While the 2019 Kia Sorento isn’t too big to be uncomfortable for parking, it is big enough to accommodate most modern families at once. It is one of the rare midsize SUVs that comes standard with a third row, suitable only for children though, and a seating capacity for 7 people.
A total of 5 trims and the optional all-wheel-drive configuration further diversify the choice that anyone opting for the Sorento can have. Lower trims come with the 2.4L engine and upper trims have the mighty V6 engine available. 2019 Kia Sorento price starts from just under $27,000.
What You’ll Like:
- A galore of standard features
- Elegant, noise-free interior
- Extra-long warranty coverage
- Good towing capacity of 5,000 pounds
- Lots of standard as well as optional features
What You’ll Not:
- Below average cargo space
- Sluggish acceleration
- Third-row can’t accommodate adults
New for 2019
- Additional standard features, such as the third-row seat
- Brushed up exterior styling
- New, fuel-efficient 8-speed automatic transmission for the V6 engine
- The turbocharged 2.0L engine is no longer available
Buyers can choose among the 5 trims available for the seven-seater 2019 Kia Sorento SUV. These are namely L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. The base trim has 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7-inch infotainment system with 6-speaker sound system, automatic headlights, and cloth upholstery. These trims are briefly explained below:
- The LX trim features a noise-reducing windshield, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, front seatback pockets, roof rails, and two additional USB ports. It gains a power-adjustable driver’s seat and automatic dual-zone climate control when equipped with the V6 engine.
- ·Stepping up to the EX trim adds 18-inch wheels, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a power liftgate, and an upgraded driver information display. It also has fog lights, leather upholstery, keyless ignition, and proximity entry, and rear air-conditioning controls as standard.
- The second-to-the-topmost trim SX comes standard with 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, and LED interior lighting. A heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, and ventilated front seats are available with the optional SX Touring package.
- ·All features of the SX Touring package are available as standard on the SX Limited trim. Additionally, the top-of-the-line trim features black brake calipers, chrome-clad wheels, heated outboard second-row seats, high-grade leather upholstery, and LED fog lights.
Engine Configuration & Performance
Kia offers the Sorento with two engine options, namely:
- A 2.4-liter inline-4
- A 3.3-liter V6
The L and LX trims feature the smaller 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. The engine produces 185 horsepower alongside 178 lb.-ft. of torque. EX, SX, and SX Limited trims come with a 3.3L V6 engine coupled with 8-speed auto transmission.
The 3.3L V6 engine generates an enormous 290 horsepower along with 252 lb.-ft. of torque and is optional on the LX trim. All trims come with the front-wheel-drive system as standard. Leave for the L trim, all 2019 Kia Sorento trims can be equipped with the optional AWD.
Although the V6 engine remains unchanged, it comes with a more fuel-efficient 8-speed gearbox that is smooth but lacks the desirable kick down response in some modes. Braking, handling, and steering remain enjoyable. It hits 60 MPH in 8.3 seconds, which is slower.
The transmission, leave for in the Sports mode, is lazy at times. But this is likely due to maximizing fuel economy. Although not a true off-roader, for 2019 the Kia Sorento comes with 7.3 inches of ground clearance, which is good for some light-duty off-roading.
The latest Kia Sorento comes with a cabin that is thoughtfully designed with proper controls placement. Even though the infotainment system with the upgraded 8-inch touchscreen isn’t glittery, it is highly functional, quick to respond, easy to use, and loaded with features.
The front and second-row seats are comfortable enough for grown-ups while the third-row seats are strictly meant for kids. The 14-way adjustable driver’s seat offers a diverse range of sitting, making it accommodating for drivers of all builds and sizes.
This Kia comes with loads of safety and driving assistance features, such as Automatic Emergency Braking. A rearview camera is there in every trim while blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert is available as standard in all trims except the base L trim.
The 2019 model has also performed well in crash tests. The midsize sorento SUV receives a “4-star” rating for rollover and a “5-star” rating overall. It succeeds in securing a “Good” rating in all crash tests conducted by IIHS, leave for the “Superior” rating in front crash prevention.