All-New Sorento

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All-New Kia Sorento Press Pack - 2020

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General

  • The first time that electrified powertrains have been available in the Sorento
  • Three high-specification versions – ‘2’, ‘3’ and a flagship ‘4’ model
  • Choice of 2.2-litre CRDi ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine with 199bhp or 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with self-charging hybrid technology producing 226hp
  • CO2 emissions as low as 158g/km for the self-charging hybrid, with 176g/km produced by the diesel edition
  • The self-charging hybrid is capable of 40.9mpg on the WLTP combined economy cycle, with the diesel managing 42.2mpg
  • Self-charging hybrid features a 44.2kW drive motor and 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • Plug-in hybrid models join the range later this year
  • All engines meet the latest Euro-6d emissions standards
  • The ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine complies with the new RDE2 emissions testing regime
  • Diesel has enhanced 2,200 bar injection, new aluminium block and enhanced friction, as well as lean NOx trap, diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction
  • New 8-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission on diesel version delivers lightning-fast gear changes, with smoother acceleration and superb shifting dynamics
  • Choice of six colours (five on diesel edition)

Body

  • New N3 platform with next-generation drivetrains
  • Seven-seats and four-wheel-drive fitted as standard
  • Longer wheelbase by 35mm, marginally wider and taller body, but same overall length
  • Drag co-efficient of Cd 0.32
  • Improved legroom in first and second rows
  • Enhanced body stiffness
  • Strong design, with sharp lines that define a modern shape
  • High tech detailing gives a glimpse of what to expect from Kia in the future
  • Headlights and trademark tiger-nose grille merge together in bold front-end design
  • Wing shaped air curtains brings sporty and technical look
  • Dynamic side profile with sleek side character line and distinctive C-pillar treatment
  • Strong vertical rear lamp design delivers a modern appearance
  • 17-inch alloy wheels on ‘2’ models and larger 19-inch items on ‘3’ and ‘4’ editions
  • Rear window wiper cleverly hidden within the rear spoiler
  • Lower kerb weight by 5kg, plus enhanced towing capacity of 2,500kg (up by 500kg)
  • Fine tuning of the aerodynamics underneath the car reduces road and wind noise

Interior

  • Digital cockpit fitted as standard on all versions
  • Large 10.25-inch touchscreen on ‘3’ and ‘4’ models
  • Exclusive to the Sorento, BOSETM premium audio system with 10 speakers, external amplifier, and sub-woofer on ‘4’ versions
  • High quality finish with a mix of sophisticated metal textures and natural materials
  • Interesting and tactile three-dimensional door and dashboard garnishes emphasised by sumptuous mood lighting
  • Uniquely shaped air vents are reminiscent of jet engine ducts
  • Rotary dial gear selector delivers hi-tech appearance and enhanced user experience
  • 7-seats as standard. Middle row has slide, recline and 60:40 folding functionality
  • Third row of seats fold down in a 50:50 fashion
  • Enhanced soundproofing for a calmer interior ambience

Technology and safety

  • Added functionality for Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with new junction detection, as well as city, pedestrian, and cyclist detection
  • Enhanced user experience with latest generation infotainment systems
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included as standard on all versions
  • Upgraded advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) with added functionality
  • 8.5-inch head-up display on ‘4’ models helps drivers keep their eyes on the road ahead
  • Larger brakes for enhanced performance, as well as new motor on caliper design for the electric park brake and revised electronic stability control system
  • New Terrain Mode gives a choice between three modes (mud, snow, sand) for enhanced traction in slippery and challenging road (and off-road) conditions
  • Self-levelling rear suspension standard on ‘3’ and ‘4’ versions
  • Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) fitted to ‘4’ versions, prevents the vehicle from colliding with pedestrians or obstacles when entering or exiting a parking space
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) automatically changes the speed setting of the smart cruise control on all versions of the all-new Sorento
  • Multi-Collision Brake Assist (MCBA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) all fitted as standard on every all-new Sorento
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) and Blind-sport View Monitor (BVM) fitted to level ‘4’ models
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA) simplifies motorway driving, controlling the steering, throttle and brakes to maintain a safe speed or distance from the car in front
  • Wireless smartphone phone charger on grades ‘3’ and ‘4’ as standard, with 30 per cent charging performance improvement and overheat prevention thanks to cooling function
  • USB charging ports integrated into both front seats

INTRODUCTION

  • All-New Sorento sits at the heart of Kia’s comprehensive SUV line-up
  • Stylish, modern exterior design, with a high quality, high-tech cabin
  • New platform accommodates hybrid and later, plug-in hybrid powertrains
  • Greater levels of space and comfort and a more enjoyable drive
  • Progressive connectivity and driver assistance features
  • New ‘Terrain Mode’ enhances all-wheel drive capability
  • On-sale now with 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty

The all-new Kia Sorento is powerful, progressive and versatile. The fourth generation of Kia’s flagship SUV is designed and engineered to take on everything life throws at it.

Raising standards in the midsize SUV class for space, efficiency and quality, it sits at the heart of Kia’s reinvigorated SUV line-up, which also includes the Stonic, Niro, Sportage and in North America and other markets, the Telluride.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Sorento’s evolution over the last 18 years echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. While the car was initially launched in 2002 as a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle, the fourth generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable. It is an important model for Kia, particularly now that it also represents the first use of electrified power in our flagship SUV.”

The Sorento’s redefined exterior design – with sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions – gives it a more confident and mature presence. Inside, its attractive cabin also introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies, and a stunning new design.

The Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform. Paired with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensures the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.

Furthermore, the Sorento’s innovative interior packaging means it can offer all this while accommodating Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrains – the first time that hybrid power has featured in the Sorento line-up. As a result, the new model offers greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance than its predecessors.

This will be Kia’s most high-tech car ever, thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. Its user-friendly twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and smartphone connectivity.

A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. In that time, Europe has accounted for around 300,000 of these. Like its predecessor, the Sorento will be built for the UK at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea.

 

DESIGN AND PACKAGING 

Stylish and modern, the Sorento is the flagship for Kia’s reinvigorated SUV line-up, alongside the Stonic, Niro and Sportage, as well as the Kia Telluride that is available in North America and certain other markets. The new model is the result of a collaborative design effort by Kia’s worldwide design network. 

The concept of ‘refined boldness’ inspired Kia’s designers, who sought to maintain the robust, tough-looking aesthetic of earlier generations of Sorento, while applying a greater degree of refinement and elegance, and even a sense of sportiness. Its bodywork incorporates sharp lines and creases – noticeably more sculpted than its round-edged predecessor. With new contemporary geometric details and more swept-back, elongated proportions, the result is a more confident, more mature and more desirable design than ever.

The front of the Sorento evolves with a new interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille, displaying a wider shape which organically wraps around the integrated headlamps on each side. The headlamps themselves feature a new ‘tiger eyeline’ LED daytime running light, adding extra focus to the design by depicting the intense impression of the lines around a tiger’s eyes. This sharper, more assertive appearance is complemented by a wide, rectangular lower air intake, bookended by wing-shaped air curtains to channel air around the car. A sharp bumper lip is also capped with a skid plate, enhancing its robust appearance. The new model is 1,900mm wide, 10mm wider than the third generation Sorento.

In profile, the proportions of the Sorento are subtly adapted to make it appear longer. The new model is 10mm longer than its predecessor (now 4,810mm), yet it features shorter front and rear overhangs. The additional length is found in the wheelbase (a result of the Sorento’s new platform), which has grown by 35mm to 2,815mm. This subtly adapts the visual character of the Sorento, making it look longer and ‘faster’, despite being 5mm taller. It also extends the length of the bonnet, drawing the A-pillar 30mm further back from the front axle. The trailing edge of the bonnet wraps around the front wings and turns into a single, strong character line which extends along the side of the Sorento and into the rear lamps.

Ever recognisable as a Sorento, it retains the characteristic wide D-pillar, substantial bodywork and clad wheel arches that have defined all three generations to-date. It also adopts certain other design features from more recent Kia models, however, including a new dynamic shape on its C-pillar and sculpted body surfaces with sharp creases.

Inspired by the Telluride, the Sorento adopts new vertical tail lamps which wrap around the side of the body. Sharper lines in the bodywork echo the straight, technical appearance of the front of the car, with horizontal shapes used to make the vehicle appear wider and more imposing on the road. Trim on the sporty lower rear bumper embodies the appearance of dual tailpipes and, like the front, features a skid plate to add to its tough SUV aesthetic. The fourth-generation model follows other recent Kia models, such as Telluride and ProCeed, with the Sorento model name displayed centrally across the tailgate. A subtle integrated spoiler also conceals the rear wiper, resulting in a less fussy design and enhancing the driver’s view out of the back.

The Sorento will be available in the UK with a choice of six paint finishes, and comes fitted with 17-inch wheels on grade ‘2’, with 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels on all other versions.

Attractive, upscale cabin with premium material quality and progressive tech
The interior of the fourth generation Sorento represents a step-change in quality and design for Kia cabins. From the first-generation  Kia Sorento in 2003, which provided occupants with a practical, robust and utilitarian space, the Sorento today provides owners with something altogether more striking, desirable and comfortable.

