The third generation Kia Sorento has been officially launched with prices starting at £28,795.
The all-new seven-seat Sorento is slightly larger than its predecessor, at 95mm longer, 5mm wider and an increased wheelbase of 80mm to 2,780mm. This has helped to increase the interior space with improved leg and head room throughout the seven seats. The luggage carrying capacity has increased by some 90-litres.
Kia has promised a more premium feel and finish to the Sorento, with improved materials and attention to detail, sound deadening has been increased and the ride enhanced.
At launch there are four trim levels, KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4, all models feature seven seats, 40:20:40 split in the middle row and a 50:50 split in the rear row.
Standard equipment includes cornering lights, LED daytime running lights, front wiper de-icers, electrically adjustable, folding and heated door mirrors with LED indicators, alloy wheels (17", 18" or 19" depending on grade), and roof rails. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls, all-round electric windows, cruise control with a speed limiter and reversing sensors.
Safety equipment includes 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.
The KX-2 editions come 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 satellite navigation with pan-European mapping and Traffic Messaging (TMC), a reversing camera linked to the touchscreen and self-levelling suspension
With prices starting at £35,845 the KX-3 grade gains a panoramic sunroof with automatic one-touch blinds, xenon headlights with automatic levelling, the Adaptive Front Lighting, 8'' touchscreen navigation system with pan-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 top of the range £40,995 Sorento KX-4 is equipped with 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with four-way powered lumbar adjustment and an eight-way adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats. On the tech front there is Adaptive Cruise Control, the 360-degree Around View Monitor, the Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Power comes from a Euro6 compliant 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine from Kia's R-family; it develops 197 bhp / 441Nm of torque which equates to a 0-62 mph time of 9 seconds in the manual guise and 9.6 with the optional six-speed auto - top speed for both editions is 124 mph.
All models feature Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system with automatic models acquiring Active ECO to aid fuel consumption. Manual editions with 17” inch wheels record a combined figure of 49.6 mpg (NEDC figures) with emissions of 149 g/km and automatics 42.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.
New Sorento uses Dynamax all-wheel-drive system which is similar to that found in the Sportage; it is an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system that constantly monitors the driving environment. Under normal conditions 100% of power is delivered to the front wheels, but this can automatically be re-distributed to 60:40 front-to-rear axles to aid handling or traction. You can manually lock the transmission off-road to get 50:50 torque at speeds of up to 25 mph.
To aid with traction and handling, there is with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and aid pulling off there is Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevent roll back on pulling off on inclines.
|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|
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