2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD Buyer’s Guide – Third-Gen Model Adds More Tech & Luxury

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD drive

2015 Kia Sorento?

First introduced in 2002, the 2015 Kia Sorento is now on its third generation model. I reviewed Kia’s previous second-gen flagship SUV here, and was greatly impressed by – amongst other things – the great build quality and value-for-money it offered.

Does this new version offer the same though, and has it changed dramatically enough to keep up with rivals? I was sent the 2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD to find out…

Exterior. Butt-ugly or beauty?

I liked the exterior design of the 2nd-gen Sorento, and at the time I said that there was very little room for improvement. Kia obviously thought so too, because although they’ve made changes the differences are not obvious at first glance, and it’s only when you see the two side-by-side that the change make themselves manifest. Good, because I liked that last Sorento.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD exterior

Kia wanted to make the third-generation Sorento more ‘gentrified and saloon-like’ than the outgoing version, but also to keep its off-road and towing capabilities. Kia state it is “Dignity wrapped in a solid package“, adding elegance and distinctiveness while emphasising solidity and practicality.

So, what are the changes? Starting at the front, you’ll notice the larger, more handsome grille, and a different air intake below that. The previous rectangular front fog lights are replaced with huge ones which suit the frontal styling better. The front headlights are more contemporary, and give this new Sorento a more purposeful appearance.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD front

The third-generation Kia Sorento is 80mm longer, 5mm wider and 15mm lower than its predecessor (but with more headroom, as I’ll talk about in the next section). You’ll likely notice that this new Kia has a more sleek look from a side profile, and that’s down to the roofline being lowered and a more raked-back windscreen.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD off-road

Its ‘beltline’ (the middle section of the bodywork) has been lifted too, and instead of a crease line under the D-pillar window, the bodywork is more rounded and pronounced than previously, giving it a muscular look, while making the design more contemporary with a little extra class added in. You’ll perhaps note that the conspicuous flared wheel arches of the previous Sorento are now gone, and in place the bodywork flows beautifully.

At the rear, the lights are more stylish and modern than before, and the rear design is more simplistic and clean now, with small changes – such as the rear vertical fog lights now being horizontal – making a big difference overall.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD boot

All said, the exterior design of the third-generation has been improved further over the last version. It was a decent looker, but this new one seems more grown-up and more elegant, while keeping that purposeful ‘big SUV’ look intact.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD front lights

Interior. Neat or nothing special?

This third generation Sorento benefits from being the first car to be produced under Kia’s new Global Quality Strategy, and all Kias from now on will go through their Global Quality Centre as part of Kia’s ‘Drive Defects to Zero’ programme.

Here’s a highly interesting statement from Kia’s press pack though – ‘The ultimate aim is to be the global leader for quality‘. That’s quite the declaration eh. Kia say that the 3rd-gen Sorento is a significant step forward for the brand in terms of the choice of materials, fit and finish in their flagship SUV, and that it marks the next stage of progression from a purely value-driven brand.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD interior

With this new Sorento, their aim was to ‘create a car capable of changing the mindset of a group of customers who today might not consider buying a Kia.‘ To me, that ‘group of customers’ are the badge-snobs, the ones who won’t drive a Kia simply because of the name, and who would rather buy a Volkswagen, Audi, BMW – or perhaps even a Mercedes-Benz – as it has the ‘right’ badging. If that is the case, it won’t be an easy job, but I believe once their bums are on the seats of the new generation of Kias and they see the price in front, it’ll be enough to turn them onto the previously-snubbed brand.

After all, if Kia offer cars that provide all the quality of their current preferred manufacturer, but at a price well below what they would normally pay, why wouldn’t you do it? It worked incredibly well for Aldi and Lidl, who now pull in customers that quickly shrugged off their ‘I only go to Waitrose/Sainsburys’ brand snobbishness once they’d actually been in the stores and seen the money they would save, so I can certainly see it working for Kia.

I was sent the top of the range Sorento KX-4 automatic, priced at £41,000 (March ’16). As with the previous version, the high-spec KX-4 is positively packed with gadgets and luxuries normally that would previously have only been seen on much more expensive marques.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD centre console

In fact, Kia do give their big SUV a generous sprinkling of good spec from even the base KX-1 version, such as 17″ alloys, rear tinted windows, cornering and LED running lights, front wiper de-icers, reverse sensors, 3-mode steering, cruise control and limiter, steering-mounted controls, electric-adjustable, heated & folding mirrors. All version above the KX-1 have leather seats.

