The Sorento is the mothership of Kia’s line-up. A big, seven-seater SUV which during the accomplished decade has won over Aussie families for its admeasurement and practicality, its assurance tech and the way it drives, while actuality abundant amount for money.
Now the new-generation archetypal has accustomed attractive bacteria and meaner than the old Sorento. So, has it absent any of the charms which fabricated it a winner, or has it alone got better?
The new-generation Kia Sorento costs about $3K added than the antecedent model, but in acknowledgment you’re accustomed bigger appearance and the latest tech.
There are four grades in the Sorento range: the S, Sport, Sport and top-of-the-range GT-Line. All grades can be had with a agent or petrol engine. The bolt is, alone the agent adaptation is able with all-wheel drive, while the petrol alternative is front-wheel drive only.
For the petrol agency account prices alpha at $45,850 for the S, afresh accomplish up to $48,480 for the Sport, $52,850 for the Sport , and $60,070 for the GT-Line. Appetite that in diesel? Aloof add $3000 to anniversary price.
Kia does drive-away appraisement about permanently, which will save you money on rego and added on-road costs. At the time this was appear you could buy a GT-Line agent for $63,070 drive-away.
What do you get for the money?
Coming accepted on the S brand are 17-inch admixture wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, bolt seats, and an 8.0-inch affectation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Sport brand adds 18-inch admixture wheels, a big 10.25-inch display, sat nav, dual-zone climate, and a adeptness adjustable driver’s seat, but it still has bolt seats.
Things are accepting appealing spesh with the Sport grade. There’s all of the Sport’s appearance additional 19-inch admixture wheels, covering seats (heated up front), adjacency key with push-button start, adeptness tailgate, aloofness glass, LED tail-lights and alien agent start.
And at the top of the timberline is the GT-Line which adds 20-inch admixture wheels, checky Nappa covering seats, 12.3-inch agenda apparatus cluster, affection lighting, 12-speaker Bose complete system, head-up display, a wireless buzz charger, acrimonious seats in the advanced and additional row, and a across-the-board sunroof.
By far the best absorbing affection of the GT-Line is it’s adeptness to esplanade itself afterwards anyone actuality in the car. Yup, you apprehend that right. It’s alleged ‘Remote Smart Parking Assist’ and it’s for bound parking spaces.
It’s astounding, and to see it assignment watch the video aloft area I authenticate how accessible to use and applied the affection is.
The new-generation Sorento looks annihilation like the aftermost one… n-o-t-h-i-n-g like the aftermost one. Well, afar from the rear, ancillary window which has the aforementioned bend to it, which is an advised nod to the antecedent model.
The approachable adaptation was exceptional and affable looking, but its accommodation assume aggrandized compared to the muscular, angular, new-generation Sorento.
It appears to accept had an attitude change, too. Sure, this is a ancestors SUV but there are muscle-car ancestry from the Camaro-style headlights crabbed that bluff face of a grille, to the Mustang-esque tail-lights, with aggregate in amid abounding with aciculate edges.
The berth is alike added arresting with its cheese-grater textures in the birr and doors, the ample centre animate with chrome trim and rotary shifter.
The 10.25-inch media display, accepted on the Sport brand and above, is the best absorbing I’ve apparent on any car I’ve tested.
The akin of detail, anticipation and administration which has gone into it is accessible with its neon people, fonts and icons, beaming ablaze ball aftereffect for radio frequencies, and alike the ‘streetlight’ approach for the aeronautics is intriguing. At the aforementioned time, it’s one of the easiest to use systems I’ve encountered.
The top-grade GT-Line accomplish up the exceptional attending with its fully-digital apparatus array and Nappa covering seats.
The abstracts feel aerial quality, while the fit and accomplishment is superb.
The Sorento’s ambit accept afflicted hardly with the SUV now barometer 4810mm continued ( 10mm), 1900mm advanced and 1700mm tall.
There are seven colours to aces from but alone bright white doesn’t appeal the $695 amount of the blow which accommodate ‘Silky Silver’, ‘Steel Grey’, ‘Mineral Blue’, ‘Aurora Black’, ‘Gravity Blue’ or the ‘Snow White Pearl’ of the Sorento in my video above.
The new Sorento has added amplitude inside, a bigger cossack and added charging outlets for devices.
Climbing into the third row is additionally easier now acknowledgment to a wheelbase that’s been continued by 35mm to 2815mm and a additional row which slides added forward.
Even somebody my acme (191cm/6’3″) and with my absorbing abridgement of adequation can get in. Watch the video to see how affected I attending accomplishing it.
Legroom is accomplished throughout and I can sit abaft my active position in the additional row, and abaft that in the third row afterwards my knees affecting any of the seatbacks.
You now accept added cossack space, too. With the third row in abode there’s 187 litres (up by 45 litres), and with third row collapsed there’s 616 liters (up by 11 litres).
Cabin accumulator is additionally excellent. There are eight cupholders, plus, four canteen holders in the doors up advanced and back. You can accept 12 drinks on the go and it alone fits seven people.
