For many, Pierce Brosnan may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the new 2016 Kia Sorento. With a prominent presence amongst the public in its Superbowl debut, the “Perfect Getaway” commercial portrays the Sorento in a new light. Kia boasts that the new Sorento is more capable than ever before with improved materials and amenities, a new engine option, and increased towing capacity. Kia considers their newly redesigned SUV as the adventurer’s dream. Is it a winning package or a sugar-coated experience?
The Sorento is like a woman’s favorite outfit in her closet—you can dress it up or down. It’s rugged enough, yet maintains elements of sophistication. Although we enjoyed the previous body style, its new looks have grown on us. The Sorento has an athletic appearance due to its planted stance, stronger lines, and long hood. In turn, it’s also more aerodynamic than before. It has matured in size as well; the Sorento’s wheelbase is 3.1 inches longer for more interior room and more cargo space. For 2016, there are four new alloy wheel designs ranging from 17” to 19” dependent on trim level. Our tester, the top-tier Limited trim, featured the largest wheels size along with LED fog lamps, tail lamps, power liftgate, and backup camera.
Kia’s designers focused on using premium materials and textures to bring the interior atmosphere to a whole new level. The Sorento Limited arrives with nappa leather seat trim, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. They’ve carried over the Infinity premium and the ever-popular panoramic sunroof from the previous model. With the increased wheelbase, the cargo space has bumped up from 72.5 c to 74 cubic ft with the 3rd row down. Kia upped their tech game with four new UVO eServices as well as a Kia App store which allows select apps to be downloaded for free from iTunes and Google Play. The optional Limited Technology Package adds HID headlights, advanced cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and surround-view camera system for extra safety and security on the road.
To be an adventure-seeker’s car, it has to have the right amount of power, strength, and maneuverability. The core of the Sorento has undergone significant change. 53% of the unit-body contains of advanced high-strength steel which means less weight and increased rigidity. For 2016, a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been introduced to the lineup. It offers 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque; it’s powerful enough for everyday use but lacks some spunk. If you crave more power, opt for the available V6 which drops a few torque for an extra 50 horsepower. The Sorento is very comfortable with limited road noise, making a winning combination for those looking to travel. The only real letdown was its steering. Compared to its competitors, like the Mazda CX-5, the steering felt quite artificial and disconnected from the road.
Some may have been quick to dismiss the Sorento in the past, but I dare those to revisit the all-new 2016 Kia Sorento. It brings a lot more to the table than ever before—offering more interior space, better features, and a new powerful engine. All of this, of course, is for the adventurer who wants to get away. You’ll find it has all the comfort and amenities you crave without sacrificing a sporty look. It’s a tremendous value for money. Just don’t be expecting snipers and explosions behind the wheel. This Kia is for owls and long weekends at the lodge.
|2016 Kia Sorento Limited
|Limited Technology Package||$2,500|
|As Tested MSRP||$45,095|