At the top end, the KX-4 is loaded up with 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (8-way for the passenger) with 4-way lumbar, heated and ventilated front seats, rear side blinds, adaptive cruise control, 360º cameras for Around-View, Smart-Park Assist, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, 8″ touchscreen with sat nav, Bluetooth, DAB etc, 7″ TFT LCD colour instrument display, Smart Tailgate, ambient lighting, Xenon headlights, panoramic sunroof, land departure warning and lots more. See the full specification list for all models here.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - touchscreen system

The dash is much more nicely styled on this new Sorento. Rather than having individual trim pieces for the binnacle, central clock housing and speaker, there’s just one large, flowing dash piece, which is soft-touch with double-stitching to give it an upmarket appearance. A big improvement over the last model, and the fact the it’s wide and almost flat makes it easy to see over.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD front seats and dash

Kia’s designers apparently crafted the bottom of the windscreen to emphasise the width of the Sorento, and made the rest of the cabin design to give off an air of solidity and modernity.

The eight-inch touchscreen system is the same one as you’ll have in Kia’s other models – the Soul, for instance. There’s nothing wrong with that though, as I find it’s a good one, with a superb satellite navigation system and well laid-out menus. A 360º Around-View camera system is included (front, rear front & rear wheels and ‘eagle’ view), and while it’s a very handy tool to have, the camera resolution isn’t quite as high or clear as other systems I’ve used. They seemed a little dated actually, which is a bit rubbishy considering Kia are aiming for very high quality with all new models.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - panoramic roof

The heating controls are simplistic in design, yet they have an pleasing feel, action and quality about them, and they’re ergonomically placed too – something the designers’ were fastidious about according to their PR guys. Seven more buttons are situated behind the automatic gear shifter, and are used for things such as the park-assist, AWD lock, drive mode and auto hold mode. These have a solid, chunky feel to them, and they big enough to use in winter with gloves on, showing Kia kept the off-road practicality in mind.

With quality in mind, the leather-trimmed steering wheel feels lovely to use, as there’s a good thickness to the diameter reminding me of more expensive high-end SUVs and luxury cars. The KX-4’s is heated too – a big bonus in wintertime. One negative I do have is that I found my hands tended to catch – and press – the cruise control and volume buttons (at either side) as I let it slide through them after straightening out of a corner. It’s annoying, and it happened regularly. They need to be situated further in, or be flat to avoid this.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD interior

Slide into either of the front seats and you’ll likely notice just how wide they wide they are. This vehicle will be sold in America and it’s quite clear that the seats have been made to cater to that market. In fact, as soon as I got inside the Sorento’s cabin it came across as being the type of wide, capacious interior you’d normally get on a US-made vehicle. Front legroom has been increased by 25mm for this third-gen version, while the second row get an extra 15mm.

The front seats are, as mentioned, large and the armrest and space between them is huge for our European standards. The fronts are the sort of seat you can be in for long distances and get out almost as comfortable at the end, making any journey – short or long – that much more relaxing. For 2015 the new front seats are firmer at the bottom and softer higher up for more comfort, and they’re also 38mm lower than previously to allow easier ingress/egress. 

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - middle row seats

Notably, the side seats of middle row – which are heated too – are exceptionally comfortable, and in fact they rank amongst the most comfortable of any car I’ve tested yet, some of which are over twice the Sorento’s price (think Range Rover). One reason for the comfort level is that you already have a lot of leg room in the rear, but the retractable boot cover can be moved back a few more inches, which allows the seats to be reclined really far.

To allow for a greater comfort level, Kia also thoughtfully eliminated the transmission tunnel, which was 64mm high on the 2nd-gen Sorento. With vast amounts of head, elbow and leg room, and the fact the seats recline to such an angle, these are the type of seats that you could quite easily sleep in pleasantly on long trips. I can’t stress enough just how good these are really!