One of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date, the intuitive, technology-oriented cabin of the Sorento is fitted with premium-quality materials and cutting-edge infotainment. At the same time, it retains the spaciousness and versatility that has characterised the Sorento over its 17-year existence.

The attractive, upscale cabin introduces a sophisticated next-generation design, based around twin digital displays in the dashboard. The 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster is twinned with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system at the centre of the dashboard on grade ‘3’ and ‘4’ models. These display information clearly within the driver’s line of sight and create an innovative wide-screen user experience. The car’s many functions can also be controlled with new haptic buttons on either side of the screen, which also feature further down the dashboard for the climate control system. The focal point of the dashboard is the eye-catching vertical ventilation stack, with a chrome-effect surround that extends onto the centre console below. On Sorento ‘2’ models, an 8.0-inch touchscreen is provided as standard.

The cabin of the Sorento subtly integrates a range of other technologies, including a Mood Lighting system. This emits soft ambient downlighting from beneath the dashboard and door trim, creating a lounge-like feeling and greater sense of space. A wireless smartphone charger also sits at the base of the centre console. Both of these features are standard on ‘3’ and ‘4’ editions, while an exclusive for the Sorento,  powerful BOSE® surround-sound system features on grade ‘4’ provides a more immersive in-car audio experience.

Material quality is enhanced, with a cabin that blends metallic trim, leather upholstery, and embossed satin-effect surfaces on grades ‘3’ and ‘4’. Applied throughout the interior and across the dashboard, the cabin boasts a more sophisticated appearance and ambience as a result. The Sorento is offered to buyers with a choice of black cloth (grade ‘2’), black leather (grade ‘3’), or black quilted Nappa leather on the top-of-the-range ‘4’ versions.

The pursuit of practicality: new platform maximises space and versatility
The Sorento is based on Kia’s new third-generation midsize SUV platform, providing superior space for people and luggage through more intelligent packaging. The result is one of the most versatile and spacious cars in its class.

The new platform is based around a compact engine bay structure and shorter front and rear overhangs, with a 35mm longer wheelbase creating greater cabin space between the axles. Not only does this enable the new model’s stylish, more swept-back design; the structure and layout of the new platform means the Sorento is able to accommodate electrified powertrains for the first time.

The Sorento Hybrid’s battery pack is located under the floor of the cabin. As a result, the SUV offers generous space for up to seven passengers as well as one of the largest luggage capacities in its class – up to 616 litres (608 litres on hybrid). With all seven seats in place, boot space is also increased to 187 litres (VDA, diesel models; 179 litres for Hybrid models). Controls in the side wall of the boot also let users fold down the second-row seat backs remotely at the touch of a button.

For passengers, the new platform maximises space in all three rows, offering more head-, leg- and shoulder-room than many rivals. In particular, the new platform has created a significant amount of extra legroom for first- and second-row occupants, as well as more headroom for third-row passengers.

The Sorento has always been popular with customers looking for practical third-row seating, and the new model makes life even easier for rear passengers. Aided by the platform’s longer wheelbase, the second-row seats now slide up to 45mm further, creating a wider point of entry to the third row with more space for feet and legs. There is also a new grab handle built into the interior trim inside the C-pillar, giving third-row passengers something to hold on to as they climb aboard. Once seated, the third-row armrest has also been extended by 100mm for greater elbow support, while incorporating a cupholder and smartphone tray.

DYNAMICS

The first-generation Sorento (2003-2009) was based on a ladder-frame chassis, with the second-generation model (2009-2015) – the first monocoque-based Sorento – marking a step change in the car’s on-road behaviour. Now, the new platform represents a similar leap forward, engineered to maximise driving stability in all environments.

The car now delivers an even more assured, comfortable ride and more satisfying, enjoyable driving character than its predecessor, aided by heavily revised fully-independent suspension. Engineers have sought to reduce the effect that road surface imperfections have on the body, and to reduce noise and vibrations through the suspension, while also improving body control and steering responses under cornering. This has been achieved with a series of geometry changes and new components, as well as improvements to the structure of the suspension system. The 35mm longer wheelbase also contributes to an overall improvement in cruising comfort, while the new bodyshell – with a four per cent average increase to tensile strength throughout its structure – also results in lower body vibrations.

New for the fourth generation, the latest Sorento model offers enhanced all-terrain capability over its forebears thanks to a new Terrain Mode. Paired with the all-wheel drive system, Terrain Mode makes the Sorento more capable in mud, snow and sand. With each mode selectable from a dial on the centre console, Terrain Mode carefully controls the car’s standard electronic stability control (ESC), as well as the distribution of torque to all four wheels. It also adapts transmission shift times to help the car find and maintain traction in a range of driving environments.

Terrain mode adds an extra dimension to all-wheel-drive traction
The fourth-generation Kia Sorento will be equipped with a newly developed ‘Terrain Mode’. It will provide Sorento drivers with improved traction, stability and control on mud, snow and sand, with dedicated new driving modes for each. The system will make the all-wheel drive SUV more capable than ever across a range of low-grip surfaces.

Controlled using the Mode Select dial on the centre console, drivers can switch to Terrain mode to choose from ‘Mud’, ‘Snow’ and ‘Sand’ modes. The system automatically optimises the drivetrain to best suit each scenario, adjusting engine torque output and distribution, as well as stability control characteristics. Terrain Mode also adjusts shift timings for the two available transmissions (eight-speed dual-clutch transmission for diesel models, six-speed automatic for hybrid variants) to suit different surfaces.

Snow mode: for winter sports and colder climates
The Sorento’s ‘Snow’ mode is ideal for drivers in colder climes, or for families who regularly engage in winter sports. Optimised to maintain forward momentum in low-grip, icy conditions, Snow mode limits torque output from the engine, while apportioning it as equally as possible between all four wheels. The Traction Control System (TCS) system carefully applies low levels of braking force to the wheels to optimise traction. Meanwhile, the transmission uses shorter shifts, keeping engine speeds down to prevent wheel slip.

Mud mode: for festival-goers and rural drives
Mud mode provides greater traction and control for drivers tackling muddy tracks and fields – the perfect solution for rural drivers, or even visitors to rain-soaked festival fields. To achieve this, the wheels are driven based on a slightly delayed shift pattern, the smooth application of engine torque throughout the AWD system, and stronger braking force applied via the TCS. This helps the vehicle maintain momentum without becoming stuck in the mud.

Sand mode: for beach lovers
Sand mode helps Sorento drivers more confidently traverse sandy tracks, beaches, and even deserts. It helps avoid the risk of the vehicle getting bogged down by matching higher levels of engine torque output with delayed up-shifts, distributing torque as evenly as possible throughout the AWD system. In Sand mode, the TCS also provides higher levels of braking force, enabling the system to distribute more torque to the wheels as required.

POWERPLANT

Kia’s newest SUV will be available with hybrid power – a first for a Sorento – and buyers will eventually able to choose from hybrid or plug-in hybrid variants.

The Sorento Hybrid is powered by a new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrain, pairing a 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) with a 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and 44.2kW (59bhp) electric motor. The intelligent packaging of the Sorento’s new platform means the battery pack can be located under the floor, with minimal impact on cabin or luggage space.

Producing 226bhp and 350Nm torque, this electrified powertrain combines low CO2 emissions with high levels of performance. The new 1.6-litre T-GDi engine features Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, regulating valve opening time according to driving conditions, instead of operating on a fixed opening time. This boosts performance at low-to-mid engine and enhances fuel efficiency.

Power is sent through the six-speed automatic transmission via a transmission-mounted electrical device, allowing the full power of the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel with minimal loss of energy. The result is immediacy in acceleration response at any speed, with direct access to available battery power at higher speeds.

The Sorento will also be available as a Plug-in Hybrid variant from later in 2020.

The Sorento’s new four-cylinder 2.2-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine is also available, producing 199bhp and 440Nm torque. With a new aluminium block, 19.5kg lighter than the cast iron block of its predecessor, the new engine is 38.2kg lighter compared to that found in the third generation Sorento. Furthermore, it is paired with Kia’s new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (8DCT). Designed to offer the smooth shifting characteristics of a conventional automatic, the 8DCT enhances fuel efficiency over a conventional eight-speed automatic, depending on application.

Engine power, performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi HEV 6-speed auto

226

350

 8.7

119

40.9

158

‘3’ 1.6 T-GDi HEV 6-speed auto

6

350

 8.7

119

38.7

166

‘3’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed DCT auto

199

440

9.1

127

42.2

176

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi HEV 6-speed auto

226

350

 8.7

119

38.2

169


TECHNOLOGY

The Sorento is the most high-tech Kia car ever made, thanks to a suite of technologies that enhance safety, connectivity and infotainment. The range of available features are designed to make travelling safer and less stressful while providing total ease of use.

