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We’re big fans of the new Sorento. It delivers everything you’d want of a modern SUV — comfortable seats, plenty of cargo space, and sprightly acceleration. In a welcome change of pace, this newest version has enough room in the third row for adults. It’s significantly better than either the Volkswagen Tiguan or Mitsubishi Outlander — the only other compact SUVs with three rows of seating.
This peppy engine impressed us but also the way the power continues to build at higher speeds. Highway merging as well as passing is not a problem in the Sorento. Just as impressive is the new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is capable of near seamless shifts in slow-moving traffic or full-throttle merging.
The front seats on our top-of-the-line test vehicle offered heating, ventilation and a good range of adjustment. The second-row comes with a bench seat they are firm but more comfortable and supportive than bench seats found in other SUVs. The third-row seats are smaller and low to the floor but still offer enough support for adults. The dual-zone climate control is efficient and easy to use even if the touch-sensitive buttons aren’t as responsive as traditional buttons.
Contrary to its small SUV classification, the Sorento offers ample space for adults in all three rows. You’ll even find more legroom in the second row than in dedicated two-row SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Taller adults will have plenty of space. Even the third row is hospitable for adults, though it’s a bit of a squeeze to get back there. Getting into the Sorento is otherwise an easy affair.
The Sorento carries over many of Kia’s user-friendly attributes, and buyers new to the brand will have no problem getting a handle on the interior. Visibility is also quite good thanks to ample-size windows and good sight lines throughout the cabin.
With eight USB ports, passengers won’t lack power for their devices. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility is standard. The graphics are crisp and creative. All round Kia always seems to impress with their tech. in this price point the Sorrento is a great but!