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The all-new Kia Sorento. Go boldly.

– New Sorento sits at the head of Kia’s comprehensive SUV line-up
– Stylish, modern exterior design, with a high-quality, high-tech cabin
– Greater levels of space and comfort, and a more enjoyable drive
– Progressive connectivity and driver-assistance features
– New ‘Terrain Mode’ enhances all-wheel-drive capability
– On sale in SA with a 6-year / 90,000km full maintenance plan

24 January 2022 – Powerful, progressive and versatile, the fourth generation of Kia’s large family SUV is designed and engineered to take on everything life throws at it. Raising standards in the class for space, efficiency and quality, the all-new Kia Sorento sits at the head of Kia’s South African SUV line-up, which also includes the Sonet, Seltos and the evergreen Sportage.

Gary Scott, CEO of Kia South Africa, comments: “The Sorento’s evolution over the last two decades echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. While the car was initially launched in 2002 as a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle, the fourth-generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable, and representing the perfect balance between premium quality features and value for money.”

The Sorento’s redefined exterior design – with sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions – gives it a more confident and mature presence. Inside, its attractive cabin also introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment  technologies, and a stunning new design.

The new Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation large SUV platform. Paired with a bigger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensures the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the road.

Furthermore, the Sorento’s innovative interior packaging means it can offer all this while accommodating Kia’s new ‘Smartstream’ diesel powertrain. As a result, the new model offers greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and higher performance than its predecessors.

This is one of Kia’s most advanced vehicles ever thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. Its user-friendly twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and smartphone connectivity.

A mainstay of Kia’s global line-up, more than three million Sorento models have been sold worldwide since it was launched in 2002.

More confident, mature and desirable

Stylish and modern, the new Sorento is the flagship for Kia’s reinvigorated SUV line-up in South Africa; the result of a collaborative design effort between Kia’s worldwide design network in South Korea, Europe and the USA.

The concept of ‘refined boldness’ inspired Kia’s designers, who sought to maintain the robust, tough-looking aesthetic of earlier generations of Sorento, while applying a greater degree of refinement and elegance, and even a sense of sportiness. Its bodywork incorporates sharp lines and creases – noticeably more sculpted than its more roundededged predecessor. With more contemporary geometric details and more swept back, elongated proportions, the result is a more confident, more mature and more desirable design than ever.

The front of the Sorento evolves with a new interpretation of Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger nose’ grille, displaying a wider shape which organically wraps around the integrated headlamps on each side. The headlamps themselves feature a new ‘tiger eyeline’ LED daytime running light, adding extra focus to the design by depicting the intense impression of the lines around a tiger’s eyes. 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. The new model is 1,900mm wide, 10mm wider than the third-generation Sorento.

In profile, the proportions of the Sorento are subtly adapted to make it appear longer. The new model is 10mm longer than its predecessor (now 4,810mm), yet 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 35mm to 2,815mm. This subtly adapts the visual character of the Sorento, making it look longer and ‘faster’, despite being 10mm taller. It also extends the length of the bonnet, drawing the A-pillar 30mm further back from the front axle. The trailing edge of the bonnet wraps around the front wings and turns into a single, strong character line which extends along the side of the Sorento and into the rear lamps.

Ever recognisable as a Sorento, it retains the characteristic wide D-pillar, substantial bodywork and clad wheel arches that have defined all three generations to date. It also adopts certain other design features from more recent Kia models, however, including a new dynamic shape on its C-pillar and sculpted body surfaces with sharp creases.

Inspired by the World Car of the Year-winning Telluride, the Sorento adopts new vertical tail lamps which wrap around the side of the body. Sharper lines in the bodywork echo the straight, technical appearance of the front of the car, with horizontal shapes used to make the vehicle appear wider and more imposing on the road. Trim on the sporty lower rear bumper embodies the appearance of dual tailpipes and, like the front, features a skid plate to add to its tough SUV aesthetic. The fourth-generation model follows other recent Kia models with the Sorento model name displayed centrally across the tailgate. A subtle integrated spoiler also conceals the rear wiper, resulting in a less fussy design and enhancing the driver’s view out of the back.

The new Sorento will be available in South Africa with a choice of 10 paint finishes, and the option of 18- or 19-inch aluminium alloy wheels depending on the trim grade.