The cabin incorporates Kia’s latest 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system on grade ‘3’ and ‘4’ models, offering audio-visual navigation, and a new 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster available on all grades. Combined, the two twin digital displays deliver information to the driver with absolute clarity. An 8.0-inch display audio system is fitted to ‘2’ models, while all infotainment systems enable full, seamless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

The infotainment system also allows Bluetooth smartphone pairing for two phones concurrently, enabling separate phones to be used for, for instance, phone calls and music, while front passengers can also plug in their mobile devices via two USB chargers. For second-row passengers, two USB charging sockets are integrated into the backs of the two front seats, with a third found at the rear of the front-row centre console. Both third-row passengers also have their own charging points, meaning all seven passengers can keep their mobile device charged – the perfect measure to maintain harmony in a full car during longer journeys.

The Sorento is also fitted with a head-up display on ‘4’ models, which projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. The system shows alerts from the car’s numerous driver assistance technologies, details of vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Exclusive to the Sorento, a powerful 10-speaker BOSE® surround-sound audio system is also available on top-of-the-range ‘4’ models, delivering a more immersive sound to all three rows. A new ‘Sound of Nature’ ambient sound function for certain markets enables occupants to select from a range of relaxing natural soundscapes. The cabin’s Mood Lighting system lets users tailor the cabin even further, with the interior illuminated in one of seven pre-set ‘core’ colours selected specifically by Kia interior designs, or from a full gamut of 64 colours.

Available on the ‘4’ grade and new to the Sorento, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), displays a high-resolution video feed in the driver’s instrument cluster if the driver indicates to change lane with another vehicle hidden in their blind spot.

The Sorento also offers Kia’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, connecting drivers by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and accessible through the 10.25-inch LCD widescreen on ‘3’ and ‘4’ versions, the system displays live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). UVO Connect also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey and check the location of their vehicle at any time.

A series of new ‘Phase II’ features will make their first appearance on the new Sorento. UVO Connect’s Phase II features provide customers with several new benefits, such as more accurate journey times, ‘last-mile’ navigation assistance, and a range of features to enhance connectivity and usability. These can be accessed through an enhanced UVO smartphone app or via vehicles’ on-board infotainment systems.

One of the most useful Phase II features to be offered in UVO Connect-equipped vehicles is ‘Online Navigation’. This service draws on cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to more accurately predict traffic levels, giving customers a more accurate picture of journey times and estimated time of arrival. This differs from traffic prediction tools found in conventional navigation systems, which only rely on in-car route planning and real-time traffic information to estimate journey times.

Kia’s new ‘Last Mile Navigation’ feature will help customers continue navigating to their final destination, even after they have parked up and left their car behind. This offers Kia customers the ideal solution for navigation in towns and cities where parking hubs are often some distance away from shops, cafés and restaurants. Once the vehicle’s ignition has been turned off, this new feature sends a push notification to the UVO app on the user’s smartphone if their destination is between 200 metres and 2 kilometres away. The app lets users seamlessly access Google Maps navigation to complete their journey on foot. Alternatively, users can engage an augmented reality function, ‘AR Guidance’, which opens the smartphone’s camera and blends the image with AR turn-by-turn directional arrows.

Customers can also use a new ‘User Profile Transfer’ feature on the UVO app. This enables them to check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences, at a time and place convenient for them. When the ignition is turned on, customers are automatically greeted with their preferred settings, saving time and making each journey more enjoyable. It also lets Kia owners back-up their in-vehicle UVO preferences via the cloud and transfer settings from one vehicle to the next. This system will benefit customers who regularly switch between different UVO Connect-equipped Kia cars, for instance, fleet drivers who use pool cars, or families with more than one UVO Connect-equipped Kia in their household.

The Phase II UVO Connect system will draws upon a wider range of ‘best-in-class’ data providers for its Kia Live Services functionality, giving customers more accurate information. Instead of being limited to one data provider, Kia Live Services brings together data from a range of specialist providers for traffic information, parking availability and cost information, locations and pricing for fuel stations and EV charging points, weather forecasts, and online POI search and speed camera information (speed camera location data depends on market).

A fully-digital instrument cluster
Kia’s digital instrument cluster is designed to deliver information to drivers as clearly as possible. With a high-definition 1920x720-pixel display, the digital cluster replaces conventional speedometer and tachometer dials with a single, seamless display, incorporating pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information, and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies.

SAFETY

The Sorento offers higher levels of active and passive safety than many of its rivals thanks to an enhanced range of driver assistance systems. Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) help to reduce many of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving, protecting occupants and other road users on every journey.

The ADAS range in the Sorento includes Kia’s latest Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection fitted to all models. This also detects oncoming traffic when making a turn at a junction. Additional equipment includes Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go (SCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW). Highway Driving Assist (HDA) is featured on grade ‘3’ models and above, while Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) and Blind-spot monitor camera are found on grade ‘4’ models.

Kia’s ‘level two’ autonomous driving technology, Lane Following Assist (LFA), controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the vehicles in front. LFA operates between speeds of 0 and 112mph, using camera and radar sensors to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, while monitoring road markings to keep the Sorento in the centre of its lane.

The Sorento is fitted with six airbags (dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor). All Sorento models are equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control systems to help drivers maintain control under braking and cornering.

The Sorento also implements Kia’s first Multi-Collision Brake system, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions. It automatically applies vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts.

The Sorento’s body is made up of a blend of steel and aluminium, maximising torsional rigidity while keeping weight low. The bodyshell construction features a higher proportion of Advanced High-Strength Steel and hot-stamped steel components than its predecessor. The blend of High-Strength Steel enhances occupant safety, giving it torsional rigidity 12.5 per cent higher than the perceived ‘safety leader’ in the Sorento’s segment – yet the strengthening to the bodyshell construction renders it 5.6 per cent (21.3kg) lighter than that of its predecessor. Furthermore, the more rigid bodyshell reduces road vibrations in everyday use.

SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

A glance at the specification of the all-new Sorento reveals that all three equipment levels – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ – are exceptionally well kitted out. Buyers have a choice of one standard colour and a suite of five premium paint finishes to select from.

All models in the line-up, including the Sorento ‘2’, feature LED technology for the headlights and rear combination lights, as well as for the daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights and high mounted brake light. 17-inch alloy wheels and a temporary space saver spare wheel are standard equipment, with roof rails not only boosting the all-new Sorento visually, but also adding versatility if there’s ever a need to carry additional loads. A black front radiator grille is married to wheel arch body mouldings and side sills in the same colour, with all versions featuring front and rear skid plates in silver.

Black cloth upholstery is combined with light grey headlining to deliver a smart two-tone appearance in the cabin, and the front seats and leather steering wheel are both heated. Door scuff plates deliver a premium feel as you enter the vehicle. Seven seats are standard on all editions of the all-new Sorento, with 60:40 split, remote folding and reclining for the second row and a 50:50 split and fold arrangement for the third row. USB charge ports are handily provided for all three rows, ensuring that occupants continue to be entertained while on the move, and don’t run out of juice. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning includes outlets for the third row.

Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors feature integrated LED indicator lights, and there’s an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensing front wipers and automatic headlight control. New to the Sorento is a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster, delivering superb clarity and contributing to the fact that this is the most high-tech car that Kia has ever made.

In car entertainment is looked after thanks to DAB radio with a multi-device Bluetooth® connection and voice recognition and music streaming, Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM smartphone integration. A reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines is integrated into the 8.0-inch touchscreen and includes front and rear parking sensors.

A suite of safety systems features on the all-new Sorento, with seven airbags that incorporates a front centre airbag, in addition to the usual driver and front passenger, twin curtain and pair of front side airbags. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) incorporates city, pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection, the latter detects an oncoming car from the other side of the road when turning at a junction and, if a collision appears likely, applies the brakes to stop the car. The system relies on the front camera and radar and it is dependent upon the indicators being operated, as doing so allows the system to understand the driver’s intent to turn across the traffic.

Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) all feature, along with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DAC) and an electronic parking brake (EPB) with Auto Hold functionality. Drive Mode Select allows the driver to tailor the driving experience more to their tastes, with a choice of ‘Comfort’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ modes, while Terrain Mode Select incorporates three modes – mud, snow, and sand. Multi-Collision Brake Assist (MCBA) is a new innovation for all-new Sorento, as is Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality and Ecall, which automatically summons the emergency services in the event of an accident. An advanced anti-theft alarm system is provided with remote central door locking with fold-away key.

Move up to ‘3’ specification and the alloy wheels are uprated to 19-inches, the radiator grille gains a more striking glossy black appearance, and a satin chrome finish is applied to the exterior door handles. The LED headlights adopt bi-functionality and privacy glass is included as standard. Inside, the centre fascia adopts a premium etching finish that is both striking and classy. The upholstery is upgraded to black leather, there’s eight-way power adjustment to both of the front seats and heaters are provided for the outer chairs on the second row. The cabin’s Mood Lighting system allows users to tailor the cabin even further, with the interior illuminated in one of seven pre-set ‘core’ colours, or from a wider range of 64 shades.

