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2019 Kia Sorento Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The 2019 Kia Sorento has one of the most upscale interiors in the class. It looks good and uses high-quality materials throughout, particularly in the highest trims. The first two rows of seats are roomy and comfortable, though the third row will cramp adult passengers. The Sorento offers many driver assistance features (though they're not standard as they are in some rivals) and comes with a user-friendly infotainment system. Most competitors provide more cargo space.

  • "Really, apart from a new Terracotta color now available on the uppermost 2019 SX-L trim, either Sorento's cabin will impress with its design and quality. It truly stands toe-to-toe with the midsize segment's best in that regard." -- Autotrader
  • "Changes to the interior are even more subtle, but were even less necessary, as the 2019 Sorento continues to boast a handsome, well-made cabin that in top trims is quite luxurious." -- Autoblog
  • "For the past couple years Kia has excelled in offering interior design, materials and assembly that feel far more luxurious than the price tag suggests." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Seating

The Sorento seats seven in three rows and comes standard with stain-resistant cloth upholstery. Previous models offered a two-row, five-person configuration, but the 2019 Sorento does not. Leather upholstery, Nappa leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The first two rows are spacious and remain supportive on long trips. The third-row seats don't provide as much space as you can get in rivals like the Honda Pilot, and most adults won't have enough room to comfortably sit back there for long.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The lower anchors are easy to use, but the tether anchors can be confused for other hardware if you're not paying attention.

  • "Regardless of model year, though, the Sorento offers a distinctive size for the segment. It doesn't offer as much third-row space as something like a Honda Pilot, but it's also smaller and more maneuverable. If you only anticipate needing a third row in a pinch, the Sorento could be a smart choice." -- Autotrader
  • There's plenty of room and comfort in the first and second rows, but the third row is for small passengers and short trips." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Firm padding in the front seats is a plus on long trips, but the bottom cushions may prove too short for some. The nicely shaped second-row seats slide and recline. The third row's bottom cushion is basically on the floor; comfort is in short supply." -- Edmunds (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sorento include Bluetooth, a USB port, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the UVO infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless phone charging, two additional USB ports, and an upgraded UVO system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation.

Available active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

New for 2019, a 7-inch touch screen comes standard, as do Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The touch screen's graphics are excellent, the interface is intuitive, and the redundant physical controls give you more options for controlling tech functions.

The Sorento also gets new driver assistance features for 2019, including lane keep assist and driver drowsiness monitoring. However, some advanced active safety features only come in the higher Sorento trim levels, whereas many rivals include them as standard features.

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  • There's also new safety tech for 2019. The lane-departure warning system has been upgraded with lane-keep assist (it'll automatically steer itself away from lane lines), and a driver inattention and fatigue monitor has been added. Unfortunately, these accident avoidance items, along with the carry-over forward-collision warning and automatic braking system, are exclusive to the range-topping SX and SX-L. They are more widely available on competitors, including being standard on the Toyota Highlander." -- Autotrader
  • "Kia's touchscreen interfaces are some of the easiest to use, though we recommend the 7- or 8-inch Uvo3 units that include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a variety of other appealing extras. Advanced safety tech is available on all but the most basic L trim." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Let's celebrate knobs. Kia supplies them for increasing stereo volume, tuning between radio station, and for adjusting cabin temperature, providing the Sorento's driver with the ideal solution for making such changes without taking his or her eyes off the road. Let's celebrate buttons. Kia supplies them for accessing the main infotainment system menus, selecting climate system functions, and activating the heated and cooled seats and the heated steering wheel. Large and equipped with intuitive markings, these buttons provide clear and quick reference while driving. Let's celebrate switches and stalks, too, the kind that operate exactly as you expect them to. … To say that you'll instantly feel at home in a Sorento is an understatement." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Cargo

The Sorento provides 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 38 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 73 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. A hands-free power liftgate is available. This Kia's cargo space lags that of rivals like the Toyota Highlander, and even some compact SUVs have as much space as the Sorento. There's a lot of small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "The Sorento's wheelbase is almost equal to the Highlander's, meaning its rear-row legroom is comparable, but it falls well short in terms of cargo space, particularly behind the aft-most row. Its maximum cargo space of 73 cubic feet is generous, but on-par with bigger compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The Highlander and Pilot have about 10 cubes more." -- Autoblog
  • "The third row folds easily via pull-straps on the seatbacks (not much room behind them). The second row folds via nifty trunk-mounted remote handles. Cargo capacity is ample but still trails that of three-row rivals. Plenty of nooks for personal items." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "While many manufacturers offer a hands-free way of opening the rear hatch, we like Kia's solution. The Smart Liftgate automatically opens if you just stand near it with the key fob in your possession, letting you access it when your hands are full, while still keeping both feet on the ground." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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