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Sorento

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General

  • Largest SUV in the Kia UK line-up, built in Hwasung, South Korea
  • 7-model range based on one engine, two transmissions and five trim grades
  • All versions paired exclusively to four-wheel-drive
  • Seven-seats fitted as standard to all versions
  • Six exterior colours and three different interior trims
  • All models feature alloy wheels, in 17-, 18-, and 19-inch sizes
  • Seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

Body

  • The Sorento represents a classy alternative to rival SUVs
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models add a sportier flavour to Sorento range
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions feature 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, red brake calipers and twin exhaust outlet
  • LED daytime running lights standard on all models
  • All versions (except ‘KX-1’) feature an upmarket graphic chrome grille surround with metallic-effect stamping, delivering a classy appearance
  • Ice cube LED front fog lights and full-LED headlights with dynamic bending standard equipment on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions

Interior

  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models have black leather seats with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and a bespoke ‘GT-Line’ design leather gearshifter, plus paddleshifts
  • Leather upholstery standard on all versions (except ‘KX-1’)
  • Heated seats, both front and rear, standard on ‘KX-2’ models and above
  • 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, depending on grade
  • Boot space of 605 litres in five-seat mode and 1,662 litres with all rear seats folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • 2.2 CRDi engine is turbocharged and meets the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards
  • 197bhp 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engines feature Selective Catalyst Reduction emissions control technology to regulate emissions
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission replaced the previous six-speed item

Technology and safety

  • Standard safety technologies on all grades include Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), intelligent all-wheel-drive, six airbags, ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Self-levelling suspension standard equipment on all versions except ‘KX-1’
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) technology standard on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard on all models ‘KX-2’ and above
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • 10-speaker Harman/Kardon® premium sound system fitted to ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Wireless phone charger on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines standard on all grades
  • Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel, perpendicular and reverse parking capabilities on ‘GT-Line S’, as well as front and rear parking sensors

INTRODUCTION

  • Updated third-generation flagship SUV for Kia in the UK
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants add a sporty flourish
  • Eight-speed auto reduces fuel consumption and emissions
  • Seven seats and intelligent all-wheel drive standard
  • Exceptional power and torque from 2.2-litre diesel engine

Kia's flagship SUV in the UK, the stylish seven-seat Sorento, has a subtly sportier look for 2018 with the introduction of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants and the availability of an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The eight-speed automatic replaces the previous six-speed unit and is offered in four of the seven Sorento models. It is standard with ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ and optional with ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions. The Sorento continues to be available with a six-speed manual gearbox in ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions, with fuel economy of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km.

The increased number of automatic gear ratios helps to deliver excellent fuel economy with the automatic gearbox delivering up to 39.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are cut from 174g/km to 161. The eight-speed gearbox was designed and engineered in-house by Kia’s research and development team in Korea and offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the Sorento's electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

All versions are seven-seat SUVs powered by a 197bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine able to drive all four wheels through an intelligent four-wheel-drive system. Depending on model, the Sorento features state-of-the-art safety and convenience technologies, including Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), 360-degree Around View Monitor, Driver Alert Warning (DAW) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF).

A sportier twist through GT-Line and GT-Line S
In 2015 the third-generation Sorento kick-started the second phase in Kia’s transformation from a purely value-driven company into a world-class manufacturer of premium-quality cars. Now, taking a lead from other models in the Kia portfolio, it has been given a subtly sportier look with the introduction of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions.

Both feature 19-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, a aluminium side step, ice cube-style front foglights, red brake calipers and twin exhaust pipes. ‘GT-Line’ has projection headlights while ‘GT-Line S’ has LED headlights with a dynamic bending function.

Inside, there are black leather seats with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and a bespoke ‘GT-Line’ design leather gearshifter.

‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions remain unchanged, save for the introduction of Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration into the infotainment system. Both allow access to music, navigation and hands-free calls and texts when linked with a smartphone through pre-downloaded apps.   

As Kia’s flagship SUV in the UK, the Sorento has executive-class space and versatility to match its executive-class style, quality and refinement. That has been made possible by a 95mm increase in overall length compared with its predecessor and an 80mm longer wheelbase. The Sorento's rakish looks are helped by a 15mm reduction in height and a 5mm wider body when measured against the previous model. As a result there is impressive space in all three rows of seats and 90 litres more luggage capacity.

When starting work on the car, Kia was in something of a quandary: whether to make the third-generation Sorento even more sophisticated than the outgoing model, or to retain that car’s much-valued towing and off-roading capability. In the end, Kia was able to do both.

The phrase the product planners and designers use is “Elegant but practical”. And the car immediately began reaping design awards. It received the prestigious IF Design Award in Germany, with the international jury recognising not only its aesthetics but also its finish, innovation, environmental impact and safety. The Sorento thus became the seventh Kia to receive an IF Design Award.  

Familiar Sorento design cues like the shape of the D-pillar are still in evidence, but now there is a sleeker, swept-back profile, and more sculpted surfaces. The low roof, rising belt line and sweeping profile give the car a bold, muscular appearance, and there are pronounced rear shoulders which create a three-dimensional look.

The Sorento was the first Kia to make use of a laser welding manufacturing technique which allows for closer body panel connections. This enabled Kia’s designers to introduce more advanced shapes to the bodywork.

It was also the first car to be produced under Kia’s new Global Quality Strategy, which became fully operational at the start of 2014. In the choice of materials, fit and finish and technology the Sorento became a significant step forward for Kia.

The designers spent a lot of time on the architecture of the cabin to reinforce its quality, space and practicality. The shape of the bottom of the windscreen was carefully crafted to emphasise the car’s width, for example, while the sculpted lines give an impression of solidity and modernity. Switches and buttons have been fastidiously grouped according to function and ergonomics, and they have an almost machined finish and action.

The standard instrument cluster features clear, stylish, white-on-black graphics which deliver all essential information at a glance, but in ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions this is replaced by a seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display which adds an even more premium look to the dashboard and allows greater personalisation of the information provided.

Clean, efficient diesel engine
The 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine fitted to all seven models is a member of the R-family and features a fourth-generation common-rail fuel injection system. The intake manifold, cylinder head cover and oil filter housing are made of plastic to help trim weight. The intake manifold features electronic swirl control and an exhaust gas filtration system that promotes the recirculation of clean, cool, low-pressure exhaust gases to maximise efficiency.

The engine develops its 197bhp at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm, endowing the Sorento with outstanding driveability on- and off-road. A balancer shaft reduces vibrations and ensures the engine is extremely refined. Manual models accelerate from 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds, with the auto taking 9.1 seconds, and all versions have a top speed of 127mph.

All models have Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system to ensure that no fuel is used and no emissions are released when the car comes to a halt. This helps to improve both air quality and noise levels in urban areas.

Superior traction, comfort and refinement
The Sorento features a Dynamax intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system from Magna Powertrain.  It continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing conditions.  With Dynamax, the Sorento is always in the correct drive mode for the prevailing circumstances.

Normally it delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road conditions deteriorate.  For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

It is paired with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). Compared with all-wheel-drive systems which control wheelspin by braking a spinning wheel or reducing engine torque, ATCC automatically and instantaneously transfers torque to those wheels which still have grip, even before the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system intervenes. This is linked with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevents roll-back when setting off uphill.

All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer. It works through the ESC system, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force to the relevant side of the vehicle if it detects a potential loss of control.

Kia engineers have also striven to ensure the Sorento delivers a luxury-car ride and engaging and precise on-road handling. To this end, the Sorento has all-independent suspension and rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).

The electric motor module which controls the steering is mounted directly to the steering rack, bringing the twin benefits of sharper responses and greater precision. Self-levelling suspension is standard from grade ‘KX-2’ upwards.

Drive Mode Select is also fitted to versions with automatic transmission. This allows the driver to select five steering modes, from a more comfort-oriented setting to one which is firmer and sportier, according to preference. It also modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern accordingly.

Refinement is one of the key distinguishers in cars which aspire to be premium. It refers to the suppression of unwanted sounds and vibrations – what engineers call NVH, or noise, vibration and harshness. A solid, stiff body shell is essential if NVH is to be kept in check. Despite being larger than the previous Sorento, the latest model is 14 per cent torsionally stiffer, helped by the use of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel in its construction.

Sound absorption and insulation materials have been used liberally throughout the car and the Sorento has a remarkably low drag coefficient for an SUV of 0.33, helping to curtail wind noise. Airflow over the body is improved by a rear spoiler and carefully shaped tail lamp clusters, and the underside has full-size aerodynamic shields.

DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The market for SUVs is very different today to how it was in 2002, when Kia introduced the first Sorento. The people who drove 4x4s, as SUVs were still referred to in those days, were mostly those who needed them to cope with extreme terrain or weather, or for heavy-duty towing. With this in mind, most 4x4s were built with a body on top of a rugged separate chassis.

By the time of the second Sorento in 2009 things had changed. There had been a huge surge in demand for SUVs, but many of the new devotees wanted the driving qualities they were used to in premium saloons. So SUVs, with only a few exceptions, adopted a monocoque, all-in-one body construction.

For the third-generation Sorento, introduced in 2015, Kia was in something of a quandary: whether to make the car even more sophisticated, or to retain the much-valued towing and off-roading capabilities of the second-generation model. In the end, Kia was able to do both.

