Kia has introduced an updated version of its Sorento Adventure SUV (now available exclusively in 7-seater guise). Herewith the range's specifications and prices
Kia says its facelifted Sorento has been "enhanced", which is quite apt – the new car features a refreshed exterior design, as well as an upgraded interior with more standard features, all of which makes the Korean better value for money.
“The Sorento SUV has been a proud flagbearer for Kia’s design and quality credentials since the 1st-generation model debuted in 2002,” says Gary Scott, CEO of Kia Motors South Africa. “It has not only won red dot and iF Design Awards, but is also a consistent segment leader in the annual JD Power Initial Quality Study.”
For the 2018 model, the Sorento has received a new-look front end, replete with a more detailed grille and new headlamps. (higher-spec derivatives gain projection headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights). At the rear, there are sleeker taillamp housings, as well as a revised bumper design. New-look 18-inch alloy wheels complete the aesthetic revision. Inside, there are changes to the steering wheel, gearshift lever and a new-look instrument cluster with better graphics.
Previously, the Sorento was available in 5- and 7-seater guises, but the revised line-up sees Kia discontinue the former. The 2nd row of seats can fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, while the 3rd row can be folded flat into the luggage bay floor.
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto has made it into the new-look Kia Sorento
The base LS derivative, high-spec SX and SXL have been dropped, with the range now comprising a mid-spec LX and mid-to-high spec EX – both are available in either front- or all-wheel-drive guises.
The enhanced LX derivatives feature a raft of standard specification features that includes, but is not limited to, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, automatic headlamp control, auto-folding and heated side mirrors with integrated side indicators, electric windows all round and rear USB ports.
The higher-spec EX derivatives feature an auto-defog system, illuminated door scuff plates, rear sunshade blinds, electrically adjustable front seats (with 2-way adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat), integrated roof rails and a wireless smartphone charger.
A new 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment system, with integrated satellite navigation, USB and auxiliary inputs and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility is now standard too.
Kia has called upon its trusty 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine to power the Sorento and it produces a healthy 147 kW and 440 Nm, which is capable of propelling the vehicle from 0 to 100 kph in a claimed 9.4 seconds. The big change is the introduction of a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the outgoing 6-speed unit.
Kia Sorento Price in South Africa (October 2018)
The new Kia Sorento comes with a 5-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, as well as a 5-year/100 000 km service plan and 3 years' roadside assistance. View its full specs and prices here.
Sorento 2.2 CRDI LX R569 995
Sorento 2.2 CRDI LX AWD R609 995
Sorento 2.2 CRDI EX R599 995
Sorento 2.2 CRDI EX AWD R639 995