The Sorento ‘3’ also includes Kia’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, connecting drivers by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and accessible through the uprated 10.25-inch LCD widescreen, the system displays live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). UVO Connect also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey and check the location of their vehicle at any time. A wireless smartphone charger also sits at the base of the centre console

An engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system adds to convenience, alongside a Smart power tailgate and Highway Driving Assist (HDA), a driving convenience and safety system that reduces driver burden on motorways and A-roads by controlling the vehicle’s steering, acceleration and deceleration functions to maintain the speed set by the driver, keeping a safe distance from the vehicle directly ahead, and positioning the car in the centre of its current lane. Comfort levels are further boosted by the fitment of self-levelling rear suspension. Also availale on the ‘3’ grade is and Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear-Cross Traffic Assist (RCTA) helps the driver avoid collisions on busy sections of the motorway.

At the pinnacle of the all-new Sorento range is grade ‘4’, and this features fine black Nappa leather upholstery with a contemporary black headlining and 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with electric lumbar support and integrated memory system. There’s ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide functionality and automatic electric roller blind. A head-up display projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight, with the system displaying alerts from the car’s numerous driver assistance technologies, details of vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions. A powerful 12-speaker BOSE® surround-sound audio system is also included on the top-of-the-range Sorento ‘4’, delivering a more immersive sound to all three rows.

New to the Sorento, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), displays a high-resolution video feed in the driver’s instrument cluster if the driver indicates to change lane with another vehicle hidden in their blind spot. A 360-degree Around View Monitor is incorporated into the 10.25-inch touchscreen and works alongside the Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) system. PCA works by preventing the vehicle from colliding with pedestrians or nearby obstacles when the driver parks the car or is reversing out of a parking spot. Using its rear-view camera and rear ultrasonic sensors, if it anticipates a collision, the system warns the driver with visual and audible alarms while engaging the vehicle's brakes automatically to prevent the collision.

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 10,000 miles (20,000 miles on the diesel), 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 to Kia in the UK?
The Sorento is hugely important as the flagship of our SUV range, and with the introduction of self-charging hybrid variants, we are offering a keenly priced alternative to diesel power, with CO2 emissions that are highly competitive. This will be further reinforced with the introduction of plug-in hybrid technology early next year, which we expect to be very popular with business users keen to keep their Benefit-in-Kind tax bills to a minimum. In 2021, we will have a three-pronged attack on the large SUV market, with fuel-efficient diesel, self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology on offer.

 What sales targets have you set for the new Sorento for the UK market?
We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the new Sorento to build on the achievements of the previous model and continue to build the image of Kia as its most high-tech car ever. In 2019, we increased Sorento sales in its final full year, and expect to build on this trend again next year when we have the full powertrain line up (HEV, PHEV and diesel) on sale.

How challenging has 2020 been?
When the Coronavirus hit in March, it had a devastating effect on the sale of new and used cars, particularly as it is traditionally the biggest month of the year thanks to the registration plate change. As a result, the UK market was down by 44.4 per cent in March compared to 2019, although Kia fared somewhat better, with new car registrations lower by 29 per cent.

With car showrooms closed throughout the mandated lockdown period and only allowed to reopen from June, our retailers have been playing catch up ever since. I am extremely proud of the dealer network we have, and as a result of their hard work, we have had a record-breaking July and August, with an all-time high of 4,179 new car deliveries in the latter. That’s the highest number of cars delivered during an August month, ever. Kia’s sales were up by 21 per cent compared to August 2019 and it is a strong comeback following the COVID-19 lockdown.

But we can’t rest on our laurels, and it is expected that the rest of the year will prove to be tough, with uncertainty in the jobs market and an end to the Government’s support schemes for businesses. We enter this period with one of the strongest model ranges ever, with the new Sorento set to wow customers with its premium cabin and excellent road manners. Joining the Sorento in showrooms this autumn are refreshed versions of Kia’s small car ranges, the Picanto, Rio and Stonic. They all feature brand new ‘SmartStream’ engines and mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology features for the first time in the Rio and Stonic ranges. In addition, Kia’s phase II UVO Connect infotainment system is being rolled out right the way across the model line-up.

Looking at other challenges of 2020, even before the pandemic hit it was already going to be a hugely challenging year for UK businesses, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the UK’s split from Europe. With a significant number of our most popular cars built within the European Union – Ceed family and Sportage – it has been necessary to plan for the worst scenario possible as we edge towards 2021.

And if those challenges weren’t enough, tougher emissions regulations also came into force in 2020, with new, even more stringent standards that means that every car maker must achieve a CO2 average of 95g/km across their product range. Failure to do so will mean significant fines, and so the primacy focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km, across the line-up. This may become even tougher in 2021 when the UK is separate and is no longer part of the European figures.

Which vehicles are striking a chord with UK buyers currently?
For many people, the Coronavirus lockdown was a time to reflect on their lives, with many aspects of daily routine examined. The sale of alternatively fuelled vehicles has accelerated over the past few months, and in particular the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) segment has risen from 1.4 per cent at the turn of the year to 4.7 per cent in August. While those are still small figures, it shows there is a growing appetite for zero and ultra-low emission cars.

And that’s an area that Kia is investing strongly in and I’m proud to say that our Niro SUV was the most popular alternatively fuelled vehicle in August 2020, outselling the second placed car by almost two-to-one. 1,417 examples of the pure electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle were delivered to UK customers. In the past we have faced significant supply restrictions of e-Niro, but this is now improving, and our customers have been happy to wait.

During 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The Sorento PHEV will make that four when it arrives early next year. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

There is also a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Soul EV, Niro, XCeed, Sportage and Sorento.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

What is the importance to Kia of electric vehicles?
A. The electric market is growing rapidly, not just in the UK but in Europe, too, and we want a share of it. But of greater significance, is that all manufacturers are required to lower average CO2 emissions to 95g/km or less in Europe by 2020/21, and electric and electrified vehicles are essential to achieve this. We also have our own internal targets of a 25 per cent reduction in average CO2 emissions, based on 2014 levels, by 2020.

Why do you offer diesel, hybrid and PHEV Sorento models?
A. We believe in giving customers choice in cutting-edge technology, with different degrees of electrification being suited to a wide range of customers. And while there is a growing number of buyers wanting to buy into the technology and demonstrate their environmental credentials, not all our customer’s lifestyles allow them to run a vehicle that requires to be plugged in. For that reason, we also offer self-charging hybrid technology, together with the back-up of a diesel engine variant for those that need to cover longer distances without needing to fill up.

What level of sales is Sorento achieving in the UK?
A. At the pinnacle of the UK model range, the Sorento saw an increase in sales during 2019 over the previous year, despite a tough sales environment and the fact that it was at the end of its model cycle. With the launch of the new Sorento, including self-charging hybrid technology for the first time, we expect to welcome new customers to Sorento that previously wouldn’t have consider the large SUV because it was solely available with diesel power. We also expect a further surge in sales when the PHEV editions arrive later this year.

Is the Sorento self-charging hybrid and the upcoming Sorento PHEV on sale at every Kia dealership, and can all dealers service it because of the extra safety demands when working with electric components?
A. Every Kia dealer has at least one technician plus a Kia Master Technician trained in handling the high-voltage systems associated with electrified cars, so the Sorento will be sold at, and can be serviced at, any Kia dealership in the UK. Model-specific training is provided at two-day courses to coincide with the launch of each new Kia electric vehicle.

Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions?
There are no plans currently to offer a GT-Line variant of the Kia Sorento. We will monitor demand and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice. Currently we believe that the three trim range delivers buyers with a well-priced, generously equipped model that will tick all of their boxes.

All versions of the Sorento come with seven-seats, will you offer five-seat versions, too?
No, our philosophy is to offer customers the maximum amount of flexibility as standard, and so if they prefer a five-seat edition of the Sorento, they can simply fold the rearmost seats down. And then, if the need arises, as it sometimes does in busy family life, owners have the versatility of being able to flip the seats forward and carry an additional two passengers, without regretting having limited themselves to a five-seat SUV. By only offering seven-seat versions of the Sorento, it reduces range complexity, streamlining the Sorento SUV to a three-trim level, exceptionally well-equipped line-up.

There are no plans currently to offer a GT-Line variant of the Kia Sorento. We will monitor demand and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice. Currently we believe that the three trim range delivers buyers with a well-priced, generously equipped model that will tick all of their boxes.

Why is there only one diesel variant in the new Sorento line-up?
In order to streamline the model range that we offer, cutting down on unnecessary complexity, we have identified that a well-priced, generously kitted out ‘3’ version is likely to appeal to Sorento diesel customers in the UK. We will, of course, monitor customer habits and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice.