Attractive, upscale cabin with premium materials and progressive tech

The interior of the fourth-generation Sorento represents a step-change in quality and design for Kia cabins. From the first-generation 2002 Kia Sorento, which provided occupants with a practical, robust and utilitarian space, the Sorento today provides owners with something altogether more striking, desirable and comfortable.

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 cutting-edge infotainment. At the same time, it retains the spaciousness and versatility that has characterised the Sorento over its two-decade existence.

The attractive, upscale cabin introduces a sophisticated next-generation design, based around twin digital displays in the dashboard. 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. These display information clearly 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 eyecatching 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 Lamp system. This emits soft ambient downlighting from beneath the dashboard and door trim, creating a lounge-like feeling and greater sense of space. 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. Applied throughout the interior and across the dashboard, the cabin boasts a more sophisticated appearance and ambience as a result. The Sorento is offered to buyers with standard black single-tone leather trim.

The pursuit of practicality: new platform maximises space and versatility

The new Sorento is based on Kia’s new third-generation ‘N3’ platform, providing superior space for people and cargo through more intelligent packaging.

The new platform is based around a compact engine bay structure and shorter front and rear overhangs, with a 35mm longer wheelbase creating greater cabin space between the axles. Not only does this enable the new model’s stylish, more swept-back design; the structure and layout of the new platform means the Sorento is able to accommodate electrified powertrains for the first time.

The Sorento offers generous space for up to seven passengers as well as one of the largest luggage capacities in its class – up to 821 litres with the third row stowed. This means the car can accommodate five people in comfort, and a significant amount of luggage. With all seven seats in place, boot space is also increased by 32% compared to its predecessor, to 187 litres. Controls in the side wall of the boot also let users fold down the second-row seat backs remotely at the touch of a button.

For passengers, the new platform maximises space in all three rows, offering more head-, leg- and shoulder-room than many rivals. In particular, the new platform has created a significant amount of extra legroom for first- and second-row occupants, as well as more headroom for third-row passengers.

The Sorento has always been popular with customers looking for practical third-row seating, and the new model makes life even easier for rear passengers. Aided by the platform’s longer wheelbase, the second-row seats now slide up to 45mm 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 100mm for greater elbow support, while incorporating a cupholder and smartphone tray.

Efficient, powerful new turbodiesel engine

A new four-cylinder, 2.2-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine is available in the fourth generation Sorento. The powerplant produces 148kW at 3,800 r/min and 440Nm of torque between 1,750 and 2,750 r/min. With a new aluminium block – 19.5 kg lighter than the cast iron block of its predecessor – the new engine is 38.2 kg lighter compared to that found in the thirdgeneration Sorento. Furthermore, it is 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, depending on application.

A more enjoyable, satisfying drive and enhanced all-terrain capability

The first-generation Sorento (2002-2009) was based on a ladder-frame chassis, with the second-generation model (2009-2015) – the first monocoque-based Sorento – marking a step change in the car’s on-road behaviour. Now, the new platform represents a similar leap forward, engineered to maximise driving stability in all environments.

The car now delivers an even more assured, comfortable ride and more satisfying,  enjoyable driving character than its predecessor, aided by heavily revised fully independent suspension. Engineers have sought to reduce the effect that road surface imperfections have on the body, and to reduce noise and vibrations through the suspension, while also improving body control and steering responses under cornering. This has been achieved with a series of geometry changes and new components, as well as improvements to the structure of the suspension system. The longer wheelbase also contributes to an overall improvement in cruising comfort, while the new bodyshell – with a 4% average increase to tensile strength throughout its structure – also results in lower body vibrations.

New for the fourth generation, the latest Sorento AWD models offer enhanced all-terrain capability over their forebears thanks to a new Terrain Mode. Paired with the 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.

The most high-tech Sorento yet: new connectivity and infotainment features

The new Sorento’s suite of technologies enhancing safety, connectivity and infotainment are designed to make travelling safer and less stressful while providing total ease of use.

