst quality is up there, you need to be wary of a couple of things that may annoy you after a while. I noticed a lot of "road noise" from the 19" wheels on GT model, i've read that the 18' and 17' don't suffer from this. The standard tyres are Hankook, I think i'll swap out for Michelin or something quieter. The new 8 speed transmission is really smooth, although I notice around 60kph it gets a bit confused which gear it shou...ld be in and chooses 3 different spots before settling in place, It also feels quite disconnected when going downhill I think this is a characteristic of this transmission rather than a fault - It also may well be because the vehicle is still new and all parts are still settling in. I had a really poor dealership experience which turned me off a little bit, but it's not the cars fault. I would prefer this offering over anything from Germany as I believe it would be more reliable in the long term. If you purchase this vehicle for mainly city driving or short trips, you should note the GT only comes in Diesel and is fitted with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) and will need a regular run of 20+ mins at a temp hot enough to burn the ash. The dealers tend not to tell you this, but it is not a problem for myself as I have mixed driving but city dwellers may want to consider the petrol version (although not an option in GT!) As said above the Hankook tyres are crap they're really noisy in this model which is a shame as they have fitted so much sound deadening material. The rear brakes are noisy at low speed also but this could be due to being new, time will tell I guess. At the end of the day a vehicle maker will not back their product with a 7 year warranty if they think they will see you all the time with vehicle problems, I note at this goes for the diesel model as with other makers the "DPF" is not covered under warranty, so if you clog this up and the dealership cannot clean/unblock it, it will cost $1000's of dollars to replace so keep this in mind when choosing this vehicle.
- Sorento AWD Diesel GT-Line (2016-2020)
- Verified purchase
Great Car! Noise from door & sunroof seals!
20000 KM UPDATE (10/07/2019)
Isolated the noise source to rubber seals on doors and sunroof. From other Kia forums I also found out that this product (rubber care stick) fixes this noise for a few weeks.
17000 KM UPDATE (15/04/2019)
There is minor vibration/rattling noise from doors & sunroof when travelling on slightly rough roads. Smooth roads and long rides on highways are quiet. Seems like the noise is coming from door & s...
Purchased in January 2018.
I’m a Kia owner. Get over it.
After much research for over a year, I changed from wanting a second hand Discovery or Audi Q7 to purchasing the Kia Sorento GT-Line, and I’m glad I did.
Ask me 5 years ago if I’d have purchased a Kia, let alone any car made in South Korea I’d have likely punched you in the face. It took a lot of reading, MANY test drives and some sleepless nights grappling with becoming a Kia owner, but common sense kept putting the Kia on top of the list.
This is the first brand new car I’ve ever bought. I’ve always owned Holden’s and Fords, an archaic min...dset that others should be released from the shackles. I thought if I’m going to buy a Kia, it has to be the best damn one they’ve got. So I went the GT-Line variant. The Kia is a pleasant surprise.we have two small kids, there is ample room and the quality of the interior is good, leather seats are comfortable and the overall feel is refined. There is enough torque down low in the 2.2 Diesel engine to give it some punch, but is very good on fuel. I’m very happy I bought the diesel. When it came down to what cars I was going to buy it was between the Mazda CX-9 and this one. The Mazda, also a very good car just didnt compete in included extras. The Kia has heated seat and steering wheel, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, GPS, huge sunroof, lane departure warnings, cross traffic warnings and I’m probably forgetting a couple but to have received all that in the Mazda I’d have spent an extra $20K on top of the Kia.
Amazing car! Best automobile decision.
Great performer on road, Highway drive provides me a great fuel economy too.
Apple play not available even in the top most model (GT version), Only disappointment I have!
Never an issue and the 7-year warranty is the best in market anyway. Interiors dual tone could be extended into other colours to attract more attention.
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