The new Sorento offers four different type of driving performance modes: comfort, eco, sports or smart mode. The sports mode fit the Sorento the most when accelerating, as it pulled the speed up smoothly despite being a 1,755-kilogram SUV.
The road noise and engine sound were relatively well controlled, keeping the interior silent and increasing the driving comfort. When speeding up to 130 kilometers per hour on the highway, it was then that the wind noise became clearly audible from the driver’s seat.
Like other Hyundai and Kia cars, Sorento’s semi-autonomous driving function was useful.
The driver assist mode is synced with the navigation, so it can automatically calculate the speed limit on the road and control when to speed up and slow down, on its own. The autonomous-driving’s handling was smooth even on curvy roads. But the hands still had to be on the steering wheel, or a beeping sound and the signs popped up on the dashboard for driver’s safety.
On top of high-tech features, the new Sorento’s spacious rear area was the most impressive, making it a good option for a family car.
Compared to the previous model, the height and the wheelbase of the fourth generation Sorento has been stretched by a relatively modest 10 millimeters and 35 millimeters. But by using the new platform, the interior has become more spacious than rival models like Santa Fe and Renault Samsung’s QM6.
The second row offers plenty of legroom while the third row could also fit two tall adults leaving about a hand span of headroom. The third row can be folded to make the trunk roomier to load stuff.
Having large rear room area means it can appeal to families with young children.
Figures show that the new Sorento is received well by millennial fathers.
According to Kia Motors, during the preorder period from Feb. 20 to March 16, 58.6 percent of orders out of 26,368 units were made by fathers in their 30s and 40s.
By Kim Da-sol (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Korea Herald ratings
Design: 4 stars
Fuel economy: 3 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Price: 4 stars