Beautiful Car...until warranty period runs out.
Bought this car brand new in 2013 from my local Kia dealer.
For 4 years I couldn’t be happier with the car...it drove beautifully, comfortable, heaps of space.
Started to hear some clunking and noises when turning, returned the car to Kia 3 times to get this issue and an oil leak checked.
Each time the car was returned saying there isn’t an issue at all (without a loan car this is very inconvenient to be told nothing is wrong) 3 days after it came back from the Kia dealer saying all was good, the rear diff failed at only 92,000kms.
Wow better than expected
Purchased a secondhand 156,000 Klm Kia Sportage Platinum Diesel for my wife. Totally surprised how good it is, no rattles or squeaks, tight as a drum. Everything works as it should, being a platinum it has it all; Panoramic Sunroof, Diesel, 6spd Auto, Keyless entry, heated front seats, Auto headlights, Auto Wipers, Satnav etc. Economical highway cruiser, plenty of power and torque. Smooth gearbox. Reasonably quiet and handles nicely. Full size spare wheel. Wife loves it and I must admit I don’t mind driving it as well.
Only criticism is it i...
I bought a used Sorento 2011 Platinum Diesel model.
I had following things in mind while buying a car:
1. Accessories and Features
2. 7 seats
3. access to the rear seats
I must say, we are more than happy to buy this car. sun roof, moon roof, ABS, Break Assist, Hill Assist, 4WD, huge space.the best part which is not offered by any of its peers (except holden Captiva) is split fold seats. Unlike its Rivals which offer sliding seat in the middle row and reduced space and access to move into the rear row, Sorento offers split fold seat whic...h offers more space if someone wants to sneak in. I have a diesel model and I have found the drive to be comfortable as well. Handling is also good. The steering could have been more smooth while driving but it might be due to the age of my car. The seating is so comfortable that you can drive for longer durations and still feel fresh. The access to music and cruise control on steering is good. Music system is also of good quality and you would not need additional bass (unless you are a maniac :)). The mileage is good in longer (7-8L/100km) run but in city, you are looking at 10-11L/100 km
Love this car!! Makes driving enjoyable!
This car is perfect!! We were after a mid sized car that was smaller than our large 4x4, but bigger than a standard SUV. With 4 kids and a camper trailer to tow, this car is the perfect family car. Great size to park in the smallest spaces, rear view camera makes life easier, comfy travelling over long distances. The heated seats are fantastic on cold days!! It is so lovely to drive, I find I drive slower to enjoy it more! Cheap to run, looks great, very quiet and extremely reliable!! Heaps of comfort and style without the hefty price tag.... Will be buying another some day! So glad I read other people's reviews about other makes... I am one happy customer! Well worth a test drive to see for yourself!
Best value for money on the market
Handles like an SUV. Great mileage - 6.5l/100 on country with a full load. Has every extra. Saved thousands on similar alternatives that were available. 5 yr warranty is now 7 yr warranty. Can't pass this offer up. Only issue is finding Kia servicing. All the KIA service centres round Sydney CBD/Eastern suburbs no longer do servicing - only sales. Strange.
What a ripper!
My wife has the Platinum Diesel pearl white. We fight over who drives. Brilliant fuel economy (under 7 l/100km on highway with ac), comfortable, safe. Plenty of power. Fits 3 kiddy seats across the back. Love it and will buy another when the time comes. Oh yeah, 7 years unlimited kilometre warranty plus fixed price servicing. This is cheap motoring that isn't "cheap". Thank you very much Blackburn Kia who are great.
Platinum - Go for it!
Bought a demo Platinum XM few months back and simply loving it. It's got its platinum feel and the red built in lights catch anyone's eyes at night. Packed with all features you'd look for in a car: GPS, 10 speakers audio, panaromic sunroof, heated/vantilated seats and list goes on...fuel economy and power is very good for this 7 seater. The only couple of downside I find is, very firm seats and sometimes bumpy rides, but overall good value for money! And with 7 yrs warranty, you cannot go wrong!
I purchased a second hand 2011 Sorento Platinum auto diesel with 94000 country ks on it. Paid 25K private. I wasn't game to buy new and not be happy. Our first Kia and first diesel. Last car a 2010, 2.5 petrol 4wd X Trail STL. I love the grunt, fantastic fuel economy, smooth intelligent auto and tight turning circle of the Sorento. Ride is harsher than X Trail and seats not as comfortable although the Sorento has more leg room in the back. The rear of the XTrail was very practical with the large squarish rear door and low sill opening, and flat...folding second row seats, although the Sorento loading area works well with 3rd row seats folded away. Kia Australia have also happily approved a new cruise control switch cluster (cancel button was sticking down) and replacement rear shocks under warranty without argument, which has impressed me given the age of the vehicle. After 6000 ks overall performance, functionality and quality of the Kia has probably been better than my initial expectations.
