The new Kia Sorento is the third Kia to be awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating, following this accolade's presentation to the Kia cee'd and Kia Soul.
During reversing, the Kia Sorento's optional rear parking sensors help to avoid contact with pedestrians and other vehicles. It uses four ultrasonic sensors to accurately detect obstructions behind the car. An audible warning is also triggered, the sound intensifying in both volume and frequency as the car moves closer to the obstruction.
Reversing is made even safer by the availability of a new KRSC (Kia Reversing Safety Camera) mounted on the tailgate. This camera is fitted with a 130 degree wide-angle lens and transmits images to a 3.5-inch LCD display panel set within the cabin's auto-dimming rear view mirror. The system, which only operates when reverse gear is selected, enables the driver to check the rear view and the blind spot below the rear window simultaneously, in the rear view mirror.
The Kia Sorento offers the versatility of an estate car with 111 litres of luggage space with the seats up and with the seats down, this increases to an uninterrupted load area of 1525 litres. Thoughtful Kia includes luggage net fixings and a net as standard.
Safety and Security
The new Kia Sorento is the third Kia to be awarded a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating, following this accolade's presentation to the Kia cee'd and Kia Soul. Kia's latest SUV recorded remarkable scores of 87% (Adult), 84% (Child), 44% (Pedestrian) and 71% (Safety Assist) in the testing system's four categories.
Buyers of new Kia Sorento are presented with a range of state-of-the-art systems and equipment as standard or as options, depending on market,to ensure that owning and driving this all-new SUV will be a safe and enjoyable experience.
Active safety technologies that can be specified include ESC, HAC, DBC, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) and rear parking sensors, plus several systems to boost braking performance during extreme conditions.
EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) monitors the car's load, the combined weight of occupants and cargo and adjusts the front/rear distribution of the braking pressure to maximise stopping power.
As standard on all Kia Sorento models, both front seats are equipped with 'active' head restraints. These move forwards during a rear impact to minimise movement of the occupants' heads and protect them against whiplash injuries.
Inside, the new Kia Sorento can be equipped with up to six airbags as standard - depending on the market. Dual front airbags, dual front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (linked to rollover sensors as well as impact sensors) offer head protection to all occupants.
For security, an engine immobiliser, a Thatcham category 1 alarm and locking wheel nuts are standard.
Kia Sorento Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia Sorento KX-3|
|Colour||Titanium Silver - Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||45.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5 Star|
|Warranty||7 years / 100000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/07/10)||£30,970|