Nothing demonstrates the changing buying profile of SUV customers more than Kia's decision to add new subtly sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions to the line-up. Today, a large SUV is an alternative to a premium saloon rather than a workhorse and must be styled and equipped accordingly. Both ‘GT-Line’ models feature 19-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, aluminium side steps, ice cube-style front foglights, red brake calipers and twin exhaust pipes. ‘GT-Line’ has projection headlights while ‘GT-Line S’ has LED headlights with a dynamic bending function.

Exterior

The phrase the product planners and designers use to sum up their work is “Elegant but practical”. The Sorento is elegant and distinctive, but at the same time it does not fail to emphasise its solidity, practicality and off-road or towing capability.

Kia was determined that the third generation Sorento would have executive-class space and versatility to match its executive-class style, quality and refinement. That has been made possible by an increase in length of 95mm compared with the previous model and an 80mm longer wheelbase (now 2,780mm). The latest Sorento's rakish looks are helped by a 15mm reduction in height and a 5mm wider body. The significance of these dimensions is that headroom and legroom were improved in all three rows of seats, by up to 15mm and 25mm respectively, and there are 90 litres more luggage capacity.

From the outset, the third iteration of the Sorento began reaping design awards. It received the prestigious IF Design Award in Germany, with the international jury recognising not only its aesthetics but also its finish, innovation, environmental impact and safety. The Sorento thus became the seventh Kia to receive an IF Design Award.  

In many ways the design of the latest Sorento was dictated by its increased dimensions. The aim of the design team was to give the car greater on-road attitude with a more confident and assertive appearance, without discarding the heritage and DNA of the first two versions. That is why it retains much-loved design features like the side window graphic with a chromed frame, high belt line and fast, sweeping D-pillar.

The designers began with the front, introducing a more expressive look. There are stretched wrap-around headlamp units and prominent, recessed foglights. The head-on view is dominated by a large, upright version of the Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille in either glossy black or hot-stamped material.  This blends into the distinctive long bonnet. A silver skid plate beneath the lower air intake confirms that the Sorento is a fully-fledged SUV.

The Sorento has a sleeker, more swept-back profile which disguises its increased size, and deeply sculpted surfaces. The lower roof, rising belt line and more sweeping profile make it look bold and muscular, and there are pronounced rear shoulders to give the car greater three-dimensionality. The B- and C-pillars are in black to make the window silhouette appear more open, and a stylish two-tone lower body cladding connects the front and rear to accentuate the car’s length. The door mirrors are in body colour and feature integrated LED indicators.   

The wrap-around, frame-integrated side doors are slimmer than conventional doors, fit more snugly into the profile of the car and allow for a wider opening. This helps to keep the seals completely free of dirt and moisture thrown up from the road, keeping the hands and clothes of passengers clean and dry when getting in and out.  And – although this is largely hidden from view – they emphasise the greater quality of the car because there are no welding pleats in their construction.

The rear features a highly sculpted registration plate housing, made possible by the new laser-welding technologies. These render weld lines invisible and do away with the need for the usual garnish to mask the joints on the tailgate. The black lower side garnish at the sides continues into the rear fog light surrounds and, as at the front, there is a silver-painted skid plate. The premium quality of the car is unmistakable in the integral rear spoiler, ‘shark-fin’ antenna and the LED rear lights on most versions.

The exterior design was led by Kia’s Namyang studios, but there was also significant input from the design teams in Frankfurt and Irvine, California.

In the UK, ‘KX-1’ comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ have 18-inch alloys and ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ are distinguished by 19-inch alloys. All versions have black side sill and wheel-arch body mouldings, body-coloured door mirrors, roof rails, a rear spoiler and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

Interior
The Sorento is Kia’s flagship SUV, and the interior reflects that. It helps to position the car in the Kia range and showcases the best the company can offer in terms of quality, craftsmanship and perceived luxury.

The Sorento was the first car to be produced under Kia’s new Global Quality Strategy, which became fully operational at the start of 2014. This brings together several facilities which were previously scattered all over Korea and is linked to the company’s main research and development centre at Namyang. It employs 410 people and has its own 1.1-kilometre testing ground. All future Kias will pass through the Global Quality Centre as part of Kia’s ‘Drive Defects to Zero’ programme. The ultimate aim is to be the global leader for quality.

In the choice of materials, fit and finish and technology the Sorento was a significant step forward for Kia when launched in 2015, adding new levels of sophistication and marking the next phase of the company’s progression from a purely value-driven brand. There are soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin, while the brightwork has a satin rather than a polished finish, creating a premium appearance.

The Sorento designers spent a lot of time on the architecture of the cabin to reinforce its quality, space and practicality. For example, the shape of the bottom of the windscreen was carefully crafted to emphasise the car’s width, while the sculpted lines give an impression of solidity and modernity. Switches and buttons have been fastidiously grouped according to function and ergonomics, and they have an almost machined finish and action.

The standard instrument cluster features clear, stylish, white-on-black graphics which deliver all essential information at a glance, but in ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ this is replaced by a seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display which adds an even more premium look to the dashboard and allows greater personalisation of the information provided via steering wheel-mounted controls.

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have black leather seats with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and a bespoke ‘GT-Line’ design leather gearshifter plus paddle shifters. 

‘KX-1’ has black cloth upholstery, while ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ have black leather with faux leather sections. There are door sill scuff plates in every model, and these are aluminium with illuminated sections in ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. The three upper-grade models also have alloy pedals with non-slip inserts. There are cloth-wrapped A- and B-pillars from ‘KX-2’ upwards.

An electronic parking brake is standard with automatic transmission, and all versions have illuminated vanity mirrors in the front sun visors. An engine start/stop button is standard on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The front seats are firmer at the bottom and softer higher up to ensure maximum comfort. The driver’s seat in ‘KX-3’ and ‘GT-Line’ has eight-way power adjustment, while ‘GT-Line S’ fares even better with 10-way power adjustment and four-way powered lumbar adjustment. The driver’s seat also has an integrated memory in ‘GT-Line S’, allowing two people to store their preferred driving position. Both front seats are 38mm lower than in the previous model, for easier entry and exit.

The second-row seats slide forward by 270mm, giving much-improved access to the two seats in the rear, which offer sufficient head and leg room to accommodate adults. The transmission tunnel has been completely eliminated, whereas in the previous model it was 64mm tall, so there is now a completely flat floor for passengers’ feet, and the mid row of seats is split 40:20:40 for maximum versatility.

The second-row seat remote folding mechanisms are operated from within the boot, and in ‘KX-3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ there is a powered Smart Tailgate. When the owner is within one metre of the rear of the car and has the car key in a pocket or handbag, the tailgate opens automatically after three seconds. The Smart Tailgate can also be set to raise to different heights convenient for the owner. There is also a luggage cover with a dedicated storage space when it needs to be removed, a luggage undertray and a luggage net.

The boot is 87mm longer than in the previous model (third row seats folded) which, along with the increase in wheelbase, significantly enlarges carrying capacity. The lift-over height of the rear sill was also lowered, by 5mm. The Sorento can therefore carry 142 litres of luggage when all seats are in use, 605 litres with the third-row seats folded (+17.5 per cent) and 1,662 litres when travelling as a two-seater. This is up to 90 litres more than with the previous model.

Cabin storage includes cupholders in the centre console and rear armrest, a centre console storage box, an illuminated glovebox, front and rear door storage and front seat back pockets.


DYNAMICS

Kia was determined there would be no dilution of the Sorento’s legendary towing and off-roading capabilities with the latest model – and the Dynamax all-wheel-drive system enhances both – but the company’s engineers also strove to ensure that the car delivers a luxury-car ride and engaging and precise on-road handling. To this end, new suspension systems were introduced at the front and rear in 2015, and the Sorento became Kia's first SUV with rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).

With R-MDPS the electric motor module which controls the steering is mounted directly to the steering rack. This brings the twin benefits of sharper responses and greater precision. Kia likens it to trying to steer a blindfolded person from behind: if you direct them from the waist they are able to follow a more precise path than if directed at shoulder level.

Drive Mode Select, which is standard with automatic transmission, allows the driver to change the steering mode, from a more comfort-oriented setting to one which is firmer and sportier, according to preference. It also modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern accordingly. Manual models have Kia's Flex Steer function which gives a choice of Normal or firmer Sport settings.

Key features of R-MDPS are separation of the steering angle and torque sensors, three rack-bar support points to enhance the rigidity of the steering gears, a backlash-compensation gear yoke and a noise-reducing anti-rattle in the reduction gear module. R-MDPS requires just 2.87 turns between the extremes of lock and gives the Sorento a turning circle between kerbs of just 11.08 metres.

The front suspension is via MacPherson struts with coil springs and gas-filled dampers, and there is an anti-roll bar. There is an H-shaped subframe, four-point bushing mountings and hydraulic rebound stoppers. This results in superior straight-line driving stability, a more comfortable ride, more precise handling and greater reliability.

At the rear, the subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled dampers and anti-roll bar were accompanied by revised geometry to improve ride comfort and handling stability. The dampers are vertically mounted and the dual lower suspension arms are particularly lengthy. As at the front, four-point bushing mounts are employed on the main suspension frame. The result of all this is that the Sorento is not only more comfortable to travel in but also feels more connected to the road. Self-levelling suspension is standard from grade ‘KX-2’ upwards.      

The Sorento has vented all-disc brakes – 320 x 28mm with two-piston calipers at the front and 314 x 18mm with single-piston calipers rear. Anti-lock (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS) are all standard, ensuring the Sorento can be steered and braked safely at the same time and comes to a rapid and sure halt in the minimum distance, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver. A push-button electronic parking brake (EPB) is standard with automatic transmission and includes Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH), which prevents the car from rolling away accidentally when standing still or setting off on uphill inclines, without the driver having to keep a foot on the brake pedal.   

