Kia Sorento Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2008 Kia Sorento EX CRDI 2.5 turbo diesel

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 kilometres
Most recent distance25612 kilometres

Summary:

Would not recommend as a good buy

Faults:

Spare wheel dropped after a 25000 km service was carried out; not covered by warranty that I had not needed to use prior to this happening. My suggestion is to padlock a chain to avoid this again.

Paint work is poor, ie no knocks or scratches, just peeling off.

Rattles in the front dashboard.

General Comments:

Cr motor runs well.

Had the 2 running boards replaced under warranty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th January, 2011

2007 Kia Sorento EX 3.8 petrol

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.8 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17 kilometres
Most recent distance10000 kilometres
Previous carHonda CR-V

Summary:

Good value so far

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Purchased the Sorento to replace the 02 Honda CRV; mainly for stronger towing purposes and also as a replacement vehicle after the Honda was rear ended.

Found the Sorento a much more luxurious ride and certainly a more capable vehicle off road. Let's face it; the Sorento is a truck based SUV and therefore heavy, so driving the vehicle means a different style to driving a Honda or Toyota. I find myself allowing more braking distance and feathering the brakes somewhat as an allowance for the extra weight (approx 600kgs more than the Honda), and so far no brake problems as reported in other reviews.

Some reviewers have complained about vibration in lower rev ranges, and should be reminded that the transmission is programmed to read the technique of the driver and adapt to their style of driving. My opinion for what its worth is that the vibration at lower speed is due to the engine labouring. Change to manual mode, drop the transmission to 4th, and what do you know; no vibration.

As already stated, you get what you pay for and here in OZ a similar spec Toyota Prado would have cost around $25000 more. Kia longevity is probably no contest against the Toyota, but for $25K less I was willing to take the punt. So far no complaints, and if this vehicle goes 80000kms with no major maintenance issues, I'll probably buy another one. 10K down, 70 to go!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie oy oy oy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2008

2005 Kia Sorento EX 3.5

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired14 kilometres
Most recent distance97600 kilometres
Previous carKia Carnival

Summary:

Looking forward to buying the latest model

Faults:

After a dealer service interval, the battery will discharge completely. Usually occurs twice in a two weeks, then behaves till the next service.

General Comments:

Value for money, without a doubt.

This unit has had tyres replaced at 85,000km, and is still on its original brake pads and rotors.

Handling is certainly good for a car without electronic stability control or traction control.

Easily out performs various mid-sized pretenders, both on and off road. Excellent for towing heavy loads.

The car's ability to turn in quickly gives it a turning circle that is quite small, allowing easy maneuvering and parking in tight places.

Overall for a package with leather and sunroof, this mid-sized vehicle is hard to beat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2007

2007 Kia Sorento EX 3.8 litre V6

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.8 litre V6 Semi-Automatic
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance305 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

A good car to own and drive

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong - too early to tell - but I doubt anything will go wrong.

If the driver & passenger seats could be adjusted a little more high (for us short people), it would be a great plus.

General Comments:

Good handling.

Quick on acceleration.

Easy to handle.

Sound system is pretty good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2007

31st Jan 2008, 06:38

This is a follow-up on the review - now that I have had the Kia Sorento for over six months - and clocked up nearly 7600kms.

Would like to add that whatever I mentioned in my earlier Review - still Holds Good. Very satisfied with the Vehicle. Still need to trial it off road.

The towing is great - I pull a 1.9 tonne, 20ft (6.15mt) boat and hardly know it is there.

2004 Kia Sorento LX 3.5 V6

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 kilometres
Most recent distance21500 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

Seems amazing value for money

Faults:

For me nothing so far.

The previous owner also said nothing had gone wrong after 20,00km town driving.

General Comments:

I think the car looks fantastic, especially after we put tint on the windows.

It drives well though the suspension is a bit 'crashy'.

Engine sounds great, but lacks a bit of pull when accelerating hard. Bit thirsty (13L/100Km)

The brakes don't inspire confidence though I have yet to try them in anger.

The interior is very well appointed with no squeaks or rattles. The extras are all very handy. The leather seats are great and are easy to clean.

It feels better put together than my Magna.

I'm always nervous telling friends I've bought a Kia. Everyone has low opinion of KIA which, so far, seems unfair.

It was this or a Subaru Forester for the same money. I'm glad I bought this.

Will update this article when I put more Ks on the clock.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th September, 2006

12th Sep 2006, 06:46

I share your view of the Kia Sorrento. I have had mine for 16 months now and just over 20,000kms, the only problem was a taillight filling with condensation when new, this was fixed under warranty, a very minor problem that didn't affect the car. It is true that people think of Kia's poorly, but I have found nothing to fault and would recommend this car to anyone wanting an affordable full size 4wd. I think Kia make a good car, or at least the current ones all seem of high quality and specification.

Hope your Kia continues to serve you well.

Regards, Australia.

5th Nov 2006, 21:16

Thanks for your feedback!

2 months in. Done just over 2000 km. Not a lot of mileage, but enough to get a better feel of the car.

Still nothing gone wrong.

Tried a bit of 4 wheel driving and was surprised how well the car performed.

I have heard a rumour that the KIA engine and gearbox are from Mitsubishi (or built under licence). Does anyone know if there is truth in this.

Faults: None

Likes: Off road capability, quiet cruiser onroad.

Dislikes: Automatic gear change a bit sluggish, fuel consumption.

I have now got used to the brakes..

8th May 2007, 23:27

Just completed 10,000 km in around six months.

35,000 km service cost AU$220 at a local KIA centre.

Problems: Centre interior light sometimes didn't come on when door was opened. Fixed at service.

Fuel Consumption: Averaging around 13.0L/100km mixed driving.

Comments: Sill love the car and its looks. Am considering buying another Sorento when its time to trade in. Will definitely opt for the Diesel.

Found out that the engine and drive train are sourced from Mitsubishi, after noticing the engine resembled my neighbours Pajero.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 7 reviews