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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Stylish bobbed tail
Car and Driver
could easily be mistaken for a high-end Japanese SUV
Kelley Blue Book
remarkably similar to the Grand Cherokee
The 2008 Kia Sorento has a pleasantly rounded shape, but it’s grown old rather quickly, and its interior is more useful than it is handsome.
According to Cars.com, the 2008 Kia Sorento bears a strong family resemblance to its little brother, the Sportage, sharing that vehicle's "multi-slat grille, narrow air dam and larger headlights with orange borders,” while Car and Driver likes its "stylish bobbed tail." Automobile comments on the 2008 Kia Sorento's similarity to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, oddly enough, saying it shares the same proportions as the Chrysler-built SUV. The basic shape is rather plain to TheCarConnection.com’s editors, and looks fairly thick from some angles, but Jalopnik admires its “stunning curves”—ironically, it turns out. Buyers who choose to upgrade to the 2008 Kia Sorento's EX trim will get their vehicle outfitted with fog lights and chrome door handles.
Inside the Sorento, Automobile comments that the "interior accommodations are also similar" to those of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The interior has been upgraded since the Sorento was introduced in 2003, and Motor Trend noted the "new center fascia, gauge cluster, and floor console as well as new, upscale wood and metal trim materials" and described the interior as "refined." Edmunds praises the "upscale ambiance to this modestly priced SUV" and says that "the ergonomics are sound," though they note that the "styling of the interior has begun to look dated."
The 2008 Kia Sorento has decent if dated styling.