Sprint Review: Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi EX

Does anybody still buy big MPV van things? Kia certainly thinks – or hopes – so.

You need to know: This text was supposed to be a full review of the seven-seater Kia but our pearl black test car was hushed away prematurely for some urgent VIP duties. And that’s a good promo of this MPV’s prime purpose – ferrying around very imperious peeps who possess a multitude of platinum frequent traveller cards.

More info: It certainly has all the right criteria for the job – soft furnishings, a comfort-oriented chassis, plenty of safety kit as well as the usual plethora of media inputs and charging ports; including a wireless tray (EX model only). Climate and cruise control, CarPlay and Auto, LED lights, keyless entry and melodic start button – it’s all there.

What else? Most observers agreed that it’s quite a handsome-looking machine and the cabin’s a pleasant place, too. Our resident mom immediately pointed out that this has less passenger room than competing SUV’s, even those from inside the Kia stable. It’s the price you pay for having two extra seats in the boot floor.

Speaking of which, they’ll only cater for small people and reduce the 605L boot space to a measly 142. While that’s fine for a couple of laptop bags, the Sorento can play moving van when you drop both back rows for a total cargo area of 1,662L. And hold onto your coaching hat, Dads, ‘cause this car is also available with AWD.

Watch out for: The price is just north of 600k but you get a lot of car (and kit) for your money. Alas, we’re fairly confident that most Namibian buyers will opt for an equivalent SUV or 4×4. Performance from the 2.2L turbo-diesel (147kW / 440Nm) and smooth eight-speed auto is adequate with 0-100 in 9.4 seconds.

Our best effort was 9.21 at sea level.

Why you want one: I’m not sure, hey. You get more seats in a Hyundai bus, better quality in a Caravelle (at a premium) and more versatility from a Fortuner. I guess you would buy this for its specification levels, excellent levels of comfort and supreme exclusivity. No problems finding this in a crowded drop ‘n go area…


  • Engine: 2.2L i-4 turbo-diesel
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic, FWD
  • Max. Power: 147kW
  • Max. Torque: 440Nm
  • Avg cons.: Approx. L/100km (claimed 6.3)
  • 0-100km/h: 9.21 seconds (claimed 9.4)
  • Top Speed: Claimed 203km/h
  • List Price: R 609,995


Racelogic PerfomanceBox results for a MY18 #Kia #Sorento #KiaSorento 2.2 CRDi EX:

0-10km/h: 0,49 seconds
0-20km/h: 1,22 seconds
0-30km/h: 1,91 seconds
0-40km/h: 2,71 seconds
0-50km/h: 3,45 seconds
0-60km/h: 4,43 seconds
0-70km/h: 5,43 seconds
0-80km/h: 6,50 seconds
0-90km/h: 7,76 seconds
0-100km/h: 9,21 seconds
0-110km/h: 10,77 seconds
0-120km/h: 12,64 seconds
0-130km/h: 14,67 seconds
0-140km/h: 17,11 seconds
0-150km/h: 19,91 seconds
0-160km/h: 23,08 seconds

0-100m: 7,32 seconds @ 86,76km/h
0-200m: 10,95 seconds @ 111,07km/h
0-300m: 13,97 seconds @ 126,67km/h
0-400m: 16,68 seconds @ 138,29km/h

100-0km/h: 3,58 seconds @ 49,08 metres (once-off, wet)

Maximum deceleration G-force: 0.89G

0-10mph: 0,94 seconds
0-20mph: 2,15 seconds
0-30mph: 3,32 seconds
0-40mph: 4,86 seconds
0-50mph: 6,56 seconds
0-60mph: 8,73 seconds
0-70mph: 11,23 seconds
0-80mph: 14,43 seconds
0-90mph: 18,40 seconds
0-100mph: 23,42 seconds

1/4 mile: 16,75 seconds @ 86,16 mph

Maximum acceleration G-force: 0.46G

Altitude: 60m

All data captured by #Racelogic ® #PerformanceBox

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