The Kia Sorento comes in four different trim levels, all called ‘KX’, followed by a digit – 1 being the entry level, and 4 being the top of the range. Like many Asian car manufacturers, Kia believes in offering a very slim options list and, instead, encourages buyers to choose the trim level that suits their needs the most. Our test car is the KX-2, which provides more than enough for most requirements. On board, we have dual-zone climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, rearview camera, and leather upholstery.
Step up to the ‘KX-3’ and you’ll find there are some extra luxuries like a panoramic glass sunroof and electrically operated boot, but really, we find the extra price – more on that later – is hard to justify at KX-3 and KX-4 levels.
Most cars with a seven-seat layout are tight on space in that third row, but Kia has done a good job in making as much room as possible back there. While still only suitable for children over any sort of distance, space is actually rather good, especially in terms of legroom.
When the last row isn’t occupied you’ve got a massive boot space of 660-litres, and with both rows folded down, that increases to a gargantuan 1,732-litres, turning the Sorento into a small van.