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KIA Sorento Prime: premium ambitions

KIA Sorento Prime: premium ambitions

08.06.2017
The modern customer is very fastidious about the cars. It’s hard enough to surprise him! The same happened with KIA Sorento Prime, but is it so bad? Let’s rent the car and check it.

The modern customer is very fastidious about the cars. It’s hard enough to surprise him!

Therefore, many car manufacturers are resorting to a marketing trick and create utilitarian crossovers with a hint to premium class in order to attract the customer. The same happened with KIA Sorento Prime, but is it so bad? Let's rent the car and check it.

Exterior

Kia Sorento Prime looks dynamic and attractive. Slanted headlights, a big chrome radiator grille, bumpers with pseudo metal inlays, a spoiler and roof rails catch the eye. But the geometric passability isn’t very high. Small ground clearance (185 mm) and low overhangs don’t allow to go off road.

Interior

The interior is spacious and cozy. The front panel is monumental and very functional. The center console houses a multimedia unit with a large touch screen. It displays rear view camera pictures, navigation, some car settings etc.

Through the puffy steering wheel with three spikes you can see the dashboard with a large speedometer. The information is perfectly readable thanks to a large font, and the on-board computer screen pleases with nice graphics and rich colors.

The driver’s seat has a pronounced lateral support. It can comfortably accommodate a driver of any size. The rear sofa can be adjusted for the backrest's inclination angle and in the longitudinal plane. The passengers have two 12V sockets and air ducts. And the third-row passengers have a climatic system of their own. But the truth is that you are rather unlikely to ever use it - as it’s not roomy enough even for a person under 165cm.

Performance

Kia Sorento Prime is equipped with:

  • Turbocharged 3.3 litre engine, 250HP
  • Automatic six-speed gearbox.
  • AWD

Acceleration of the Korean crossover is impressive — great thrust throughout the revs range provides excellent elasticity and allows to dramatically accelerate the car even at high speed. However, the automatic gearbox works too smoothly and makes pauses between steps.

The steering is expectedly smooth. The steering wheel lacks more sharp and clear responses, rolls in corners are significant. But you can praise a long-travel high energy-absorbing suspension that effortlessly overcomes any road irregularities and prevents passengers from shaking.

Summing up

Kia Sorento Prime is a high quality product that can really be qualified as premium. Taking into account the crossover’s class, you can say that it doesn’t have many cons, while advantages allow to recommend it to a big family or lengthy trips’ lovers.

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