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PRESS PACK

All-New Kia Sorento Press Pack - 2020

THE ALL-NEW KIA SORENTO ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                                     

General

  • The first time that electrified powertrains have been available in the Sorento
  • Three high-specification versions – ‘2’, ‘3’ and a flagship ‘4’ model
  • Choice of 2.2-litre CRDi ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine with 199bhp or 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with self-charging hybrid technology producing 226hp
  • CO2 emissions as low as 158g/km for the self-charging hybrid, with 176g/km produced by the diesel edition
  • The self-charging hybrid is capable of 40.9mpg on the WLTP combined economy cycle, with the diesel managing 42.2mpg
  • Self-charging hybrid features a 44.2kW drive motor and 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack
  • Plug-in hybrid models join the range later this year
  • All engines meet the latest Euro-6d emissions standards
  • The ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine complies with the new RDE2 emissions testing regime
  • Diesel has enhanced 2,200 bar injection, new aluminium block and enhanced friction, as well as lean NOx trap, diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction
  • New 8-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission on diesel version delivers lightning-fast gear changes, with smoother acceleration and superb shifting dynamics
  • Choice of six colours (five on diesel edition)

Body

  • New N3 platform with next-generation drivetrains
  • Seven-seats and four-wheel-drive fitted as standard
  • Longer wheelbase by 35mm, marginally wider and taller body, but same overall length
  • Drag co-efficient of Cd 0.32
  • Improved legroom in first and second rows
  • Enhanced body stiffness
  • Strong design, with sharp lines that define a modern shape
  • High tech detailing gives a glimpse of what to expect from Kia in the future
  • Headlights and trademark tiger-nose grille merge together in bold front-end design
  • Wing shaped air curtains brings sporty and technical look
  • Dynamic side profile with sleek side character line and distinctive C-pillar treatment
  • Strong vertical rear lamp design delivers a modern appearance
  • 17-inch alloy wheels on ‘2’ models and larger 19-inch items on ‘3’ and ‘4’ editions
  • Rear window wiper cleverly hidden within the rear spoiler
  • Lower kerb weight by 5kg, plus enhanced towing capacity of 2,500kg (up by 500kg)
  • Fine tuning of the aerodynamics underneath the car reduces road and wind noise

Interior

  • Digital cockpit fitted as standard on all versions
  • Large 10.25-inch touchscreen on ‘3’ and ‘4’ models
  • Exclusive to the Sorento, BOSETM premium audio system with 10 speakers, external amplifier, and sub-woofer on ‘4’ versions
  • High quality finish with a mix of sophisticated metal textures and natural materials
  • Interesting and tactile three-dimensional door and dashboard garnishes emphasised by sumptuous mood lighting
  • Uniquely shaped air vents are reminiscent of jet engine ducts
  • Rotary dial gear selector delivers hi-tech appearance and enhanced user experience
  • 7-seats as standard. Middle row has slide, recline and 60:40 folding functionality
  • Third row of seats fold down in a 50:50 fashion
  • Enhanced soundproofing for a calmer interior ambience

Technology and safety

  • Added functionality for Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with new junction detection, as well as city, pedestrian, and cyclist detection
  • Enhanced user experience with latest generation infotainment systems
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included as standard on all versions
  • Upgraded advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) with added functionality
  • 8.5-inch head-up display on ‘4’ models helps drivers keep their eyes on the road ahead
  • Larger brakes for enhanced performance, as well as new motor on caliper design for the electric park brake and revised electronic stability control system
  • New Terrain Mode gives a choice between three modes (mud, snow, sand) for enhanced traction in slippery and challenging road (and off-road) conditions
  • Self-levelling rear suspension standard on ‘3’ and ‘4’ versions
  • Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) fitted to ‘4’ versions, prevents the vehicle from colliding with pedestrians or obstacles when entering or exiting a parking space
  • Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA) automatically changes the speed setting of the smart cruise control on all versions of the all-new Sorento
  • Multi-Collision Brake Assist (MCBA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Lane Follow Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) all fitted as standard on every all-new Sorento
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) and Blind-sport View Monitor (BVM) fitted to level ‘4’ models
  • Highway Driving Assist (HDA) simplifies motorway driving, controlling the steering, throttle and brakes to maintain a safe speed or distance from the car in front
  • Wireless smartphone phone charger on grades ‘3’ and ‘4’ as standard, with 30 per cent charging performance improvement and overheat prevention thanks to cooling function
  • USB charging ports integrated into both front seats

INTRODUCTION

  • All-New Sorento sits at the heart of Kia’s comprehensive SUV line-up
  • Stylish, modern exterior design, with a high quality, high-tech cabin
  • New platform accommodates hybrid and later, plug-in hybrid powertrains
  • Greater levels of space and comfort and a more enjoyable drive
  • Progressive connectivity and driver assistance features
  • New ‘Terrain Mode’ enhances all-wheel drive capability
  • On-sale now with 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty

The all-new Kia Sorento is powerful, progressive and versatile. The fourth generation of Kia’s flagship SUV is designed and engineered to take on everything life throws at it.

Raising standards in the midsize SUV class for space, efficiency and quality, it sits at the heart of Kia’s reinvigorated SUV line-up, which also includes the Stonic, Niro, Sportage and in North America and other markets, the Telluride.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, comments: “The Sorento’s evolution over the last 18 years echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. While the car was initially launched in 2002 as a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle, the fourth generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable. It is an important model for Kia, particularly now that it also represents the first use of electrified power in our flagship SUV.”

The Sorento’s redefined exterior design – with sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions – gives it a more confident and mature presence. Inside, its attractive cabin also introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies, and a stunning new design.

The Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform. Paired with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensures the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.

Furthermore, the Sorento’s innovative interior packaging means it can offer all this while accommodating Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrains – the first time that hybrid power has featured in the Sorento line-up. As a result, the new model offers greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance than its predecessors.

This will be Kia’s most high-tech car ever, thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. Its user-friendly twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and smartphone connectivity.

A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002. In that time, Europe has accounted for around 300,000 of these. Like its predecessor, the Sorento will be built for the UK at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea.

 

DESIGN AND PACKAGING 

Stylish and modern, the Sorento is the flagship for Kia’s reinvigorated SUV line-up, alongside the Stonic, Niro and Sportage, as well as the Kia Telluride that is available in North America and certain other markets. The new model is the result of a collaborative design effort by Kia’s worldwide design network. 

The concept of ‘refined boldness’ inspired Kia’s designers, who sought to maintain the robust, tough-looking aesthetic of earlier generations of Sorento, while applying a greater degree of refinement and elegance, and even a sense of sportiness. Its bodywork incorporates sharp lines and creases – noticeably more sculpted than its round-edged predecessor. With new contemporary geometric details and more swept-back, elongated proportions, the result is a more confident, more mature and more desirable design than ever.

The front of the Sorento evolves with a new interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille, displaying a wider shape which organically wraps around the integrated headlamps on each side. The headlamps themselves feature a new ‘tiger eyeline’ LED daytime running light, adding extra focus to the design by depicting the intense impression of the lines around a tiger’s eyes. This sharper, more assertive appearance is complemented by a wide, rectangular lower air intake, bookended by wing-shaped air curtains to channel air around the car. A sharp bumper lip is also capped with a skid plate, enhancing its robust appearance. The new model is 1,900mm wide, 10mm wider than the third generation Sorento.

In profile, the proportions of the Sorento are subtly adapted to make it appear longer. The new model is 10mm longer than its predecessor (now 4,810mm), yet it features shorter front and rear overhangs. The additional length is found in the wheelbase (a result of the Sorento’s new platform), which has grown by 35mm to 2,815mm. This subtly adapts the visual character of the Sorento, making it look longer and ‘faster’, despite being 5mm taller. It also extends the length of the bonnet, drawing the A-pillar 30mm further back from the front axle. The trailing edge of the bonnet wraps around the front wings and turns into a single, strong character line which extends along the side of the Sorento and into the rear lamps.

Ever recognisable as a Sorento, it retains the characteristic wide D-pillar, substantial bodywork and clad wheel arches that have defined all three generations to-date. It also adopts certain other design features from more recent Kia models, however, including a new dynamic shape on its C-pillar and sculpted body surfaces with sharp creases.

Inspired by the Telluride, the Sorento adopts new vertical tail lamps which wrap around the side of the body. Sharper lines in the bodywork echo the straight, technical appearance of the front of the car, with horizontal shapes used to make the vehicle appear wider and more imposing on the road. Trim on the sporty lower rear bumper embodies the appearance of dual tailpipes and, like the front, features a skid plate to add to its tough SUV aesthetic. The fourth-generation model follows other recent Kia models, such as Telluride and ProCeed, with the Sorento model name displayed centrally across the tailgate. A subtle integrated spoiler also conceals the rear wiper, resulting in a less fussy design and enhancing the driver’s view out of the back.

The Sorento will be available in the UK with a choice of six paint finishes, and comes fitted with 17-inch wheels on grade ‘2’, with 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels on all other versions.

Attractive, upscale cabin with premium material quality and progressive tech
The interior of the fourth generation Sorento represents a step-change in quality and design for Kia cabins. From the first-generation  Kia Sorento in 2003, which provided occupants with a practical, robust and utilitarian space, the Sorento today provides owners with something altogether more striking, desirable and comfortable.

One of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date, the intuitive, technology-oriented cabin of the Sorento is fitted with premium-quality materials and cutting-edge infotainment. At the same time, it retains the spaciousness and versatility that has characterised the Sorento over its 17-year existence.

