• Updated third-generation flagship SUV for Kia in the UK, now available at Roadside (Garages) Limited in Coleraine
• New GT-Line and GT-Line S variants add a sporty flourish
• New eight-speed auto gearbox replaces former six-speed unit
• Priced from £28,995
Kia Motors (UK) Ltd’s flagship SUV, the stylish seven-seat Sorento, has a subtly sportier look for 2018 with the introduction of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants and the availability of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Pricing for the range starts at £28,995, with the ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ versions available at Roadside (Garages) Limited for £36,495 and £41,995 respectively.
The eight-speed auto replaces the previous six-speed unit and is offered in four of the seven Sorento models. It is standard with ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ and optional with ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions.
Ian Lamont, Sales Manager at Roadside Kia commented: “We invite customers to Roadside Kia to view our new and improved Kia Sorento. Packed with state-of-the-art safety and convenience technologies, the Sorento is the SUV with a difference. We look forward to welcoming customers into the dealership for a test drive.”
Economy with the new auto gearbox is improved compared with the previous automatic, while CO2 emissions are also cut. The eight-speed gearbox was designed and engineered in-house and offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the Sorento's electronic Drive Mode Select. Drivers can leave the car to shift for itself, or change gears with steering wheel-mounted paddles in ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’.
All versions are available at Roadside (Garages) Limited and are seven-seat SUVs which are able to drive all four wheels through an intelligent four-wheel-drive system. Depending on the model, the Sorento features state-of-the-art safety and convenience technologies, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Around View Monitoring, Driver Alert Warning and Speed Limit Information Function.
The Sorento also features a Dynamax intelligent electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system from Magna Powertrain. It continuously monitors driving conditions and anticipates when all-wheel drive will be needed, whereas other systems react only to changing conditions. With Dynamax, the Sorento is always in the correct drive mode for the prevailing circumstances.
‘KX-1’, ‘KX-2’ and ‘KX-3’ versions remain unchanged, save for the introduction of Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration into the infotainment system. Both allow access to music, navigation and hands-free calls and texts when linked with a smartphone. All versions have a digital DAB radio compatible with MP3 players and Bluetooth with music streaming.
As Kia’s flagship SUV in the UK, the Sorento has executive-class space and versatility to match its executive-class style, quality and refinement. The car immediately began reaping design awards in 2015. It received the prestigious IF Design Award in Germany, with the international jury recognising not only its aesthetics but also its finish, innovation, environmental impact and safety. The Sorento thus became the seventh Kia to receive an IF Design Award.
All models have Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system to ensure that no fuel is used and no emissions are released when the car comes to a halt. This helps to improve both air quality and noise levels in urban areas.
All versions have Trailer Stability Assist to make towing safer and continuously monitors vehicle stability, gently applying some front braking force to the relevant side of the vehicle if it detects a potential loss of control. The Sorento has been awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests, and is available now at Roadside (Garages) Limited.
The standard body colour is Rich Espresso, but all versions can also be ordered in Midnight Black, Platinum Silver and Graphite, while all but the entry-level ‘KX-1’ offer White Pearl and Gravity Blue paint finishes.