2020 Kia Sorento SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
All-new Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV gets the option of hybrid power for the first time...
On sale: Autumn | Price from: £33,000 (est)
Whether you’re picking up a new car or looking to watch an Oscar-winning movie, now is a good time to buy Korean. The country’s latest export is the new Kia Sorento, which, like the e-Niro electric SUV and Picanto city car before it, will be aiming to jump straight to class-leader status.
As well as a strikingly refreshed exterior design, the Sorento is based on all-new underpinnings, meaning it should be both better to drive and more spacious than before. The Sorento also benefits from advances in both engine technology and safety – the latter of which Kia says is now superior to that of all the Sorento’s rivals, which include our favourite large SUV, the Peugeot 5008, and the Skoda Kodiaq.
2020 Kia Sorento space and interior
The new Sorento is just 3.5cm longer than the outgoing car, but interior space promises to be significantly increased, notably in the second row of seats, where knee room is increased by up to 9cm. As with the outgoing model, UK cars will be sold with seven seats as standard and middle-row seats that slide and recline. With the rearmost seats folded away and the middle row pushed all the way forward, 910 litres of space is available in the boot – vastly more than rivals. Even with that middle row pushed backwards, then, expect the new Sorento to swallow both people and luggage efficiently.
Inside, the Sorento now features a 10.25in infotainment touchscreen, linked to a new digital instrument panel. Fortunately for usability, the climate controls are adjusted via buttons rather than being on the touchscreen.
2020 Kia Sorento engines
At launch, the Sorento will be available with either a 199bhp 2.2-litre diesel or a 227bhp petrol-electric hybrid option, which mates a 1.6-litre petrol engine to a 59bhp electric motor and a small, 1.5kWh battery.
A plug-in hybrid option will follow shortly afterwards, with a combined 261bhp on offer from the petrol engine and electric motor. Its battery capacity will be 16.6kWh. Buyers will have a choice of front or four-wheel drive, except with the plug-in hybrid, which will be four-wheel drive only.
2020 Kia Sorento equipment and price
Among the upgraded suite of driver assistance systems on offer in the Sorento are an improved cruise control system that automatically adjusts the car’s speed based on information from the sat-nav, plus a self-parking function using the key fob, parking sensors that will automatically brake the car before it hits anything, and a blindspot monitoring system that uses door mirror-mounted cameras to project images of what’s alongside the car onto the dashboard.
Prices are expected to rise by around 10% compared with those of the existing Sorento, suggesting a starting price of around £33,000.
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