November 23, 2017

NEW KIA SORENTO

Kia’s all-new third generation SUV is bigger and better than before with a new diesel engine and four-wheel drive as standard.

The smoother, swept-back profile and deeply sculpted surfaces give the Kia Sorento a lithe, elegant appearance. The spacious interior follows the horizontal lines of the overall design concept and delivers a luxurious look and feel.

All versions of the new Sorento are powered by an EU6-compliant 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine which produces fewer harmful tailpipe emissions, is more fuel-efficient, less damaging to the environment, and which reduces running costs for personal and business owners. All have a new, permanent, intelligent all-wheel drive system and a versatile seven-seat interior. There are four trim levels, badged KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4. Depending on model, buyers have the choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Safety and convenience technologies new to the Sorento, and in some cases new to any Korean SUV, include Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Around View Monitoring, Adaptive Front Lighting and Speed Limit Information.

The 194bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine provides strong flexible performance, assisted by the slick and efficient six-speed automatic gearbox. On the move there’s no getting away from the Sorento’s bulk, as the substantial weight and height results in some body lean around sharp corners, but grip levels are good thanks to four-wheel drive and Kia’s new Dynamax™ All-Wheel-Drive system with torque vectoring. It’s also easy car to drive, with light steering and smooth accelerator and brake pedal action. Ride quality isn’t up with Range Rover suppleness, but it remains comfortable on most roads. Refinement levels are pretty decent, thanks to a hushed engine, although some suspension and wind noise is evident at times.

Climb aboard the Kia Sorento and you’re greeted by a well thought out dashboard and a decent driving position giving a good view of the road. Quality of the trim and switchgear also sees an improvement on the previous model. The Sorento has a longer wheelbase and provides more passenger room than its predecessor. As you’d expect, there’s plenty of head and legroom in the cabin for all five passengers. The same can’t be said however for the additional two rear seats, although they’ll be fine for smaller children. Obviously these seats encroach into the boot space, but when lowered you’re left with a cavernous load area of up to 1,732 litres.

Entry-level KX-1 models come equipped with alloy wheels, front and rear electric windows, air-conditioning, cruise control and automatic headlights. Meanwhile, more expensive KX-2 versions add heated leather seats, rear privacy glass and automatic wipers. The top-of-the-range KX-3 has bigger alloy wheels, Xenon headlights, a panoramic glass roof, electric seats and satellite navigation.

High-tech specifications and a range of premium features, including the 360-degree Around View Monitor and smart parking system make it easy to manoeuvre and park. Buyers can also choose from the latest safety assistance systems, from lane departure warning to rear cross traffic alert and traffic sign recognition, through to adaptive cruise control.

Kia’s UK flagship is now on sale, with prices ranging from £28,795 for the KX-1 to £41,500 for the KX-3.

 

Verdict:

The Kia Sorento is a large 7-seater SUV that offers distinctive styling, vast accommodation and generous equipment levels.

 

 

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