Currently reading: 2020 Kia Sorento goes on sale priced from £38,845
New SUV can be ordered with diesel engine or petrol-electric hybrid powertrain and in three trim levels
Jim Holder
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12 August 2020

Kia’s new-generation Sorento SUV has been priced up in the UK ahead of customer deliveries starting later this year. 

Available to order now, priced from £38,845, it’s initially only available with petrol-electric hybrid and diesel powertrains, with a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid due later this year. All are solely four-wheel drive. 

Entry-level 2 spec is solely available with the hybrid, which mates a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with a 59bhp electric motor and 1.49kWh battery pack, putting power through a six-speed automatic gearbox, for a combined 226bhp and 195lb ft of torque. It promises a 0-60mpg time of 8.7sec and 40.9mpg combined, with CO2 emissions as low as 158g/km.

Moving up to 3 and 4 spec (from £41,245) brings, alongside numerous kit upgrades, the option of a new 199bhp 2.2-litre diesel with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It’s capable of 0-60mph in 9.1sec and promises 42.2mpg combined, while it can tow up to 2500kg and emits from 176g/km of CO2. 

The plug-in hybrid will follow shortly after with 261bhp overall, an 89bhp motor and a 16.6kWh battery.

Standard kit for the base 2 car includes LED front and rear lights, seven seats, a digital instrument display, an 8.0in touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a substantial suite of active safety systems.

3 spec introduces 19in alloys, a gloss black radiator grille, more advanced bi-functional LED headlights, privacy glass, more upmarket interior trim and electric leather seats with rear seat heating. There's also 64-colour mood lighting, and Kia's UVO Connect live telematics system using an uprated, 10.25in touchscreen. Self-levelling rear suspension also features. 

Range-topping 4 spec (£46,925) adds Nappa leather with black headlining and 10-way electrically adjustable memory seats. Seat ventilation also features alongside a panoramic sunroof and head-up display. Furthermore, a 12-speaker surround sound system is standard, while the package of driver assistance features includes Kia's new Blind-Spot View Monitor.

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The system uses wide-angle cameras mounted on the door mirrors, which relay a video feed to the SUV's 12.3in digital instrument cluster, briefly replacing the speedometer or tachometer when the driver indicates to change lane when another vehicle is in their blindspot. 

Kia claims the system offers a much wider viewing angle than the standard mirrors, improving safety. It will be offered alongside Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, which can take intervening action to pull the car back into lane if it thinks a crash will occur. 

The package includes a Surround-View Monitor, parking collision avoidance and a Bose sound system. 

The fourth-generation Sorento is a rival to the Skoda Kodiaq and adopts a design distinctly different from that of its predecessor or any other Kia sold in Europe. This angular styling, which apes that of the larger, US-market Telluride, is likely to be a reflection of its greater sales status in the US than Europe.

The brand's trademark 'tiger nose' grille has been subtly reshaped, and is flanked by a pair of LED headlights, while a wide lower air intake and air-channeling devices help to enhance the model's aerodynamic efficiency. At the rear, the outgoing car's elliptical brake light clusters have made way for vertically oriented units inspired by those on the Telluride, and a new rear bumper has been designed to appear as if it houses twin exhausts. 

A skid plate also features as an indication of the new Sorento's off-road capability. Kia claims the SUV has been "engineered to maximise driving stability in all environments", with a new Terrain Mode helping the wheels to achieve peak traction on snow, sand and muddy ground. 

The Sorento sits atop an all-new monocoque chassis, and its proportions have been altered with the aim of making it look longer, by way of shorter front and rear overhangs and a 35mm-longer wheelbase.

All other dimensions are only around 10mm greater, although space inside – especially for middle-row passengers – is said to be significantly enhanced, thanks to improved packaging. All UK models will be seven-seaters.

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Kia says added benefits of the overhaul include enhanced rolling refinement and satisfying handling. 

Highlights include a Mercedes-style panel that links a larger infotainment touchscreen to a new digital instrument display, while a separate climate control panel is flanked by central air vents. The brand calls the new Sorento the 'most high-tech' model it has ever produced. 

Technical firsts for Kia include improved cruise control that automatically readjusts limits according to corner gradients, a self-parking function accessed via the key fob, automatic braking if the car is about to hit something while parking and a blindspot monitoring system that uses cameras mounted on the door mirrors to project images of what’s alongside the car onto the dashboard.

Alongside safety features such as park assist, blindspot assist, driver alertness detector and speed limit recognition, the Sorento is the first model to feature Kia's new 'multi-collision brake system', which can determine the risk of a secondary collision after a crash, applying the brakes to prevent additional impacts. 

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17 February 2020

They should change the name to  Kia EyeSorento.

 

 

17 February 2020

The designers didn't know when to stop, perhaps Kia have hired someone from Honda. The back end in particular has too much going on. The interior looks better except for the centre air vents which remind me of a MK2 Prius.

17 February 2020

Its not one of Kia's best efforts for sure, but its not really aimed at me, a small car buyer in the UK. That cowl over the dials section of the dash looks odd, its like they changed their minds at the last minute and just plastered that big rectangle across in front of what they were going to do.

17 February 2020

I've just noticed, they've even managed to squeeze the DS3 'shark fin' in there.

18 February 2020
I cant abide people who love to criticise the hard work of others. Look at the car car what it is. It is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous outgoing model. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think it looks fantastic. A seven seater with the design for the modern age and young family in mind. Well done Kia, you have my attention!

20 February 2020
PhilM wrote:

I cant abide people who love to criticise the hard work of others. Look at the car car what it is. It is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous outgoing model. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think it looks fantastic. A seven seater with the design for the modern age and young family in mind. Well done Kia, you have my attention!

Yep. Looks fine to me. Nothing great, but a good looking family station wagon with a nice comfortable interior.

19 February 2020

Kia just keep getting better and better. 

I have to say that is one of the best Kia interiors I have ever seen. It looks very classy.  I think it would not look out of place in a Mercedes.

The only thing I dont like about it is the shark fin at the side. I think the designers went a bit overboard there. 

19 February 2020

IMHO, a huge leap back, compared to the outgoing model and especially the lovely Sportage and Niro. On the other hand, it will certainly be reliable (my previous gen Sportage is built like a tank) and a lot of car for your money. I also think it's the first 7-seater PHEV (the ubiquitous Outlander and the various PSA cars are all 5-seaters), so great as a single car for families in cities. Well done Kia!!

12 August 2020
giulivo wrote:

IMHO, a huge leap back, compared to the outgoing model and especially the lovely Sportage and Niro. On the other hand, it will certainly be reliable (my previous gen Sportage is built like a tank) and a lot of car for your money. I also think it's the first 7-seater PHEV (the ubiquitous Outlander and the various PSA cars are all 5-seaters), so great as a single car for families in cities. Well done Kia!!

The Volvo XC90 was the first 7 seat PHEV, but obviously its also a lot more expensive new. 

19 February 2020

Good to see that cars look far nicer when they're angular, great to see some muscular US design coming through.

Pity the interior is neither angular nor round (its still dingin nice)

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