The attractive, upscale cabin introduces a sophisticated next-generation design, based around twin digital displays in the dashboard. The 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster is twinned with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system at the centre of the dashboard on grade ‘3’ and ‘4’ models. These display information clearly within the driver’s line of sight and create an innovative wide-screen user experience. The car’s many functions can also be controlled with new haptic buttons on either side of the screen, which also feature further down the dashboard for the climate control system. The focal point of the dashboard is the eye-catching vertical ventilation stack, with a chrome-effect surround that extends onto the centre console below. On Sorento ‘2’ models, an 8.0-inch touchscreen is provided as standard.

The cabin of the Sorento subtly integrates a range of other technologies, including a Mood Lighting system. This emits soft ambient downlighting from beneath the dashboard and door trim, creating a lounge-like feeling and greater sense of space. A wireless smartphone charger also sits at the base of the centre console. Both of these features are standard on ‘3’ and ‘4’ editions, while an exclusive for the Sorento,  powerful BOSE® surround-sound system features on grade ‘4’ provides a more immersive in-car audio experience.

Material quality is enhanced, with a cabin that blends metallic trim, leather upholstery, and embossed satin-effect surfaces on grades ‘3’ and ‘4’. Applied throughout the interior and across the dashboard, the cabin boasts a more sophisticated appearance and ambience as a result. The Sorento is offered to buyers with a choice of black cloth (grade ‘2’), black leather (grade ‘3’), or black quilted Nappa leather on the top-of-the-range ‘4’ versions.

The pursuit of practicality: new platform maximises space and versatility
The Sorento is based on Kia’s new third-generation midsize SUV platform, providing superior space for people and luggage through more intelligent packaging. The result is one of the most versatile and spacious cars in its class.

The new platform is based around a compact engine bay structure and shorter front and rear overhangs, with a 35mm longer wheelbase creating greater cabin space between the axles. Not only does this enable the new model’s stylish, more swept-back design; the structure and layout of the new platform means the Sorento is able to accommodate electrified powertrains for the first time.

The Sorento Hybrid’s battery pack is located under the floor of the cabin. As a result, the SUV offers generous space for up to seven passengers as well as one of the largest luggage capacities in its class – up to 616 litres (608 litres on hybrid). With all seven seats in place, boot space is also increased to 187 litres (VDA, diesel models; 179 litres for Hybrid models). Controls in the side wall of the boot also let users fold down the second-row seat backs remotely at the touch of a button.

For passengers, the new platform maximises space in all three rows, offering more head-, leg- and shoulder-room than many rivals. In particular, the new platform has created a significant amount of extra legroom for first- and second-row occupants, as well as more headroom for third-row passengers.

The Sorento has always been popular with customers looking for practical third-row seating, and the new model makes life even easier for rear passengers. Aided by the platform’s longer wheelbase, the second-row seats now slide up to 45mm further, creating a wider point of entry to the third row with more space for feet and legs. There is also a new grab handle built into the interior trim inside the C-pillar, giving third-row passengers something to hold on to as they climb aboard. Once seated, the third-row armrest has also been extended by 100mm for greater elbow support, while incorporating a cupholder and smartphone tray.

DYNAMICS

The first-generation Sorento (2003-2009) was based on a ladder-frame chassis, with the second-generation model (2009-2015) – the first monocoque-based Sorento – marking a step change in the car’s on-road behaviour. Now, the new platform represents a similar leap forward, engineered to maximise driving stability in all environments.

The car now delivers an even more assured, comfortable ride and more satisfying, enjoyable driving character than its predecessor, aided by heavily revised fully-independent suspension. Engineers have sought to reduce the effect that road surface imperfections have on the body, and to reduce noise and vibrations through the suspension, while also improving body control and steering responses under cornering. This has been achieved with a series of geometry changes and new components, as well as improvements to the structure of the suspension system. The 35mm longer wheelbase also contributes to an overall improvement in cruising comfort, while the new bodyshell – with a four per cent average increase to tensile strength throughout its structure – also results in lower body vibrations.

New for the fourth generation, the latest Sorento model offers enhanced all-terrain capability over its forebears thanks to a new Terrain Mode. Paired with the all-wheel drive system, Terrain Mode makes the Sorento more capable in mud, snow and sand. With each mode selectable from a dial on the centre console, Terrain Mode carefully controls the car’s standard electronic stability control (ESC), as well as the distribution of torque to all four wheels. It also adapts transmission shift times to help the car find and maintain traction in a range of driving environments.

Terrain mode adds an extra dimension to all-wheel-drive traction
The fourth-generation Kia Sorento will be equipped with a newly developed ‘Terrain Mode’. It will provide Sorento drivers with improved traction, stability and control on mud, snow and sand, with dedicated new driving modes for each. The system will make the all-wheel drive SUV more capable than ever across a range of low-grip surfaces.

Controlled using the Mode Select dial on the centre console, drivers can switch to Terrain mode to choose from ‘Mud’, ‘Snow’ and ‘Sand’ modes. The system automatically optimises the drivetrain to best suit each scenario, adjusting engine torque output and distribution, as well as stability control characteristics. Terrain Mode also adjusts shift timings for the two available transmissions (eight-speed dual-clutch transmission for diesel models, six-speed automatic for hybrid variants) to suit different surfaces.

Snow mode: for winter sports and colder climates
The Sorento’s ‘Snow’ mode is ideal for drivers in colder climes, or for families who regularly engage in winter sports. Optimised to maintain forward momentum in low-grip, icy conditions, Snow mode limits torque output from the engine, while apportioning it as equally as possible between all four wheels. The Traction Control System (TCS) system carefully applies low levels of braking force to the wheels to optimise traction. Meanwhile, the transmission uses shorter shifts, keeping engine speeds down to prevent wheel slip.

Mud mode: for festival-goers and rural drives
Mud mode provides greater traction and control for drivers tackling muddy tracks and fields – the perfect solution for rural drivers, or even visitors to rain-soaked festival fields. To achieve this, the wheels are driven based on a slightly delayed shift pattern, the smooth application of engine torque throughout the AWD system, and stronger braking force applied via the TCS. This helps the vehicle maintain momentum without becoming stuck in the mud.

Sand mode: for beach lovers
Sand mode helps Sorento drivers more confidently traverse sandy tracks, beaches, and even deserts. It helps avoid the risk of the vehicle getting bogged down by matching higher levels of engine torque output with delayed up-shifts, distributing torque as evenly as possible throughout the AWD system. In Sand mode, the TCS also provides higher levels of braking force, enabling the system to distribute more torque to the wheels as required.

POWERPLANT

Kia’s newest SUV will be available with hybrid power – a first for a Sorento – and buyers will eventually able to choose from hybrid or plug-in hybrid variants.

The Sorento Hybrid is powered by a new ‘Smartstream’ electrified powertrain, pairing a 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) with a 1.49kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and 44.2kW (59bhp) electric motor. The intelligent packaging of the Sorento’s new platform means the battery pack can be located under the floor, with minimal impact on cabin or luggage space.

Producing 226bhp and 350Nm torque, this electrified powertrain combines low CO2 emissions with high levels of performance. The new 1.6-litre T-GDi engine features Kia’s new Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology, regulating valve opening time according to driving conditions, instead of operating on a fixed opening time. This boosts performance at low-to-mid engine and enhances fuel efficiency.

Power is sent through the six-speed automatic transmission via a transmission-mounted electrical device, allowing the full power of the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel with minimal loss of energy. The result is immediacy in acceleration response at any speed, with direct access to available battery power at higher speeds.

The Sorento will also be available as a Plug-in Hybrid variant from later in 2020.

The Sorento’s new four-cylinder 2.2-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine is also available, producing 199bhp and 440Nm torque. With a new aluminium block, 19.5kg lighter than the cast iron block of its predecessor, the new engine is 38.2kg lighter compared to that found in the third generation Sorento. Furthermore, it is paired with Kia’s new eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (8DCT). Designed to offer the smooth shifting characteristics of a conventional automatic, the 8DCT enhances fuel efficiency over a conventional eight-speed automatic, depending on application.

Engine power, performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 secs

Max speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

‘2’ 1.6 T-GDi HEV 6-speed auto

226

350

 8.7

119

40.9

158

‘3’ 1.6 T-GDi HEV 6-speed auto

6

350

 8.7

119

38.7

166

‘3’ 2.2 CRDi 8-speed DCT auto

199

440

9.1

127

42.2

176

‘4’ 1.6 T-GDi HEV 6-speed auto

226

350

 8.7

119

38.2

169


TECHNOLOGY

The Sorento is the most high-tech Kia car ever made, thanks to a suite of technologies that enhance safety, connectivity and infotainment. The range of available features are designed to make travelling safer and less stressful while providing total ease of use.

The cabin incorporates Kia’s latest 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system on grade ‘3’ and ‘4’ models, offering audio-visual navigation, and a new 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster available on all grades. Combined, the two twin digital displays deliver information to the driver with absolute clarity. An 8.0-inch display audio system is fitted to ‘2’ models, while all infotainment systems enable full, seamless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

The infotainment system also allows Bluetooth smartphone pairing for two phones concurrently, enabling separate phones to be used for, for instance, phone calls and music, while front passengers can also plug in their mobile devices via two USB chargers. For second-row passengers, two USB charging sockets are integrated into the backs of the two front seats, with a third found at the rear of the front-row centre console. Both third-row passengers also have their own charging points, meaning all seven passengers can keep their mobile device charged – the perfect measure to maintain harmony in a full car during longer journeys.