Off-road and towing information
The Sorento is a premium SUV that combines the best elements of modern road-biased models with the right degree of traditional 4x4 all-terrain and towing capability. Manual versions can haul a braked trailer of up to 2,500kg, while automatics can tow up to 2,000kg. All versions can tow an unbraked trailer of up to 750kg.

The Sorento is a highly capable off-road performer, with competitive approach, departure and ramp-over angles, and features the acclaimed Dynamax all-wheel-drive system from the Sportage.

For improved traction and greater safety while driving in slippery conditions or off-road the driver can manually select lock mode. This splits the torque 50:50 between the front and rear axles for better stability and maintains that split up to a speed of 25mph.

Noise, vibration and harshness
Refinement is one of the key distinguishers in cars which aspire to be premium. It refers not only to the quality of the fixtures and fittings or the smoothness of the drivetrain and controls, but also to the suppression of unwanted sounds and vibrations – what engineers call NVH, or noise, vibration and harshness. The control and elimination of NVH was one of the major goals in the development of the third-generation Sorento.

A solid, stiff body shell is essential if NVH is to be kept in check. It allows other components to do their work without having to compensate for unwanted flexing. Despite being longer and wider than the previous Sorento, the latest model is 14 per cent torsionally stiffer, helped by the use of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel in its body construction.

Sound absorption and insulation materials have been used liberally throughout the car, even though they add weight, to ensure no stone was left unturned in the quest for quietness. There are insulating pads in the dashboard, transmission tunnel and around the front wheel arch and wing areas. Even the dashboard has a 29 per cent thicker soundproofing panel.

The aerodynamics, with a remarkably low drag coefficient for an SUV of 0.33, help to curtail wind noise. Airflow over the body is improved by a rear spoiler and carefully shaped tail lamp clusters, and the underside has not been overlooked, either. Full-size aerodynamic shields are 250 per cent larger than in the previous Sorento, and include under-covers for the engine, centre and rear of the car, a front bumper lip and deflectors in the front and rear wheel arches.

Three-point inertial support structures have been applied to the transmission mount, engine mounts and upper roll rod to curb vibrations from the powertrain, while the extended dual lower rear suspension arms and stiffer alloy wheels, plus improved structures around the rear floor and front and rear damper mounts, help to minimise the transmission of road noise. There is also a diesel particulate filter cover, an acoustic shield around the intercooler pipe and a further acoustic shield integrated into the engine’s timing chain cover.


ENGINES

The one major mechanical change for the latest Sorento is the introduction of an eight-speed automatic gearbox in place of the previous six-speed unit. It is offered in four of the seven Sorento models and is standard in the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades and optional with ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions.

The increased number of gear ratios helps to deliver excellent fuel economy with the automatic gearbox delivering up to 39.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are cut from 174g/km to 161. The eight-speed gearbox was designed and engineered in-house by Kia’s research and development team in Korea and offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the Sorento's electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The Sorento continues to be available with a six-speed manual gearbox in ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions, with fuel economy of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km.

Further changes were unnecessary because the latest Sorento was virtually an all-new car when launched less than three years ago. The engine, for instance, was made lighter, more powerful, more fuel-efficient and cleaner. The all-wheel-drive system helps to save fuel when traction is not at a premium, but reacts to changing conditions faster and more effectively when all-wheel drive is necessary. The suspension was totally reworked so that the Sorento not only has the ride comfort of a car with premium aspirations but is also more responsive and more engaging to drive. Kia’s fuel-saving Motor Driven Power Steering benefited from a rack-mounted electronic control unit delivering greater responsiveness, and the five-mode Drive Select system was added to models with automatic transmission. There was a huge effort to eliminate noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and make the cabin an even more luxurious place in which to travel.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(NEDC 2.0)

‘KX-1’ 2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

197

441

8.7

127

41.5

157

‘KX-2’ 2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

197

441

8.7

127

41.5

157

‘KX-2’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

39.2

161

‘KX-3’ 2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

197

441

8.7

127

41.5

157

‘KX-3’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

38.2

161

‘GT-Line’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

38.7

161

‘GT-Line S’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

37.7

161

 

The 2.2-litre CRDi engine
In the UK, all versions of the Sorento continue to be powered by the 2.2-litre version of Kia’s R-family turbodiesel engine. It is a 2,199cc 16-valve four-cylinder unit with chain-driven overhead camshafts and a variable geometry turbocharger and intercooler. The fourth-generation common-rail fuel injection system features piezo injectors, and the injection pressure is 2,000 bar, improving power and torque while assisting in lowering fuel consumption and emissions. Other technical highlights include an actuator which gives precise turbocharger control for superior acceleration and fuel economy, and a special coating to reduce friction on the piston skirt.

The intake manifold, cylinder head cover and oil filter housing are made of plastic to help trim weight, and the thickness of the cylinder walls was reduced by 1mm, which helped the engine to shed 5kg. With an intake manifold featuring electronic swirl control and an exhaust gas filtration system that promotes the recirculation of clean, cool, low-pressure exhaust gas, the R-family diesel engine is a paragon of cleanliness and efficiency.

The engine develops 197bhp at 3,800rpm and 441Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm, endowing the Sorento with outstanding driveability on- and off-road. A balancer shaft reduces vibrations and ensures the engine is extremely refined. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 8.7 seconds with the manual gearbox and 9.1 seconds with the automatic, and all versions have a top speed of 127mph.

The Sorento was the first Kia to feature the company's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system in automatic models as well as manuals. ISG ensures that no fuel is used and no emissions are released when the car comes to a halt. This helps to improve both air quality and noise levels in urban areas.

Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions with Dynamax AWD
The Sorento drives through either a six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed automatic, depending on model, and employs a Dynamax all-wheel-drive system first seen in Kia’s compact SUV, the Sportage.

Dynamax is an intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system from Magna Powertrain.  It continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing conditions.  With Dynamax, the Sorento is always in the correct drive mode for the prevailing circumstances.

Normally it delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road conditions deteriorate.  For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

Dynamax functions by analysing data from the car's electronic control unit. Its fully active all-wheel-drive coupling is electro-hydraulically activated via a multi-plate clutch.  The benefits for the driver are reduced fuel consumption because all-wheel drive is engaged only when necessary, greater cornering stability and the elimination of under- and oversteer in extreme circumstances or road conditions. The system has a high thermal capacity, which means it will not overheat and need to shut itself down in repeated hill climbing or when towing at maximum capacity.

In the Sorento it is paired with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). Compared with all-wheel-drive systems which control wheelspin by braking a spinning wheel or reducing engine torque, ATCC automatically and instantaneously transfers torque to those wheels which still have grip, even before the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system intervenes.

In extreme circumstances, the ESC system will counteract any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions.  ESC automatically brakes one or more wheels, reduces engine torque – or does both – to stabilise the car and return it to the driver's intended course. This is linked with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevents roll-back when setting off uphill and eliminating the possibility of wheelspin.

All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer. It works through the ESC system, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force to the relevant side of the vehicle if it detects a potential loss of control. If this is insufficient, gentle all-wheel braking is introduced, along with a reduction in engine power, until the vehicle and trailer are stabilised.

Both gearboxes feature high top-gear ratios for reduced engine revs and improved fuel economy when cruising at speed.

The manual transmission was developed primarily with European markets in mind and incorporates multi-cone synchronisation, optimised gear design, reduced power loss and enhanced durability. It is filled with low-viscosity oil and requires no servicing during the life of the car.

The eight-speed automatic was designed in-house at Kia's engineering facility at Namyang in South Korea. It is exceptionally smooth and rewards drivers with immediate shifts and optimum fuel efficiency. It offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the car’s electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions.

A stylish, space-efficient straight shifter offers the driver a choice of two operating modes – fully automatic for town driving, and sport for a more involving driving style. In Sport mode, the driver can perform sequential manual changes up or down.


TECHNOLOGY

Depending on model, the Sorento features a number of highly advanced safety and convenience technologies.

They include Adaptive Smart Cruise Control to maintain a gap to the vehicle ahead, Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), a 360-degree Around View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to prevent the owner from backing out of a parking space into the path of an approaching vehicle, Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with reverse and parallel parking functions, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and a roll-over sensor, which triggers the side curtain airbags if the car is at risk of turning over. The Sorento has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests.

Every version is fitted with a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touch-screen satellite navigation display in the centre of the dashboard, and features DAB radio compatible with MP3 players, Bluetooth® hands-free mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming, as well as Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility. The navigation screen has a full colour display with a rear parking camera. Rear parking sensors are standard equipment on all models, with additional front sensors fitted to ‘KX-2’ models and above.

The touch-screen infotainment system is paired as standard with six-speaker, while the level ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions features a powerful Harman Kardon Premium Sound system with ten speakers, an external amplifier, four-inch central speaker and subwoofer. In addition, a wireless mobile phone charger is also provided as standard on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ editions.


SAFETY

The Sorento achieved a maximum five-star rating in Euro-NCAP safety tests. With a strong body shell, a comprehensive range of active and passive safety features and the availability of advanced safety-focused technologies, the Sorento scored 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, 67 per cent for pedestrian protection and 71 per cent for its safety assistance systems.

The Sorento attracted special praise for the way its passenger cell remained intact after a collision and afforded passengers of different stature good protection. All passengers – even those in the third row of seats – are well protected against whiplash injury, while an Active Bonnet reduces the risk of injury to pedestrians. This raises the trailing edge of the engine cover in a collision so there is greater space between the pedestrian’s head and hard areas in the engine bay.  

