Sprint Review: 2022 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi AWD  

You are now looking at a Hyundai Santa Fe. Except that you’re not. This is called a Kia Sorento, and while it may look very different to its Korean cousin, they were, in fact, separated at birth.

You should know: It’s a bit of a tough local segment, 7-seater executive SUV’s, because southern Africans will always default to one of three German brands. Even though most of them have exorbitant optional extras pricing, eye-watering service costs (especially that four-ringed brand) as well as mineshaft depreciation.

More info: The stylish Swedes don’t fare much better and all Japanese products will be impossible to find in a crowded parking lot. If you enjoy anonymity, those are the ones you should consider buying. The reason you’d get a Sorento is that – much like the Santa Fe – it offers a refreshing mix of style, comfort and value. 

…a refreshing mix of style, comfort and value.

What else? Style is a very personal thing so you’re excused for having a favourite, but if I look at this fairly large crossover with objective eyes, it’s neither ugly nor boring when compared to its European rivals. Its angular panels and modern details also differentiate this from cuzzy Fe quite nicely.

Why you shouldn’t: Yeah, street cred isn’t the same as with Deutschland’s finest but I’m here to argue that anyone remotely interested in cars will see a Sorento as an interesting, slightly left-field choice. Prices aren’t exactly enticing but at least Kia offers four escalating trim levels; the cheapest of which even omits all-wheel drive.

Why you should: There’s plenty of comfort (ride and seating) to be found in this SUV, while it offers all the modern safety and convenience features you desire; depending on spec level. The far rear seats are a bit cramped (ditto for everyone else) but fold down to offer a massive 820L boot. 2000L with all seats flattened.

And last but certainly not least is the five-year unlimited mileage warranty and 6-year 90,000km maintenance plan…


Engine:2,151cc i-4 turbo-diesel
Transmission:8-speed Auto, AWD
Max. Power:148kW @ 3,800rpm
Max. Torque:440Nm @ 1,750rpm
Avg. cons.:Claimed 6.8L/100km
0-100km/h:8.55 seconds (claimed 10.7)
Top Speed:Claimed 190km/h
List Price:From R850,000

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