The Sorento is also fitted with a head-up display on ‘4’ models, which projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. The system shows alerts from the car’s numerous driver assistance technologies, details of vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

Exclusive to the Sorento, a powerful 10-speaker BOSE® surround-sound audio system is also available on top-of-the-range ‘4’ models, delivering a more immersive sound to all three rows. A new ‘Sound of Nature’ ambient sound function for certain markets enables occupants to select from a range of relaxing natural soundscapes. The cabin’s Mood Lighting system lets users tailor the cabin even further, with the interior illuminated in one of seven pre-set ‘core’ colours selected specifically by Kia interior designs, or from a full gamut of 64 colours.

Available on the ‘4’ grade and new to the Sorento, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), displays a high-resolution video feed in the driver’s instrument cluster if the driver indicates to change lane with another vehicle hidden in their blind spot.

The Sorento also offers Kia’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, connecting drivers by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and accessible through the 10.25-inch LCD widescreen on ‘3’ and ‘4’ versions, the system displays live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). UVO Connect also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey and check the location of their vehicle at any time.

A series of new ‘Phase II’ features will make their first appearance on the new Sorento. UVO Connect’s Phase II features provide customers with several new benefits, such as more accurate journey times, ‘last-mile’ navigation assistance, and a range of features to enhance connectivity and usability. These can be accessed through an enhanced UVO smartphone app or via vehicles’ on-board infotainment systems.

One of the most useful Phase II features to be offered in UVO Connect-equipped vehicles is ‘Online Navigation’. This service draws on cloud-based real-time and historical traffic data to more accurately predict traffic levels, giving customers a more accurate picture of journey times and estimated time of arrival. This differs from traffic prediction tools found in conventional navigation systems, which only rely on in-car route planning and real-time traffic information to estimate journey times.

Kia’s new ‘Last Mile Navigation’ feature will help customers continue navigating to their final destination, even after they have parked up and left their car behind. This offers Kia customers the ideal solution for navigation in towns and cities where parking hubs are often some distance away from shops, cafés and restaurants. Once the vehicle’s ignition has been turned off, this new feature sends a push notification to the UVO app on the user’s smartphone if their destination is between 200 metres and 2 kilometres away. The app lets users seamlessly access Google Maps navigation to complete their journey on foot. Alternatively, users can engage an augmented reality function, ‘AR Guidance’, which opens the smartphone’s camera and blends the image with AR turn-by-turn directional arrows.

Customers can also use a new ‘User Profile Transfer’ feature on the UVO app. This enables them to check and change their vehicle settings directly from their smartphone, including navigation, radio and Bluetooth preferences, at a time and place convenient for them. When the ignition is turned on, customers are automatically greeted with their preferred settings, saving time and making each journey more enjoyable. It also lets Kia owners back-up their in-vehicle UVO preferences via the cloud and transfer settings from one vehicle to the next. This system will benefit customers who regularly switch between different UVO Connect-equipped Kia cars, for instance, fleet drivers who use pool cars, or families with more than one UVO Connect-equipped Kia in their household.

The Phase II UVO Connect system will draws upon a wider range of ‘best-in-class’ data providers for its Kia Live Services functionality, giving customers more accurate information. Instead of being limited to one data provider, Kia Live Services brings together data from a range of specialist providers for traffic information, parking availability and cost information, locations and pricing for fuel stations and EV charging points, weather forecasts, and online POI search and speed camera information (speed camera location data depends on market).

A fully-digital instrument cluster
Kia’s digital instrument cluster is designed to deliver information to drivers as clearly as possible. With a high-definition 1920x720-pixel display, the digital cluster replaces conventional speedometer and tachometer dials with a single, seamless display, incorporating pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information, and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies.

SAFETY

The Sorento offers higher levels of active and passive safety than many of its rivals thanks to an enhanced range of driver assistance systems. Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) help to reduce many of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving, protecting occupants and other road users on every journey.

The ADAS range in the Sorento includes Kia’s latest Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection fitted to all models. This also detects oncoming traffic when making a turn at a junction. Additional equipment includes Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go (SCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW). Highway Driving Assist (HDA) is featured on grade ‘3’ models and above, while Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) and Blind-spot monitor camera are found on grade ‘4’ models.

Kia’s ‘level two’ autonomous driving technology, Lane Following Assist (LFA), controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the vehicles in front. LFA operates between speeds of 0 and 112mph, using camera and radar sensors to maintain a safe distance from the car in front, while monitoring road markings to keep the Sorento in the centre of its lane.

The Sorento is fitted with six airbags (dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor). All Sorento models are equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control systems to help drivers maintain control under braking and cornering.

The Sorento also implements Kia’s first Multi-Collision Brake system, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions. It automatically applies vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts.

The Sorento’s body is made up of a blend of steel and aluminium, maximising torsional rigidity while keeping weight low. The bodyshell construction features a higher proportion of Advanced High-Strength Steel and hot-stamped steel components than its predecessor. The blend of High-Strength Steel enhances occupant safety, giving it torsional rigidity 12.5 per cent higher than the perceived ‘safety leader’ in the Sorento’s segment – yet the strengthening to the bodyshell construction renders it 5.6 per cent (21.3kg) lighter than that of its predecessor. Furthermore, the more rigid bodyshell reduces road vibrations in everyday use.

SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

A glance at the specification of the all-new Sorento reveals that all three equipment levels – ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ – are exceptionally well kitted out. Buyers have a choice of one standard colour and a suite of five premium paint finishes to select from.

All models in the line-up, including the Sorento ‘2’, feature LED technology for the headlights and rear combination lights, as well as for the daytime running lights, front and rear fog lights and high mounted brake light. 17-inch alloy wheels and a temporary space saver spare wheel are standard equipment, with roof rails not only boosting the all-new Sorento visually, but also adding versatility if there’s ever a need to carry additional loads. A black front radiator grille is married to wheel arch body mouldings and side sills in the same colour, with all versions featuring front and rear skid plates in silver.

Black cloth upholstery is combined with light grey headlining to deliver a smart two-tone appearance in the cabin, and the front seats and leather steering wheel are both heated. Door scuff plates deliver a premium feel as you enter the vehicle. Seven seats are standard on all editions of the all-new Sorento, with 60:40 split, remote folding and reclining for the second row and a 50:50 split and fold arrangement for the third row. USB charge ports are handily provided for all three rows, ensuring that occupants continue to be entertained while on the move, and don’t run out of juice. Dual-zone automatic air conditioning includes outlets for the third row.

Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors feature integrated LED indicator lights, and there’s an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensing front wipers and automatic headlight control. New to the Sorento is a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster, delivering superb clarity and contributing to the fact that this is the most high-tech car that Kia has ever made.

In car entertainment is looked after thanks to DAB radio with a multi-device Bluetooth® connection and voice recognition and music streaming, Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM smartphone integration. A reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines is integrated into the 8.0-inch touchscreen and includes front and rear parking sensors.

A suite of safety systems features on the all-new Sorento, with seven airbags that incorporates a front centre airbag, in addition to the usual driver and front passenger, twin curtain and pair of front side airbags. Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) incorporates city, pedestrian, cyclist and junction detection, the latter detects an oncoming car from the other side of the road when turning at a junction and, if a collision appears likely, applies the brakes to stop the car. The system relies on the front camera and radar and it is dependent upon the indicators being operated, as doing so allows the system to understand the driver’s intent to turn across the traffic.

Lane Follow Assist (LFA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Manual Speed Limit Assist (MSLA), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW) all feature, along with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Brake Control (DAC) and an electronic parking brake (EPB) with Auto Hold functionality. Drive Mode Select allows the driver to tailor the driving experience more to their tastes, with a choice of ‘Comfort’, ‘Eco’ and ‘Sport’ modes, while Terrain Mode Select incorporates three modes – mud, snow, and sand. Multi-Collision Brake Assist (MCBA) is a new innovation for all-new Sorento, as is Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality and Ecall, which automatically summons the emergency services in the event of an accident. An advanced anti-theft alarm system is provided with remote central door locking with fold-away key.

Move up to ‘3’ specification and the alloy wheels are uprated to 19-inches, the radiator grille gains a more striking glossy black appearance, and a satin chrome finish is applied to the exterior door handles. The LED headlights adopt bi-functionality and privacy glass is included as standard. Inside, the centre fascia adopts a premium etching finish that is both striking and classy. The upholstery is upgraded to black leather, there’s eight-way power adjustment to both of the front seats and heaters are provided for the outer chairs on the second row. The cabin’s Mood Lighting system allows users to tailor the cabin even further, with the interior illuminated in one of seven pre-set ‘core’ colours, or from a wider range of 64 shades.

