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Kia Sorento SLi diesel 2016 review: Torquing Heads

Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the 2016 Kia Sorento SLi diesel with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

The Kia Sorento marched straight to the top of the large, seven-seat SUV segment when the third-generation model arrived in mid-2015, setting a new segment benchmark for refinement along with the important family credentials of value and room for all.

The mid-spec Sorento SLi scrapes just beneath the magical $50,000 barrier with the optional diesel engine, which also brings all-wheel drive.

A two-wheel drive petrol V6 version is available for $3500 less, and like all new Kias, the Sorento is backed by the brand's industry-leading seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

But is it worthy of Nikki and Peter's families? They've put it to the Torquing Heads test to find out.

Plus: Peter takes a detailed look at the Sorento SLi diesel in his full road test review.

Also: We put the Sorento up against the new Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger.

More: Check out all seven-seat SUVs at our hub.

And you'll find anything else Sorento related at our Kia Sorento hub.

Is the Sorento SLi diesel your choice for hauling around your family? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Click here to see more 2016 Kia Sorento pricing and spec info.

Pricing Guides

$34,990
Based on 103 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$26,955
Highest Price
$41,980

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
GT-LINE (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $39,050 – 45,980 2016 Kia Sorento 2016 GT-LINE (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Platinum (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $32,700 – 41,980 2016 Kia Sorento 2016 Platinum (4x4) Pricing and Specs
Si (4x2) 3.3L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $26,955 – 29,990 2016 Kia Sorento 2016 Si (4x2) Pricing and Specs
Si (4x4) 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $29,850 – 35,990 2016 Kia Sorento 2016 Si (4x4) Pricing and Specs