Everything in the Kia’s cabin is easy to reach and most of its switches and knobs feel impressively sturdy. Unfortunately, its drab design won’t get your pulse racing…
The Kia Sorento’s cabin doesn’t look particularly exciting but all the buttons and switches you’ll use regularly are within easy reach. They’re certainly laid out in a simpler, more sensible fashion than the slightly haphazard design you’ll find in a Hyundai Santa Fe.
You might expect the Kia’s cabin to feel cheaper than the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan Allspace, but it comes with just as many soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, centre console and doors and everything feels solid enough to deal with the rigours of everyday family life.
All Kia Sorentos come with Bluetooth connectivity for your phone but you’ll need to pick a mid-range KX-2 version if you want an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, satellite navigation, leather upholstery and a heating feature for the front and outer rear seats.
Pay extra for a KX-3 version and you’ll get eight-way electrical adjustment for the driver’s seat, an upgraded stereo and even a panoramic sunroof to make the Kia Sorento’s cabin feel as airy as possible.
Really push the boat out for a high-spec KX-4 and you’ll get all the KX-3’s kit with upgraded front seats featuring 10-way adjustment for the driver and eight for the passenger. Top-spec GT-Line cars come with a few satin chrome details on the dashboard and doors to make them feel even posher inside.
The Sorento feels almost as plush inside as soome pricier German alternatives – especially if you go for a top-spec car with all the bells and whistles
Entry-level Kia Sorentos in KX-1 guise come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, but not satellite navigation or smartphone mirroring. It does at least come with a reasonably bright screen, some large easy-to-read menu icons and a set of handy physical shortcut buttons.
Pick a KX-2 car and you’ll get a more comprehensive 8.0-inch touchscreen with built-in satellite navigation. The menus are slightly easier to read and just as intuitive to use, but it can’t quite match the slick graphics you get in a VW Tiguan Allspace or a Skoda Kodiaq.
Entering an address into the sat nav is pretty easy using the on-screen keyboard, but you can also use the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring to access your phone’s navigation apps through the Kia Sorento‘s screen instead.
These features also let you stream music from apps such as Spotify through the Kia Sorento‘s stereo – a reasonably loud (but by no means impressive) six-speaker system. Pick a KX-3 model or above, however, and you get a noticeably better Harman Kardon setup.