The ability of the Sorento to protect its passengers begins with the stiff body shell, which plays just as big a role in safety as it does in curbing NVH. The latest Sorento features more than twice as much ultra-strong hot-stamped steel as the previous model – up from 4.1 per cent to 10.1 per cent, mainly in the areas of the A- and B-pillars.

In an effort to make accidents avoidable, there are standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to allow drivers to steer and brake simultaneously in emergencies and to ensure the stopping effort is directed to the wheels with most grip. Brake Assist System (BAS) is included and ensures maximum deceleration in an emergency stop, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver. A push-button electronic parking brake (EPB) is fitted on all automatic models. It now includes Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH), which prevents the car from rolling away accidentally when standing still or setting off on uphill inclines, without the driver having to keep a foot on the brake pedal. There is also Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent wheelspin or roll-back when setting off on steep or greasy upslopes. It works through the sensors that control the ESC system.   

The Sorento also has Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC automatically corrects any tendency of the car to go out of control through understeer or oversteer by braking individual wheels, reducing engine torque or both in slippery conditions or if the driver has entered a bend too quickly.

An additional driver aid is Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). This can detect when the wheels on one side are on a lower-grip surface than those on the other side and stabilise the car by reducing the amount of steering assistance if the driver is applying too much steering effort, or increasing it if the driver is applying too little.

Six airbags (twin-front, front side and side curtains) are standard, as are active front headrests that prevent or minimise whiplash injuries should the Sorento be hit from behind. There are also front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters to minimise the wearer's body travel in an accident while limiting pressure on the chest. Three-point seat belts are fitted to every seat, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points with top tethers and anchors. The front passenger airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child seat can be safely carried there.

Depending on model, the Sorento features a number of highly advanced technologies to help drivers avoid accidents.

Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), controlled by a radar at the front of the Sorento, is standard on ‘GT-Line S’ and automatically maintains a pre-determined distance to the vehicle ahead. If the distance is reduced to the point where an accident is likely, the Sorento’s brakes are automatically applied, bringing the car to a complete stop if necessary. Once the car ahead moves off, so does the Sorento. A display on the TFT LCD display warns the Sorento driver what is happening.

‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ also have a Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF). This displays the maximum speed permitted on any particular road in both the instrument cluster and the navigation screen. One invaluable feature is that if the limit on a particular road has been reduced – because of roadworks or smart motorway gantries – the Sorento’s on-board camera ensures the correct limit is displayed.

A 360-degree Around View Monitor is standard with ‘GT-Line S’, as is Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The 360-degree Around View Monitor uses front and rear cameras, plus two more mounted in the door mirrors, to give the driver a bird’s eye view of the Sorento at speeds up to 12.5mph, making parking and manoeuvring in difficult spaces easier and safer. With the Smart Park Assist System (SPAS), which includes reverse and parallel parking functions, ‘GT-Line S’ drivers are also able to select rear and forward views. The Sorento steers itself into parking spaces while the driver works the accelerator and brake. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warns a Sorento driver who is reversing out of a parking space that another vehicle is approaching from the side.

The Sorento also has a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) (‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’) with Blind Spot Detection (BSD) (‘GT-Line S’). Individually or together these alert the driver via audible and visual signals that vehicles are approaching from behind or in an adjacent lane. If the Sorento driver attempts to change lanes without activating the indicators, an alert is activated and Lane Keep Assist gently steers it back on to a safe course.

Driver Attention Warning (DAW) (standard on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’) monitors the driving style of the person behind the wheel and, if there is any significant variance over a period of time, issues an audible and visual alert that the driver may be getting tired or drowsy and recommends that they take a break. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (‘GT-Line S’) employs both short- and long-range radar systems so that it can detect vehicles and pedestrians at greater distances and higher speeds. The short-range radar operates at typical city speeds of up to 31mph. Between 19mph and 50mph the longer-range radar also comes into play. The pedestrian detection function operates at up to 37mph.


SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Sorento is available in the UK with five luxuriously appointed trim grades, all with state-of-the-art advanced driver assistance and connectivity features. In ascending order, the model line-up is ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’, ‘GT-Line’, ‘KX-3’ and ‘GT-Line S’. All have seven seats with a 40:20:40 split in the middle row and a 50:50 split in the rear.

Depending on model, the Sorento's highly advanced safety and convenience technologies include Adaptive Smart Cruise Control to maintain a gap to the vehicle ahead, Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), a 360-degree Around View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to prevent the owner from backing out of a parking space into the path of an approaching vehicle, Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with reverse and parallel parking functions, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and a roll-over sensor, which triggers the side curtain airbags if the car is at risk of turning over. The Sorento has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests.

Highlights of the extensive standard features include alloy wheels (17-, 18- or 19-inches in diameter, depending on grade), black side sill and wheel-arch mouldings, roof rails, LED daytime running lights, a front wiper de-icer, electrically adjustable folding and heated door mirrors with LED indicators, door sill scuff plates (aluminium on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’), steering wheel-mounted controls, all-round electric windows and reversing sensors, while safety is taken care of by Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Assist and ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist. There are six airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters and an Active Bonnet to protect pedestrians.

All versions have a digital DAB radio compatible with MP3 players and Bluetooth ® with music streaming, and now feature Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ which offer voice control.   A reversing camera linked to the touchscreen is available from ‘KX-1’.

In ‘KX-2’ this is supplemented with chrome exterior door handles, a side sill chrome garnish, rain-sensing wipers, black leather/faux leather upholstery, heated front and outer rear seats, dual automatic climate control in place of air conditioning, an 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging and a reversing camera linked to the touchscreen.

‘KX-3’ adds a panoramic sunroof, LED dynamic bending headlights and rear lamp units, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, alloy pedals, an engine start/stop button and smart entry system, a smart powered tailgate, a 10-speaker harman/kardon™premium sound system, a 7-inch TFT colour instrument display, a wireless phone charger, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), automatic headlight beam adjustment and a Driver Attention Warning (DAW), which can detect when the driver is getting tired and issue alerts that it is time to take a break. 

The ‘GT-Line’ model is based on the ‘KX-2’ but is distinguished by a smart key and engine start/stop button, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a 7-inch LCD supervision cluster, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and a Driver Attention Warning (DAW). ‘GT-Line S’ additionally has the Smart Park Assist system (SPAS), 360-degree Around View Monitor, Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function, ventilated front seats, solar glass and rear side window blinds, a panoramic sunroof, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and the 10-speaker harman/kardon™ premium sound system.


WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles, or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Sorento is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 


FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT
Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the Sorento in the UK?
The Sorento is our flagship SUV in the UK, and we want to offer as many customers as possible the technologies we have available for the lowest possible price. We are constantly trying to move away from being regarded as a purely value-driven brand. The Sorento began the second phase of that after the design-led revolution started by Peter Schreyer in 2006.

What sales targets have you set for the all-new Sorento for the UK market?
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Sorento to popular with customers that lead an active lifestyle. In 2018, we sold 2,855 examples of the Sorento here in the UK.

And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?
There are likely to be some challenges in the UK new car market next year, but we fully expect to reach another new sales record in 2019, of in excess of 96,000 units. During 2018, we achieved 95,764 sales, in a market that was down overall. And this was achieved in a year when the cee’d was on runout, the Sportage was reaching mid-life facelift time and of course the industry faced challenges with the transition from NEDC to WLTP fuel economy figures.

Are you worried about the downturn in diesel sales?
Yes of course we are concerned, but we think that our clean and efficient diesel engines are the right powerplants for the cars that we offer. All our engines exceed the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP. Diesel power is overwhelmingly the dominant powerplant in the large SUV market, and we don’t expect that to alter very much.

What message would you like to send to potential diesel customers?
With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines have never been cleaner. They are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.

 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is the sales breakdown for Sorento in the UK?
Obviously it is 100 per cent diesel, since we do not offer the petrol version here, and 100 per cent seven-seat, because that is the only configuration we make available. There is a 57:43 retail-to-fleet split, which is higher than the sector average of 52:48. Our success with higher-trim versions is also excellent – 28 per cent of our sales. An interesting figure about the D-SUV market: an overwhelming 86 per cent are all-wheel drive.

Why do you not offer the five-seater available in other countries?
Because experience tells us that UK customers do not want it – even when we did provide a choice, the overwhelming preference was for seven seats. And owners can always fold down some of the seats if they want to change the interior configuration. It is now easier than ever thanks to features like the Sorento’s 40:20:40 sliding middle-row seats and remote middle-row folding mechanisms.

Are there any plans for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the Sorento?
We have the technology to offer a range of electrified powertrains, but these will not be offered in the current generation of Sorento.

Does the diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank?
Like many of its rivals, the Sorento’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system enables the Sorento to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant with the 6d TEMP regulations. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 18-litre tank after around 6,000 miles, though that varies from model to model. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually prevent the car from starting.