Reliable and great for towing medium size caravan
I had to overcome my brand snobbery, but after reading the reviews decided to make the plunge on a 2011 Kia Sorento Platinum. Almost 20K on the clock now. Our diesel automatic has impressed us a great deal. Very smooth gearbox, lots of torque, fantastic fuel economy, even when towing 1600kg van (without using the cruise control). Engine is very responsive, which is handy when overtaking those road trains with the caravan in tow. The suspension is firm. I haven't made my mind up if I like the suspension or not. The vehicle corners and handles we...ll, but damaged road surfaces are quite noticeable inside the vehicle. Have taken it on gravel and sandy roads, and have been impressed by the handling. I would like to learn more about off-road capability beyond straight beach running and if AT tyres will improve this capability and the overall ride. I'll keep searching for answers... Update mid 2015; The vehicle has performed almost flawlessly. Almost because of a starter motor failure. This was replaced under warranty, however the downside here was that it took one month to complete since there was no starter motor anywhere in Australia. Received a courtesy vehicle from the dealership after two weeks. The vehicle now has over 70K on the clock and performs exceptionally well. We are very happy with it. Road noise has reduced a lot since we recently replaced the factory fitted Kumho tyres with updated Kumho tyres. After 70,000km on the road, and taking value for money into account, I rate the Kia Sorento excellent. Gearbox, Engine, extra gadgets included, such as proximity key, bluetooth, USB port. Judge still out on the suspension
Happy owner 2012 Kia Sorrento Platnium
All I can say is wow this beast has great torque, great fuel economy, tows my van like a dream, and has all the creature comforts that you can ask for. Can't keep my lovely wife out of the drivers seat, still at least I van have the occasional beer. Great pricing and Kia dealer go the extra mile to assist. The Kia has never missed a beat to date happy as for over 4 years
Performance, inclusions, ride, style
Dash not visible in bright light, passenger seat needs same as drivers options
A dream to drive! And a Kia ... who would have thought?!
Bought our demo (5,000k's) 2015 Sorento Platinum Diesel a couple of weeks ago and have been in heaven since! Never thought I would end up with a Kia, but after reading all the reviews, decided to take one for a test drive and loved it. Was a little concerned that the side and back visibility was going to be an issue (compared with my previous Holden station wagon which had brilliant visibility from every side), but the big side mirrors (love those big side mirrors!!) and reversing camera certainly make up for it.
Platinum model has all the be...
Warranty Great ! Until you need to use it.
We have a 2014 platinum. At 80K front seat has collapsed and foam crumbling. I have been told this is normal wear and tear, and not covered. I see now they are offering an 7 year warranty. Sounds great until you need to use it. Then watch them duck for cover with every excuse under the sun.
Koreans rival the Japanese for quality.
We bought a 2010 Platinum as a demo and had it for nearly 4 years before trading up to a Prado. It was a very good car which towed our Jayco pop up eagle effortlessly with the gutsy diesel engine and was very confortable. The suspension was a bit firm as we felt almost every bump, something that was noticable once we test drove a Prado which was a more comfortable ride but I'm told Kia have addressed that issue since. Up til then it was the best car I've owned. As much as the Prado is a nice big rig, it's overkill for what we need.
We are ser...
So much to love
I never thought I would buy a Kia but after reading reviews on this site I decided to take a look and am so glad I did.
It is packed with so many great features - seat warmers/coolers, doors automatically lock when you start driving, push start, moonroof ,sun shades on rear windows, I could keep going on forever!
The drive is also very smooth and comfortable.
Only things that could be improved are middle seats don't get a lot of aircon- this is fine once car has cooled down, if 3rd row is in use no room in the boot and we have had a few minor problems with the sat nav (which I will let them know about at the next service).
I have had the car for 6 months and very happy with it.
Kia Sorento Platinum 2013
I spent a couple of weeks going around car yards
I spent a couple of weeks going around car yards and surfing the net looking for a 7-seater diesel with good fuel economy and leather seats. (I'm sick of constantly filling my 2001 3.8l v6 commodore).
I looked at Toyota, Jeep, Mazda cx9, Territory, VW, Hyundai, Captiva, Dodge... but they were all wrong: either too expensive, not big enough, too big, wrong engine (v6 petrol).
