Used Kia Sorento buying guide
The Kia Sorento is a seven-seater, which immediately puts it on the radar of many growing Aussie families looking for large SUVs or people-movers. That’s not all either, the Sorento is generously equipped and gives a quiet and smooth driving experience. Seating fold configurations offer a high level of flexibility, for both better comfort or more cargo space. With such great value and practicality, the Kia Sorento sits comfortably among large SUV giants like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Hyundai Santa Fe.
At a glance
Plenty of standard equipment
Balanced and smooth drive
Roomy cabin to suit all needs
Is a used Kia Sorento a good family car?
There’s a lot to consider when buying a car for your family. Whether you’re buying a used Kia Sorento as your first family car or a second car for your growing family, it is well-suited to meet the needs of the whole family.
The Kia Sorento has ample cabin space for passengers and luggage, with convenient solutions for total comfort. The second row seats can be folded into two separate seats with armrests, or folded down in a 60:40 split. Getting in and out of the third rear row is easy with a walk-in button and handle, and a wide point of entry. There’s also ISOFIX child-seat anchors in the second row, and top-tether child-seat anchors in the third rear row.
Starting from the mid-range Kia Sorento Sport+, you’ll also get leather appointed seats and heated first row seats. Or get the range-topping GT-Line for quilted Nappa leather appointed seats, sunshade blinds, heated first and second row seats, and interior mood lighting for the highest level of comfort.
Seats can be folded into multiple formations to carry passengers or cargo, or both at the same time. If you need more space for carrying longer items like furniture or sports equipment, both second and third rows can be folded down for maximum space.
Most Kia Sorento SUVs have boot capacities of 187 with the third row up, 616L with the second row up, and 2011L with the second and third rows folded down. On the Sport+ and GT-Line models, you’ll get the hands-free smart power tailgate that lets you open the tailgate with your smart key.
The level of convenience in a car is an aspect that many overlook, until you discover the sheer ease that a feature like rear-parking sensors or keyless start and entry can get you. The base level Sorento S model comes standard with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rain sensing wipers, and front and rear parking sensors. As you go up the range, you can get more like dual-zone climate control, auto window defogger, keyless start and entry, smart parking assist, and driver talk in-car intercom, all designed to make your life easier.
There are plenty of used Kia Sorento SUVs that are either FWD or AWD, with petrol or diesel engines available to buy now, and hybrid models down the line as well. For school runs and city driving over short distances, you’ll be more than comfortable with a petrol model. Diesel and AWD models would suit families who do a bit of everything, from school runs to long road trips. The Sorento’s smooth drive and the support from driver assist tech like driver attention alert and advanced cruise control makes for a stress-free driving experience.
Car safety is kept top of mind with the Kia Sorento. Generous standard equipment includes auto emergency braking, a seven airbag system, rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist, and lane following assist. All models have received the maximum 5-star ANCAP ratings since 2010, and used Kia Sorento SUVs are protected by the same intuitive safety tech.
Safe exit assist also comes standard on all Sorento models, helping passengers avoid opening the doors into approaching cars or cyclists. On the higher-spec Sorento GT-Line, rear occupant alert detects motion in the back seats after the ignition is turned off, alerting you to check the back for kids or pets that have gotten in without you knowing.
The Kia Sorento is packed full of value across the range, and is a strong choice for buying used. Many Kia cars also have a seven-year, unlimited km manufacturer’s warranty that transfers over to new owners, so a used Kia Sorento you buy could still be covered. Third and fourth generation used Kia Sorento SUVs are proven to be reliable all-rounders, and you could be driving off a higher-spec used Kia Sorento with the same price of a new one. A used Kia Sorento will depreciate slower than a new one too.
Why should I buy a used Kia Sorento
With impressive features and balanced drive, a used Kia Sorento is surely on the radar of many growing families. It’s one of the few large seven-seater SUVs that actually has more than enough space to fit everything that life throws at you, and it looks good too.
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