Where family matters : The 2022 KIA Sorento Hybrid 1.6 T SX Tech [advertising feature]
When it comes to family, you would think of going the extra mile for them. After all, it is only natural that you should. And it is heartening to know that when it comes to choosing the right car to transport those who matter most to you, the KIA Sorento Hybrid SUV is built to go the extra mile for you, and we also mean this in a very literal sense.
KIA have designed their Sorento to simply be more than just regular family transportation. It is a stylish SUV which is as sensible as it is frugal. In its fourth-generation, the idea of power has evolved, as the Sorento is now driven by a potent-yet-efficient 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid engine.
So how efficient is the Sorento Hybrid? How about a combined consumption of 5.4L/100km (18.5km/l)! Now that is truly impressive!
To make your daily drive a safer and more enjoyable one, KIA’s family SUV is equipped with some of the niftiest convenience and safety features. Allow us to mention a few… a 360-degree parking monitor, Smart Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. It has seven airbags, which also include a front centre side unit. Although it is a feature you do not see, KIA knows the benefits of an additional layer of protection between front seat occupants. But what is possibly our favourite feature, is the Blind-Spot View Monitor, which shows what is hidden in the blind areas - on both your left and right; and this is presented to you on the driver’s display.
We appreciate that the Sorento is easy to understand, even if it is the very first time you get into the cabin. Its dashboard is well-sorted, with easy-to-reach and read switchgear; just so that you spend little precious time getting acquainted. The infotainment system, with its 10.25-inch touchscreen, is uncomplicated to navigate, and supports both Apple and Android devices. You can go for that road trip up-north, and not worry about running out of juice, as there is a wireless mobile device charger included, at the base of the centre console... Go on, continue enjoying that favourite playlist of yours, via an immersive 12-speaker BOSE audio system.
But let us take things up a notch shall we?
With the Kia Connect Lite (KCL) app, you are now able to access your vehicle from anywhere around the world, with a little help from your smartphone. With the KCL app, you can check on your car’s status, or pre-plan your journey, by switching on the air-conditioning on a warm day. And when it is time for that oil change, a service appointment can be booked within seconds.
A comfortable environment can bring out the best in you, and we know that good engineers at KIA have thought this through-and-through. The best seats in the house are those in the front. They come heated and ventilated, and you also benefit from dual-stacked air-conditioning vents, for improved air circulation.
A well-packaged cabin affords second row occupants copious amounts of legroom, while USB ports, cleverly placed at the backs of the front seats, are a thoughtful inclusion, especially if you and your family love road trips.
When there are more than five of you, the second row easily slides out of the way, with a push of a button, and the rear seats can be deployed in mere seconds - turning your Sorento into a seven-seater.
You can be assured that air-conditioning comfort reaches all seat rows here. Rear passengers have not been forgotten, as it gets its own vent, with circulation speed adjustment.
The ‘U’ in SUV stands for utility, and over here it is a big letter ‘U’. The Sorento Hybrid boasts 608 litres of capable flat-floored cargo-carrying capacity; and we mean real cargo carrying ability here, with no odd corners to deal with. Need more room for your kit? The second row seats disappear, revealing 1996 litres. All this simply with a push of a pair of buttons in the boot. Now you need not fret, while loading up.
Versatile, equipped with all the good things you need in a family SUV, green and easy on consumption. That is the KIA Sorento Hybrid in-short.
But how green and easy on consumption is it? Good enough for it to be awarded a VES A2 banding, giving you a rebate of $15,000.