April 21, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Kia Sorento SX

The Storming Telluride Lite

It is hard to believe that over a dozen years have passed since we acquired our special edition bespoke C! Fastfleet Kia Sorento Deluxe. At that time our 2nd generation Sorento CRDi had AWD, a high-fidelity multi-speaker system, a panoramic roof, and so much more. So, I was hoping that the all-new 4th generation Kia Sorento, here tested in its current top-spec SX guise in Snow White Pearl for an extra P10,000.00 above the standard color of Silky Silver (funny that the only other alternative color is Aurora Black Pearl which costs the same additional premium whether you get the SX or entry level EX variant), would have all the updated equipment available from previous generations.

Kia Philippines certainly did the best they could to offer the outstanding all-new Kia Sorento midsize crossover with the most salient standard features packaged with the new Smartstream 2.2-liter turbodiesel and 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (the first application of Kia’s DCT in the Philippine market) while managing the retail price. Despite that effort though, there were sacrifices and the costs are still challenging. The good news though is that the Sorento SX is ultimately still very desirable and it is at its overall best in our market. Together with the all-new Kia Carnival, the Sorento also displays the new tasteful brand identity and loads of great standard equipment.

Compared to the previous generation, the all-new Sorento has grown significantly larger in every proportion combined with an aggressively designed body that mirrors the larger Telluride which we think is the absolute best in its segment in North America (it is not offered in our country principally because it uses a 291 bhp 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine which would make it very too expensive). You can read about the brilliant Kia Telluride at https://www.c-magazine.com/car-reviews/2020-kia-telluride-sx-awd/ . The Sorento uses an even longer wheelbase than before, by 35 mm (1.4 in), while the vehicle’s overall length is stretched by 10 mm (0.4 inches). At the moment for the Philippines, the Sorento is purely a front-wheel drive with no option for the Torque-vectoring All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/ Center-Locking Differential system which would have also raised the ground clearance further by 1.3-inches. The new DCT may have some slight throttle lag from rest or when transitioning from reverse to drive, but the transmission otherwise performed smoothly.

As a luxurious 7-seater crossover however, with fully independent suspension that uses liberal amounts of aluminum, the Sorento is the third most dynamic, quickest and fastest vehicle in the Kia showrooms following the Stinger GT and the outgoing Forte GT sedans. It may not have the other optional powerplants and electrification found in other markets, nor the optional 12-speaker Bose® sound system, panoramic roof, and other kit. Though it does have a few surprises in the SX variant like the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that can superimpose images from the blind-spot monitors in the most effective way possible. We first experienced the very useful and practical feature in Kia’s flagship K900 sedan which you can read at https://www.c-magazine.com/car-reviews/kia-k900-luxury/ .

The chiseled 2022 Kia Sorento is a compelling substitute for the Telluride in a package that has more interior room and adjustability than a Toyota Fortuner. The acceleration, fuel efficiency, ride, handling, and braking are superior to any midsize crossover and ladder-framed SUV in our market. The new interior design and abundant multiple rhombus-shaped cooling vents are the finest and most unique in its segment as well. The 8-inch central infotainment system may not be as large as the 10.3-inch systems in other markets but I prefer it as it is less distracting and retains almost all the functionality that includes the 360-degree camera. One of the most important details that both the all-new Carnival and Sorento have are third-row ISOFIX mounts which allows owner-driven vehicles to safely and properly position young children at the most rearward row in order to maximize space and comfort for adults in the second row.

Specification – 2022 Kia Sorento SX

Engine: Inline-4

Location: Front, Transverse

Displacement: 2151 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Fuel Injection: Direct Commonrail Fuel Injection, Intercooled E-VGT Turbodiesel

Max power: 199 bhp @ 3800 rpm

Max torque: 325 lb-ft @ 1750-2750 rpm

Transmission: 8-speed Smartstream Dual Clutch, Front-Wheel-Drive

Front suspension: Independent MacPherson Strut with Gas-Pressurized dampers and anti-roll bar

Rear suspension: Independent Multi-link, coil springs with Gas-Pressurized dampers and anti-roll bar.

Fuel Capacity: 67 liters (17.7 gallons)

Load Capacity: 357 liters with third-row up, 1274 liters with third-row folded

Ground Clearance: 176 mm

Approach Angle: 16.8 degrees

Departure Angle: 22.1 degrees

L x W x H: 4810 mm x 1900 mm x 1700 mm

Wheelbase: 2815 mm

Brakes: Front 12.8-inch (325 mm) ventilated discs with 2-piston calipers / Rear 12-inch (305 mm) solid discs with single piston calipers Integrated Electric Parking Brake, ABS, HAC, ESC, DBC, TSA

Wheels: 19”x 7.5J Multi-spoke Two-Tone Glossy Black Aluminum Alloys.

Tires: P235/55R19 105V Good Year Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV

Weight: (kerb) 1811 kg. (3984 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.7 seconds

Top Speed (mph): 210 km/h (130 mph) Governed

Fuel Mileage: 8.1 L/100 km Overall

Price as tested: PhP 2,598,000.00 (Snow White Pearl)


C! RATING 9.5/10

+The absolute best in its class, very attractive, fabulous LED-lights, exemplary build quality and very handsome.

Price. No moonroof. No AWD. Limited available exterior colors. No optional premium audio.

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