Recently in stock at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is the very latest model from Kia; the Sorento.
The all-new Kia Sorento is the third-generation of a car that has already changed the way that people perceive the South Korean car manufacturer, and Kia are confident that not only will that be continued but that the new model will build on its consistent appeal to a diverse range of customers. Better equipped, more refined, more stylish and more technologically advanced than ever before; with six versions (in four trim levels) of what has quickly become Kia’s UK flagship available, Kia are confident of success.
Each of those six Sorento versions are powered by an EU6-compliant 2.2-litre R-family turbodiesel engine that is not only better for the environment but also more fuel-efficient - meaning lower running costs and a clearer conscience.
Featuring a new, fourth-generation common-rail fuel injection system with increased injection pressure, there is also a new intake manifold with electronic swirl control and a revised exhaust gas filtration system that work together to re-circulate clean, cool, low-pressure exhaust gas. This, along with a particulate filter with an acoustic shield and a lean NOx trap in the exhaust system helps the R-family diesel engine boast a clean and efficient operation better than before.
When it comes to power and performance, the engine now develops 197bhp (an increase of 3bhp) and 441Nm of torque (plus 19Nm), so you can take the new Kia Sorento both on- and off-road with ease, helped by a vibration-reducing balancer shaft.
And those acceleration figures you are looking for take the Sorento from 0-62mph in just 9.0 seconds (auto 9.6 seconds) right up to a top speed of 124mph.
For the first time ever in a Kia car, both the automatic models and manual models feature Kia's Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) engine stop/start system, with the automatic versions also benefitting from Kia’s Active ECO feature, which adjusts the operation of the engine and transmission to ensure maximum fuel economy whilst driving.
Making use of these two features, it's no wonder that the new Kia Sorento offers lower fuel consumption and emissions than ever before with manual models on 17" wheels quoting a combined economy of 49.6mpg with CO2 emissions of only 149g/km, while automatics flag up 42.2mpg and 177g/km.
Back in 2006 Kia's new Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer initiated an overhaul of the design of all Kia motors. The new Sorento is the flagship model for Phase II of that re-design, as move away from perceptions of merely VFM towards customer expectations for engineering, technology, refinement and quality.
The new Sorento is bigger than before and boasts that the executive-class style, quality and refinement that it always had is now matched by executive-class space and versatility. Longer, lower and wider than before, inside headroom and legroom have been increased (in all three rows of seats) with up to 90 litres more luggage capacity.
But that all doesn't mean a heavier-looking car at all: in fact Kia has managed to pull off that fine balance between a gentrifies saloon look and the off-road ruggedness so beloved of SUV drivers.
The familiar D-pillar Sorento design shape remains, but there is now a sleeker look to the profile with deep and sculptured surfaces, a lower roof, rising belt line and pronounced rear shoulders emphasizing the SUV-ness.
Wrap-around, frame-integrated side doors not only open wider whilst fitting snugly into the silhouette, but also help keep seals completely free of dirt and moisture thrown up from the road; and at the back there is a highly sculpted registration plate housing to finish off the look.
Good looks are not confined to the outside, with the new Sorento's interior the first recipient of a design created under Kia’s new Global Quality Strategy, which specifies the quality of not only materials and technology used, but the fit and finish too!
The Sorento designers spent a lot of time on the whole of the cabin's architecture in a (successful) effort to show off its increased quality, space and practicality. For example; the shape of the bottom of the windscreen has been designed to emphasise the car’s width; the sculpted lines ooze solidity, originality and modernity; and all switches and buttons have been grouped together according to function and ergonomics.
The new Kia Sorento features a standard instrument cluster with clear, stylish, white-on-black graphics which, when available in both KX-3 and KX-4 versions is replaced by a seven-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display; just to make the design and internal aesthetics even stronger.
So strong, in fact, that the new Sorento has already received the prestigious IF Design Award in Germany; the seventh Kia to receive such an award.
So, armed with the knowledge that the new Sorento is a good-looking, stylish, fuel-efficient and ecologically sound car, you will want to know how it drives.
Featuring the Dynamax all-wheel-drive system (first seen in Kia’s compact SUV, the Sportage) and Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), you can be assured that your drive will not only be safe but comfortable too.
Kia engineers have worked hard on the new Sorento to make sure that the car delivers more of a luxury-car ride when required, yet at the same time make it a more engaging and precise journey by making use of the new suspension systems at the front and rear, and the rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) - a first for KIA SUV models. which delivers sharper response and greater precision.
Three steering modes are available with Drive Mode Select with the automatic versions - from comfort to sport - and the designers and engineers have also made a very conscious effort to extinguish unwanted noise and vibration in the cabin in an attempt to add refinement to the model. By making the car shell 14% stiffer by using more high-strength steel in its construction, and by adding in insulating pads in the dashboard, transmission tunnel and around the front wheel arch and wing areas, this has been achieved with the minimum of fuss.
There are four trim grades (KX-1, KX-2, KX-3 and KX-4), all of which feature seven seats with a 40:20:40 split in the middle row and a 50:50 split in the rear; and both the KX-2 and KX-3 offer the option of a six-speed automatic gearbox (standard on the KX-4) in place of the six-speed manual.
And, depending on model, the new Sorento features a number of highly advanced new safety and convenience that includes; Adaptive Smart Cruise Control, Speed Limit Information, Around View Monitoring, Cross Traffic Alert, Smart Park Assist System, Lane Departure Warning with Blind Spot Detection, and self-dimming Adaptive Front Lighting.
Find out more about our leasing offers on the new model Kia Sorento KX-1.
When it comes to the KX-2, you can add in (or upgrade to) chrome exterior door handles, a side sill chrome garnish, automatic light and wiper control, black leather/faux leather upholstery, heated front and outer rear seats, dual automatic air conditioning in place of standard air conditioning, 7” touchscreen sat-nav with European mapping and Traffic Messaging (TMC), a reversing camera linked to the touchscreen and self-levelling suspension (no-cost delete option).
To this, the KX-3 adds a panoramic sunroof with automatic one-touch blinds, xenon headlights with automatic levelling, the Adaptive Front Lighting, 8’’ touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping and TMC, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, alloy pedals, an engine start/stop button and smart entry system, a smart powered tailgate, an Infinity premium sound system, a 7” TFT LCD colour instrument display, the Lane Departure Warning system and Speed Limit information.
And, right at the top of the tree, is the luxurious KX-4 which features such extra specification as a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with four-way powered lumbar adjustment and an eight-way adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, the 360-degree Around View Monitor, the Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The new Kia Sorento is available for leasing at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts. Check out some of the great deals on offer here.