Kia’s all-new third-generation seven-seat Sorento SUV, revealed in August last year, is now on sale in Australia.
Bigger, better and safer than ever before, the new Sorento brings new tech, more space, and higher prices across the board.
Getting into a brand-new Sorento will cost you $40,990 plus on-roads, marking a $2000 increase to bring Kia’s SUV face-to-face with the new Toyota Kluger.
From the middle of the range, the new $45,990 SLi petrol, $49,490 SLi diesel and $55,990 Platinum diesel are $4500 pricier than their predecessors - but far more affordable than the Kluger’s petrol-only $53,990 GXL and $63,520 Grande models.
Kia Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith, said today that the Sorento has improved dramatically with this new model, particularly in refinement, ride and handling.
“As with all models we introduce into Australia there has been extensive localisation work done for the Sorento,” Mr Meredith said.
“With hundreds of man-hours and thousands of kilometres invested, the outcomes are, in this case, particularly pleasing.”
POWERTRAINS & SPECS
Engine options with the new Sorento include a naturally-aspirated 199kW/318Nm 3.3 litre petrol V6 (Si, SLi) and a turbocharged 147kW/441Nm 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel (Si, SLi, Platinum).
All models are offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. The petrol models are front-wheel-drive, while the diesel models are all-wheel-drive with a part-time lock mode.
Fuel consumption with the petrol V6 is listed at 9.9 l/100km on the combined cycle, while the diesel lists fuel use at 7.8 l/100km.
Suspension is again by MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear, with the rear subframe gaining larger bushings and shock absorbers - the latter now mounted vertically behind the axle line.
A new electric power steering system is featured, now mounted to the steering rack instead of the steering column as with the previous model, with the change promising improved feel and a quicker response.
As with other new Kia models, the Sorento also features a Drive Mode Select system which adjusts transmission shift points and steering assistance depending on the option: Eco, Normal and Sport.
Standard kit across the range include a seven-inch main display with satellite navigation, keyless entry and tailgate release, powered folding exterior mirrors, cruise control, ‘premium’ steering wheel and shift knob, and steering-mounted controls.
Si models roll on 17-inch alloys, while the SLi and Platinum get 18- and 19-inch alloys respectively.
Si models get a 3.5 inch one-colour information display in the instrument clusters, while SLi and Platinum models are upgraded to a 7-inch colour display.
A 7-inch touch display also features in the centre of the dash, offering sat nav for all models, along with Bluetooth/USB/aux connectivity and six speakers. SLi and Platinum are upgraded to 10 speakers with a sub woofer and external amplifier.
Black cloth is standard seat trim in Si models. The SLi and Platinum get black leather as standard, but both can be optioned with a new black-and-stone two-tone interior combo at no extra cost.
All models are equipped with six airbags - including front-to-rear curtain coverage - along with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, brake assist, vehicle stability management, hill start assist and emergency stop signal.
A rear view camera and front/rear parking sensors are also standard.
Upgrading to the Platinum model adds Lane Departure Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The new Sorento range carries a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating and, at the time of writing, it has achieved the highest score of any SUV on the Australian market with 36.62 out of a possible 37 points.
That result also makes the new Sorento the third highest scoring vehicle ever tested by ANCAP.
Noise, Vibration, Harshness
The Korean carmaker says that noise, vibration and harshness were key focus points in developing the new Sorento.
Improvements in that area include a 14 percent increase in torsional rigidity and a 29 percent thicker dashboard soundproof panel.
There’s also larger engine and transmission mounts and, for diesel models, a new DPF cover and an acoustic shield built into the engine’s timing chain cover.
DIMENSIONS & CAPACITIES
At 4780mm, the new Sorento is a whopping 95mm longer than the outgoing model, and the wheelbase of the already new platform has been extended 80mm to 2780mm.
The new model also boasts a lower and more powerful appearance, with overall height reduced by 45mm to 1690mm, while width has increase 5mm to 1890mm.
The new Sorento seats seven across three rows - the third collapsible into an under-floor storage space - while the second row offers a 40/20/40 folding split.
Luggage capacity with the third row seats folded flat is up 17.5 percent, from 515 to a new 605 litres (VDA; 1077 litres SAE).
With the third row in its upright position, the available space remains a reasonably capable 142 / 320 litres (VDA/SAE), while dropping both rear rows offers a huge 1772 / 2066 litres.
Kia lists braked towing capacity at 2000kg and unbraked at 750kg for both the petrol and diesel powertrains, with both also listing a towball download rating of 100kg.
The new Sorento’s kerb weight is listed at 1921kg in front-wheel-drive petrol form and 2036 kilo with the all-wheel-drive diesel.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)