The new fourth-generation Sorento joins Kia’s reinvigorated global SUV line-up, alongside the Seltos and Sportage, priced from $46,990 driveaway and spans six variants.
Available in entry level S, mid-spec Sport and Sport+, and range-topping GT-Line variants, the new Sorento offers the choice of a 3.5-litre V6 powered front-wheel drive model and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel all-wheel drive model.
As with all Kia models the Sorento is covered by the 7-Year unlimited kilometer Warranty, 7-Year Capped Price Service and 7-Year Roadside Assist.
2020 Kia Sorento Model Line-up and Pricing
ALL NEW Sorento 21MY
2WD S Petrol AT
2WD Sport Petrol AT
2WD Sport + Petrol AT
2WD GT-Line AT
4WD S Diesel DCT
4WD Sport Diesel DCT
4WD Sport + Diesel DCT
4WD GT-Line Diesel DCT
2020 Kia Sorento Technical Specification
|Diesel||2.2-litre / 148kW ‘Smartstream’ CRDi diesel|
|Type||Four cylinder turbocharged in-line|
|Capacity||2.2-litres, 2151 cc|
|Bore and stroke||83.0 x 99.4|
|Max power||148kW @ 3800 rpm|
|Max torque||440Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm|
|Valves||16 (four per cylinder)|
|Fuel system||Common rail direct injection|
|Petrol||3.5-litre / 200kW ‘Smartstream’ DOHC MPI Petrol|
|Capacity||3.5-litres, 3470 cc|
|Bore and stroke||92 x 87|
|Max power||200kW @ 6300 rpm|
|Max torque||332Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Valves||24 (four per cylinder)|
|Transmissions||Eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission (8DCT)||Eight-speed automatic transmission (8AT)|
|Diesel AWD||Petrol FWD|
|Suspension and damping|
|Front||Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar|
|Rear||Fully-independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar|
|Wheels and tyres|
|S||Alloy 17-inch, 235/65 R17 tyres|
|Sport||Alloy 18-inch, 235/60 R18 tyres|
|Sport+||Alloy 19-inch, 235/55 R19 tyres|
|GT-Line||Alloy 20-inch, 255/45 R20 tyres|
|Spare||Spare Full size alloy|
|*excluding door mirrors|
|1st row||2nd row||3rd row|
2020 Kia Sorento in the Details
The front of the new Sorento evolves with a new interpretation of Kia’s ‘tiger nose’ grille, displaying a wider shape which wraps around the integrated headlamps on each side. The headlamps themselves feature a new ‘tiger eye’ LED daytime running light.
This sharper, more assertive appearance is complemented by a wide, rectangular lower air intake, bookended by wing-shaped air curtains to channel air around the car. A sharp bumper lip is also capped with a skid plate, enhancing its robust appearance.
At the rear the Sorento adopts new vertical tail lamps which wrap around the side of the body. Trim on the lower rear bumper mimics the appearance of dual tailpipes and, like the front, features a skid plate to add to its tough SUV aesthetic.
The new model is 1900 mm wide and 4810 mm long, 10 mm wider and 10 mm longer than the previous model. Despite being longer, it features shorter front and rear overhangs. The additional length is found in the wheelbase (a result of the Sorento’s new platform), which has grown by 35 mm to 2,815 mm.
The new Sorento will be available in Australia with a choice of seven exterior paint finishes and 17-, 18-, 19- and 20-inch aluminium alloy wheels, depending on trim grade.
The interior of the fourth-generation Sorento represents a step-change in quality and design for Kia cabins. Claimed to be one of the highest quality interior spaces found in any Kia to-date, the intuitive, tech-oriented cabin of the new Sorento is fitted with premium-quality materials and a new infotainment system.
The 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster is twinned with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system at the centre of the dashboard, presenting information within the driver’s line of sight, and create an innovative wide-screen user experience.
The car’s many functions can also be controlled with new haptic buttons on either side of the screen, which also feature further down the dashboard for the climate control system. The focal point of the dashboard is the vertical ventilation stack, with a chrome-effect surround that extends onto the centre console below.
The cabin of the new Sorento subtly integrates a range of other technologies, including an available Mood Lighting system. A wireless smartphone charger also sits at the base of the centre console, while a powerful BOSE surround-sound system is also available to provide a more immersive in-car audio experience.
Material quality is enhanced, with a cabin that blends metallic trim, leather upholstery, and embossed satin-effect surfaces. In Australia the Sorento will be available (grade dependent) with embossed black cloth, leather appointed black cloth and black quilted Nappa leather.
The new Sorento is based on Kia’s new third-generation ‘N3’ midsize SUV platform. The structure and layout of the new platform means the Sorento is able to accommodate electrified powertrains for the first time.
The new platform is based around a compact engine bay structure and shorter front and rear overhangs, with a 35 mm longer wheelbase creating greater cabin space between the axles.
The Sorento offers generous space for seven passengers as well as one of the largest luggage capacities in its class – up to 821 litres.
Aided by the platform’s longer wheelbase, the second-row seats now slide up to 45 mm further, creating a wider point of entry to the third row with more space for feet and legs. There is also a new grab handle built into the interior trim inside the C-pillar, giving third-row passengers something to hold on to as they climb aboard.
Once seated, the third-row armrest has also been extended by 100 mm for greater elbow support, while incorporating a cupholder and smartphone tray.
The Sorento’s new four-cylinder 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 148kW and 440 Nm of torque. With a new aluminium block replacing the cast iron block of its predecessor, the new engine is 19.5 kg lighter compared to that found in the previous Sorento. It’s paired with Kia’s new eight-speed wet double-clutch transmission (8DCT). Designed to offer the smooth shifting characteristics of a conventional automatic, the 8DCT enhances fuel efficiency over a conventional eight-speed automatic by around 2 to 3%, depending on application.
New for the fourth generation, the latest Sorento model offers enhanced all-terrain capability over its forebears thanks to a new Terrain Mode. Paired with the optional all-wheel drive system, Terrain Mode makes the Sorento more capable in mud, snow and sand.
With each mode selectable from a dial on the centre console, Terrain Mode carefully controls the car’s standard electronic stability control (ESC), as well as the distribution of torque to all four wheels. It also adapts transmission shift times to help the car find and maintain traction in a range of driving environments.
Also available is a 3.5-litre V6 model with 200kW and 332Nm. The V6 engines drive the front wheels through an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Depending on specification, the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) range in the new Sorento includes Kia’s latest Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA) technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection. This also detects oncoming traffic when making a turn at a junction. The Sorento is also available with Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM), Surround View Monitor (SVM) and Blind-spot Collision-avoid Assist (BCA), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA), Smart Cruise Control with Stop&Go (SCC) and Navigation-based SCC (NSCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and Highway Driving Assist (HDA).