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2018 Kia Sorento Walk Around


In its current form, the Sorento conveys a sense of balance. Standing well ahead of previous Sorentos, the look is neatly elegant. Smooth sheetmetal edges create a handsome profile. Nothing is excessive.

Up front, the Sorento’s grille, though prominent, is less exaggerated than on some crossover vehicles. Body panels are softly sculpted, accented at corners by LED lighting, with appropriate yet restrained levels of chrome.

Interior

Modification of the cabin as part of the 2016 reworking propelled Sorento forcefully up the sophistication scale. Soft-touch plastic trim and supple front-seat upholstery help give the impression of a luxury SUV. The cockpit comes across as polished and well-organized.

Controls are grouped into logical, enclosed zones on the wraparound dashboard. Front seats are sculpted effectively, similar to those found in premium makes. Cushions are marvelously supportive, augmented by extendable thigh supports.

Second-row seating is less impressive. Three occupants fit, but sit low. Contouring of bottom cushions isn’t sufficient for adults, and the ill-shaped bench is short on support. With a panoramic roof, headroom is scant.

Second-row seatbacks fold to ease access to the third row, which is roomier than some. Climbing back there isn’t too tough, but legroom could be better.

Cargo space is adequate but far from vast. Volume totals 38 cubic feet with the third row folded, shrinking to 11.3 cubic feet with all seatbacks up.

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