As if it were needed, this new Kia Sorento provides still more evidence that the Koreans have become a motor industry force to be reckoned with. Not only is this a likeable and capable car that enters the fray close to the top of the class, but the leap forward from its predecessor is borderline mind-boggling. If it can keep up this rate of improvement, the third generation will bow to no one.
Even as it is, this Sorento has no apologies to make; indeed, if Kia had been slightly less ambitious with its pricing it would be looking at a four-star verdict. The new engine and gearbox lead the class, while the car they power is attractive and capable.
Really, all it needs is a little finessing to smooth off the undoubted roughness at its edges and the Sorento would convince on all fronts. Kia’s rivals would be foolish to take the threat it poses with anything less than total seriousness.