2012 Kia Sorento | new car review

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 by

The  Sorento was launched in 2002 and the first generation had a body on ladder frame construction that made this a very capable SUV. The second generation that was launched in 2009 lost some of that rugged characteristic and is now more road biased with its monocoque structure and the loss of its low ratio gearbox.

So with a new look and a new chassis, Kia also gave the Sorento a new interior to complete the set. And whilst certain elements might look a bit natty and up to date, the general fit and finish and quality of materials used is a little lacking. Still, at least there’s a decent amount of kit to keep your mind off it – the standard CD/MP3 player is pretty punchy and the leather interior helps lift the overall ambience a little even if it is finished in a drab grey colour.

The Kia Sorento was erstwhile available with a 3.3-litre V6 engine with an output of 241bhp but in 2011 the company opted for a smaller 2.4-litre engine as the one on Optima. This 2.4-litre motor makes 174bhp of maximum power and is quite a step down from the earlier V6. Transmission is taken care of by a new 6-speed automatic.

All variants come factory fitted with ABS, all-four disc brakes and two front airbags. There is no option of having additional airbags in the top-end variant. 17-inch alloy wheels are also standard across the range.


Price: AED 75,000 – AED 85,000


2.4-litre inline-4
Max power: 174bhp at 6000rpm
Max torque: 225Nm at 3750rpm


6-speed automatic


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