Then there are the charging points. The GT Line and the Sport accept USB ports in the third and additional row, and all grades accept three USBs up advanced and two 12V outlets.
The GT-Line additionally includes wireless charging. There are directional air vents in all three rows. Nobody is activity thirsty, or airless, or chargeless.
A appropriate bark out needs to go to the Alien Smart Parking Assist affection of the GT-Line, too. The arrangement makes the Sorento alike added practical.
As with the antecedent Sorento there’s a best of a 3.5-litre petrol V6 or a turbo-diesel four-cylinder.
Essentially, they are the aforementioned engines from the antecedent archetypal and the outputs are about banausic with the agent authoritative 148kW/440Nm, while the petrol produces 206kW/336Nm.
The manual in the agent alternative is appropriately new. It’s an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. The eight-speed that comes in the petrol is an old-school acceptable automated transmission.
As mentioned earlier, if you appetite all-wheel drive afresh alone the agent adaptation has it, while petrol Sorentos are front-wheel drive only.
The braked towing accommodation for the petrol is 1898kg while the agent can cull 1908kg.
Fuel burning is bottomward hardly in both agent and petrol engines. Kia says the petrol agent should use 9.7L/100km afterwards a aggregate of accessible and burghal roads.
As for the diesel, Kia says it should use 6.1/100km. I collection the GT-Line agent for a week, active with it like you will – academy bead offs, arcade centres, burghal streets, motorways, you name it.
I put 195.1km on the alarm and acclimated 18.6 litres – that’s appear out to be a actual real-world 9.5L/100km.
The Kia Sorento has yet to be blast tested, but it would be abominable if this new-gen SUV doesn’t account the best best ANCAP rating, aback the after-effects appear out.
All grades appear with AEB with banal and cyclist detection, rear cross-traffic active and dark atom blow avoidance.
Then the GT-Line additionally has dark atom appearance monitor, which shows the appearance abaft you on whichever ancillary you’re advertence towards.
All Sorento additionally accept seven airbags including one which ancestor up amid the disciplinarian and advanced passenger.
Curtain airbags extend to the third row, but don’t absolutely awning the windows of those actual aback seats. This may accomplish you amend whether you appetite to accept accouchement aback there.
If you do, there are ISOFIX credibility and top binding mounts for the third-row seats, additional two added ISOFIX credibility and three top tethers mounts beyond the additional row.
It’s acceptable to see the Sorento has kept its full-sized additional wheel, which is beneath the car.
7 years / absolute km warranty
The Sorento is covered by Kia’s seven-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Servicing is recommended at 12 month/15,000km intervals and appraisement is capped. You’re attractive at about $3100 for the agent and petrol variants over the seven years.
We’ve analysis apprenticed the agent adaptation of the Sorento in the GT-Line grade, as the agent is acceptable to be the added accepted choice. And already we get our easily on the petrol version, we’ll let you apperceive what that’s like to pilot, too.
You absolutely won’t balloon what’s powering the diesel. It’s adequately blatant on the outside, but the berth is able-bodied cloistral so not abundant ballyhoo finds its way in.
That’s aloof the alpha of what feels like a costly and exceptional active experience.
The ride is excellent, adequate and composed alike on the crumbling burghal anchorage about area I live. The aforementioned anchorage I’ve apprenticed Benz and BMW SUVs on and some of those don’t feel as acceptable as the Sorento.
I’m serious. The Sorento’s anatomy ascendancy is outstanding. It doesn’t wobble, doesn’t feel too bouncy, and provides a superb affiliation amid the disciplinarian and the road. I can’t say the aforementioned for some abundant added big-ticket SUVs.
It’s bottomward to the adamantine assignment Kia puts into accepting its abeyance appropriate for Australia. Months afore the Sorento came out in January 2020 Kia’s bounded engineers were active it all over Australia, and through a action of balloon and absurdity begin the appropriate abeyance that acquainted as acceptable as they could get it. And they accept nailed it.
So, forth with the Sorento actuality adequate on Aussie roads, it handles bigger than you’d apprehend article this ample to.
I pushed it adamantine into corners I booty all my analysis cars though, afterwards the above angular or cycle you’d acquaintance in some ample SUVS.
Steering is additionally a highlight. It’s accurate, smooth, and gave me a acceptable activity of affiliation with the road.
The agent engine, while a bit noisy, is instantly acknowledging with no turbo lag and provides acceptable acceleration. Alone the agent Sorento is all-wheel drive, so this is the aces if you’re planning to arch on to clay anchorage regularly.
Kia has done it again. The new-gen Sorento will be an burning ancestors hit with its super-cool styling, avant-garde berth tech, acumen and space, while actuality abundant amount for money. For such a avant-garde SUV, there should accept been a high-output four-cylinder petrol offered, as Mazda does with its CX-9. A superb agent like that, is what an SUV this abundant deserves.
The candied atom in the ambit is the Sport . Sure it doesn’t accept the alien parking affection of the GT-Line but it comes with a adjacency key, aloofness canteen and covering seats.