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GENERAL

Sorento

THE KIA SORENTO ON A PAGE                                                        

A quick resume of the Sorento for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Largest SUV in the Kia UK line-up, built in Hwasung, South Korea
  • 7-model range based on one engine, two transmissions and five trim grades
  • All versions paired exclusively to four-wheel-drive
  • Seven-seats fitted as standard to all versions
  • Six exterior colours and three different interior trims
  • All models feature alloy wheels, in 17-, 18-, and 19-inch sizes
  • Seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

Body

  • The Sorento represents a classy alternative to rival SUVs
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models add a sportier flavour to Sorento range
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions feature 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, red brake calipers and twin exhaust outlet
  • LED daytime running lights standard on all models
  • All versions (except ‘KX-1’) feature an upmarket graphic chrome grille surround with metallic-effect stamping, delivering a classy appearance
  • Ice cube LED front fog lights and full-LED headlights with dynamic bending standard equipment on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions

Interior

  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ models have black leather seats with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and a bespoke ‘GT-Line’ design leather gearshifter, plus paddleshifts
  • Leather upholstery standard on all versions (except ‘KX-1’)
  • Heated seats, both front and rear, standard on ‘KX-2’ models and above
  • 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, depending on grade
  • Boot space of 605 litres in five-seat mode and 1,662 litres with all rear seats folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • 2.2 CRDi engine is turbocharged and meets the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standards
  • 197bhp 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engines feature Selective Catalyst Reduction emissions control technology to regulate emissions
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission replaced the previous six-speed item

Technology and safety

  • Standard safety technologies on all grades include Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DBC), intelligent all-wheel-drive, six airbags, ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Self-levelling suspension standard equipment on all versions except ‘KX-1’
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) technology standard on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard on all models ‘KX-2’ and above
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • 10-speaker Harman/Kardon® premium sound system fitted to ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Wireless phone charger on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines standard on all grades
  • Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel, perpendicular and reverse parking capabilities on ‘GT-Line S’, as well as front and rear parking sensors

INTRODUCTION

  • Updated third-generation flagship SUV for Kia in the UK
  • ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants add a sporty flourish
  • Eight-speed auto reduces fuel consumption and emissions
  • Seven seats and intelligent all-wheel drive standard
  • Exceptional power and torque from 2.2-litre diesel engine

Kia's flagship SUV in the UK, the stylish seven-seat Sorento, has a subtly sportier look for 2018 with the introduction of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants and the availability of an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The eight-speed automatic replaces the previous six-speed unit and is offered in four of the seven Sorento models. It is standard with ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ and optional with ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions. The Sorento continues to be available with a six-speed manual gearbox in ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions, with fuel economy of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km.

The increased number of automatic gear ratios helps to deliver excellent fuel economy with the automatic gearbox delivering up to 39.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are cut from 174g/km to 161. The eight-speed gearbox was designed and engineered in-house by Kia’s research and development team in Korea and offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the Sorento's electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

All versions are seven-seat SUVs powered by a 197bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine able to drive all four wheels through an intelligent four-wheel-drive system. Depending on model, the Sorento features state-of-the-art safety and convenience technologies, including Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), 360-degree Around View Monitor, Driver Alert Warning (DAW) and Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF).

A sportier twist through GT-Line and GT-Line S
In 2015 the third-generation Sorento kick-started the second phase in Kia’s transformation from a purely value-driven company into a world-class manufacturer of premium-quality cars. Now, taking a lead from other models in the Kia portfolio, it has been given a subtly sportier look with the introduction of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions.

Both feature 19-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, a aluminium side step, ice cube-style front foglights, red brake calipers and twin exhaust pipes. ‘GT-Line’ has projection headlights while ‘GT-Line S’ has LED headlights with a dynamic bending function.

Inside, there are black leather seats with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and a bespoke ‘GT-Line’ design leather gearshifter.

‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions remain unchanged, save for the introduction of Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration into the infotainment system. Both allow access to music, navigation and hands-free calls and texts when linked with a smartphone through pre-downloaded apps.   

As Kia’s flagship SUV in the UK, the Sorento has executive-class space and versatility to match its executive-class style, quality and refinement. That has been made possible by a 95mm increase in overall length compared with its predecessor and an 80mm longer wheelbase. The Sorento's rakish looks are helped by a 15mm reduction in height and a 5mm wider body when measured against the previous model. As a result there is impressive space in all three rows of seats and 90 litres more luggage capacity.

When starting work on the car, Kia was in something of a quandary: whether to make the third-generation Sorento even more sophisticated than the outgoing model, or to retain that car’s much-valued towing and off-roading capability. In the end, Kia was able to do both.

The phrase the product planners and designers use is “Elegant but practical”. And the car immediately began reaping design awards. It received the prestigious IF Design Award in Germany, with the international jury recognising not only its aesthetics but also its finish, innovation, environmental impact and safety. The Sorento thus became the seventh Kia to receive an IF Design Award.  

Familiar Sorento design cues like the shape of the D-pillar are still in evidence, but now there is a sleeker, swept-back profile, and more sculpted surfaces. The low roof, rising belt line and sweeping profile give the car a bold, muscular appearance, and there are pronounced rear shoulders which create a three-dimensional look.

The Sorento was the first Kia to make use of a laser welding manufacturing technique which allows for closer body panel connections. This enabled Kia’s designers to introduce more advanced shapes to the bodywork.

It was also the first car to be produced under Kia’s new Global Quality Strategy, which became fully operational at the start of 2014. In the choice of materials, fit and finish and technology the Sorento became a significant step forward for Kia.

The designers spent a lot of time on the architecture of the cabin to reinforce its quality, space and practicality. The shape of the bottom of the windscreen was carefully crafted to emphasise the car’s width, for example, while the sculpted lines give an impression of solidity and modernity. Switches and buttons have been fastidiously grouped according to function and ergonomics, and they have an almost machined finish and action.

The standard instrument cluster features clear, stylish, white-on-black graphics which deliver all essential information at a glance, but in ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions this is replaced by a seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display which adds an even more premium look to the dashboard and allows greater personalisation of the information provided.

Clean, efficient diesel engine
The 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine fitted to all seven models is a member of the R-family and features a fourth-generation common-rail fuel injection system. The intake manifold, cylinder head cover and oil filter housing are made of plastic to help trim weight. The intake manifold features electronic swirl control and an exhaust gas filtration system that promotes the recirculation of clean, cool, low-pressure exhaust gases to maximise efficiency.

The engine develops its 197bhp at 3,800 rpm and 441Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm, endowing the Sorento with outstanding driveability on- and off-road. A balancer shaft reduces vibrations and ensures the engine is extremely refined. Manual models accelerate from 0-60mph in 8.7 seconds, with the auto taking 9.1 seconds, and all versions have a top speed of 127mph.

All models have Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system to ensure that no fuel is used and no emissions are released when the car comes to a halt. This helps to improve both air quality and noise levels in urban areas.

Superior traction, comfort and refinement
The Sorento features a Dynamax intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system from Magna Powertrain.  It continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing conditions.  With Dynamax, the Sorento is always in the correct drive mode for the prevailing circumstances.

Normally it delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road conditions deteriorate.  For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

It is paired with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). Compared with all-wheel-drive systems which control wheelspin by braking a spinning wheel or reducing engine torque, ATCC automatically and instantaneously transfers torque to those wheels which still have grip, even before the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system intervenes. This is linked with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevents roll-back when setting off uphill.

All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer. It works through the ESC system, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force to the relevant side of the vehicle if it detects a potential loss of control.

Kia engineers have also striven to ensure the Sorento delivers a luxury-car ride and engaging and precise on-road handling. To this end, the Sorento has all-independent suspension and rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).

The electric motor module which controls the steering is mounted directly to the steering rack, bringing the twin benefits of sharper responses and greater precision. Self-levelling suspension is standard from grade ‘KX-2’ upwards.

Drive Mode Select is also fitted to versions with automatic transmission. This allows the driver to select five steering modes, from a more comfort-oriented setting to one which is firmer and sportier, according to preference. It also modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern accordingly.

Refinement is one of the key distinguishers in cars which aspire to be premium. It refers to the suppression of unwanted sounds and vibrations – what engineers call NVH, or noise, vibration and harshness. A solid, stiff body shell is essential if NVH is to be kept in check. Despite being larger than the previous Sorento, the latest model is 14 per cent torsionally stiffer, helped by the use of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel in its construction.

Sound absorption and insulation materials have been used liberally throughout the car and the Sorento has a remarkably low drag coefficient for an SUV of 0.33, helping to curtail wind noise. Airflow over the body is improved by a rear spoiler and carefully shaped tail lamp clusters, and the underside has full-size aerodynamic shields.

DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The market for SUVs is very different today to how it was in 2002, when Kia introduced the first Sorento. The people who drove 4x4s, as SUVs were still referred to in those days, were mostly those who needed them to cope with extreme terrain or weather, or for heavy-duty towing. With this in mind, most 4x4s were built with a body on top of a rugged separate chassis.

By the time of the second Sorento in 2009 things had changed. There had been a huge surge in demand for SUVs, but many of the new devotees wanted the driving qualities they were used to in premium saloons. So SUVs, with only a few exceptions, adopted a monocoque, all-in-one body construction.

For the third-generation Sorento, introduced in 2015, Kia was in something of a quandary: whether to make the car even more sophisticated, or to retain the much-valued towing and off-roading capabilities of the second-generation model. In the end, Kia was able to do both.

Nothing demonstrates the changing buying profile of SUV customers more than Kia's decision to add new subtly sporty ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions to the line-up. Today, a large SUV is an alternative to a premium saloon rather than a workhorse and must be styled and equipped accordingly. Both ‘GT-Line’ models feature 19-inch double five-spoke alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tyres, aluminium side steps, ice cube-style front foglights, red brake calipers and twin exhaust pipes. ‘GT-Line’ has projection headlights while ‘GT-Line S’ has LED headlights with a dynamic bending function.

Exterior

The phrase the product planners and designers use to sum up their work is “Elegant but practical”. The Sorento is elegant and distinctive, but at the same time it does not fail to emphasise its solidity, practicality and off-road or towing capability.