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The centre of the middle row isn’t as nice – they rarely are on cars – as the large integrated armrest juts out slightly. However, it’s still better than most. Add to these rather wonderful middle side seats the long panoramic glass roof to look out of, and the side window blinds for added privacy and stopping harsh light, and it’s a recipe for that luxury feel.

The Sorento is a 7-seat SUV as standard, and the third row row headroom has been extended by 15mm for this new model, and with the second-row seating sliding up to 270mm forward, there’s not only improved access, but also give enough head and leg room for adults now. With these forward, I found that although your knees still sit up higher than normal, the third-row seats are really quite wide and one important point to note is that 3rd-row passengers can adjust the air flow through the vents manually, lowering that claustrophobic feel (which you sometimes get in 7-seat cars) considerably.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - third row seats

Add to that the fact you also get your own big cupholders, storage bins and boot speakers, plus that massive panoramic glass roof – which reaches all the way back to the third-row headrests – and it adds up to a surprisingly comfortable row of seats to sit in, especially for kids. The only thing I would have liked them to have is recline adjustment, but other than that…

If you’ve got a seven-seat vehicle, then you’re naturally going to want practical storage spaces to cram everything in. Kia have addressed that, giving the third-gen Sorento a voluminous space under the front armrest, a surprisingly big compartment under a cover in front of the gear lever, the door have big pockets front and rear, and the glovebox is large too.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - boot area

For 2015, boot gains 87mm in length, enabling it to carry 142 litres behind the third row, 605 litres with those folded – an increase of 17.5% over the previous model – and a vast 1,662 litres with all rear seats down, which is a 90 more than before, plus the rear sill has been lowered by 5mm to aid loading.

All said, I’m tremendously impressed with this new Sorento’s cabin. The last one was good, but this one really does push it to the next level in terms of luxury, comfort, build quality, practicality and equipment level.

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Engine & transmission

For the UK, all Sorento models get the 2.2 CRDi engine – an inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve, VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) turbocharged and intercooled unit. Over in the USA, you guys get a choice of three petrol engines: a 2.4 litre 4-cylinder or 3.3 V6 naturally-aspirated, plus a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder turbo.

The 2.2 CRDi is based on the previous engine, but has been renewed to make it more powerful lighter, more fuel efficient and produce less emissions. Power and torque have been increased (+3 bhp and 14 lb ft) to 197 bhp at 3,800 rpm, and 325 lb ft (441Nm) of torque at 1,750 – 2,750.

Kia state in their press pack that the 0 – 60 mph time on the automatic has been ‘reduced’ to 9.6 seconds (9.0 on the manual), but actually only the manual is quicker – by half a second – whereas the auto has actually increased by 100th of a second. Okay, that’s an insignificant amount, but that’s still a negative, not an improvement. Zero to sixty isn’t really that important on a big SUV though, and with that extra torque it’s likely rolling acceleration is better. The top speed is up by six miles-per-hour, taking it to 124 mph for both the manual and auto.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - driver binnacle

A new exhaust after-treatment meets the Euro 6 standards, but Kia state it’ll like meet future ones too as there’s a particulate filter with acoustic filter and lean NOx trap to reduce nitrogen emissions (that very harmful stuff which Volkswagen are in trouble about, for lying about the real high amounts their cars produced), which Kia say are down to such a low level that it’s negligible.

Fuel economy stats vary, depending on which size alloy you go for. The official (UK) mpg stats for my test KX-4 automatic on 19″ rims are: urban: 36.2, extra urban: 47.9, combined: 42.8. With the 18″ alloys, the urban mpg figure drops to 36.2 – significantly worse-off on fuel. The manual gets around 5 – 10 mpg more, again depending on wheel size.

Compared to the previous Sorento, there’s really very little difference in economy with the auto (at least on paper), and in fact the second-gen model actually gets less on an extra urban run (-3.5 mpg). It’s the same with the CO2 emissions, as they’ve been reduced to 174 g/km, but that’s only 4 g/km less than previously.

2015 Kia Sorento KX-4 AWD - engine bay

During the week-long test period, I got average fuel returns of around 41 mpg on a motorway run, and 29/30 mpg average on urban runs in light traffic. Not amazing for today’s standards, so if you want better economy buy the manual version.

The Sorento gets the same six-speed automatic and manual transmissions as the previous version, with the same ratios too, there’s a new Dynamax all-wheel-drive system added, which I’ll talk about in the next section.

