2009 Kia Borrego Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Kia Borrego - Road Test Specs

2009 Kia Borrego SUV

(4.6L V8 4x4 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleEX 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$32,995
Options on test vehicle18" Chrome Wheels ($750), Premium Package ($1,800), Navigation System ($1,500), Luxury Package ($1,500), Roof Rack Crossbars ($250).
As-tested MSRP$39,545


Drive typeFour-wheel drive with auto mode, 4-high and 4-low
Engine typeLongitudinally mounted V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,627cc (282cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4:1
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)337 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)323 @ 3,500
Transmission type6-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.17; II = 2.34; III = 1.52; IV = 1.14; V = 0.87; VI = 0.69; Final Drive = 3.36


Suspension, frontIndependent, Double Wishbones, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, Multi-Link, Coil Springs, and Stabilizer Bar
Steering typePower steering
Tire brandHankook
Tire modelRadial RA07
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP265/60R18 109T
Tire size, rearP265/60R18 109T
Wheel size18 X 7.5
Wheel materialChrome plated aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.9-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear12.8-inch solid disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 89.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)133
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)60.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSlow shifts aren't helping the Borrego's acceleration performance. No wheelspin at launch; the best run occurred with mild brake torque.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsSingle-stop distance in on-par for segment. Long, soft pedal is not unexpected or out of place in the class (SUVs that can tow a substantial amount.) We noticed some fade.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Lots of understeer here, but good grip, as well. Feels tall, but not tippy. Slalom: Slaloming a large SUV is never easy or fun, but the Borrego does remarkably well. It never feels unsafe in rapid transistions -- it communicates its intentions clearly. Pretty darned good for a vehicle of this type.

Testing Conditions

Test date7/29/2008
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)79.8
Wind (mph, direction)1.5

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 City / 20 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)18.7
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)20.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,621
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,882
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)53.4
Length (in.)192.3
Width (in.)75.4
Height (in.)71.3
Wheelbase (in.)114.0
Track, front (in.)63.6
Track, rear (in.)64.0
Turning circle (ft.)36.5
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)37.4
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)32.9
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)60.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)59.1
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)55.7
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Info not provided


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Knee airbagsDriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemDirect pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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