The Sorento ‘3’ also includes Kia’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, connecting drivers by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and accessible through the uprated 10.25-inch LCD widescreen, the system displays live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). UVO Connect also enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey and check the location of their vehicle at any time. A wireless smartphone charger also sits at the base of the centre console

An engine start/stop button with Smart Entry system adds to convenience, alongside a Smart power tailgate and Highway Driving Assist (HDA), a driving convenience and safety system that reduces driver burden on motorways and A-roads by controlling the vehicle’s steering, acceleration and deceleration functions to maintain the speed set by the driver, keeping a safe distance from the vehicle directly ahead, and positioning the car in the centre of its current lane. Comfort levels are further boosted by the fitment of self-levelling rear suspension. Also availale on the ‘3’ grade is and Blind-spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear-Cross Traffic Assist (RCTA) helps the driver avoid collisions on busy sections of the motorway.

At the pinnacle of the all-new Sorento range is grade ‘4’, and this features fine black Nappa leather upholstery with a contemporary black headlining and 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with electric lumbar support and integrated memory system. There’s ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide functionality and automatic electric roller blind. A head-up display projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight, with the system displaying alerts from the car’s numerous driver assistance technologies, details of vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions. A powerful 12-speaker BOSE® surround-sound audio system is also included on the top-of-the-range Sorento ‘4’, delivering a more immersive sound to all three rows.

New to the Sorento, Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM), displays a high-resolution video feed in the driver’s instrument cluster if the driver indicates to change lane with another vehicle hidden in their blind spot. A 360-degree Around View Monitor is incorporated into the 10.25-inch touchscreen and works alongside the Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist (PCA) system. PCA works by preventing the vehicle from colliding with pedestrians or nearby obstacles when the driver parks the car or is reversing out of a parking spot. Using its rear-view camera and rear ultrasonic sensors, if it anticipates a collision, the system warns the driver with visual and audible alarms while engaging the vehicle's brakes automatically to prevent the collision.

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 10,000 miles (20,000 miles on the diesel), 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 to Kia in the UK?
The Sorento is hugely important as the flagship of our SUV range, and with the introduction of self-charging hybrid variants, we are offering a keenly priced alternative to diesel power, with CO2 emissions that are highly competitive. This will be further reinforced with the introduction of plug-in hybrid technology early next year, which we expect to be very popular with business users keen to keep their Benefit-in-Kind tax bills to a minimum. In 2021, we will have a three-pronged attack on the large SUV market, with fuel-efficient diesel, self-charging hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology on offer.

 What sales targets have you set for the new Sorento for the UK market?
We don’t release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the new Sorento to build on the achievements of the previous model and continue to build the image of Kia as its most high-tech car ever. In 2019, we increased Sorento sales in its final full year, and expect to build on this trend again next year when we have the full powertrain line up (HEV, PHEV and diesel) on sale.

How challenging has 2020 been?
When the Coronavirus hit in March, it had a devastating effect on the sale of new and used cars, particularly as it is traditionally the biggest month of the year thanks to the registration plate change. As a result, the UK market was down by 44.4 per cent in March compared to 2019, although Kia fared somewhat better, with new car registrations lower by 29 per cent.

With car showrooms closed throughout the mandated lockdown period and only allowed to reopen from June, our retailers have been playing catch up ever since. I am extremely proud of the dealer network we have, and as a result of their hard work, we have had a record-breaking July and August, with an all-time high of 4,179 new car deliveries in the latter. That’s the highest number of cars delivered during an August month, ever. Kia’s sales were up by 21 per cent compared to August 2019 and it is a strong comeback following the COVID-19 lockdown.

But we can’t rest on our laurels, and it is expected that the rest of the year will prove to be tough, with uncertainty in the jobs market and an end to the Government’s support schemes for businesses. We enter this period with one of the strongest model ranges ever, with the new Sorento set to wow customers with its premium cabin and excellent road manners. Joining the Sorento in showrooms this autumn are refreshed versions of Kia’s small car ranges, the Picanto, Rio and Stonic. They all feature brand new ‘SmartStream’ engines and mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology features for the first time in the Rio and Stonic ranges. In addition, Kia’s phase II UVO Connect infotainment system is being rolled out right the way across the model line-up.

Looking at other challenges of 2020, even before the pandemic hit it was already going to be a hugely challenging year for UK businesses, with uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the UK’s split from Europe. With a significant number of our most popular cars built within the European Union – Ceed family and Sportage – it has been necessary to plan for the worst scenario possible as we edge towards 2021.

And if those challenges weren’t enough, tougher emissions regulations also came into force in 2020, with new, even more stringent standards that means that every car maker must achieve a CO2 average of 95g/km across their product range. Failure to do so will mean significant fines, and so the primacy focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km, across the line-up. This may become even tougher in 2021 when the UK is separate and is no longer part of the European figures.

Which vehicles are striking a chord with UK buyers currently?
For many people, the Coronavirus lockdown was a time to reflect on their lives, with many aspects of daily routine examined. The sale of alternatively fuelled vehicles has accelerated over the past few months, and in particular the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) segment has risen from 1.4 per cent at the turn of the year to 4.7 per cent in August. While those are still small figures, it shows there is a growing appetite for zero and ultra-low emission cars.

And that’s an area that Kia is investing strongly in and I’m proud to say that our Niro SUV was the most popular alternatively fuelled vehicle in August 2020, outselling the second placed car by almost two-to-one. 1,417 examples of the pure electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicle were delivered to UK customers. In the past we have faced significant supply restrictions of e-Niro, but this is now improving, and our customers have been happy to wait.

During 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The Sorento PHEV will make that four when it arrives early next year. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

There is also a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Soul EV, Niro, XCeed, Sportage and Sorento.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

What is the importance to Kia of electric vehicles?
A. The electric market is growing rapidly, not just in the UK but in Europe, too, and we want a share of it. But of greater significance, is that all manufacturers are required to lower average CO2 emissions to 95g/km or less in Europe by 2020/21, and electric and electrified vehicles are essential to achieve this. We also have our own internal targets of a 25 per cent reduction in average CO2 emissions, based on 2014 levels, by 2020.

Why do you offer diesel, hybrid and PHEV Sorento models?
A. We believe in giving customers choice in cutting-edge technology, with different degrees of electrification being suited to a wide range of customers. And while there is a growing number of buyers wanting to buy into the technology and demonstrate their environmental credentials, not all our customer’s lifestyles allow them to run a vehicle that requires to be plugged in. For that reason, we also offer self-charging hybrid technology, together with the back-up of a diesel engine variant for those that need to cover longer distances without needing to fill up.

What level of sales is Sorento achieving in the UK?
A. At the pinnacle of the UK model range, the Sorento saw an increase in sales during 2019 over the previous year, despite a tough sales environment and the fact that it was at the end of its model cycle. With the launch of the new Sorento, including self-charging hybrid technology for the first time, we expect to welcome new customers to Sorento that previously wouldn’t have consider the large SUV because it was solely available with diesel power. We also expect a further surge in sales when the PHEV editions arrive later this year.

Is the Sorento self-charging hybrid and the upcoming Sorento PHEV on sale at every Kia dealership, and can all dealers service it because of the extra safety demands when working with electric components?
A. Every Kia dealer has at least one technician plus a Kia Master Technician trained in handling the high-voltage systems associated with electrified cars, so the Sorento will be sold at, and can be serviced at, any Kia dealership in the UK. Model-specific training is provided at two-day courses to coincide with the launch of each new Kia electric vehicle.

Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions?
There are no plans currently to offer a GT-Line variant of the Kia Sorento. We will monitor demand and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice. Currently we believe that the three trim range delivers buyers with a well-priced, generously equipped model that will tick all of their boxes.

All versions of the Sorento come with seven-seats, will you offer five-seat versions, too?
No, our philosophy is to offer customers the maximum amount of flexibility as standard, and so if they prefer a five-seat edition of the Sorento, they can simply fold the rearmost seats down. And then, if the need arises, as it sometimes does in busy family life, owners have the versatility of being able to flip the seats forward and carry an additional two passengers, without regretting having limited themselves to a five-seat SUV. By only offering seven-seat versions of the Sorento, it reduces range complexity, streamlining the Sorento SUV to a three-trim level, exceptionally well-equipped line-up.

There are no plans currently to offer a GT-Line variant of the Kia Sorento. We will monitor demand and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice. Currently we believe that the three trim range delivers buyers with a well-priced, generously equipped model that will tick all of their boxes.

Why is there only one diesel variant in the new Sorento line-up?
In order to streamline the model range that we offer, cutting down on unnecessary complexity, we have identified that a well-priced, generously kitted out ‘3’ version is likely to appeal to Sorento diesel customers in the UK. We will, of course, monitor customer habits and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice.

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Daniel Sayles 
Head of Press and PR

E: dsayles@kia.co.uk  
T: 01932 832 073 M: 07747 149 149

Sara Robinson     
Public Relations Manager (Brand & Dealer PR)

E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 072 M: 07919 482 332

Moyosola Fujamade
Senior Press Officer (events)

E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk  
T: 01932 832 069 M: 07471 216 343

Lauren Martin
Press Officer (press fleet)

E: lmartin@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832 071 M: 07557 268 252

Will Rees
Press Office Assistant

E: wrees@kia.co.uk   
T: 01932 832 079 M: 07795 011 475

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