Ready to roll? Let’s drive!

I found the second generation Sorento to ride and drive well, although the wight of the vehicle was felt on corners. For this third-gen version, Kia have overhauled the suspension and the mounting points to ‘offer a more comfortable ride, more precise handling and greater reliability.’

Sliding behind the wheel of the Sorento KX-4, I note how weighted the door feels as I pull it shut, while the general noise from outside becomes pleasantly muted. Both of these points immediately gave me the feeling that I’m in an upmarket, refined SUV. If you’re still a badge snob, or for whatever reason believe that Kia is some downmarket, cheap brand, then go to a Kia showroom, do exactly what I did and before you’ve even started the engine you’ll very likely be impressed, astonished even, at the quality feel of this thing.

Starting the four-cylinder 2.2 turbo-diesel via the push button, the engine fires into life, but rather less quietly than I expected. Kia have clearly concentrated on the Sorento’s sound-deadening and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels, and to aid this they’ve been liberal with the insulation and sound absorption, and added a dashboard 29% thicker than previously, and the car overall is 14% stiffer to lower the NVH further. Kia admit all this insulation etc adds weight, but the compromise is a quieter cabin. Fair enough.

Road and wind noise has also been improved by 6% while driving, and 3% at idle. That might not seem a lot, but it certainly seemed better over the last model.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 AWD - driving

Those reductions are down to improved aerodynamics, better airflow – thanks to larger underbody shields and body design – and developments to the transmission and engine mounts, stiffer alloy wheels, damper mounts, floor structure, diesel particulate cover plus acoustic shields on the intercooler pipe and timing chain cover.

Something I’ve got to mention is the excellent Smart Park Assist System on this Sorento KX-4. From the very first Kia I tested – the 2013 Cee’d Sportswagon 4 Tech – which had an earlier version of this system on, I remember thinking how exceptionally easy it was to use, and just how remarkably well it worked. The gen-3 Sorento KX-4 is even better, with a 360º camera, and parks itself in parallel and bay spaces. Personally, I think it’s better than the majority of versions I’ve used on other cars, because of its simplicity and ability to find spaces in super-quick time.

Pulling the gear selector into drive, the Sorento pulls away smoothly, and goes through its six gears fluidly. While Kia’s in-house 6-speed auto is not a new gearbox, or one of the new generation of 8 and 9 speed transmissions that are being used more now, it still does okay really.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 AWD - on-road drive

However, in Sport (manual) mode – where you can change gears sequentially by pushing the lever up or down – I found the changes to be quite languid and overly relaxed, and it’s irritatingly controlling too. Try to change down a gear, and even if you know it won’t be revving too highly, the transmission simply won’t let it happen until it deems it necessary, which often ended up with me pushing the lever several times during slowing before anything would happen.

With 325 lb ft of max torque delivered from 1,750 rpm, I found the 2.2 litre turbo-diesel pulls strongly from low down in the rev range, and from there the Sorento pushes on quite briskly for its size and weight – which is a minimum of almost two tons (4,400 lbs). Add to that a tank full of fuel and five adult passengers, and you’ll push it to around 2,600 kilos (5,700 lbs).

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD drive

The power is satisfyingly glossy (yet again reinforcing that luxury SUV feel) when charging up through the revs, and even under hard acceleration the 6-speed auto changes are clean and nicely spaced. Something I found was that when in Sport (manual) mode, once you’re past the 3,800 rpm maximum power band, the engine quickly loses power – as many diesels do – with the redline at a low 4,500.

Kia’s engineers have done a remarkably good job on the suspension of this third-gen Sorento, and it flows wonderfully well over speed bumps, pot holes and rough roads in general. While it rolls softly over scabby patches of tarmac, and keeps all passengers happy, it actually still handles the corners at higher speeds with unexpected proficiency, and especially so when you take the weight into consideration too.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 AWD - on-road drive

You can still feel that mass pulling about as you put the load from one side to the other on bends, but it doesn’t really wallow anywhere near as much as you’d perhaps imagine it would. Should you want to take the Sorento on a long road trip, you’ll find it will serve the purpose very well indeed, and put miles of motorway behind it while you sit in absolute comfort in a cabin that is also restfully hushed from outside noise.