I was about to give up when I saw a Kia dealership and thought, why not? I test drove a 2011 Sorento Premium and was immediately hooked. I cleared the purchase with t...he missus and went back to buy it, but it had been snapped up. Ended up buying an ex demo 2013 Premium with 2,200km on the clock for 10k less than sticker price. Bling? Yup, it's got bling and panoramic sunroof and all, but for me it's all about the engine! Once you get up to 40 - 50 km/h and above it smooths right out. It has way more useable grunt than the commodore, and even though I can't help putting the boot in and taking the long way home (it's such fun to drive), I'm still getting good economy. It is a very stable, sure-footed vehicle on the road and I'm looking for a reason to take it slightly off road to see what it's like. The only quibbles I would have are the console screen catches too much sunlight and becomes unreadable sometimes, and the fact that there isn't a lot of headroom. I'm 5'10 and I'm fine in front and rear seats, but I wouldn't want to be too much taller. 5 year warranty, 5 year service, 5 year roadside assist, Kick-[censored word removed] engine, great ride, FUN Not much headroom, console screen glare
An outstanding car
Purchased 6 months ago from Bedggood Kia in Victoria drove home to Queensland 2000k filled up twice (unbelievable). Traded Honda Legend (good car) this is better. Power surprising no problems in passing - comfort (cooling seats) in Queensland everyone should have this feature. Bluetooth just so easy to use sound system great. Plenty of room and seating comfy. Holds (not a sports car) road well and rides well have used all wheel drive - functions well but would no take to Fraser Island general 4 wheel drive off road situations ok but need to be ...wise / Not serious off roader. Looks good - wheels easy to clean (big + for me) no real negatives . The price. The Platinum has everything the BM's etc have much less cost A little more sound proofing would help but not a serious problem
We bought the Sorento Platinum about 5 weeks ago. Love this car, exceeds everything we wanted. The seats are fantastic, even more comfortable than my Honda Accord. The power in the little 2.2 turbo diesel is amazing, overtaking is a breeze. The fuel economy is even better, i'm down to as low as 6,6lt / 100 klm's. Would recommend to anyone wanting a value packed all rounder.
Power, Fuel economy, Seats, Sun Roof, Build Quality.
Plastics scratch easily. Nothing else.
We love our new platinum 2013 diesel Sorento. It drives like a dream-purrs around town but plenty of grunt if you want to overtake up a hill. Great suspension, corners well, fabulous fuel economy and no blind spot in side mirrors! It is spacious-although the rear seats (6 and 7) are snug, it is good that 2nd row seat fold forward to allow access to 3rd row. The panoramic roof is aaaamazing-worth upgrading to top model just for that! The heated leather seats are very comfortable and the keyless entry is so convenient (however I do wish there was...a back up key for ignition in case the electronics fail). The reverse camera is wonderful (these should be standard safety feature). The car is a pleasure to drive-perfect family car! Stylish, powerful, economical, comfortable drive, luxury features, 5 year unlimited km warranty Plastic interior scratches easily, would like to have back up ability for if electronics fail (ignition/seats etc)
Next Gen Sorento Platinum Is a winner
Simply stunning in almost every way. The features are unending, seat heaters and coolers, moon roof, push button start, key less entry, great sat nav, effortless Bluetooth, decent power, self adjusting seats, rear camera. I'm a gadget man and I'm in heaven. The suspension seemed a tad spongy till I pushed it through the corners then it seemed stiffer.
Fuel Economy. Long list of standard features. Sun/Moon Roof is amazing.
A tad noisy compared to our 528i BMW. Spongy suspension at slow speeds.
Looking to purchase a 2013 Sorento Platinum diesel
Just lately I have looked and test drove, always at least overnight the baby Lexus hybrid, Holden Volt, Santa Fe Highlander and done lots of homework on other possibilities from reading reviews and complaints etc. and I to have come off my snob ladder having owned Porsche, Subaru, Triumph Stag, Ford LTD, Holden Caprice and so many news cars of my many years and never have I been more impressed with the new model.
When I look at the long list of refinements, ventilated/air-conditioned seats, door handle lights.....well you can read brochures...as well as me, and then you take a car overnight and run it through it's paces I am so impressed but the level of comfort, goodies, safety, running costs, warranty, I think it's a fair price for this style of vehicle. Just awaiting now to see the deal I can strike to change over my current car. The Holden Volt was a close one but at $65,000.00 it's not worth the change over, but at about $2.50 to run on batteries for about 90K probably faster to 110K per hour than many cars on the road today, tempting, but I do love the prospect of owning the new model. Absolutely everything, cool seats for driver and passenger, the 'moon' roof with a view to die for, big tyres/wheels. Nothing so far, even the negative view on older models, perhaps 2013 is the year for Kia to become of age.
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