The Kia Borrego is the latest offering from the South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia Motors, and it’s a mid-size, seven-seater sports utility vehicle. This all new SUV is the little sister to the larger Kia Sorento.
During development, the model sported the un-exiting code name HM; it was finally named after the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California. In addition to an available as standard 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine putting out 276bhp, Kia has developed a DOHC 4.6-liter V8 unit with more than 337bhp making it amongst the most powerful mid-size SUV’s. This engine is installed in conjunction with a newly developed six-stage automatic transmission.
The engines have been designed to run well on regular unleaded instead of premium fuel, which is helpful in these times of ever increasing gas prices. Official figures show the V8 to be capable of 15mpg in the city and 22 on the open road, moving up to four-wheel drive it still achieves 15mpg in the city and drops a little to 20 on the highway. The mileages would make the Borrego a contender for the most fuel efficient SUV in its class.
Towing should also be a breeze for the V8 with the capability of pulling 7,500 pounds, which again would make it the highest rated in its vehicle class. Beating out the 4Runner, Pathfinder the Grand Cherokee and all other similar size SUV’s the Borrego has excellent amount of interior space at over 156 cubic feet.
The equipment in the Borrego includes an audio system with specialist Infinity six CD changer with an AM/FM radio as well as a dock for an MP3, in addition there is an option offering Kia’s first SIRIUS satellite system. Also optionally available are electrically adjustable pedals and a DVD-Navigation system with a rear parking camera.
Also striking is a comprehensive warranty period of 10 years or 100,000 miles and roadside assistance coverage of 60,000 miles or five years.
If you are in the market for a mid-size SUV, then it’s clear that this new Kia should be on the shortlist, its standard and optional features make it a very viable alternative to many Japanese and US models