It is built to a price. the paint quality on the Sorento is awful, there's a lot of cheap plastic inside and the car uses a very heavy engine which makes the vehicle dynamics and fuel consumption awful. The suspension is also poorly calibrated and terrible. In short, it's a piece of junk which will depreciate super fast and has no street cred. why anyone would actually buy one when they can get a Suzuki Grand Vitara for the same price is hard to understand.
For the last comment: Sorento is not a piece of junk. That other brand is and does not look luxurious like the Sorento. Sorento's Suspension is solid. I take it that you are not happy with the sorento? I have one and love it. The engine is really powerful and I like the Transmatic shifter, really awsome. Your right on gas, it likes to just drink it up... But after reading some reviews here (also Sorento owners), I added a after market air filter intake system (K&N with tubing). It made a big difference in mileage, I am getting about 22 to around 24 MPG, and I was really amazed what this little tube with a con shape air filter makes, WOW! Cost me around $140 for the kit, but it is worth it.
My first 2003 Kia Sorento 2.5 EX Auto has now done 116 oookm in the bush without any faults. Except from a couple of paint scratches it is perfect. Only on my second det of Michelin Synchron tyres.
Just taken deliver of a brand new Sorento 3.8 Auto, so smooth and a magic suspension. Kia could have fitted a good DVD player instead of the ordinary CD/Radio Tape combination.
The vehicle was delivered problem free and has done 2500km and still looking for faults.
Test drive one if you are an offroad power junkie.
Ingo Steinhage Somerset West South Africa