New 2020 Kia Sorento goes on sale as UK prices are announced

The new seven-seat Kia Sorento SUV is available to buy in the UK now, with prices starting from £38,845

The new Kia Sorento has gone on sale in the UK, with a choice of three trim levels and prices starting from £38,845. The Korean brand’s latest SUV flagship is being launched with a choice of two powertrains – a 226bhp/225Nm 1.6-litre petrol hybrid, and a 199bhp/440Nm 2.2-litre diesel – but a plug-in petrol hybrid is expected to join the range later this year.

All versions of the car will have seven seats, and even the entry-level ‘2’ spec (which comes only with petrol power) includes LED headlights and tail-lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, USB charge ports for all three rows of seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and an eight-inch infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reversing camera. However, the 2 model is only available with the 1.6-litre petrol hybrid engine option.

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Stepping up to ‘3’ trim gives you the choice of diesel or petrol hybrid powertrains, priced from £41,245 and £42,725 respectively, and brings 19-inch alloys, a 10.25-inch infotainment display, leather upholstery, and ambient lighting in the cabin.

The range-topping ‘4’ spec is petrol-hybrid only, costing £46,945 and featuring Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, a head-up display and a BOSE sound system.

New Kia Sorento: engines and drivetrain

The fourth-generation Sorento will be offered with diesel and hybrid engines initially, while a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model will follow before the end of the year.

A 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel acts as the entry point to the Sorento line-up, sending 199bhp to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the hybrid powertrain combines a 1.6-litre engine and a 59bhp electric motor for a combined 226bhp, delivering its power through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

When it arrives, the plug-in hybrid variant is expected to use a larger 89bhp motor, offering a total output of 265bhp and around 35-40 miles of pure-electric range.

All cars will be optionally available with four-wheel drive, with a new Terrain Mode designed to make the car more capable on rougher surfaces. Fuel efficiency and emissions figures are set to be confirmed later in the year.

New Kia Sorento: design and technology

The new Kia Sorento takes its styling cues from the larger, US-only Telluride SUV, but the design has been toned down for the European market. There’s the brand’s familiar tiger-nose grille flanked by new LED lights, connected to a sharp shoulder line that runs around the entire car. The split, vertical tail lights also allow a wide, square boot opening.

Inside, the new Sorento takes a leap towards its German rivals when it comes to quality, fit and finish. In Europe, buyers will be offered a choice of black cloth, single- or two-tone leather or quilted Nappa leather seats. The rest of the cabin will feature metallic trim pieces, leather upholstery and satin-effect surfaces.

The fully digital 12.3-inch driver’s display will be standard across the range, while an eight-inch infotainment screen will offer wireless smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional 10.25-inch central touchscreen will use Kia’s second-generation UVO app interface.

10 exterior paint finishes will be offered on European cars, as well as 17-, 18-, 19- and 20-inch alloy wheel options. UK availability will be confirmed at a later stage, however.

Depending on specification, the Sorento will offer various autonomous driver safety aids. 

These include forward collision assistance with cyclist and pedestrian detection, blind-spot view monitoring, surround view monitoring, intelligent speed limit assistance and smart cruise control with stop-go functionality. Lane follow assistance, driver attention warning and highway driving assistance will also be offered.

New Kia Sorento: dimensions and boot space

The new Sorento is around 10mm longer, wider and taller than the outgoing vehicle, while the wheelbase has grown by 35mm. This has allowed Kia to claim improved legroom  throughout, as well as increased headroom in the third row on seven-seat models. These offer 821 litres of boot space, rising to 910 litres with the rear seats folded flat. Kia says each seat will have access to a USB port, allowing simultaneous charging of up to seven devices on the move.

The plug-in hybrid will also get a seven-seat option, with Isofix points on each of the five rear seats.

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