The adaptive cruise control works perfectly well, and makes any journey that much more relaxing. The Auto Hold function – a standard feature on the automatic versions – works with one button push for the entire journey, and whenever you come to a stop the car will hold the brakes on. Brilliant stuff. The Sorento in automatic guise turns the average commute into an easy, chilled-out drive.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 AWD - off-road rear view

Kia still re-emphasise the fact that this third-generation Sorento is a proper SUV with respectable off-road capability, and therefore should you get a spell of nasty winter weather, want to tackle a boggy campsite, get down that rutted mud farm track to your holiday home, or actually be a little more adventures in order to see sights car drivers simply won’t reach, then you can in their latest big SUV.

This time Kia used the same all-wheel-drive system as the Sportage, which is named Dynamax AWD. This is an intelligent electronically-controlled AWD system, and instead of simply reacting to condition changes, the Dynamax AWD not only monitors driving conditions, but actually anticipates them too, engaging all-wheel-drive when needed. Clever stuff indeed!

How does Dynamax AWD work? Rather than get bogged-down with details and complex stuff, take a look at this video which explains it in simple terms with some good graphics.

Traditional AWD systems meant that you used loads more fuel, and some would even overheat under heavy usage, i.e. when you were towing a heavy object in slippery conditions, or were stuck and the system was working hard to try and get the car free. Kia’s Dynamax all-wheel-drive has a high thermal capacity, and they say it will not overheat or shut itself down in those conditions.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 AWD - off-road to tarmac

Under normal dry road conditions, it also sends 100% of the torque to the front wheels but a 60:40 front-rear split to give better cornering stability, or if the road surface becomes slippery. Should you want to use it off-road or on a muddy/snowy/icy track, there’s a Lock mode to give a 50:50 torque split up to 25 miles-per-hour.

‘Active safety’ tech on this new Sorento includes Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC), Trailer Stability Assist, ABS with EBD, ESC, hill-start assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot detection. ‘Passive’ safety includes front, side and curtain airbags with Roll-Over Sensor.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 AWD - off-road front vew


(Figures correct Mar. ’16) The third-generation Kia Sorento starts at £28,795 and goes to £41,000 for the top spec version I had. For all prices of each model click here. This is 5% more than the previous version, but there are way more gadgets and tech onboard, so it’s a fair one.

I feel that you’re getting a lot of vehicle for your money with this new Sorento, no matter which one you go for, and they really do load-up that top-spec KX-4 with a boatload of tech and gadgets.

Something else to take into consideration is that the 7-seat Sorento is a very large SUV, and when compared price-wise against smaller rivals like the Land Rover Discovery Sport (starts at £31,095) , it only further emphasises the Sorento’s highly competitive price point.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is the Sorento’s direct competitor, but the Kia starts at £3,000 less and has seven seats as standard, over the Santa Fe’s five.

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD - off-road

2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD verdict & score

With the new generation three Sorento, Kia continue to push forward strongly in their quest to offer a level of luxury and quality high enough to rival competitors that are priced at a higher cost. Effectively, they’re looking to pinch customers who would traditionally pay more for a badge, and who would perhaps not normally consider a ‘budget’ brand.

Here’s the news though folks. If you didn’t already notice, Kia are not a budget brand any more. Yes their prices are really very competitive, but the Sorento is a genuinely high quality SUV, with a luxurious cabin, drive and ride you’d only normally find on much more expensive SUVs.

If you happen to be a badge snob, it’s best to drop that now, because you’d be absolutely daft not to include the Sorento in your list of must-test seven-seat AWD SUVs when you’re looking to buy your next new model.

Do you own a third-generation Sorento, or have questions about it? Share your thoughts and leave a comment below! Read more of our Kia buyer guides here.

