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The new Kia Sorento arrived in Mexico, an SUV that has found a good balance

A Large SUV / Crossover with capacity for the whole family and many new features, the new Kia Sorento 2021 looks more dynamic and even somewhat sporty. The lines are much sharper and more defined. We found gloss black accents on the front, sides and roof of the car. He reminds us a bit of his older sister, Telluride.

The front grill with its famous “Tiger nose” they make a good set with led lights. At the back, it has simulated exhausts and a good space destined for the big bold letters.

Reminds us a bit of his older sister, TellurideHe reminds us a bit of his older sister, TellurideSandowalsky

Inside, the car feels spacious, modern and equipped. The materials are of very good quality as are the assemblies. There is leather on the seats with texture on the side supports, not so hard plastics on the board accompanied by an imitation wood that also extends to the doors. Although we are not fans of those kinds of details, this looks very good, is balanced with the other materials and provides style.

Yes, there is piano black throughout the console and even on the infotainment screen. As long as the car is new, it will look very nice, but with the passage of time it will be inevitable that it will not have scratches. Silver details make it look modern.

The play of materials and textures make it look like a modern carThe play of materials and textures make it look like a modern car

It has various toggle buttonsboth on the steering wheel and in the air, which are very practical. Thus we avoid, for example for volume, press the wrong option.

Not very big, not small. Sorento is in the segment of Large SUV / Corssovers bordering on the middleweight. Its dimensions remain almost the same as its past generation, with provision for six or seven passengers.

Have a good space in the cabin, the second row is quite comfortable and even the legs of a person of average height can be stretched a bit; the third row It is a bit narrower and you have to play with the space for the feet, but it allows to accommodate the legs without major inconvenience.

Its dimensions remain almost the same as its past generation, with provision for six or seven passengers. Its dimensions remain almost the same as its past generation, with provision for six or seven passengers. Sandowalsky

The platform of this SUV is the same as in the K5 midsize sedan and with some other models of your sister Hyundai, and allows it to adapt to different versions, like hybrids. Unfortunately for Mexico only comes a naturally aspirated engine version. Price variations are related only to equipment.

Driving it does not disappoint us, only if we do not have high expectations regarding power. 2.5 liter engine is attached to a box of eight speed. If we are going at a good pace, it does not cost much to increase the speed but, if we are trying to go fast, the 191 horsepower they may come a little short. When only one person goes, there would be no problem, but if we use all the seats and the storage capacityWe will surely see a change in their performance.

Only a naturally aspirated engine version arrives for Mexico. Only a naturally aspirated engine version arrives for Mexico. Sandowalsky

However, it stands out in other respects. Ride quality is good. The suspension is very comfortable and soft but without being bouncy. When we reach speeds above the 100 km / he continues to feel safe. Steering is light and responsive. Count with one good insulation and no annoying noise is heard.

This is undoubtedly one of the best options in terms of value / price. For a little less than 800 thousand pesos, we can have a medium SUV for 6 or 7 passengers, good security including airbags and extra systems, as well as a good equipment proposal including panoramic roof and Bose-signed audio.

We would have loved to have more purchase options, at least one with turbo engine, but for now, this one has an excellent balance.

Motor

L4, 2.5 l, turbo, 191 hp

Transmission

8-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

Performance

Vel. Max. ND

0-100 km / h: ND

performance

15.2 km / l, tank: 67 l, autonomy 1,080 km

Tires

235/60 R18

Security

Seven airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, FCW, LKA and PCW

Price range

From 584,900 to 772,900 MXN

Unit tested

SX: 772,900 MXN