Kia Sorento tyres
Other 4x4s or SUVs might have more of a heritage or a more fashionable badge on their bonnet. That’s not a problem for those who own the Kia Sorento, though. It’s a spacious car with full-time four-wheel-drive and lots of standard equipment. Most importantly, it’s a whole lot of 4×4 for the money. New models aren’t expensive to buy, and come with Kia’s massive 7 year or 100,000 mile warranty, while the Sorento also offer enormous value as a used car.
The Sorento is able enough off-road, even though most of them will never be challenged in that environment. It’s an affordable and capable towing car, meaning that it’s very popular for caravan owners. Seven seats mean that there’s enough room inside for growing families, the dog and endless luggage.
It’s more of a motorway cruiser than a car that’s fun to drive. It may not be cheap to run, older models are a bit noisy and it’s handling in corners is by no means great. Additionally, inside it’s more Spartan than luxurious. It’s practical and safe, though, with reliability that can be taken for granted, and available at the bargain end of the 4×4 market. All that is more than enough to ensure the Sorento’s popularity.
Two issues readily present themselves in relation to tyre choice for these cars. They’re unsettled and fidgety in corners, so their grip is not great. Thus the more wet grip a replacement tyre can offer, the better. Additionally, these are big cars with full-time 4WD. Even with a diesel engine, they can therefore be thirsty. As such, the fuel economy rating of different tyre options is an important consideration, too. A good fuel economy rating means that the tyre will support the Sorento’s mpg as well as possible. A poor one will mean even more time – and money – spent at the filling station. All this means that the Sorento calls for a tyre with good ratings in both areas. These won’t be the cheapest tyres available, but they will be a good investment and the best value in the long run.
Common criticisms of the Sorento are that its engines are noisy and that there’s a lot of wind and tyre noise at higher speeds. Thus the final piece information given on a new tyre’s label, its noise emission rating, is an important factor, too. A further consideration will be the amount of off-road driving your Sorento does. In most cases, it’s none; but if you do use this car in an off-road environment then this should be reflected in your tyre choice. Various tyres are available to fit the Sorento which are designed support different proportions of on-road and off-road use.
etyres’ best-selling tyre brand for the Sorento is Kumho. While this isn’t one of the traditional premium brands, it’s a tyre company with which Kia works closely. Indeed Kumho tyres are factory-fitted to many Kia cars. This, along with their competitive price, would explain their popularity in this instance. Various Continental, Goodyear and Michelin ranges are available in SUV formats and these sell well to Sorento owners, too. Nexen tyres are also popular, and a range of budget and economy tyres are available to suit older versions of this car.