I recently began a three year lease with the 2011 Kia Sorento. I received an EX, 4 cylinder, FWD, with premium package and third row. It is white on the outside with beige leather on the inside. Altho...
I recently began a three year lease with the 2011 Kia Sorento. I received an EX, 4 cylinder, FWD, with premium package and third row. It is white on the outside with beige leather on the inside. Although it has only been a few days, I am thoroughly satisfied with my purchase. Let us start from the outside and work our way in.
The look of the Sorento is amazing. Although it is only slightly larger in dimensions than its competitors, it appears much larger on the road than it actually is. In addition, it has an athletic stance that separates it from other similar vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Rav4. As for color selection I feel the best colors are white, black, silver, and dark grey. I wish they had a creamier white, they have white sand beige which is too much on the beige side and thus looks odd. The white I purchased is very nice and the quality is top notch, but I wish it was more of a creamy white a la cadillac escalade.
As for the interior, in my opinion, it hands down looks best with beige leather. The reason for this is that the dash, steering wheel, door trims, and floor mats are all dark colored. The contrast of the beige with the dark looks great. Black leather, although nice, feels too darth vader for my taste. If you opt for cloth, they are actually quite nice and comfortable. The perforated leather looks and feels very nice. I would say nicer than domestics/honda/toyota, however, noticeably inferior to lexus, mercedes, bmw etc. The leather seats are supportive, firm, and comfortable. I have not had a long enough drive to assess how it feels over a long distance. The lay out of the dash and instrument panel is intuitive, easy to read, and generally appealing. Though hard plastics were used for the dash rather than soft touch materials, it is comparative to its competitors and if kept clean does appear nice. The leather steering wheel oddly does not really feel much like leather. It is quite coarse. This may, however, in the long run be beneficial as it may deter hand prints and stains. The steering wheel has many functions that are separated nicely and easy to use. Now for my only real complaint about the vehicle. The base sound system is not anything at all to brag about. Although it offers 7 speakers, it just doesn't do music any justice. CDs get away with sounding alright, but the radio sounds dull and without oopmh. It does, however, have many neat functions such as bluetooth that allows me to stream pandora radio from my blackberry through the speakers. The sound quality of this was on par with the radio. The built in sirius radio controls worked very well. If you keep the volume low, it sounds fine, turning it up, however, will be a slightly disappointing. As for the goodies, bluetooth works flawlessly. Minutes to set up and I was answering calls and streaming music. Reverse camera is a neat toy. It is only a picture on the lef 1/3 of the rear view camera but is sufficient to see if anyone or thing is behind you, and for parking. Push button start is unnecessary luxury that is just fun. No need to jumble for keys, just walk up and open the door, put your foot on the brake and press the on button. The addition of premium sound with navi and a panoramic roof would result in essentialyl a nearly perfect vehicle.
Finally, and most importantly, performance. I am rating my performance based on my expectations of the vehicle. It is a relatively heavy vehicle with a 1 74 hp I-4, I am not expecting it to get to 60 in 6 seconds, not 7 seconds, and not even 8. I needed a vehicle that when I merged onto the highway could get up to speed in a timely manner. The Sorento does this and it does not feel like I'm pushing the vehicle to its limits. Acceleration is smooth. It does, obviously, have the higher pitched engine sound that many I-4 engines have. Not an issue for me. Accelerating and changing lanes is not an issue as well. The Sorento, similar to luxury vehicles, has the ability to reach high speeds while feeling the vehicle is travelling significantly slower. Handling is smooth and carlike, however, it isn't numb and boring. Is it overtly "fun" to drive, not particularly, but combining the nice seat height, excellent views, and plethora of interior amenities, the experience is a pure pleasure.