It looks as if Kia is hard at work sorting out some of the suspension woes in the company's Sorento. Photographers spotted this camouflaged version thrashing around the Nürburgring recently. More often than not, manufacturers use the track for suspension development, and while the Sorento debuted to generally strong reviews, its stiff-legged ride came in for criticism. That complaint was addressed with the uplevel SX trim and its dual-flow dampers, which were subsequently retrofitted to the rest of the line. We're not sure if the prototype seen here is rocking that same technology, but the 'Ring is as good a place as any to sort out dynamics and ride.

This is the second time this year we've seen the Korean crossover take on the Ring's numerous corners. Our shooters first clocked the machine doing the same back in May, though with substantially heavier cladding working to disguise the sheetmetal beneath. Hyundai has reportedly been benchmark testing the next Sorento against costlier models like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, both of which boast far superior on-road manners.


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      prime time
      • 2 Years Ago
      why still hide it when the actual one is already out in the forums??? http://tsikot.com/forums/kia-cars-talk-129/kias-sportage-sorento-now-manual-option-priced-p988-000-p1-090-000-a-88354-post1948610/#post1948610
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder how long it is until we have John Deere tractors and Husquarna lawnmowers tested on the 'Ring...
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even the cowprint cannot hide the ugly.
      Gubbins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe the Korean nameplates are finally getting serious about ride & handling development. They could sure use it.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      How quickly can you get around the ring in a shopping cart?
      GasMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      James May is right. Nurburgring testing is out of hand. The worst part is that these companies rent the 'Ring and if you visit you can't drive.
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks to be a pure PR stunt. The car KIA actually needs to test on the ring is the next Ceed/Forte or Optima.
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...its stiff-legged ride came in for criticism. That complaint was addressed with the uplevel SX trim and its dual-flow dampers, which were subsequently retrofitted to the rest of the line." First, kudos to Autoblog for mentioning this, which I expected you would have overlooked. Second, kudos to Kia for showing it will make changes to a car even a year after it debuts.
      THE 507
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay enough of this. How many times are you going to show an SUV (or CUV, whatever they're calling it now) that most of us couldn't care less about? They all look alike anyway. Just saw a Tucson the other day and thought it was the new Escape even when I knew Escapes weren't in showrooms yet. LOL. Who really cares?
      DeCiel
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Hyundai has reportedly been benchmark testing the next Sorento against costlier models like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, both of which boast far superior on-road manners." Error. It's Kia, not Hyundai.
      a2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Check this website with pictures of the new Kia Sorento in South Corea: http://revistaautoesporte.globo.com/Revista/Autoesporte/1,,EMI309753-10142,00.html
      a2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Check this website with pictures of the new Kia Sorento in South Corea: http://revistaautoesporte.globo.com/Revista/Autoesporte/1,,EMI309753-10142,00.html