New Kia Sorento
Kia began its journey here in the UK with a reputation built on value, now with the launch of its third generation Sorento, Kia will be seen to match and surpass not only customers expectations but also the world’s best car manufacturers for engineering, technology, refinement and quality.
Kia are moving to executive class in every way with its flagship 7 seat Sorento. Bigger again, longer with a greater wheelbase but lower still wider to create more headroom and legroom in all three rows plus an extra 90 litres more luggage space than its predecessor.
The Sorento design has always offered both saloon qualities along with towing and off-road capability, Sorento continues to do so. Lots has changed too, thanks to the Sorento’s lower roof line, rising belt line and sweeping profile it looks bolder and more muscular aided also by new pronounced rear shoulders below the windows.
Inside quality, space and practicality has increased. Switches and buttons have been grouped according to function and ergonomics. The standard instrument cluster features clear, stylish, white-on-black graphics essential to deliver information at a glance. KX-3 and KX-4 have a seven-inch TFT display to add the extra premium look.
All UK versions of Sorento are powered by the 2.2-litre version of Kia’s R-family turbodiesel engine, a cleaner, more fuel efficient EU6 emissions engine. The engine now develops 197bhp and 441NM of torque, endowing the Sorento with outstanding driveability on and off-road. A balancer shaft reduces vibrations and ensures the engine is extremely refined. Performance has been improved so that acceleration from 0-62mph now takes just 9.0 seconds (auto 9.4) and all versions have top speeds of 124mph. Automatics are now with Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system to ensure that no fuel is used and no emissions are created when the vehicle is stood still.
New Sorento follows the Sportage with the addition of Dynamax all-wheel-drive an intellegent, electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system from Magna Powertrain. It monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive is required. Paired with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC) automatically and instantaneously transfers torque to wheels which still have grip before the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system kicks in. Linked to Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents slip-back going uphill and eliminating the chance of wheelspin.
All four luxuriously appointed trim grades have seven seats, now with a 40:20:40 split in the middle row and a 50:50 split in the rear a six-speed automatic gearbox is optional in place of the six-speed manual on KX-2 and KX-3 and standard with KX-4. From KX-2 upwards, buyers have the choice of ordering the car without the self-levelling suspension feature at a saving of £500.
Highlights of the extensive standard features include alloy wheels (17”, 18” or 19” depending on grade), black side sill and wheel-arch mouldings, roof rails and a rear spoiler, cornering lights integrated into the foglights, LED daytime running lights, front wiper de-icers, electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors with LED indicators, door sill scuff plates (aluminium with front illumination for KX-2 upwards.)
Steering wheel-mounted controls, all-round electric windows, cruise control with a speed limiter and reversing sensors, while safety is taken care of by Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Assist, ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, six airbags, active front headrests, front seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters and an active bonnet to protect pedestrians.
In KX-2 these are supplemented with chrome exterior door handles, a side sill chrome garnish, automatic light and wiper control, black leather/faux leather upholstery, heated front and outer rear seats, dual automatic air conditioning in place of standard air conditioning, 7” touchscreen sat-nav with European mapping and Traffic Messaging (TMC), a reversing camera linked to the touchscreen and self-levelling suspension (no-cost delete option).
To this, the KX-3 adds a panoramic sunroof with automatic one-touch blinds, xenon headlights with automatic levelling, the Adaptive Front Lighting, 8’’ touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping and TMC, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, alloy pedals, an engine start/stop button and smart entry system, a smart powered tailgate, an Infinity premium sound system, a 7” TFT LCD colour instrument display, the Lane Departure Warning system and Speed Limit information.
The luxurious range-topping KX-4 is distinguished by a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with four-way powered lumbar adjustment and an eight-way adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, the 360-degree Around View Monitor, the Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Essential facts and figures
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-1||197||441||9.0||124||49.6||149|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-2||197||441||9.0||124||46.3||161|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-2||197||441||9.6||124||42.2||177|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-3||197||441||9.0||124||46.3||161|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-3||197||441||9.6||124||42.2||177|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-4||197||441||9.6||124||42.2||177|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-1||£28,795|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-2||£31,995|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-2||£33,745|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual KX-3||£35,845|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-3||£37,595|
|2.2 CRDi 6-speed auto KX-4||£40,995|