Bookings Open: All You Need to Know About the Kia Sorento SUV

The Kia Sorento is now officially available for booking in Pakistan and was officially unveiled at the Kia PowerPlay event where car journalists were invited to take a close look at the car. Needless to say, the entire community of auto enthusiasts is abuzz with the news of the new, big SUV due to its imposing presence and impressive performance.

The Kia Sorento is a mid-size, 7-seater SUV that has been introduced in Pakistan in its third-generation form, and will be sold as a locally assembled vehicle and a contender to the Toyota Fortuner.

Although the other markets have received the fourth generation Sorento, the third-generation model is still being sold in most of the markets where Kia operates.

Here’s what the Sorento has to offer:

Design

Although the design is not particularly radical, it seems to work in the SUV’s favor as the smooth silhouette and clean design exude an understated yet elegant look. The front has an attractive pair of LED projector headlights with sleek DRLs, modern-looking and effective foglights at the bottom, a smooth bumper, and Kia’s trademark tiger-nose grille for a touch of aggressiveness.

The side profile resembles that of any other crossover SUV, but the 18-inch alloys and chrome trim around the car enhance its subdued albeit smart look.


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Kia has maintained its simplistic approach with a nice and clean look at the back that features an impressive pair of taillights, a stylish rear bumper with a pair of reflectors on either side, a neat diffuser at the bottom, and an exhaust that is not overly stylized. Overall, the Sorento makes for a very handsome-looking SUV.

Interior

As is customary with Kia, the interior has a familiar layout and look. All the materials are of remarkable quality, and the design is intuitive and attractive. Some might find the dash design to be a bit too simple, but the layout is easy, and the fit and finish look impeccable.

With 3-row seating for seven passengers, the cabin is pleasant, roomy, and airy, which makes sitting at the back a comfortable experience.

Performance

The PowerPlay event even offered the attendees a riding experience. The vehicle that did the track run with enthusiasts on board was a 3.5 liter V6 Sorento variant that was highly praised for its impressive and agile performance. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine also amazed the enthusiasts with its mild off-roading talents.

Following are the performance specs of the Sorento:

Specs 2.4 FWD 2.4 AWD 3.5 V6 FWD
Performance
Engine 2.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine 2.4-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Horsepower 170 170 276
Torque 225 225 336
Gearbox 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Suspension Mcpherson Struts Upfront | Multilink Coil Springs Outback Mcpherson Struts Upfront | Multilink Coil Springs Outback Mcpherson Struts Upfront | Multilink Coil Springs Outback
Brakes 17″ Discs Upfront | 16″  Discs Outback w/ABS 17″ Discs Upfront | 16″  Discs Outback w/ABS 17″ Discs Upfront | 16″  Discs Outback w/ABS
Drive Modes Comfort + Eco + Sport Comfort + Eco + Sport Comfort + Eco + Sport + Smart
Features

All the variants of the Sorento have plenty of modern tech and safety features as follows:

Specs 2.4 FWD 2.4 AWD 3.5 V6 FWD
Exterior
Wheels Alloys Alloys Alloys
Panoramic Sunroof Yes Yes Yes
DRLs Yes Yes Yes
Puddle Lamps Yes Yes Yes
Headlights Bi-Function Projector Units with Automatic Adjustment Bi-Function Projector Units with Automatic Adjustment Bi-Function Projector Units with Automatic Adjustment
Taillights LED Combination Lamp LED Combination Lamp LED Combination Lamp
Side Mirrors Electrically Foldable + Adjustable + Heated Electrically Foldable + Adjustable + Heated Electrically Foldable + Adjustable + Heated
Foglights LED LED LED
Door Handles Chrome Chrome Chrome
Roof-Rack Yes Yes Yes
Safety
Airbags Driver + Passenger Driver + Passenger + Side + Curtain Driver + Passenger + Side + Curtain
Stability Control Yes Yes Yes
Brake Assist Yes Yes Yes
Hill Start Assist Yes Yes Yes
ISO Fix Child Seat Anchors Yes Yes Yes
Parking Sensors Front and Rear Front and Rear Front and Rear
Convenience
Interior Trim Leather Leather Leather
Infotainment System 7″ Touch Sensitive Screen with Radio + Rearview Camera + Multimedia 7″ Touch Sensitive Screen with Radio + Rearview Camera + Multimedia 7″ Touch Sensitive Screen with Radio + Rearview Camera + Multimedia
Steering Switches Multimedia+ Call + Cruise Control Multimedia+ Call + Cruise Control Multimedia+ Call + Cruise Control
Connectivity Bluetooth (Front) + AUX (Front) + USB (Front and Rear) Bluetooth (Front) + AUX (Front) + USB (Front and Rear) Bluetooth (Front) + AUX (Front) + USB (Front and Rear)
Wireless Charging No Yes Yes
Climate Control Auto Dual-Z0ne+ 3-Row Vents + Air Purifier Auto Dual-Z0ne+ 3-Row Vents + Air Purifier Auto Dual-Z0ne+ 3-Row Vents + Air Purifier
Seat Adjustment Electrically Powered (Driver) Electrically Powered (Driver+Passengers) Electrically Powered (Driver+Passengers)
Power Door locks Yes Yes Yes
Cruise Control Yes Yes Yes
Rain Sensing Wipers Yes Yes Yes
Auto Defogger Yes Yes Yes
Power Tailgate No Yes Yes

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Price

Kia has once again won the favor of auto enthusiasts by introducing the Sorento at a market competitive price. The prices of all variants of the Sorento are as follows:

Kia Sorento Variants Booking Price (PKR) Ex-Factory Price (PKR)
2.4 Liter FWD 2,500,000 6,999,000
2.4 Liter AWD 2,500,000 7,999,000
3.5 Liter V6 FWD 2,500,000 8,399,000

 

With these features being offered at the said price point, the Kia Sorento is a strong contender in the Pakistani market. Although it is still too early to declare Sorento’s fate as it has just been launched, it can be said with certainty that with the aforementioned features and price, Kia is likely to give its competitors a run for their money.


  • The Kia Sorento is now officially available for booking in Pakistan and was officially unveiled at the Kia PowerPlay event where car journalists were invited to take a close look at the car. Needless to say, the entire community of auto enthusiasts is abuzz with the news of the new, big SUV due to its imposing presence and impressive performance.

  • I dont know why they have not introduced the new shape of KIA 2021.
    May be selling the older design to finish the stock first.


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