Kia was determined that the third generation Sorento would have executive-class space and versatility to match its executive-class style, quality and refinement. That has been made possible by an increase in length of 95mm compared with the previous model and an 80mm longer wheelbase (now 2,780mm). The latest Sorento's rakish looks are helped by a 15mm reduction in height and a 5mm wider body. The significance of these dimensions is that headroom and legroom were improved in all three rows of seats, by up to 15mm and 25mm respectively, and there are 90 litres more luggage capacity.

From the outset, the third iteration of the Sorento began reaping design awards. It received the prestigious IF Design Award in Germany, with the international jury recognising not only its aesthetics but also its finish, innovation, environmental impact and safety. The Sorento thus became the seventh Kia to receive an IF Design Award.  

In many ways the design of the latest Sorento was dictated by its increased dimensions. The aim of the design team was to give the car greater on-road attitude with a more confident and assertive appearance, without discarding the heritage and DNA of the first two versions. That is why it retains much-loved design features like the side window graphic with a chromed frame, high belt line and fast, sweeping D-pillar.

The designers began with the front, introducing a more expressive look. There are stretched wrap-around headlamp units and prominent, recessed foglights. The head-on view is dominated by a large, upright version of the Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille in either glossy black or hot-stamped material.  This blends into the distinctive long bonnet. A silver skid plate beneath the lower air intake confirms that the Sorento is a fully-fledged SUV.

The Sorento has a sleeker, more swept-back profile which disguises its increased size, and deeply sculpted surfaces. The lower roof, rising belt line and more sweeping profile make it look bold and muscular, and there are pronounced rear shoulders to give the car greater three-dimensionality. The B- and C-pillars are in black to make the window silhouette appear more open, and a stylish two-tone lower body cladding connects the front and rear to accentuate the car’s length. The door mirrors are in body colour and feature integrated LED indicators.   

The wrap-around, frame-integrated side doors are slimmer than conventional doors, fit more snugly into the profile of the car and allow for a wider opening. This helps to keep the seals completely free of dirt and moisture thrown up from the road, keeping the hands and clothes of passengers clean and dry when getting in and out.  And – although this is largely hidden from view – they emphasise the greater quality of the car because there are no welding pleats in their construction.

The rear features a highly sculpted registration plate housing, made possible by the new laser-welding technologies. These render weld lines invisible and do away with the need for the usual garnish to mask the joints on the tailgate. The black lower side garnish at the sides continues into the rear fog light surrounds and, as at the front, there is a silver-painted skid plate. The premium quality of the car is unmistakable in the integral rear spoiler, ‘shark-fin’ antenna and the LED rear lights on most versions.

The exterior design was led by Kia’s Namyang studios, but there was also significant input from the design teams in Frankfurt and Irvine, California.

In the UK, ‘KX-1’ comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ have 18-inch alloys and ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ are distinguished by 19-inch alloys. All versions have black side sill and wheel-arch body mouldings, body-coloured door mirrors, roof rails, a rear spoiler and privacy glass on the rear side windows and tailgate.

Interior
The Sorento is Kia’s flagship SUV, and the interior reflects that. It helps to position the car in the Kia range and showcases the best the company can offer in terms of quality, craftsmanship and perceived luxury.

The Sorento was the first car to be produced under Kia’s new Global Quality Strategy, which became fully operational at the start of 2014. This brings together several facilities which were previously scattered all over Korea and is linked to the company’s main research and development centre at Namyang. It employs 410 people and has its own 1.1-kilometre testing ground. All future Kias will pass through the Global Quality Centre as part of Kia’s ‘Drive Defects to Zero’ programme. The ultimate aim is to be the global leader for quality.

In the choice of materials, fit and finish and technology the Sorento was a significant step forward for Kia when launched in 2015, adding new levels of sophistication and marking the next phase of the company’s progression from a purely value-driven brand. There are soft-touch surfaces throughout the cabin, while the brightwork has a satin rather than a polished finish, creating a premium appearance.

The Sorento designers spent a lot of time on the architecture of the cabin to reinforce its quality, space and practicality. For example, the shape of the bottom of the windscreen was carefully crafted to emphasise the car’s width, while the sculpted lines give an impression of solidity and modernity. Switches and buttons have been fastidiously grouped according to function and ergonomics, and they have an almost machined finish and action.

The standard instrument cluster features clear, stylish, white-on-black graphics which deliver all essential information at a glance, but in ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ this is replaced by a seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display which adds an even more premium look to the dashboard and allows greater personalisation of the information provided via steering wheel-mounted controls.

‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ have black leather seats with light grey stitching, a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel and a bespoke ‘GT-Line’ design leather gearshifter plus paddle shifters. 

‘KX-1’ has black cloth upholstery, while ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ have black leather with faux leather sections. There are door sill scuff plates in every model, and these are aluminium with illuminated sections in ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. The three upper-grade models also have alloy pedals with non-slip inserts. There are cloth-wrapped A- and B-pillars from ‘KX-2’ upwards.

An electronic parking brake is standard with automatic transmission, and all versions have illuminated vanity mirrors in the front sun visors. An engine start/stop button is standard on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The front seats are firmer at the bottom and softer higher up to ensure maximum comfort. The driver’s seat in ‘KX-3’ and ‘GT-Line’ has eight-way power adjustment, while ‘GT-Line S’ fares even better with 10-way power adjustment and four-way powered lumbar adjustment. The driver’s seat also has an integrated memory in ‘GT-Line S’, allowing two people to store their preferred driving position. Both front seats are 38mm lower than in the previous model, for easier entry and exit.

The second-row seats slide forward by 270mm, giving much-improved access to the two seats in the rear, which offer sufficient head and leg room to accommodate adults. The transmission tunnel has been completely eliminated, whereas in the previous model it was 64mm tall, so there is now a completely flat floor for passengers’ feet, and the mid row of seats is split 40:20:40 for maximum versatility.

The second-row seat remote folding mechanisms are operated from within the boot, and in ‘KX-3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ there is a powered Smart Tailgate. When the owner is within one metre of the rear of the car and has the car key in a pocket or handbag, the tailgate opens automatically after three seconds. The Smart Tailgate can also be set to raise to different heights convenient for the owner. There is also a luggage cover with a dedicated storage space when it needs to be removed, a luggage undertray and a luggage net.

The boot is 87mm longer than in the previous model (third row seats folded) which, along with the increase in wheelbase, significantly enlarges carrying capacity. The lift-over height of the rear sill was also lowered, by 5mm. The Sorento can therefore carry 142 litres of luggage when all seats are in use, 605 litres with the third-row seats folded (+17.5 per cent) and 1,662 litres when travelling as a two-seater. This is up to 90 litres more than with the previous model.

Cabin storage includes cupholders in the centre console and rear armrest, a centre console storage box, an illuminated glovebox, front and rear door storage and front seat back pockets.


DYNAMICS

Kia was determined there would be no dilution of the Sorento’s legendary towing and off-roading capabilities with the latest model – and the Dynamax all-wheel-drive system enhances both – but the company’s engineers also strove to ensure that the car delivers a luxury-car ride and engaging and precise on-road handling. To this end, new suspension systems were introduced at the front and rear in 2015, and the Sorento became Kia's first SUV with rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).

With R-MDPS the electric motor module which controls the steering is mounted directly to the steering rack. This brings the twin benefits of sharper responses and greater precision. Kia likens it to trying to steer a blindfolded person from behind: if you direct them from the waist they are able to follow a more precise path than if directed at shoulder level.

Drive Mode Select, which is standard with automatic transmission, allows the driver to change the steering mode, from a more comfort-oriented setting to one which is firmer and sportier, according to preference. It also modifies the automatic transmission shift pattern accordingly. Manual models have Kia's Flex Steer function which gives a choice of Normal or firmer Sport settings.

Key features of R-MDPS are separation of the steering angle and torque sensors, three rack-bar support points to enhance the rigidity of the steering gears, a backlash-compensation gear yoke and a noise-reducing anti-rattle in the reduction gear module. R-MDPS requires just 2.87 turns between the extremes of lock and gives the Sorento a turning circle between kerbs of just 11.08 metres.

The front suspension is via MacPherson struts with coil springs and gas-filled dampers, and there is an anti-roll bar. There is an H-shaped subframe, four-point bushing mountings and hydraulic rebound stoppers. This results in superior straight-line driving stability, a more comfortable ride, more precise handling and greater reliability.

At the rear, the subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs, gas-filled dampers and anti-roll bar were accompanied by revised geometry to improve ride comfort and handling stability. The dampers are vertically mounted and the dual lower suspension arms are particularly lengthy. As at the front, four-point bushing mounts are employed on the main suspension frame. The result of all this is that the Sorento is not only more comfortable to travel in but also feels more connected to the road. Self-levelling suspension is standard from grade ‘KX-2’ upwards.      

The Sorento has vented all-disc brakes – 320 x 28mm with two-piston calipers at the front and 314 x 18mm with single-piston calipers rear. Anti-lock (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS) are all standard, ensuring the Sorento can be steered and braked safely at the same time and comes to a rapid and sure halt in the minimum distance, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver. A push-button electronic parking brake (EPB) is standard with automatic transmission and includes Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH), which prevents the car from rolling away accidentally when standing still or setting off on uphill inclines, without the driver having to keep a foot on the brake pedal.   

