The competition in Crossover SUV segment is getting more intense with time. Along with established German and Japanese players like Volkswagen and Honda, newcomers have also hopped on to the bandwagon. The Kia motors, based in Korea, have been trying for some time to make its presence felt in global car market and it is also keen on getting a foothold in Crossover SUV markets. The Kia Sorento, is the contender in this segment. Now in its third generation, the Sorento is quite popular and the 2017 version has got some enhancements to cope with rivals better. The Sorento has earned popularity owing to factors like excellent crash test scores, well-made cabin, and value for the money and spacious interiors. It is not on par with german rivals in refinement but it is catching up fast.
2017 Kia Sorento – Exterior Expectations and Luxurious Interior Design
The exterior of the 2017 Kia Sorento may not look drastically different but some subtle changes are there. It gets Bi-HID headlamps which have Dynamic Bending Light feature. There are 19-inch alloy wheels as well as fog lights. New colors include Sparkling Silver, Ebony Black and Titanium Silver. The car comes in 5 trim levels, namely L, LX, EX, SX, along with SX Limited. The car will be sold both in 5 and 7 seater setups. The body still has crisp, contemporary lines and it is somewhat bigger than the previous version. It makes the Sorento look suitably bigger than the compact sibling aka Sportage. The car is robustly built owing to enhanced amount of high-strength steel used in its body.
The interior of the 2017 Kia Sorento is quite polished and you will be hard pressed to find anything that looks cheap. The Koreans are surely catching up with rivals in terms on in cabin refinements and aesthetics. The 2017 Kia Sorento however suffers in cargo space; both with third row of seats folded or set up. All models get Bluetooth audio, stain-resistant fabric upholstery, USB/iPod interface, auxiliary audio jack and 40/20/40-split second-row seats. The third row of seats as expected is only suited for kids and teens. Even the second row of seats is not particularly big or comfortable they feel more like benches. To ensure the 2017 Sorento copes up with rising competitor in this segment, the Kia 2017 Sportage is likely to equip it with cutting edge safety features. This time, the 2017 Kia Sorento may add automatic braking feature which was not present in the predecessor. Other expected safety features in the crossover SUV are lane-keep steering assist, adaptive cruise control, around-view monitor and forward collision warning. Safety options like rear-cross-traffic alerts and blind-spot warning may be added to the base trims this time. The LX trim model gets additional features like sound-deafening windshield, auto-dimming mirror, rear parking sensors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. In the EX trim, you get 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, auto dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker infinite sound system and larger 8-inch touch screen interface. Move up to the SX Trim and features like fabric headliner, driver memory settings, 19-inch wheels, upgraded steering are available. The top of the line SX Limited trim includes upgraded leather upholstery, multi-angle parking camera, ventilated front seats and lane-departure warning.
2017 Kia Sorento – Powerful Engine and Performance
In the 2017 Kia Sorento you get 3 engine choices. The base engine has 2.4 liters capacity and it generates 190 hp. It is coupled with a speed auto transmission unit. Then there is a 2.4 liters four-cylinder engine which makes 185 hp. The high-end engine is turbocharged 2.0 liters four-cylinder variant and generates 240 hp. There are options for either FWD or AWD. There are 3 driving modes namely Eco, sport and Comfort. However, do not expect excellent acceleration even in the sport mode. It handles varying terrains well but dealing with snow and mud is not exactly its forte. The engine and road noise is kept at minimal level even in absence of proper noise cancellation technology.
2017 Kia Sorento – Pricing and Availability
It is expected the price of the 2017 Kia Sorento will go up but the company will still keep it reasonable. The L model will be priced like $26000. The LX will be priced under $30000. Top of the line SX Limited trim will cost upwards $42000 approx. Adding AWD will add to the price for all trims. It will be released in last months of 2016. Overall, the Kia Sorento 2017 packs in enough punch to consider it for a midsize crossover SUV. The design is enticing and now the 2017 Kia Sorento is bigger in dimension. The engines, while not the category best have enough punch to fulfill needs of most users. However, in some key areas the Sorento lags behind the established rivals. It lacks in cargo space area to begin with. In off-road capabilities, rivals like Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9 outshine it by a margin. Price wise, however the 2017 Kia Sorento will appeal to a section of buyers.