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Unread 3rd March 2009   #1
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Kia Sorento???????

I think I may buy one of these.
Can't aford new but 2006 models are going for £10,000
What sort of MPG do you get towing?
Any known problems?? (got to be less than my Fronty Seems they blow up all the time )
I have read alot of reviews but it's better from the real Towers
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Manual gear box.
2.5 2006.
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We have a 2006 Kia Sorento 2.5CRDi XE model with the manual gearbox it is currently on 98,500 miles and doesnt look or even act like it has half of those miles!! Its still trucking along stronger than ever... and it will be M.O.T time in April of this year and by then it may have 100,000 miles on the clock. I can pm you a Sorento owners club forum which has a list of faults to look out for... the only one we have had was the wiper linkage failed at 94,000miles and was replaced under warranty. Dad uses it for work daily and averages 31-34mpg however with as many miles the deisel engine has loosned up quite a lot!! As for towing it really does tow effortlessly, we tow a twin axle van weighing nearly 1650kg and other than the extra braking needed etc and the fact you can see the van you cant really feel it. Apparently its enjoyable to drive, it has soft suspension that puts people off but i think you will find the same on most 4x4 vehicles. As for mpg whilst towing, we average 26-28mpg which we dont feel is bad due to the size of the van. As for looks well i think its quite nice for a 4x4, its similar to the Mercedes Ml-Class mkI. Inside the seats are rather comfortable and the dash peices arent too bad quality... howevere we do have a few rattles now and again. We have replaced the Kia Stereo with a Kenwood Single Dinn like many other Sorento owners have and have various little chrome bits here and there!! watch for rush on Witter towbars also, thats what we have and its starting to rust and its apparently a common problem, however purely cosmetic. Also before i forget we have some fronty parts on ours (many parts are compatible with the sorrie) we have the four mudflaps from the Fronty as they fit with a little bit of cutting and help combat a lot of road dirt.... the Kia spats are useless!! So many Sorento owners have also performed this upgrade. So if you have a nice set of actual fronty Mats from isnide and mudflaps from outside keep them!! They will fit the Sorento. Hope this helps, please see a picture of ours below.



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P.S- Rumour has it the black ones are the fastest ones
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Our friends have the 2.5 manual model and love it but they have had to have the transfer box replaced under warranty and it is only a 55 plate with 40k on the clock other than that they love it. We would go for one of these but the boot is far too small for what we need. Comfort wise it is nice real nice. Can not think of anytyhing negative too say other tan the 2 thing I have mentioned.
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I cant say i've seen the Sorrento in any other colour but black! Every one i've seen is black.
maybe they should call it the sorrento noir! :idea:

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I have had an XE Auto for about two and half years now and its been a brilliant tow car and useful when I go to B&Q! Economy varies but last year I covered about 7000 miles of which about half was towing and my average mpg was 22.62. I don't do that many long solo journeys which tends to keep my economy pegged.

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We had a Sorento for over 2 years and whilst it was a very good tow car it was very poor on fuel consumption.

We never got more that 28 mpg solo and between 20 -22 towing. It was also probably the most uncomfortable vehicle we have ever had. We tried to improve it by changing the tyres which was a little better.

I understand that new ones don't have self adjusting rear suspension.
We eventually sold it and bought a Kia Carens.Not 4WD but a damn site more comfortable than the Sorento and 40 mpg.
I would consider a Sportage. Have borrowed one and found it much smoother.
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We have a sportage - do as we did - go and test drive one - you may be suprised
We get nearly 40mpg from a 2.0D solo
Great value for money
Best car we've had for towing
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We have a sportage - do as we did - go and test drive one - you may be suprised
We get nearly 40mpg from a 2.0D solo
Great value for money
Best car we've had for towing
What sort of driving was that - motorways or round town/country driving. Have thought about a sportage but unsure :?:
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We liked the look of the Sportage but it was too light for our van, it would be an 88% match with out twin axle van. Other than that it ticked every other boxes for us... if your thinking of going down the Sportage route then also look at the Hyundai Tuscon also as its the same vehicle just by a differnent korean manufacturer. Hope this also helps.

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