Faced with steadily growing interest for the modern version of the minivan – i.e., crossovers with three rows of seats – the two Korean automaker Kia and Hyundai have reacted with big new propositions this year. Forget models that try to be all things for all occasions: from now on, the companies are taking clear aim at the practical, family-oriented side of sport utility vehicles with their all-new Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride.
It was the latter model I had occasion to test out over a long weekend this July. And if you think four days is not enough to take the real measure of a model, think again. When that long weekend involves a several-hundred-kilometre road trip with the kids and camping gear in tow, you’re sure to discover if the vehicle can meet your needs for transporting lots of stuff.
Bigger than the Sorento
The arrival of the Telluride should take some pressure off the Sorento, the brand’s only SUV that could up to now fit the needs of those looking for a mid-size three-row SUV, that is since the disappearance of the short-lived Borrego over ten years ago.
To give you an idea of the Telluride’s dimensions, the new model longer is longer by 7.9 inches, wider by 3.9 inches and taller by 2.8 inches than the Sorento. And you guessed it, the wheelbase of this genuine three-row people-mover is also longer, by a notable 4.8 inches.