Off-road and towing information
The Sorento is a premium SUV that combines the best elements of modern road-biased models with the right degree of traditional 4x4 all-terrain and towing capability. Manual versions can haul a braked trailer of up to 2,500kg, while automatics can tow up to 2,000kg. All versions can tow an unbraked trailer of up to 750kg.

The Sorento is a highly capable off-road performer, with competitive approach, departure and ramp-over angles, and features the acclaimed Dynamax all-wheel-drive system from the Sportage.

For improved traction and greater safety while driving in slippery conditions or off-road the driver can manually select lock mode. This splits the torque 50:50 between the front and rear axles for better stability and maintains that split up to a speed of 25mph.

Noise, vibration and harshness
Refinement is one of the key distinguishers in cars which aspire to be premium. It refers not only to the quality of the fixtures and fittings or the smoothness of the drivetrain and controls, but also to the suppression of unwanted sounds and vibrations – what engineers call NVH, or noise, vibration and harshness. The control and elimination of NVH was one of the major goals in the development of the third-generation Sorento.

A solid, stiff body shell is essential if NVH is to be kept in check. It allows other components to do their work without having to compensate for unwanted flexing. Despite being longer and wider than the previous Sorento, the latest model is 14 per cent torsionally stiffer, helped by the use of 53 per cent advanced high-strength steel in its body construction.

Sound absorption and insulation materials have been used liberally throughout the car, even though they add weight, to ensure no stone was left unturned in the quest for quietness. There are insulating pads in the dashboard, transmission tunnel and around the front wheel arch and wing areas. Even the dashboard has a 29 per cent thicker soundproofing panel.

The aerodynamics, with a remarkably low drag coefficient for an SUV of 0.33, help to curtail wind noise. Airflow over the body is improved by a rear spoiler and carefully shaped tail lamp clusters, and the underside has not been overlooked, either. Full-size aerodynamic shields are 250 per cent larger than in the previous Sorento, and include under-covers for the engine, centre and rear of the car, a front bumper lip and deflectors in the front and rear wheel arches.

Three-point inertial support structures have been applied to the transmission mount, engine mounts and upper roll rod to curb vibrations from the powertrain, while the extended dual lower rear suspension arms and stiffer alloy wheels, plus improved structures around the rear floor and front and rear damper mounts, help to minimise the transmission of road noise. There is also a diesel particulate filter cover, an acoustic shield around the intercooler pipe and a further acoustic shield integrated into the engine’s timing chain cover.


ENGINES

The one major mechanical change for the latest Sorento is the introduction of an eight-speed automatic gearbox in place of the previous six-speed unit. It is offered in four of the seven Sorento models and is standard in the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades and optional with ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions.

The increased number of gear ratios helps to deliver excellent fuel economy with the automatic gearbox delivering up to 39.2mpg, while CO2 emissions are cut from 174g/km to 161. The eight-speed gearbox was designed and engineered in-house by Kia’s research and development team in Korea and offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the Sorento's electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.

The Sorento continues to be available with a six-speed manual gearbox in ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions, with fuel economy of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 157g/km.

Further changes were unnecessary because the latest Sorento was virtually an all-new car when launched less than three years ago. The engine, for instance, was made lighter, more powerful, more fuel-efficient and cleaner. The all-wheel-drive system helps to save fuel when traction is not at a premium, but reacts to changing conditions faster and more effectively when all-wheel drive is necessary. The suspension was totally reworked so that the Sorento not only has the ride comfort of a car with premium aspirations but is also more responsive and more engaging to drive. Kia’s fuel-saving Motor Driven Power Steering benefited from a rack-mounted electronic control unit delivering greater responsiveness, and the five-mode Drive Select system was added to models with automatic transmission. There was a huge effort to eliminate noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and make the cabin an even more luxurious place in which to travel.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(NEDC 2.0)

‘KX-1’ 2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

197

441

8.7

127

41.5

157

‘KX-2’ 2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

197

441

8.7

127

41.5

157

‘KX-2’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

39.2

161

‘KX-3’ 2.2 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

197

441

8.7

127

41.5

157

‘KX-3’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

38.2

161

‘GT-Line’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

38.7

161

‘GT-Line S’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed automatic ISG

197

441

9.1

127

37.7

161

 

The 2.2-litre CRDi engine
In the UK, all versions of the Sorento continue to be powered by the 2.2-litre version of Kia’s R-family turbodiesel engine. It is a 2,199cc 16-valve four-cylinder unit with chain-driven overhead camshafts and a variable geometry turbocharger and intercooler. The fourth-generation common-rail fuel injection system features piezo injectors, and the injection pressure is 2,000 bar, improving power and torque while assisting in lowering fuel consumption and emissions. Other technical highlights include an actuator which gives precise turbocharger control for superior acceleration and fuel economy, and a special coating to reduce friction on the piston skirt.

The intake manifold, cylinder head cover and oil filter housing are made of plastic to help trim weight, and the thickness of the cylinder walls was reduced by 1mm, which helped the engine to shed 5kg. With an intake manifold featuring electronic swirl control and an exhaust gas filtration system that promotes the recirculation of clean, cool, low-pressure exhaust gas, the R-family diesel engine is a paragon of cleanliness and efficiency.

The engine develops 197bhp at 3,800rpm and 441Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm, endowing the Sorento with outstanding driveability on- and off-road. A balancer shaft reduces vibrations and ensures the engine is extremely refined. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 8.7 seconds with the manual gearbox and 9.1 seconds with the automatic, and all versions have a top speed of 127mph.

The Sorento was the first Kia to feature the company's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system in automatic models as well as manuals. ISG ensures that no fuel is used and no emissions are released when the car comes to a halt. This helps to improve both air quality and noise levels in urban areas.

Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions with Dynamax AWD
The Sorento drives through either a six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed automatic, depending on model, and employs a Dynamax all-wheel-drive system first seen in Kia’s compact SUV, the Sportage.

Dynamax is an intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system from Magna Powertrain.  It continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing conditions.  With Dynamax, the Sorento is always in the correct drive mode for the prevailing circumstances.

Normally it delivers 100 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels, but the torque can be redistributed up to a maximum of 60:40 front-to-rear to enhance cornering stability or if road conditions deteriorate.  For off-road driving, owners can manually select lock mode, which gives a 50:50 torque split at speeds of up to 25mph.

Dynamax functions by analysing data from the car's electronic control unit. Its fully active all-wheel-drive coupling is electro-hydraulically activated via a multi-plate clutch.  The benefits for the driver are reduced fuel consumption because all-wheel drive is engaged only when necessary, greater cornering stability and the elimination of under- and oversteer in extreme circumstances or road conditions. The system has a high thermal capacity, which means it will not overheat and need to shut itself down in repeated hill climbing or when towing at maximum capacity.

In the Sorento it is paired with Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). Compared with all-wheel-drive systems which control wheelspin by braking a spinning wheel or reducing engine torque, ATCC automatically and instantaneously transfers torque to those wheels which still have grip, even before the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system intervenes.

In extreme circumstances, the ESC system will counteract any tendency of the car to understeer or oversteer in hard cornering or slippery conditions.  ESC automatically brakes one or more wheels, reduces engine torque – or does both – to stabilise the car and return it to the driver's intended course. This is linked with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which prevents roll-back when setting off uphill and eliminating the possibility of wheelspin.

All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer. It works through the ESC system, and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force to the relevant side of the vehicle if it detects a potential loss of control. If this is insufficient, gentle all-wheel braking is introduced, along with a reduction in engine power, until the vehicle and trailer are stabilised.

Both gearboxes feature high top-gear ratios for reduced engine revs and improved fuel economy when cruising at speed.

The manual transmission was developed primarily with European markets in mind and incorporates multi-cone synchronisation, optimised gear design, reduced power loss and enhanced durability. It is filled with low-viscosity oil and requires no servicing during the life of the car.

The eight-speed automatic was designed in-house at Kia's engineering facility at Namyang in South Korea. It is exceptionally smooth and rewards drivers with immediate shifts and optimum fuel efficiency. It offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the car’s electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions.

A stylish, space-efficient straight shifter offers the driver a choice of two operating modes – fully automatic for town driving, and sport for a more involving driving style. In Sport mode, the driver can perform sequential manual changes up or down.


TECHNOLOGY

Depending on model, the Sorento features a number of highly advanced safety and convenience technologies.

They include Adaptive Smart Cruise Control to maintain a gap to the vehicle ahead, Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), a 360-degree Around View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to prevent the owner from backing out of a parking space into the path of an approaching vehicle, Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with reverse and parallel parking functions, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and a roll-over sensor, which triggers the side curtain airbags if the car is at risk of turning over. The Sorento has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests.

Every version is fitted with a 7.0- or 8.0-inch touch-screen satellite navigation display in the centre of the dashboard, and features DAB radio compatible with MP3 players, Bluetooth® hands-free mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming, as well as Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility. The navigation screen has a full colour display with a rear parking camera. Rear parking sensors are standard equipment on all models, with additional front sensors fitted to ‘KX-2’ models and above.

The touch-screen infotainment system is paired as standard with six-speaker, while the level ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions features a powerful Harman Kardon Premium Sound system with ten speakers, an external amplifier, four-inch central speaker and subwoofer. In addition, a wireless mobile phone charger is also provided as standard on ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ editions.


SAFETY

The Sorento achieved a maximum five-star rating in Euro-NCAP safety tests. With a strong body shell, a comprehensive range of active and passive safety features and the availability of advanced safety-focused technologies, the Sorento scored 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, 67 per cent for pedestrian protection and 71 per cent for its safety assistance systems.

