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2020 Kia Sorento GT-Line (car review)

THE 2020 Kia Sorento GT-Line is the ultimate family car. That’s a bold claim, sure, but the sporty diesel offering of the stylish, practical, value for money 7-seat SUV is more than impressive, with its clean yet tough look.

The interior is flawless, with plenty of technology, and heaps of functional capability, with luxe bucket-style power heated and vented front seats, complete with memory, and adjustable second row seating all adding to the comfort and accessibility.

Small features like the padded sunglasses holder in the roof lining, actual buttons for the boot release and petrol cap (rather than levers), and the large centre console add to the luxurious feel of the Sorento GT-Line too.

The heated steering wheel features a full suite of buttons to help you keep your eyes on the road, as well as paddle shifters for when you need a hint of manual sportiness. Third row seating is surprisingly good too, as is storage space.

With the back seats up you can have 142-litres. Drop the third row and you’ll stretch that to 605-litres. Put the second row down for maximum storage and it’s a mega 1600 plus litres of room to move furniture, travel, or just shop till you drop.

You’ll be excited to learn that there’s also seat heating in the second row, and dual zone climate-controlled air conditioning, with vents in the third row as well. The finishing touch, if you will, is the partially retractable panoramic glass roof.

For parents of young humans, or vampires who wish to avoid the daylight, there’s also pull up blinds on the back doors, and when combined with privacy glass across the rear glasshouse, you can just about ensure your little people can watch a movie in comfort.

A 360-degree birds eye view camera kicks off the tech features and is extremely helpful when trying to park the big Sorento. Key-less entry and the chrome and gloss black push button start add to the goodness.

Lane assist was probably our standout safety and technology add-on though, providing semi-autonomous driving corrections to keep you centred in the lane in which you are driving.

The sound system in the Sorento is enough to get you bopping along with the best of them too, with a 10-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system driven through the easy-to-use 8.0-inch infotainment system, supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Externally, the GT-Line sits on 19-inch rims with red brake callipers (which surely adds 5kW of virtual power), and runs a 2.2-litre diesel power plant, offering 147kW of power and 441Nm of torque through its 8-speed automatic transmission.

It’s an impressive combination, in a vehicle that drives beautifully, even a rougher terrain.

It has a 2,000kg braked towing capacity, which is great for trips away with a small caravan, or camping trailer, and it sits at a fairly reasonable price point. Well sort of, as it could be perceived as a little pricey, at $62,190 drive away.

The 2020 Kia Sorento GT-Line is the top of the range diesel variant, and comes with a 7-year unlimited kilometre warranty, and 7-years roadside assist and capped price servicing.

It’s available in Clear White, Silky Silver (as tested), Steel Grey, Platinum Graphite, Aurora Black, Gravity Blue, and the GT-Line exclusive Snow White Pearl.

Our test vehicle was supplied by Kia Australia. To find out more about the 2020 Kia Sorento GT-Line, contact your local Kia dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
9
Exterior styling
8.5
Interior look and feel
9
Technology and connectivity
9
Family friendliness
9.5
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - specs for days; super family friendly; luxurious interior.
' Cons - limited colour range; pretty expensive for what it is.
Courtney Lorkinghttp://courtneylorking.com
Courtney has a passion for cars, having began her working life as a mechanic and then moved on to other roles within the automotive industry. She's the author of the book Love Yourself First, Mumma and a proud single mum.

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