2021 Kia Sorento, the next-generation seven-seat SUV comes equipped with the safety, technology and comfort that’s best in the segment albeit with carryover engines and higher price tags. Well, let’s quickly look at what upgrades Kia Sorento for sale obtains, and assess vital areas of the vehicle such as design, interior, engine, safety and price.
The design is the outcome of joint efforts between Kia’s studios in Korea, North America and Europe. The makers of Kia Sorento claims that all-new 2021 Sorento is its “Most forward-looking car ever, which has become a reality due to its progressive driver assistance, infotainment technologies and connectivity”.
In Australia, Kia Sorento offered in seven exterior paint finish choices along with new 17-inch, 18-inch, 19-inch and 20-inch alloy wheel designs.
The flagship Sorento borrows the same SUV design language that’s in use across the upcoming Seltos, Stonic and Sportage. The new car adorns a “more aggressive face” with the recent rendering of the brand’s tiger-nose grille that has broader coverage around the integrated headlamps on each side. Headlamps feature an all-new ‘tiger eye’ LED daytime running light, which imparts “added focus to the design by portraying the intense impression of the lines around a tiger’s eyes.” The dimensions have changed, thanks to shorter front and rear projections and a bigger wheelbase.
Kia Sorento’s cabin offers best in class interior spaces when compared to any of the other brand’s cars till date. Thanks to the new ‘N3’ midsize SUV platform, passengers in the first-row and second-row get generous legroom, as well as more headroom for occupants in the third-row along with 821-litre large boot space.
A 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen paired to a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and you can control many functions of the car with new haptic buttons given on either side of the screen, which also features a climate control system further down the dashboard.
Depending on Sorento variant, the cabin also gets a wireless smartphone charger, a Bose surround-sound system and mood lighting system. Kia, heading towards a more refined visual appeal, so it has improved the material quality with updated metallic trim, leather upholstery and embossed stain-effect surfaces. Again depending upon the variant, the Kia Sorento will be offered in Australia with leather-appointed black cloth, black quilted Nappa leather and embossed black cloth.
The 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine carried over and paired with a 6-speed torque converter automatic that generates 206kW of power and 336Nm of torque, and will drive the front wheels. Besides, an upgraded 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 148kW of power and 440Nm of torque, paired to Kia’s new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Moreover, local diesel models likely to continue with all-wheel drive.
Under the hood, the Sorento gets heavily upgraded fully-independent suspension to curtail the impact that road imperfections throw at the body. Besides, it aids in lowering vibrations and noise that comes through the suspension and enhances handling, control and steering responses while cornering. Moreover, the all-wheel-drive variants will also get a new Terrain Mode that makes the Kia Sorento more capable in mud and sand.
The all-new 2021 Kia Sorento features a centre airbag between the front seats, one of the total eight airbags and the first in the segment. Sorento gets independent emergency braking with support for rear cross-traffic alert, oncoming vehicles in intersections, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and multi-collision brake technology that automatically holds brake pressure after the airbags are deployed in a collision to avert a likely secondary impact.
The topmost variant GT-Line obtains Remote Smart Parking Assist feature, which is first in the segment. This feature allows Sorento GT-Line buyers to move their vehicle backwards or forwards in a straight line with the assistance of the key fob, standing close to the car.
Depending on the 2021 Kia Sorento variant, price expected to rise to $3900.
- The entry-level ‘S’ variant powered by the petrol V6 engine priced around $47,000* drive-away while the 4-cylinder diesel engine priced around $50,000* drive-away.
- The next variant is the Sport, which priced around $50,000* drive-away for the petrol while the diesel-powered engine is up for grabs for $53,000* drive-away.
- Above the Sport variant, sits the Sport+, priced around $54,400* drive-away for the V6 petrol engine while 2.2-litre powered turbo-diesel priced around $57,400* drive-away.
- Top-end variant GT-Line priced around $62,000* drive-away for the petrol engine while $65,000* drive-away for the diesel engine.
You can check the latest offers on New Kia Cars at Rockdale City Kia – an authorised Kia car dealer in Sydney.
*Please note that these prices form a part of Kia’s launch drive-away offer, so only private buyers can avail them!