Exterior  8
Interior  8.5
Engine  7.5
Transmission  7
Price  9
Handling  7.5
Drive & Ride  8.5
Overall Score  8.0 / 10 


Model (as tested)  2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD
Spec includes  19″ alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, heated & ventillated front seats, heated outer rear seats, driver power seat (10-way adjust & 4-way lumbar), passenger power seat (8-way), grey & black leather upholstery, dual-zone auto climate control, adaptive cruise control & limiter, smart power tailgate, 8″ touchscreen with sat nav, Bluetooth DAB, 10-speaker system, 7-year/100,000 mile warranty See website for more detail
Safety  5/5 star award from Euro NCAP, front, front side & curtain airbags with roll-over sensor, lane departure warning system, ESC, ABS & EBD, Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive AWD, Hill-start assist (HAC), drive mode select, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot detection, emergency stop signalling
Options you should spec

 Manual transmission (if you want better fuel economy)

The Competition  Hyundai Santa Fe, Land Rover Discovery Sport
Price  (March 2016) £28,795 to £41,000 on the road
Engine  Diesel, 2.2 litre CRDi, 4-cylinders in-line, 16-valve, turbocharged
Power, Torque  Power: 197 bhp @ 3,800 rpm | Torque: 325 lb ft (441Nm) @ 1,750 – 2,750 rpm
Drive, Transmission (as tested)  Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive | 6-speed automatic
Boot capacity  Behind third row: 142 litres | Behind middle row: 605 litres | Middle row folded: 1,662 litres
Top Speed, 0 – 60 mph  Max speed: 124 mph | 0 – 60 mph: 9.6 seconds 
Fuel economy (UK mpg), CO2  Urban: 36.2, extra urban: 47.9, combined: 42.8 | CO2: 174 g/km
Weight (min. kerb)  1,953 kilograms (4,306 lbs)
Websites  Kia UK, Kia USA, Kia worldwide

Words: Chris Davies | Photography: Chris Davies / Kia media (interior & engine)

7 responses to “2015 Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-4 Auto AWD Buyer’s Guide – Third-Gen Model Adds More Tech & Luxury”

  1. Kia Fan

    Thanks for reviewing my next new (used) car.

    I need this to drop below £20K to fit my budget so I’m hoping 2018 will see the 2015 KX-4 model fall to this figure or slightly below. Dark grey with the two tone interior and hopefully someone will have fitted the sidesteps. I will still have four years of warranty remaining so I can’t see my head being turned by anything else.

    We run three Kia’s in the family and this will replace an Optima 3 auto. Kia are producing stylish cars with high levels of equipment and the value coupled with that seven year warranty is a no brainer for me. I am genuinely excited!

    My son turns 17 next year and when I mention Fiesta. Corsa, Swift to him he seems to already have settled on a Kia Soul. My wife has a Quantum and he is tracking the used prices of the slightly whacky but well specified Inferno edition.

  2. Kia Fan

    Just over a year on and the 2015’s are now down to £25K if you look hard enough. The older shape 2014’s are down to £20K so this should follow on, hopefully.

    Summer of 2018 should put me in a KX-4… fingers crossed!

  3. Want to own a Sorento Kx-4

    Great review Chris. Its summer 2018 now and unfortunately kx-4 have not really dropped below £20k, which is a shame, but a bonus for owners that still has them from new.

    I saw twice 15 reg Kx-4s with 85k miles at £18.3-5k, and that would mean even with my low mileage use of 5k/year the warranty would run out after 6 years, and lose out the 7th year.

    At the moment there is 1 kx-4 at 60k miles for £20.5k, however, the driver seat side bolsters do look a bit tired, which is surprising.

  4. Kia Fan

    @Want to own a Sorento KX-4

    I’m in the same position as you. The used pricing for the 2015 KX-4 still does not make sense, I was expecting prices to reach £20K by now with the introduction of the face lifted 2018 models.

    Some dealers are in the £22K area but some are still at £24K/£25K. You could pick these up new for £35K so just 35% depreciation in three years seems unheard of. Most cars lose 50% of their value in the first three to four years.

    Something has to give at some point so I’m just going to hang fire for now.

  5. Kia Fan

    So my Optima 3 has recently sold and I’m just waiting for the 2015 Sorento KX-4 prices to fall and then it’s game on.

    My only dilemma is colour. I initially thought grey but it’s a blueish grey which I can’t gel with. Black looks great and is safe but will show every tiny dent, stone chip and swirl mark.

    White as Chris tested will be hard to keep clean but I’m used to having a white car. I want the two tone interior so this would push me to a 2016 white KX-4 when this colour combination was first available.

    I may have to let fate decide… black or white depending on the price at the time.

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