Last year Kia launched the fourth generation of its Kia Sorento midsize SUV, which we had the opportunity to test in August of last year in its X-Line SX-Prestige trim level. The test left us very satisfied, both with the new features and technologies, as well as with the performance offered by that vehicle.
Now we have just tested the new 2022 model of the Sorento, which introduces some changes such as the inclusion of the new Kia logo, which in itself suits it very well. In addition and speaking of other firsts in the 2022 model, now the X-Line package is also available for S and EX trim levels with four-wheel drive and now also heated captain’s chairs in the second row of seats of the most expensive trim level, SX Prestige, come standard.
The trim levels and base prices of the 2022 Kia Sorento are as follows:
- LX – u$s29.590
- S – u$s32.390
- X-Line S AWD – u$s34.390
- EX – u$s35.490
- X-Line EX AWD – u$s39.190
- SX – u$s38.290
- SX-Prestige – u$s41.190
- X-Line SX-Prestige AWD – u$s43.190
The model provided by the Korean automaker for this review was the 2022 Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige AWDwhich with all optional features included, has a total cost of $45,120, including $1,175 for freight and handling charges.
Additionally, the Kia Sorento is offered in a hybrid model ($36,590) and a new plug-in hybrid ($49,890).
Engine and fuel economy
As with the 2021 model, Kia offers the same two engines, a 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder for LX, S and X-Line S AWD trim levels. This engine offers 191 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm, 181 pound-feet of torque @ 4,000 rpm and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The other, also a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, is a turbocharged engine that generates 281 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 311 pound-feet of torque @ 1,700-4,000 rpm. This engine is present on EX, X-Line EX AWD, SX, SX-Prestige and X-Line SX-Prestige AWD trim levels, and works in conjunction with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (wet type).
The unit supplied for testing has four-wheel drive with torque vectoring and a lockable center differential. In addition, its distribution box includes a technology that analyzes the conditions of the pavement and according to that analysis automatically adjusts the optimal power between the front and rear axles. This Sorento reaches 100 kilometers per hour (63 miles per hour) in about 6.9 seconds.
According to the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), the Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige AWD offers 22 miles per gallon of fuel in the city (1 mile more than the 2021 model), 27 miles per gallon on the highway (1 mile less than previous model) and 24 miles per gallon city/highway (combined) (same as 2021 model). For every 100 miles this model uses approximately 4.2 gallons of gas.
The exterior of the Sorento does not present any changes, except one that has to do with the Kia logo, with respect to the 2021 model, it still feels like a modern SUV, with the same sporty and aggressive air.
The front continues to show off Kia’s signature ‘Tiger Nose’ styling, with that wider grille introduced last year also featuring aggressive styling, naturally wrapping around the front LED headlights.
The only visible change in this 2022 model is the insertion of the new Kia logo, both on the grille, as well as on the tailgate, which looks much better than the old logo present on the 2021 model.
The sides of the 2022 Sorento continue to show the same well-integrated lines with fair curves, without excesses, which add to that sporty aspect that this SUV has.
The rear continues to show a muscular silhouette and the same smart gate that has a sensor that allows you to open and close it hands-free.
This Kia Sorento we tested has a color I really like, a modern color called Wolf Gray, with black accents on the lower part around the car and the X-Line bumpers.
As for the wheels, with the optional X-Line package it includes 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels in gray with a matte finish.
The interior, despite not being a full-size SUV, can carry up to 6 passengers, including the driver, by offering three rows of seats, reducing the Sorento’s base cargo space of 12.6 cubic feet. . Although the latter is relative, since, folding the backrests of the third row of seats, the space is expanded to 38.5 cubic feet and when the captain’s seats of the second row are folded, the total cargo space is increased up to the 75.5 cubic feet.
The cabin shows super luxury, with high-quality materials. All seats are upholstered in Rust-colored perforated leather thanks to the optional X-Line package. This color blends very well with the rest of the interior colors which are predominantly black and grey. The seats of the first offer ventilation and heating. The second row only offers heating.
All seats are comfortable, although those in the first and second rows are the best. The third row features a bench seat with 50/50 split folding seatbacks and of course less knee room than the other two rows of seats.
The driver’s seat offers 10-way power adjustment and 2-way lumbar support, while the passenger seat offers 8-way power adjustment. The second row captain’s chairs have 4-way adjustments.
The interior door panels also have black and ocher leather accents. Of course it includes some plastic and wood accents, just like on the front of the dashboard.
This Sorento comes with a power panoramic roof that encompasses the first and second row of seats.
The infotainment system is the UVO Link that has Navigation and MapCare. This system works with a 10.25-inch color multi-touch screen.
The digital instrument panel has a 12.3-inch LCD screen, which also, thanks to the optional Blind Spot View Monitor system, when using the turn signal, displays video captured by a camera in the driver’s door mirror. side that we are going to turn, that allows us to see what is happening to the side of the vehicle, covering a slightly larger area than what the door mirrors show.
The infotainment system is easy to use through controls on the screen, physical buttons on the steering wheel and via the voice recognition system.
This system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which can be connected wirelessly.
Other features include SiriusXM Satellite Radio compatibility with a free 3-month subscription, wireless smartphone charger and USB charging ports in all 3 rows of seats.
As for the audio system, it is a Bose Premium that works in conjunction with 12 high-quality speakers.
Security Systems and Driver Assistance
In this aspect, nothing has changed compared to the 2021 model, it continues with the same airbag system, which includes bags for the driver and passenger, an airbag for the driver’s knees, side bags for the 3 rows of seats and curtain type on both sides through the entire length of the car.
Other safety and assistance systems included as standard and others that come through optional features are as follows:
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Cyclist Detection and Junction Turning
- Driver Attention Warning (DAW) with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
- Lane Following Assist (LFA)
- High Beam Assist (HBA)
- Rear View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Guidance
- Surround view monitor (SVM)
- Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Parallel Exit Assist
- Blind Spot Monitor (BVM)
- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
- Parking Distance Warning (PDW), forward and reverse
- Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist, Reverse (PCA-R)
- Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (SCC with S&G)
- Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
- Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
- Safe Exit Assist (SEA) with rear electric child safety locks
It also includes a 360-degree around-vehicle monitoring system that displays an aerial view above the vehicle.
There are not many changes in terms of driving either. The Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige AWD presents a serene ride on the highway, although when the engine is demanded, it offers a little noise, although not in an exaggerated way. As for city streets, this is a very agile vehicle and it responds fast.
On the road, testing the gears via the paddle shifters on the back of the wheel, it’s great, with very quick gear changes.
Off-road it offers a solid ride, although it does not exceed the capabilities offered by a pure off-roader, but that is not why this Sorento is going to let you down, on the contrary, off-road it is a lot of fun to drive.
With the 2021 model I noticed that a little after the first acceleration, there was a slight delay, which I don’t know why, this time I didn’t notice it. Acceleration is constant and fast.
The steering is still great, with a very good response when required through sudden maneuvers and in the curves this SUV grips very well thanks to an optimized suspension.
The new 2022 Kia Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige AWD It’s still one of the best choices in this midsize SUV segment and this trim level even more so, with several advanced technologies, multiple safety and driver-assist systems that come standard, plenty of interior space, and other useful features.
It may not offer the best fuel economy compared to some competitive vehicles, but the fun to drive this Sorento offers more than makes up for all that and more.
Source: Geeks Room by geeksroom.com.
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