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Kia Sorento Interior

Reviewers write that the 2014 Kia Sorento’s interior is built primarily with hard plastics, and many note that the cabin could use more soft-touch, higher-quality surfaces. Additionally, one critic says the leather seats feel like vinyl, while another notes that the Sorento’s interior has rough leather upholstery and misaligned interior trim pieces.

  • "The plastics still look and feel cheap for a vehicle that in most trims costs more than $30,000, and the standard leather still feels more like vinyl (the top-of-the-line SX-L features higher-grade Nappa leather)." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Some of the trim pieces didn't line up, and the leather felt rough across the seats." -- AutoWeek
  • "The quality of cabin materials is acceptable, though it can seem as if there's a bit too much hard plastic if you've sprung for the pricey SX or SX-L." -- Edmunds
  • "We found a nicely textured covering over a hard dashboard area, but were disappointed by a lack of soft-touch materials." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The Kia Sorento seats five and comes standard with cloth seats. A third-row seat is available, which increases seating capacity to seven. Leather seating, premium Nappa leather seating, heated and cooled power-adjustable front seats with driver seat memory and heated second-row seats are optional.

One reviewer says that the front seats are comfortable, provide good support and offer a good view of the road. One test driver writes that the second-row seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, while another likes that they recline, fold flat and are available with heated cushions. However, one critic thinks that there isn’t enough space in the second row for a tall passenger. Test drivers agree that the third row is only big enough for children, which is a common complaint among three-row SUVs.

  • "The Sorento wisely still offers an optional third row, a rarity among mid-size crossovers. The new platform yields slightly more room back there, but we still consider the third row just-in-case or just-for-kids seating, especially since it takes up most of the cargo bay." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Front passengers will enjoy a commanding view of the road ahead and seats that are comfortable and supportive. Adult passengers will likely find plenty of headroom and legroom in the second row, but the optional third-row seats are suitable for children only." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2014 Sorento's specifications seem great on paper, with increases in second-row legroom and third-row headroom. The results aren't evident when sitting in the second row, however. The second row now slides, reclines and folds in a 40/20/40 configuration, but at 6 feet tall and slender, I found the space tight even with the seat positioned fully rearward." -- Cars.com
  • "The rear seats perform some admirable tricks: they recline, fold flat forward, and can even be optioned up with heaters." -- AutoWeek

Interior Features

The 2014 Kia Sorento comes standard with heated mirrors, satellite radio, Bluetooth and USB and auxiliary jacks. Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Infinity surround-sound audio system, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a blind spot warning system, keyless entry with push-button start, a power liftgate with programmable height, automatic headlights, second row sunshades, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 115-volt household power outlet.

One reviewer thinks the Sorento offers a long list of standard features, and he likes that many features can be ordered separately, so you don’t have to buy the most expensive trims to get the features you want. Additionally, one test driver says that the dials that control the climate and audio systems are straightforward, while another writes that the optional UVO infotainment system is easy to use.

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  • "The dash's standard-issue 8-inch LCD centerpiece commands Kia's latest Google-powered UVO infotainment and telemetrics system which is highly useful, responsive, and a breeze to navigate." -- Motor Trend
  • "Even in its base trim level, the 2014 Kia Sorento boasts a generous offering of standard features. We're particularly pleased that many of the high-end items are available as options throughout the lineup, so you're not forced to spring for a fully loaded model." -- Edmunds
  • "Two easy-to-use dials control the audio system and two more are there to adjust the climate control. Perhaps we're Luddites, but sometimes simplicity is best." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Inside, there's a new center control panel design and available 7-inch LCD gauge cluster with a smoothly operating digital speedometer with an analog appearance that's not jerky like some digital readouts. It's not a flawless execution, though, because the speedometer appeared dull even at its brightest setting." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 2014 Sorento has 36.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row, which expands to 72.5 cubic feet when the back seats are folded. There is 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the optional third row. The Sorento’s cargo space is below average for the class, but most critics still find the space useful. One reviewer notes that models without the third row gain an extra storage space under the cargo floor. The new power liftgate for 2014 draws praise for making cargo easier to load, and for its adjustable opening height, which can help shorter people reach the button that closes the liftgate.

  • "Kia's first-ever power liftgate made grocery runs, road trips, and daily cargo hauls easier during our two-week loan. Its opening height can be programed to accommodate for vertically challenged users." -- Motor Trend
  • "Cargo space is on the generous side, with 36.9 cubic feet available behind the middle row of seats. Folding those away expands that space to 72.5 cubes." -- Edmunds
  • "Fold the seats flat with the pull of a cord, and the Sorento's rear hold opens up to an impressive 36.9 cubic feet of cargo volume (it increases to 72.5 with the second row folded)." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The unchanged and scant 9.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the optional third row provides little room for groceries, or much of anything. Not choosing the third row has a few advantages, like a large hidden storage area beneath the cargo floor. ..." -- Cars.com
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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