Refinement and sophistication are the kinds of words you’d expect to hear from certain other brands. But Kia is making no bones about its confidence in the all-new Sorento.
“The all-new Sorento is a key model for KIA due to our affinity for the SUV class of vehicles,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director, KIA Motors South Africa. “The third generation Sorento is especially exciting to bring to market as we make the next step up the quality and refinement ladder. We realise innovation and technology is expected from KIA, but we have again brought key conveniences that make owing the new Sorento a driving pleasure.”
The critics have been making the right kinds of noises: the Sorento won its first-ever Red Dot award for product design earlier this year and was reportedly rated highly in finish, degree of innovation, environmental impact and safety as well.
Externally the new vehicle is clearly bigger than before, but it’s under the skin and in the interior that we find the real difference. KIA’s European design team led the drive to create a more sophisticated cabin with high-quality finishes.
Depending on the model grade, the all-new Sorento is equipped with either an 89 mm mono LCD display or 175 mm colour TFT LCD screen. A wide range of multimedia entertainment options is available.
Structurally, a lot of work has been done in the body shell and minimising noise to create a more refined ride. There’s new soundproofing material for the transmission tunnel, a 29 % thicker dashboard soundproofing panel, larger engine and transmission mounts for greater powertrain refinement and, for diesel models, a new DPF cover and an acoustic shield integrated into the engine’s timing chain cover. Cabin noise is reduced by 3 % to 6 %, depending on driving conditions.
The Sorento is available with five or seven seats. On certain models, the 7-seat version’s second-row seats can be folded more conveniently by remote levers. Again depending on model, the driver’s seat can have 10-way power adjustment and memory settings.
High-tech driver aids that have found their way into the new Sorento include radar-based Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and a Smart Power Tailgate.
For South Africa the Sorento is powered by either a 2,4-litre petrol engine or the familiar 2,2-litre turbodiesel, upgraded for better mid- and low-range torque. Front-wheel drive and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are standard on most models, but high-end models will get DYNAMAX all-wheel drive. The awd system incorporates a Lock mode, which splits torque evenly between front and rear wheels for greater traction in tricky surfaces such as snow or sand. High-spec models also get Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC), which transfers torque to the wheels with the most grip
Prices start at R379 995.