Kia introduces its first commercial vehicle to the UK market
2 August 2005

Kia’s Sorento XE-C goes on sale in the UK this week, and is the manufacturer’s first commercial vehicle in this country. The car, based on the 2.5 CRDi XE Sorento, is now available from any of the 164 Kia dealers across the UK, at a price of £14,999 (£4000 less than the XE).

The XE-C is powered by the same 2.5-litre diesel engine as the XE, producing 138bhp at 3800rpm and 253lb ft at 1850-2500rpm. This power translates to a braked trailer towing capacity of 2800kg. The engine can be mated either to a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox, with part-time Electric Shift Transfer 4WD also included to help with severe driving conditions.

Standard specification is the same as the XE, and includes air-conditioning, single CD audio with eight speakers, ABS with EBD, 16” alloy wheels and remote central locking. The model is distinguished by its opaque rear side windows, while inside it's a strict two-seater as the rear seats are replaced by a 1610mm load bay.

Our Verdict

Kia Sorento 2010-2014

An almost class-leading family 4x4, if a little pricey given its workmanlike flavour

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