Kia Sorento Interior
The 2008 Kia Sorento earns praise for interior quality and spaciousness. The five-passenger cabin also gets positive reviews for its upscale feel.
Kelley Blue Book commends the Sorento's rear seats for providing good headroom and legroom while still allowing "for a fairly large cargo area behind them," although it measures just 31.7 cubic feet, notably less than the similarly configured RAV4 (36.4) or Highlander (39.7). "Storage compartments abound," says Consumer Guide. Quality is praised as equal to -- or even better than -- the competition. Says BusinessWeek, "The gray leather seemed well-made, and the glove box and sliding sunroof door felt solid and durable."
The Sorento's cabin was built with comfort in mind. Edmunds notes the leather seats are "good quality." Consumer Guide says the Sorento has "comfortable, supportive seats." The front two seats are heated, though only the driver's seat is power-adjustable. Edmunds says the rear seat is wide enough for three adults, but "knee and toe room may be tight." Kelley Blue Book reports there is "plenty of shoulder room," In the rear. Legroom and headroom also receive high marks. Consumer Guide says it offers "ample head and leg room even for above-average-size adults," and also notes that "low seat bottoms, reclined seatbacks mean exiting requires some extra effort."
Kelley Blue Book says the 2008 Kia Sorento uses "substantial plastic components, rich textures and plush surfaces," and Consumer Guide reports the interior materials and assembly are a "notch above similarly priced domestic-brand rivals." That doesn't hold true, however, for the storage drawer under the passenger seat, which one BusinessWeek reviewer says is "made of such flimsy plastic that I can't imagine it wouldn't break at some point."
With a new center fascia, gauge cluster and floor console, the 2008 Sorento boasts "tasteful use of wood and metal trim materials," according to Edmunds. Audio controls are conveniently mounted on the steering wheel. The dashboard incorporates updated climate controls that are "small [and] hard to decipher," Consumer Guide says, although the same review notes the gauges are conveniently located, clearly marked and well lit. There are plenty of cupholders: two in the front center console and four in the back seat, including over-sized holders in each rear door. The BusinessWeek reviewer mentioned the bright chrome door handles and handles on the ashtray, "were a little garish."
The Sorento offers 31.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up, and they fold with a 60/40 split. Reviewers disagree on whether there's enough space in the cargo area: Kelley Blue Book calls it "roomy," while Car and Driver complains that the Sorento's "stylish bobbed tail limits cargo capacity."
Regardless, the Sorento gets points for making good use of the space. Beneath the carpeted rear cargo area is a divided storage box to stash small (and fairly flat) things out of sight. Consumer Guide says "interior cubbies and storage compartments abound."calls it "a good place for a first aid kit and roadside emergency gear."