The Sorento attracted special praise for the way its passenger cell remained intact after a collision and afforded passengers of different stature good protection. All passengers – even those in the third row of seats – are well protected against whiplash injury, while an Active Bonnet reduces the risk of injury to pedestrians. This raises the trailing edge of the engine cover in a collision so there is greater space between the pedestrian’s head and hard areas in the engine bay.  

The ability of the Sorento to protect its passengers begins with the stiff body shell, which plays just as big a role in safety as it does in curbing NVH. The latest Sorento features more than twice as much ultra-strong hot-stamped steel as the previous model – up from 4.1 per cent to 10.1 per cent, mainly in the areas of the A- and B-pillars.

In an effort to make accidents avoidable, there are standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to allow drivers to steer and brake simultaneously in emergencies and to ensure the stopping effort is directed to the wheels with most grip. Brake Assist System (BAS) is included and ensures maximum deceleration in an emergency stop, regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver. A push-button electronic parking brake (EPB) is fitted on all automatic models. It now includes Automatic Vehicle Hold (AVH), which prevents the car from rolling away accidentally when standing still or setting off on uphill inclines, without the driver having to keep a foot on the brake pedal. There is also Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) to prevent wheelspin or roll-back when setting off on steep or greasy upslopes. It works through the sensors that control the ESC system.   

The Sorento also has Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC automatically corrects any tendency of the car to go out of control through understeer or oversteer by braking individual wheels, reducing engine torque or both in slippery conditions or if the driver has entered a bend too quickly.

An additional driver aid is Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). This can detect when the wheels on one side are on a lower-grip surface than those on the other side and stabilise the car by reducing the amount of steering assistance if the driver is applying too much steering effort, or increasing it if the driver is applying too little.

Six airbags (twin-front, front side and side curtains) are standard, as are active front headrests that prevent or minimise whiplash injuries should the Sorento be hit from behind. There are also front seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters to minimise the wearer's body travel in an accident while limiting pressure on the chest. Three-point seat belts are fitted to every seat, and there are ISOFIX child-seat mounting points with top tethers and anchors. The front passenger airbag has a cut-off switch so that a rear-facing child seat can be safely carried there.

Depending on model, the Sorento features a number of highly advanced technologies to help drivers avoid accidents.

Adaptive Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), controlled by a radar at the front of the Sorento, is standard on ‘GT-Line S’ and automatically maintains a pre-determined distance to the vehicle ahead. If the distance is reduced to the point where an accident is likely, the Sorento’s brakes are automatically applied, bringing the car to a complete stop if necessary. Once the car ahead moves off, so does the Sorento. A display on the TFT LCD display warns the Sorento driver what is happening.

‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ also have a Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF). This displays the maximum speed permitted on any particular road in both the instrument cluster and the navigation screen. One invaluable feature is that if the limit on a particular road has been reduced – because of roadworks or smart motorway gantries – the Sorento’s on-board camera ensures the correct limit is displayed.

A 360-degree Around View Monitor is standard with ‘GT-Line S’, as is Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The 360-degree Around View Monitor uses front and rear cameras, plus two more mounted in the door mirrors, to give the driver a bird’s eye view of the Sorento at speeds up to 12.5mph, making parking and manoeuvring in difficult spaces easier and safer. With the Smart Park Assist System (SPAS), which includes reverse and parallel parking functions, ‘GT-Line S’ drivers are also able to select rear and forward views. The Sorento steers itself into parking spaces while the driver works the accelerator and brake. Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) warns a Sorento driver who is reversing out of a parking space that another vehicle is approaching from the side.

The Sorento also has a Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) (‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’) with Blind Spot Detection (BSD) (‘GT-Line S’). Individually or together these alert the driver via audible and visual signals that vehicles are approaching from behind or in an adjacent lane. If the Sorento driver attempts to change lanes without activating the indicators, an alert is activated and Lane Keep Assist gently steers it back on to a safe course.

Driver Attention Warning (DAW) (standard on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’) monitors the driving style of the person behind the wheel and, if there is any significant variance over a period of time, issues an audible and visual alert that the driver may be getting tired or drowsy and recommends that they take a break. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (‘GT-Line S’) employs both short- and long-range radar systems so that it can detect vehicles and pedestrians at greater distances and higher speeds. The short-range radar operates at typical city speeds of up to 31mph. Between 19mph and 50mph the longer-range radar also comes into play. The pedestrian detection function operates at up to 37mph.


SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

Sorento is available in the UK with five luxuriously appointed trim grades, all with state-of-the-art advanced driver assistance and connectivity features. In ascending order, the model line-up is ‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’, ‘GT-Line’, ‘KX-3’ and ‘GT-Line S’. All have seven seats with a 40:20:40 split in the middle row and a 50:50 split in the rear.

Depending on model, the Sorento's highly advanced safety and convenience technologies include Adaptive Smart Cruise Control to maintain a gap to the vehicle ahead, Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), a 360-degree Around View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) to prevent the owner from backing out of a parking space into the path of an approaching vehicle, Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with reverse and parallel parking functions, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and a roll-over sensor, which triggers the side curtain airbags if the car is at risk of turning over. The Sorento has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests.

Highlights of the extensive standard features include alloy wheels (17-, 18- or 19-inches in diameter, depending on grade), black side sill and wheel-arch mouldings, roof rails, LED daytime running lights, a front wiper de-icer, electrically adjustable folding and heated door mirrors with LED indicators, door sill scuff plates (aluminium on ‘KX-3’, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’), steering wheel-mounted controls, all-round electric windows and reversing sensors, while safety is taken care of by Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Assist and ABS with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist. There are six airbags, front seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters and an Active Bonnet to protect pedestrians.

All versions have a digital DAB radio compatible with MP3 players and Bluetooth ® with music streaming, and now feature Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ which offer voice control.   A reversing camera linked to the touchscreen is available from ‘KX-1’.

In ‘KX-2’ this is supplemented with chrome exterior door handles, a side sill chrome garnish, rain-sensing wipers, black leather/faux leather upholstery, heated front and outer rear seats, dual automatic climate control in place of air conditioning, an 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and Traffic Messaging and a reversing camera linked to the touchscreen.

‘KX-3’ adds a panoramic sunroof, LED dynamic bending headlights and rear lamp units, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, alloy pedals, an engine start/stop button and smart entry system, a smart powered tailgate, a 10-speaker harman/kardon™premium sound system, a 7-inch TFT colour instrument display, a wireless phone charger, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), automatic headlight beam adjustment and a Driver Attention Warning (DAW), which can detect when the driver is getting tired and issue alerts that it is time to take a break. 

The ‘GT-Line’ model is based on the ‘KX-2’ but is distinguished by a smart key and engine start/stop button, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a 7-inch LCD supervision cluster, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and a Driver Attention Warning (DAW). ‘GT-Line S’ additionally has the Smart Park Assist system (SPAS), 360-degree Around View Monitor, Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory function, ventilated front seats, solar glass and rear side window blinds, a panoramic sunroof, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and the 10-speaker harman/kardon™ premium sound system.


WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles, or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Sorento is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

 


FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT
Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the Sorento in the UK?
The Sorento is our flagship SUV in the UK, and we want to offer as many customers as possible the technologies we have available for the lowest possible price. We are constantly trying to move away from being regarded as a purely value-driven brand. The Sorento began the second phase of that after the design-led revolution started by Peter Schreyer in 2006.

What sales targets have you set for the all-new Sorento for the UK market?
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Sorento to popular with customers that lead an active lifestyle. In 2018, we sold 2,855 examples of the Sorento here in the UK.

And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?
There are likely to be some challenges in the UK new car market next year, but we fully expect to reach another new sales record in 2019, of in excess of 96,000 units. During 2018, we achieved 95,764 sales, in a market that was down overall. And this was achieved in a year when the cee’d was on runout, the Sportage was reaching mid-life facelift time and of course the industry faced challenges with the transition from NEDC to WLTP fuel economy figures.

Are you worried about the downturn in diesel sales?
Yes of course we are concerned, but we think that our clean and efficient diesel engines are the right powerplants for the cars that we offer. All our engines exceed the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP. Diesel power is overwhelmingly the dominant powerplant in the large SUV market, and we don’t expect that to alter very much.

What message would you like to send to potential diesel customers?
With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines have never been cleaner. They are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.

 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

What is the sales breakdown for Sorento in the UK?
Obviously it is 100 per cent diesel, since we do not offer the petrol version here, and 100 per cent seven-seat, because that is the only configuration we make available. There is a 57:43 retail-to-fleet split, which is higher than the sector average of 52:48. Our success with higher-trim versions is also excellent – 28 per cent of our sales. An interesting figure about the D-SUV market: an overwhelming 86 per cent are all-wheel drive.

Why do you not offer the five-seater available in other countries?
Because experience tells us that UK customers do not want it – even when we did provide a choice, the overwhelming preference was for seven seats. And owners can always fold down some of the seats if they want to change the interior configuration. It is now easier than ever thanks to features like the Sorento’s 40:20:40 sliding middle-row seats and remote middle-row folding mechanisms.

Are there any plans for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the Sorento?
We have the technology to offer a range of electrified powertrains, but these will not be offered in the current generation of Sorento.

Does the diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank?
Like many of its rivals, the Sorento’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system enables the Sorento to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant with the 6d TEMP regulations. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 18-litre tank after around 6,000 miles, though that varies from model to model. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually prevent the car from starting.

Ends

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Director of Corporate Communications

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Press Relations Manager

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T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149

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Senior Press Officer

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Press Officer (events)

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Press Officer (press fleet)

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