So you want a five-seater SUV.Well, actually, something There are seven seats Would be very helpful. But it should not be too big. It must be comfortable and provide convenience for everyone. Also fast enough-who likes to be slow? In addition, sometimes you will take that dirty shortcut, so it requires off-road ability. Just make sure it is also practical, safe, and good value for money. Is this request too much? Kia Sorento 2021 Redesigned This year, and strive to do all of this, and do it better than before. We brought the Sorento SX X-Line AWD-starting at $43,765, the most high-end, most powerful and off-road (ish) model in the lineup-for track testing and real-world evaluation to determine this Is everything suitable-everyone’s strategy works.
Take a moment to look at the new style. It is a far cry from the previous model.Look at the puffy anonymous next to it Previous generation carOpinions on design may be divided, but it is safe to say that now more than ever, style is Sorento’s selling point.
The idea continues inside. Unlike before, Kia’s design team seems to be really trying to bring visual interest to Sorento’s cabin. Details such as geometric vents, thick door handles, and cabinets with gauges and infotainment systems are prominent. And these elements seem to be assembled very well.
Although this is a Medium SUV, Sorento standard can accommodate 7 seats, or 6 seats, equipped with available second-row captain chairs. This intermediate packaging is mostly effective. The large back door makes climbing easy. Each row has good headroom, enough for the adult in the last seat to sit down. However, the low seat cushions and high floor of the third row force people to adopt a knee-up seat position with limited leg room. In addition, when using the third row, the cargo area is very small.
In the end, Kia’s bigger and Award-winning telluride It has better functions as a three-row SUV.it is Not much more expensive Than the Sorento tested here. However, even if Sorento is not that practical, it has another business card: lively performance.
Very fast-and a little clumsy
The previous top-level V-6 is gone forever. It has been replaced by a 2.5-liter turbocharged I-4 engine, which produces 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.Front-wheel drive is standard, but, as we have in our 2021 Sorento Ffirst of all Dbank, Not enough to accommodate such a wealth of torque-the all-wheel drive installed on this test car is indispensable.
On the track, it takes 6.3 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph, which makes Sorento as fast as its V-6-equipped competitors, such as Honda Passport or Ford EdgeIt is much faster than the Telluride AWD, the latter’s V-6 horsepower increased by 10 horsepower, but lb-ft decreased by 49 pound-feet, it takes 7.2 seconds to reach 60 mph.
Road Test Deputy Editor Erick Ayapana pointed out that the engine “will pull strongly once it starts, but it seems to enter power-turbo lag?” There are some, or maybe the clutch engages slowly, this is One of the weaknesses of the dual clutch transmission. Although we did not feel the tremor that the early production vehicles showed in our first drive, the dual-clutch automatics once again made low-speed operations tricky. When used in conjunction with the engine’s start/stop system, there is a delay between releasing the brake and moving forward. The transition from braking to acceleration can also grab it between gears. The gearbox’s rapid shifting cannot be an excuse for its clumsiness. Please note that the basic Sorento engine and hybrid vehicles use traditional planetary automatics that should behave more normally.
The EPA fuel economy rating of Sorento 2.5T X-Line is 21/28/24 mpg city/road/comprehensive fuel economy rating, even if it is not very good, it is respectable. Sorento hybrids (estimated by the EPA at 37/39/35 mpg) and upcoming plug-in hybrids can achieve higher efficiency.
It takes 115 feet to stop from 60 mph and will 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander And inspire more confidence Volkswagen Tiguan,, Need 124 feet. Ayapana commented on the amount of dive when braking, which may be partly due to the higher ground clearance of this X-Line model compared to other versions. However, during the entire test, it stopped directly and hardly faded.
On the street, Sorento is not particularly sporty, it becomes a bit floaty on undulating roads, and does not provide much steering feel. But the fundamentals are strong. “There is an amazing balance on the skateboard,” Road Test Editor Chris Walton said after measuring an average result of 0.85 grams.Walton appreciates how the AWD system helps the car “get off the curve well”, which is part of the reason that allowed Sorento to reach 26.5 seconds, 0.67 grams, and average 8 laps—close behind Kia K5 GT then.
In addition to three rows and stable performance, what else does Sorento have? Function-many functions. Each row of each Sorento includes cup holders, storage spaces and vents. Both front seat backs have pockets, and the second row folds up with a one-button function.
There is a wealth of technology. With up to eight USB ports, two 12-volt power outlets and a wireless charger, there is no excuse to run out of juice. Our Sorento SX Prestige trim test car’s stylish 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is combined with a 10.3-inch touch screen running Kia’s intuitive user interface. Thanks to the sharp 360-degree viewing angle camera system, restraining 20-inch wheels is no longer a problem. The voice amplifier helps the passengers in the rear to hear the voice of the passengers in the front.
The advantages of the SX Prestige trim include heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Its quilted and perforated interior looks great, with a huge panoramic sunroof on it. Details such as automatic brake holding, three-level automatic climate control, and LED cabin lighting may seem trivial, but they help the Sorento experience feel premium.
Each Sorento has driver assistance and active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, Rear seat occupant reminder, And adapt to the speed limit. High-end models have video blind spot monitoring, rear and side cross warnings, and rear automatic braking. Adaptive cruise control It is part of the available highway driving assistance system, which gets its name by making cruising on open roads as simple as keeping the steering wheel lightly gripped.
Everything for everyone?
Among the dozens of SUVs to be launched in 2021, it is easy to find options that meet most of your needs. It is difficult to find someone who has everything. All of the above methods of Sorento come with some compromises. For passengers, it is not as spacious as the larger three-row seats, and a medium-sized car that does not squeeze into additional seats has more cargo space. Its clumsy transmission detracts from the stable performance data of the turbine engine. Nevertheless, Sorento’s styling and rich features help it stand out. Its ability to do this between two crowded sections is commendable.
|specification||2021 Kia Sorento SX AWD F-GDI X-Line|
|Base price||43,765 USD|
|Test price||44,290 USD|
|Vehicle layout||Front engine, four-wheel drive, 6-channel, 4-door SUV|
|engine||2.5L/281-hp/311-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16 valve I-4|
|spread||8-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|Curb weight (F/R DIST)||4,123 lb (57/43%)|
|Wheel seat||110.8 inches|
|Length x width x height||189.0 x 74.8 x 70.3 inches|
|0-60 mph||6.3 seconds|
|Quarter mile||14.8 seconds @ 97.0 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 MPH||115 feet|
|Lateral acceleration||0.85 g (average)|
|MT Figure 8||26.5 seconds @ 0.67 grams (average)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||21/28/24 mile/gallon|
|Energy shortcomings, city/highway||160/120 kWh/100 miles|
|CO2 emissions, comb||0.82 lb/mile|