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2017 Kia Sorento Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Sorento was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.3

Auto writers praise the 2017 Kia Sorento for an impressive overall design and build quality, with interior materials that evoke a premium feel. Some, however, note that interior quality varies noticeably depending on the trim level. The Sorento offers good space overall for cargo and passengers, and the infotainment system and other features are user-friendly.

  • "Most surfaces in the 2017 Kia Sorento are soft to the touch and richly textured, while available two-tone color schemes accentuate these quality materials. There's enough of a premium look and feel that higher trim levels seem properly luxurious." -- Edmunds
  • "All models benefit from a contemporary dash and interior design." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • With the Kia Sorento, it's a tale of two interiors, but the takeaway is that there is a nice, harmonious and premium-looking cabin to be had if you select the right trim. We sampled a lower-end V6 model … and came away wanting more refinement." --Autoblog (2016)

Seating

The 2017 Kia Sorento seats five, or seven with the addition of an optional third row, on standard cloth seating. Optional amenities include leather seating, heated front- and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The Sorento offers ample room for most passengers, especially legroom and knee room for those in the second row. The second-row seats also slide and recline to provide even more space to stretch out. However, the optional third-row seats are only adequate for smaller adults or children.

  • "The 2017 Sorento can be had with seating for five or seven. Whichever layout you prefer, this midsize SUV maintains Kia's reputation for interiors that feel more luxurious than you'd think, especially on Limited models with their softer leather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Legroom is generous in the second row, and you can further customize the Sorento for greater comfort or cargo space as the second row seats slide, recline and fold flat via levers in the cargo area. … As for the third-row seat, it's got room for kids or smaller adults; however, larger crossovers like the Toyota Highlander do have more adult-friendly space (as well as seatbelts for eight)." -- Edmunds
  • "Regardless of which trim you spring for, you'll find plenty of space. Rear-seaters will find good knee- and legroom, and even taller passengers should be content with headroom. Indeed, while Kia has extended the proportions of this third-gen Sorento - length and wheelbase swell by about 3.0 inches apiece - height has been reduced 0.5-inches. The latter doesn't really translate into reduced cabin space, and the optional panoramic sunroof keeps things airy and open." -- Autoblog (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Sorento are satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Optional features include a 4.3 inch touch-screen audio display, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, navigation, HD Radio, a 10-speaker Infinity sound system, a rearview camera, rear park assist, a surround-view monitor that displays a bird's-eye 360-degree view around the vehicle, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a three-prong power outlet, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and adaptive headlights.

The base model has few standard features, and there are no option packages available for it. To get access to more options, you’ll have to upgrade to a higher trim. The UVO infotainment system is easy to use and functions well. Other physical buttons around the dashboard are easily accessible and control frequently used commands like volume.

  • "Available on nearly every trim of the 2017 Sorento, this new safety feature [automatic emergency braking] does what humans can't: Keeps an unblinking eye on what's happening in front of you. Should the system sense an impending crash with no action on your part, it will apply the brakes to prevent a collision." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Much the same can be said for the appealing dashboard design, which happily also includes user-friendly controls. Kia's touchscreens are generally among the simpler electronics interfaces around, with big virtual buttons and clear labeling." -- Edmunds
  • "The optional UVO infotainment display with its 8-inch screen and vibrant, sharp graphics continues to impress. Hard buttons for regularly accessed features run alongside and make all the difference in system maneuverability. " -- Motor Trend (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Sorento has average cargo capacity for the class, with about 38 cubic feet behind the second row of seats and 73 cubic feet with all seats folded. Models equipped with a third row offer 11.3 cubic feet of space behind it. The Sorento offers good space with all the seats down, and an optional smart liftgate automatically opens when you stand behind it with the key fob.

  • Cargo capacity behind the third row (11.3 cubic feet) is really only good for a pair of small suitcases or several grocery bags. There's roughly 38 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, with maximum capacity reaching up to 73.5 cubes when you fold the second row. That's more than you'll find in many five-passenger midsize SUVs, but less than what a number of competitive three-row crossovers offer." -- Edmunds
  • "Kia's Smart Liftgate makes it even easier to open the Sorento's optional power hatch when your hands are full. Instead of pushing a button on the SUV's key fob, you just stand near the rear for a few seconds with the fob in your pocket, and the liftgate opens." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo room is abundant at 74 cubic feet overall, but with the third row up, you're limited to 11 cubes - an increase from the paltry 9.1 cu-ft previously offered. That's about the same as the trunk on a Mazda MX-5 Miata. The good news for those with a third row, folding the 50/50 split seats is a breeze - a simple pull on the lever quickly folds them flat. They can also be raised and locked into position just as effortlessly. The second row offers a 40/20/40 split, meaning you can easily fit longer objects like a snowboard or skis while still maximizing passenger space." -- Autoblog (2016)

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