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I am new to KIA...I just bought a 2018 Sorento EX+ just over a week ago and am experiencing comfort issues with the Drivers Seat. As best I can guess...it feels like the bolster on the right side is digging into my hip and is uncomfortable and even painful - I have played around with all the seat adjustments and can't find a comfortable position. I sat in the passenger seat for a 30 minute trip and found it a lot more comfortable than the drivers seat which I would rate about a 3 out of 10.

Has anyone else experienced a similar issue. I have owned many new cars/suv's and have never experienced a more uncomfortable seat than this. I'm into this vehicle for 7 years so am looking for any suggestions. This is our main vehicle for our family and because of the drivers seat comfort don't look forward to driving it.

I have contacted my the dealer I purchased it from - and even though there isn't anything they can see that is obviously a defect are trying to see if Kia Canada will replace the cushion...I just am hoping this isn't a sign of things to come - I just got out of a 2014 Dodge Journey plagued with issues and was hoping buying a Kia was going to be a step towards better times.

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I had the same issue when I bought mine, but it just needed to break in a little bit. It went away after a few weeks. The cushions are quite stiff, but they seems to be ok after a few dozen sits.
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I find the seat really wide and my hips are on the flat part. I can't say I have had any comfort issues. Are your hips really wide?

If anything, the seats could grab me a little tighter and I would be happy... but considering it isn't a sporty car the seats are fine.
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I am 6'2" and probably average weight for my height...meaning that I take up the whole seat.

I am hoping that the seats will form to me in short order but have never had to endure being this uncomfortable in order to get there. And having sat in my passenger seat for a short trip (30 min) with no issues and comparing it to the car I test drove as well as one that was in the showroom with an obvious comfort difference its leading me to think there might be something a bit off with the base cushion of my seat.

Thus wondering how many others out there have experienced a similar issue to mine - and whether Kia did anything in the way of a replacement or it just finally worked out. All this while hoping I don't find anyone who has had to continue to endure an uncomfortable seat - I can't imagine the thought of enduring 7 years of this.
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I had the same issue when I bought mine, but it just needed to break in a little bit. It went away after a few weeks. The cushions are quite stiff, but they seems to be ok after a few dozen sits.
Same here. Pain in the side for a while, now feels ok.

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I bought one of these at Canadian Tire:

(I rarely use it myself, but my wife likes it.)

Three different kinds:

1- Gel Seat Cushion

2- Realtree Gel Seat Cushion

3- Memory Foam Cushion


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I have 2018 Sorento SXL top trim. Bought Sep 1. Fine about 2500 Kms so far and I feel the seats are stiff. I have a Lexus RX 350 FSport 3 and itís seats are way more comfortable. I am hoping as others say with time the seats will break in. Otherwise itís hard in my base and I live to drive but hate to sit on these seats.


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Also since you have 2018 EX+ how do you like the headlights ? Especially howís the beam pattern at night ? Is it far enough for you or you think they are aimed too low n near ?


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I have 2018 Sorento SXL top trim. Bought Sep 1. Fine about 2500 Kms so far and I feel the seats are stiff. I have a Lexus RX 350 FSport 3 and itís seats are way more comfortable. I am hoping as others say with time the seats will break in. Otherwise itís hard in my base and I live to drive but hate to sit on these seats.


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I'll be interested in what you experience over the next x number of months. i am looking to take my cloth seats out and get lightly used leather seats out of your trim level and install them in mine through a copart purchase. I'D hate to spend all that money and they are no more comfortable than a North Korean prison toilet. thx
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I'll be interested in what you experience over the next x number of months. i am looking to take my cloth seats out and get lightly used leather seats out of your trim level and install them in mine through a copart purchase. I'D hate to spend all that money and they are no more comfortable than a North Korean prison toilet. thx


Sure thing . Will keep you posted


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