Kia’s high-value SUV, the Sorento, has undergone substantial revisions and is now available to order in UK dealerships.
By Press Association reporters
In a simplified range, all models now have permanent all-wheel drive system and are powered by a revised version of Kia’s 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine.
An all-new platform and a more rigid bodyshell with additional front, side and rear structures boost torsional stiffness and crash performance, helped by the use of 25 per cent ultra-high-strength steels in the body construction. This should ensure New Sorento maintains the five-star Euro-NCAP safety rating awarded to the previous model, despite increasingly tougher test conditions.
Major changes have also been made to the suspension, steering and brakes. While the basic suspension layout of MacPherson struts at the front and an independent multi-link arrangement at the rear has been retained, a new H-shaped front subframe and an additional reinforcement at the rear have improved straight-line stability and ride comfort and raised road holding through more precise tyre contact with the road. New high-performance dampers at all four corners, larger suspension bushes and longer trailing arms at the rear also add to New Sorento’s greater levels of comfort.
All versions of New Sorento are now powered by a revised version of Kia’s 2.2-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, driving all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or the company’s’ six-speed automatic.
A new exhaust-gas recirculation system has helped New Sorento achieve class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 47.9 mpg and 155 g/km (manual) - improvements of 5.7 mpg and 22 g/km over the outgoing model, which in turn rewards buyers with a saving of £155 in the first year’s road tax (VED).
The 2.2-litre CRDi engine develops 194 bhp at 3,800 rpm and 422 Nm of torque from just 1,800 rpm, endowing New Sorento with outstanding driveability on- and off-road. New Sorento accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds (manual) or 9.5 seconds (auto), and all versions have a top speed of 118 mph.
Additional equipment to be found as standard on all versions of New Sorento includes body-coloured bumpers, chrome exterior door handles, aero blade-type front wipers, projection headlamps with cornering lights, electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors, chrome interior garnish, rear air ventilation, LED daytime running lamps, cruise control, extendable sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and a ticket pocket, reversing sensors, high-performance dampers and MDPS steering.