New car launch: 2020 Kia Sorento
The Sorento is at the heart of Kia’s global SUV line-up.
Kia has unveiled its fourth-generation Sorento and has promised the midsize SUV will raise the standard for space, efficiency and quality across its line-up.
The new Sorento (diesel), which is due to launch in June (petrol end of 2020), is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s next-generation SUV platform and comes equipped with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space.
Technology-wise, Kia promises the model will be its most advanced to date with the addition of a “smartstream” electric powertrain.
The powertrain is the first time Kia has featured hybrid technology across the Sorento range. However, Australian consumers may have to wait sometime for these advancements, as smartstream won’t be available at launch.
Kia Motors Europe Chief Operating Officer Emilio Herrera said the Sorento had evolved tremendously over the past 18 years.
“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,” Mr Herrera said.
“It is an important model for Kia, particularly now it represents the first use of electrified power in our flagship SUV.”
All 2020 Sorentos purchased will be covered by Kia’s seven-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, capped price servicing and roadside assist.
The new Sorento is 10mm wider (1900mm), longer (4810mm) and taller than its third-gen predecessor. The extra length comes courtesy of the Sorento’s new wheelbase, which has grown, by 35mm to 2815mm.
Looks-wise, the Sorento has drawn inspiration from the Telluride and ProCeed models and has adopted vertical tail lamps, sharper lines, a tiger-nose front grille and an integrated spoiler which conceals a rear wiper.
Australian Sorento models will be available in seven paint finishes and include 17 to 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels depending on trim grade.
The cabin has received a next-gen overhaul and features twin digital displays in the dashboard. The displays include a 12.3-inch digital driver instruments cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system.
The interior also includes a mood lighting system and a Bose surround-sound system. In Australia, the Sorento will be available in (grade dependent) embossed black cloth, leather-appointed black cloth and black quilted Nappa leather.
The new Sorento comes in five and seven-seat models. Interior space across the range has been beefed up with boot space increased by 32% to 187L with all seven seats in place.
Space has been increased for all passengers due to the Sorento’s new elongated wheelbase, which creates increased head, leg and shoulder room for occupants.
Ride and handling:
The fourth-generation Sorento features fully independent suspension to create a more comfortable ride.
Engineers have also increased the tensile strength by 4% throughout the body to reduce body vibrations, road noise and improve body control and steering responses while cornering.
In addition to the dual digital displays, Bose audio system and mood lighting, the Sorento features a head-up display, which projects driving information such as vehicle speed and navigation onto the base of the windscreen.
The infotainment system allows Bluetooth smartphone pairing for two devices concurrently, and there are charging ports for all seven passengers.
Depending on specification, the Sorento features a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot View Monitoring, Lane Follow Assist and more.
The Sorento is fitted with up to seven airbags and also features a Multi-collision Brake system, which mitigates secondary collisions. The system applies vehicle brakes automatically when the airbags are deployed.