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The new Kia Sorento flagship model, the Kia Sorento 2.2CRDI EX AWD

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The new Kia Sorento flagship model, the Kia Sorento 2.2CRDI EX AWD, was launched in October 2018 and is already in a class of its own in the large SUV category

The Sorento, which is the big brother of the popular Kia Sportage, has a host of incredible features. At first glance, the car has a confident stance and exudes the promise that it means business. This is confirmed once you enter the vehicle. The dashboard is well-designed and is extremely user-friendly with all the controls within easy operating distance, as well as being clear and concise. The interior is extremely roomy with seating featuring a seven-seater configuration covered in very classy leather upholstery. Features include 40/20/40 second row split folding seats with high folding centre armrests. The seatbacks can be remotely folded by conveniently located levers in the cargo bay, which is also extremely spacious. A total of 605 litres of luggage space is available with an undercover tonneau cover storage compartment and integrated cargo net for loose items.

The enhanced KIA Sorento looks similar to the previous model, but with a revised front end and a sharper exterior design. The new radiator grille is better detailed and is flanked by a new headlamp configuration with projection headlamps and revised LED daytime running lamps. A new bumper design with projection-type fog lamps gives the Sorento an aggressive overall expression. The rear has also been upgraded with a new bumper, sleeker tail lights and a revised tailgate. Overall, the new Sorento has a more refined and upgraded look, making it stand out from its competitors.

The Sorento is certainly one of the best in terms of its specifications and driving experience. When settling into the driver’s seat, the excellent build quality and features set this vehicle apart from its competitors. Features also include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, automatic headlamp control, auto folding and heated side mirrors, all-round electric windows with USB ports in the front and rear. An auto defog system was also featured in the vehicle, along with an illuminated door scuff plate and rear sun shade blinds.

Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support in the driver’s seat add to the driveability of the vehicle. A wireless smartphone charger is also standard. An eight-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation is also featured. Your favourite radio station can be sourced through the car radio or through your mobile device. Six speakers ensure the sound is excellent for all passengers.

The new Sorento is fitted with the 2.2-litre “R” turbo diesel engine as in the previous model. This versatile engine is renowned for its excellent mid- and low-range torque. Even with a full load, the power can be felt from pull-off, when you need to accelerate to overtake or in emergencies. With 147kw/3800rpm and max torque of 440Nm between 1750 and 2750rpm, there is ample power for every situation. Acceleration to 100km/h is reached in a very respectable 9.4 seconds. The eight-speed automatic gearbox ensures the engine operates at optimal revs, whatever the requirements are. This gearbox delivers a smooth drive whilst reducing emissions, and is more efficient than the previous six-speed version. The gearbox offers Eco, Comfort, Sport and Smart modes, each designed to optimise the performance of the car.

Safety wise, the Sorrento offers a host of safety features, which you would expect in a vehicle of this calibre. ABS, Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), as well as six airbags, are also included as well as ISOFIX child seat anchors. The electronic windows automatically stop if an obstruction is sensed.

Electronic stability control (ESC) and hill start assist are standard as is park distance control. A reverse camera is displayed in the eight-inch monitor on the dashboard to assist in difficult parking situations.

The Sorento comes standard with KIA’s industry-leading unlimited kilometre five-year warranty as well as a five-year/ 
100 000km service plan and three years’ roadside assistance.

The KIA Sorento is certainly a state-of-the-art SUV designed to be the ultimate in comfort and versatility. This vehicle is certainly way ahead of its game. 

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