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Kia Sorento (2020): New generation can be ordered from 41,419 euros

The current, third generation of the mid-range SUV from Kia, the Sorento, has been on the market since 2014. After six years, the fourth generation is coming. There were teaser pictures of the interior as early as February 2020, the first photos and information about the drives followed in March and the car can now be ordered. Prices start at 41,419 euros; the details can be found in a table below.

Dimensions and optics

At 4.80 meters, the expiring generation was about ten centimeters longer than a Skoda Kodiaq, but the wheelbase of 2.78 meters was one centimeter shorter than this one. In the new generation, the length only increases by one centimeter, but the wheelbase by 3.5 centimeters to now 2.81 meters.

The bonnet has also been lengthened, as the A-pillar has been set back by 30 millimeters compared to the front axle, which means that the passenger cell is positioned further back. The aim of the modifications was to make the Sorento appear more elongated. The designers seem to have achieved this:

In comparison, the new design of the C-pillar is also striking; here now a shark fin protrudes from below into the window. The previously curved metal fold in the lower area of ​​the doors is now straight.

Like the side view, the front now also looks more angular. The new headlights now connect practically seamlessly with the "tiger nose" grill, the design of the front apron makes the car appear wider. There is also an angled daytime running light under the headlights.

The rear looks much more angular than before. The lights are now oriented vertically, underneath there are slot-shaped air outlets, which are also oriented more vertically. In Europe, the new Sorento is available with up to ten paint finishes and, depending on the version and special equipment, with 17, 18, 19 and, for the first time, 20-inch alloy wheels.


The designers have also ensured more straight lines and more optical width in the cockpit. This can be seen in the frame of the infotainment display in the center of the cockpit, for example. As on the teaser pictures of the interior, you can also see the new rotary knob that replaces the automatic lever:

The infotainment display measures 10.25 inches. In addition, there is a new 12.3-inch instrument display as standard, which can also be seen in the pictures:

Use the links below to see the Sorento interior from a 360-degree perspective, both front and rear.

Space for five- and seven-seaters

As before, the Sorento is available as a five- and seven-seater. According to Kia, the fourth model generation is based on a new platform designed to improve the space available. The trunk volume is up to 910 liters for the five-seater, and up to 821 liters for the seven-seater with the third row of seats folded (values ​​for the diesel; hybrid: up to 902 and 813 liters, respectively).

If more storage space is required, the second row of seats can be folded down remotely from the luggage compartment. When the third row of seats in the seven-seater is in use, the luggage compartment on the diesel model holds 187 liters (plus 32 percent compared to the previous model) and 179 liters on the hybrid variant.

Here is an overview of all the important dimensions and weights of the new Kia Sorento:

length4,810 mm
Width (without exterior mirrors)1,900 mm
height1,695 mm
wheelbase2,815 mm
Overhang in front930 mm
Rear overhang1,065 mm
Ground clearance176 mm (diesel), 174 mm (hybrid)
Trunk volume187-2,100 liters (diesel), 179-2,085 liters (hybrid)
Empty weight1,715-1,819 kg (diesel), 1,741-1,847 kg (hybrid)
Trailer load2,500 kg (diesel), 1,650 kg (hybrid)

Drives: a diesel, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid

The new Sorento is still offered with a 2.2-liter diesel. With 202 hp and 440 Newton meters of torque, the new unit also has practically the same data as before. So far, a choice of six-speed gearbox and eight-speed automatic has been offered, in future the Sorento Diesel will always have the new eight-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT8).

Picture gallery: Kia Sorento (2020)

Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available as an option. According to Kia, the all-wheel-drive versions have a new "Terrain Mode" system, which should help the SUV to achieve better traction on muddy, sandy or snowy surfaces. The all-wheel drive mode that best suits the respective conditions can be set using the rotary control.

So far, the diesel was the only drive option in the Sorento. The new generation also has a new one for the first time Smartstream-Hybrid drive. This combines a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine with a 44 kW electric motor (in the gearbox) and a lithium-ion polymer battery, which can only store 1.5 kWh of energy.

The entire system mobilizes 230 hp and 350 Newton meters of torque, the power transmission takes over a six-speed automatic. The drive battery is integrated into the vehicle floor in such a way that the space is not reduced, promises Kia. With the hybrid drive, the Sorento can sprint to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds.

The new hybrid drive based on the 1.6 T-GDI

As a third variant, Kia has announced a "powerful plug-in hybrid drive", which will supplement the range in Europe at the beginning of 2021. There should also be more gasoline engines. Kia has not yet commented on this in detail, but the drive range is likely to vary depending on the market.

At the start of the order there are only diesel and hybrid drives. Here is an overview of the prices:

Edition 7visionSpiritPlatinum
2.2 CRDi 2WD DCT841,419 euros44,148 euros48,047 euros-
2.2 CRDi AWD DCT8-46,098 euros49.996,9754.383,53
Hybrid 2WD Autom.42,394 euros45,123 euros49,022 euros-
Hybrid AWD Autom..47,073 euros50,972 euros54,871 euros

Assistance systems

A total of 13 assistance systems for the new Sorento are mentioned by Kia. Number 14 is the traffic jam assistant (Lane Follow Assist, LFA). Here Kia offers a "Level 2" technology for autonomous driving. The system recognizes the lane markings and keeps the vehicle in the middle of its lane. In addition, it uses radar sensors to orient itself to the traffic ahead and accelerates, brakes and steers while the driver monitors the area around the vehicle. The assistant works at speeds from zero to 180 kilometers per hour.

The active blind spot assistant with monitor display is also interesting. The images from the side cameras are shown on the instrument display. With the remote parking assistant, the driver can control his Sorento remotely with a key and drive it out of a parking space autonomously. An exit assistant prevents the rear doors from being opened if a cyclist or other vehicle approaches from behind.

More about the new Sorento:

The new Sorento for the European market will be produced in Hwasung, South Korea, and will start in Germany on October 10, 2020. The car will then be at the dealership; As mentioned, it can be ordered immediately. The 7-year Kia manufacturer's guarantee includes the drive battery of the hybrid model.

Gallery: Kia Sorento (2020): First official photos