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Kia Sorento SLi 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
7.9
The Kia Sorento is a large seven-seat SUV and the SLi sits high in the range, with a list price of $46,990 for the petrol version and $50,490 for the diesel variant.

The Kia Sorento is a large seven-seat SUV and the SLi sits high in the range, with a list price of $46,990 for the petrol version and $50,490 for the diesel variant.

Standard features include the leather seats, an eight-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with digital radio, plus there’s sat nav, a reversing camera, dual-zone climate control, proximity unlocking, an auto tailgate, powered front seats, tinted rear glass, alloy pedals, LED taillights, auto headlights with LED DRLs, roof rails, a rear spoiler, faux-wood trim on the centre console and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The previous 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine has now been replaced by 3.5-litre V6 producing a healthy 206kW and 336Nm, while the 2.2-litre diesel makes 147kW and 441Nm. The six-speed automatic transmission in the old car has now been replaced by an eight-speed auto.

Petrol Sorentos are front-wheel drive and diesel Sorentos are all-wheel drives.

Despite the petrol V6 being bigger in this new model, fuel usage has only increased by 0.1L/100km for 10.0L/100km under combined driving conditions. The diesel is more frugal, with Kia saying you should see 7.6L/100km.

Scoring a maximum five-star ANCAP rating, advanced safety kit includes AEB, lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control.

Three top tether mounts and two ISOFIX points can be found in the second row only.

Pricing Guides

$48,555
Based on 296 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$31,888
Highest Price
$61,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
AO EDITION 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $39,991 – 46,337 2018 KIA SORENTO 2018 AO EDITION Pricing and Specs
AO EDITION (4x2) 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $36,080 – 43,010 2018 KIA SORENTO 2018 AO EDITION (4x2) Pricing and Specs
AO EDITION (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $38,610 – 45,430 2018 KIA SORENTO 2018 AO EDITION (4x4) Pricing and Specs
GT-LINE (4x2) GSL 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $51,777 – 54,388 2018 KIA SORENTO 2018 GT-LINE (4x2) GSL Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.9
Richard Berry
Senior Journalist

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