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Kia Sorento SUV - Interior & comfort

You'll be wanting for little in the lavishly equipped Kia Sorento

Carbuyer Rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

4.5 out of 5

The Kia Sorento has been given a technology and design overhaul inside, with numerous new features and a fresh look for the brand. Some aspects work better than others, with the silver trim for the air vents looking slightly cheap, but everything else appears and feels more upmarket than in the old car

Kia Sorento dashboard

The digital instrument cluster and central display now sweep across from behind the steering wheel, in a style similar to that seen in recent Mercedes models. It perches above a thin dashboard, which still houses physical controls for the climate control, along with prominent air vents.

Other design touches include soft-touch leather across the upper dashboard, a 'rotary' selector for the automatic gearbox and ambient lighting that illuminates the dashboard and door panels.

Equipment

The range kicks off with the '2' trim, which gets LED front and rear lights, 17-inch alloy wheels (19 inches for the PHEV), a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and eight-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reversing camera. It's also important to note the '2' trim is only available with the hybrid models, and not the diesel.

Step up to '3' and you get 19-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch central screen, ambient lighting, leather upholstery and a powered tailgate, but this also tips the starting price over £40,000. If you can stomach the higher car tax, '3' is probably the one to go for, with leather upholstery making the interior feel as upmarket as Kia's designers intended. Kia's flagship Sorento '4' trim includes Nappa leather upholstery, a head-up display and a Bose stereo upgrade, and is also hybrid-only.

Options

Kia doesn't tend to offer many options, instead preferring buyers to choose the trim level with all the kit they require. Currently, just ‘Premium Paint’ is listed, costing £650 but buyers will also be able to choose from a range of accessories including tow bars and roof racks.

Technology

The Sorento has been fitted with the latest version of Kia's UVO Connect infotainment system, allowing them to connect to the car remotely via their smartphone. It also offers 'Live' services such as real-time traffic, weather, parking prices and points of interest.

Kia's largest SUV also ushers in Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM), which can help the driver avoid a collision on roads with multiple lanes. This projects a live video feed into the left or right display when indicating to change lanes, and shows a clear video of any vehicles hidden in the car’s blind-spot.

Another feature called Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist will also warn the driver and brake the car to avoid collisions with pedestrians, or nearby obstacles, when the driver is parking or reversing out of a space. If a parking space or garage is too tight, the driver can get out and use the key fob to slowly drive the car forwards or backwards.

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