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#17

in 2009 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $12,221 - $15,909
Original MSRP: $26,245 - $32,995
MPG: 17 City / 21 Hwy
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2009 Kia Borrego Interior

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Kia broke new ground with the 2009 Borrego's interior, which many reviewers said was the nicest yet from Kia. It has high-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. Seven-passenger seating is also a plus, especially for families.

  • "Befitting a premium machine, controls felt good to operate, surfaces were appealing to eye and hand, and the design and layout inside were attractive." -- USA Today
  • "If you're going to be taken seriously as a near-luxury carmaker, as Kia hopes will happen with Borrego, you have to get the details right. Material choices, fit and finish and most of all comfort have to be just right. Borrego pretty much nails it." -- About.com
  • "The Kia engineers deserve an extra week of vacation for the job they did in helping to isolate noise, vibration, and harshness from the cabin. The interior displayed a quiet tone throughout all but the roughest of roads." -- Left Lane News
  • +"The more time you spend in the 2009 Kia Borrego, the more you want to forget the gas mileage issue. The overall design and materials quality of this cabin sets a new standard for the Kia lineup. Grain patterns are painstakingly matched from dash to door panels to seats, and the red-and-white instrumentation looks slick." -- Edmunds

Seating

The seven-seat Borrego is spacious and comfortable. Though a few reviewers found the two-seat third row cramped for adults, that's a typical complaint in this segment.

  • "We loaded our tester with several full-size adults, and even those in the third row found a reasonable amount of headroom and legroom, provided the second row was slid forward a smidge." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The middle bench has adjustable recline and slides forward to create more space for the tail gunners, so adult-size head and leg room can be found even in the third row. Roof vents blast icy air into all faces, and both back-seat rows split and fold flat. Convenient, but nothing new." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though the 2009 Kia Borrego's front chairs offer plenty in the way of support and stretch room for the long-limbed, the second-row seats offer merely adequate headroom and legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Leave the Borrego's third row for the kids. The seats are not as comfortable (by far) as the front two rows, and headroom is limited." -- Kicking Tires
  • "A full-sized adult won't thank you for a long ride in the third row, but your pint-sized kids won't complain, especially if you opt for a Rear Seat Entertainment package ($1,500)." -- About.com
  • "Three-row seating is standard. The second row is split 60/40, the smaller part of the seat slides forward via a one-touch lever allowing quick access to the rear bench. It's in this area the Borrego shines, with full-size adults sitting in the way-back enjoying 'no contact' head- and legroom." -- Truck Trend

Interior Features

The Borrego offered plenty of standard interior features as well as a surprising number of luxuries and high-tech options. However, reviewers had mixed opinions on the design and functionality of the controls.

  • "The features list is as long as your arm -- if you're of medium height, anyway. You can get a voice-controlled nav system and 10-speaker Infinity audio, Bluetooth, USB auxiliary jack, auto-locking tailgate and power-adjustable pedals." -- AutoWeek
  • "My favorite feature on Borrego is the center stack, particularly the climate controls. Without being fussy or tacky, they bring to mind an aeronautic dash. I really like the way the toggle switches operate." -- About.com
  • "If anything, the instrument panel is where the Borrego falls short. It just looks rather, uh, plain. The rest of the interior manages to go the extra distance but it falls short in the place that will probably get looked at the most; the gauge cluster." -- Left Lane News
  • "There were a few sour points, though, including the actual instrument cluster and the shiny plastic covering in which it was festooned." -- Autoblog
  • "The dashboard might lack flair (and a navigation system, even as an option), but it's user-friendly and eye-pleasing nonetheless. The instruments are easy to read, particularly the information display inside the main gauge which provides data from the trip computer." -- Auto 123

Cargo

The Borrego features 12.4 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third-row seat -- which most reviewers found ample for a seven-seat SUV. Kia doesn't list the Borrego's maximum cargo capacity, but reviewers said that with both rows of rear seats folded, there's tons of space for hauling your stuff.

  • "The Kia also has a useful assortment of bins and containers in its cabin, including a large rubberized slot in strategic proximity of its iPod-friendly USB and auxiliary jacks." -- Edmunds
  • "Luggage space is great, with 12.4 cubic feet available behind the third row expanding to 108 cubic feet of flexible space behind the front seats." -- About.com
  • "The only other issue I have with the Borrego is the limited storage space in the front. The glovebox is fairly small, and the storage space in the center console was also smaller than what I've seen in competitors." -- Kicking Tires
  • "Cargo space behind the third row is a more-than-adequate 12.4 cubic feet. If more space is needed, the rear seats easily fold flat to open up to nearly 98 cubic feet of hauling space behind the front cabin." -- MSN

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