2005 Kia Sorento Reviews

2005 Kia Sorento EX 2.5 turbo diesel from South Africa

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance197000 kilometres
Previous carKia Sportage

Summary:

Exceptional value for value for money, and as good as any other SUV, on or off road

Faults:

One fog light has had to be replaced twice over the years. Otherwise, absolutely nothing has gone wrong or proven to be a concern, let alone a problem.

General Comments:

This is an extraordinarily good vehicle.

On tar, it handles as though on rails. Off road, it is as good as any other SUV, and will go anywhere the others can - at a fraction of the cost of Jeeps, M-series and X-series from their respective makers.

I cannot understand why anybody would pay so much more just for the prestige of a badge, because nothing is that much better to warrant a higher purchase price. This vehicle is exceptional for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2012

2005 Kia Sorento LX from North America

Year of manufacture2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carHonda Odyssey

Summary:

It's a piece of crap

Faults:

Gas tank light never works properly. Always says near empty or empty when there is at most half a tank left.

Head/tail lights always go out.

Inside dash board lights flash at times.

Driver's seat barely moves back & forth anymore, from the automatic leverage button.

Full brake system already replaced. Now onto new rotors.

Wiper blades never last.

Gas guzzler...

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

Review Date: 10th March, 2011

23rd Apr 2012, 09:21

So basically what you are saying is that there are no mechanical problems, and only a few electrical problems, which is normal for a 6 year old vehicle.

Not bad at all. Thank you.

20th Jun 2012, 17:20

I had to diagnose one with electrical issues. It was obvious that a number of mechanics have tried before. I quit with no charge after noticing weak and vulnerable wiring. To make it short: overall bad design prone to short time failure. No support and know how from Kia.

2005 Kia Sorento XS 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired107000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carKia Sorento

Summary:

Good value and under-rated

Faults:

I bought this Sorento, not knowing the transfer box was in trouble.

General Comments:

Very smooth and comfortable. A useful working 4x4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2011

2005 Kia Sorento EX RWD Leather 3.5L from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carNissan Maxima

Summary:

Kia's flagship, get it before it costs like Toyota etc

Faults:

Digital climate control display does funny things when it's cold in the mornings.

A few times after reclining the driver's seat, it did not want to come up for some reason. Don't have the issue any more though.

When fuel gets low, the gauge kind of goes up and down. Gas light turns on and off. I just set my mileage counter at zero, and refuel at 200-220 miles.

Sometimes when you adjust the stereo sound settings, it tends to reset to manufacturer settings (great sound though if you have the Delco amplified stereo found in my 05 EX).

At 105k, driver's leather seat seams started to separate (maybe about time).

Used to start kind of bad, but when I stopped using cheap gas, problem has never came back.

General Comments:

The jeep is really a nice SUV. It sits on a truck frame. I have the rear wheel drive, and it feels like a Lexus LS400 that I previously owned. I would recommend this car to a friend.

Only thing that I would like Kia to improve on the Sorento is the fuel economy. For a 2005, I get 17mpg. Kind of low in my opinion. Freeway and city are about the same on the mpg's. Best ever on a cruise at 70 about 19 miles. It gets awesome mpg's (23 or so) if you drive 50mph, which is not common.

Ride quality is excellent. Similar to Lexus.

Engine performance is great.

The transmission is very comfortable (auto 5 speed).

Does not kick out of gear when you add throttle, instead uses the engine torque to accelerate. Transmission is similar to a V-8 setup. If you have ever enjoyed Lexus V-8, you know what I'm talking about.

Front of SUV looks awesome (I have the cladding all the way around with the alloys. Don't buy one without cladding, it looks wimpy and cheap!)

Rear can use some attention though. The rear bumper looks kind of out of place.

The car is very nice if you get it fully loaded with leather, cladding, auto transmission, alloys and Delco stereo.

Can't stand the base model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2010

29th Apr 2012, 10:59

Jeep is a brand name, it is not a generic term for a 4x4. A Kia is not a Jeep, just as a Jeep is not a Kia.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 20 reviews