Depending on specification (more details below), the cabin incorporates Kia’s latest 10.25- inch touchscreen infotainment system, offering audio-visual navigation, and a new 12.3 inch high-resolution digital instrument cluster. Combined, the two twin digital displays deliver information to the driver with absolute clarity. All infotainment systems enable full, seamless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The infotainment system also allows Bluetooth smartphone pairing for two phones concurrently, enabling separate phones to be used for, for instance, phone calls and music, while front passengers can also plug in their mobile devices via two USB chargers. For second-row passengers, two USB charging sockets are integrated into the backs of the two front seats, with a third found at the rear of the front-row centre console. Both third-row passengers also have their own charging points, meaning all seven passengers can keep their mobile device charged – the perfect measure to maintain harmony in a full car during longer journeys.

The Sorento is also available with a head-up display, which projects driving information onto the base of the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight. The system displays alerts from the car’s numerous driver assistance technologies, details of vehicle speed, and turn-by-turn navigation instructions.

A powerful 12-speaker BOSE surround-sound audio system is also available, delivering a more immersive sound to all three rows.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

The Sorento offers higher levels of standard-fitment active and passive safety than many of its rivals thanks to an enhanced range of driver-assistance systems. Kia’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) help to reduce many of the inherent hazards and stresses of driving, protecting occupants and other road users on every journey.

Depending on specification, the 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 Blindspot View Monitor (BVM), Around View Monitor (AVM) and Blindspot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA), Smart Cruise Control (SCC), Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

The Sorento is fitted with six airbags (dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor). All Sorento models are equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Electronic Stability Control systems to help drivers maintain control under braking and cornering.

The new Sorento also implements Kia’s first Multi-Collision Brake system, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions. It automatically applies vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial collision, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts.

The Sorento’s body is made up of a blend of steel and aluminium, maximising torsional rigidity while keeping weight low. The bodyshell construction features a higher proportion of Advanced High-Strength Steel and hot-stamped steel components than its predecessor. The blend of High-Strength Steel enhances occupant safety, giving it torsional rigidity 12.5% higher than the perceived ‘safety leader’ in the Sorento’s segment – yet the strengthening to the bodyshell construction renders it 5.6% (21.3kg) lighter than that of its predecessor. Furthermore, the more rigid bodyshell reduces road vibrations in everyday use.

The range in more details

The all-new Sorento is offered in three distinct trim levels. The entry point to the line-up is EX+ available in both 2WD and AWD configurations. Feature highlights on the EX+, to name but a few, include:

  • 8,0” touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Auto lights and wipers
  • Auto-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Drive Mode Select and Terrain Mode Select (AWD derivative)
  • Rear sunshade blinds
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support
  • Electric tailgate operation
  • Leather trim
  • LED headlamps
  • Smart Entry with push-button start
  • PDC front and rear with rear-view camera
  • 18” aluminium alloy wheels
  • 6 airbags
  • ESC plus Hill-start Assist Control
  • Downhill Brake Control
  • Trailer Stability Assist

Building on the comprehensive features available at the entry point into the Sorento range,
the mid-spec SX AWD model adds:

  • 10.25” touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 12.3” TFT Supervision instrument cluster
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Mood Lamp
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • 19” aluminium alloy wheels
  • Rear Seat Check Alert
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blindspot Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Blindspot Monitor
  • Around View Monitor

Finally, the Sorento is offered in comprehensive, flagship SXL AWD specification, which
above the SX’s tally offers the following:

  • Driver Memory Power Seat with cushion extension
  • BOSE surround sound with 12 speakers
  • Dual LED headlamps (high and low beam)
  • LED rear combination lamps
  • Head-up display
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Smart Cruise Control

Manufactured in Korea for the world

Like its predecessor, the new Sorento will be built for South Africa and many other global
markets at Kia’s Hwasung manufacturing facility in Korea.

Model Recommended Retail Price incl. VAT
Sorento 2.2 CRDi 7-Seater EX+ 2WD 8DCT R809,995
Sorento 2.2 CRDi 7-Seater EX+ AWD 8DCT R849,995
Sorento 2.2 CRDi 7-Seater SX AWD 8DCT R914,995
Sorento 2.2 CRDi 7-Seater SXL AWD 8DCT R988,995


All Sorento models ship as standard with Kia’s industry-leading Unlimited Kilometre, 5-year warranty (inclusive of roadside assistance), as well as a 6-year / 90,000 km maintenance plan. The latter is a comprehensive package that covers a number of components at no cost to the owner over and above a standard service plan, including (but not limited to) brake pads, discs and linings; shock absorbers, battery; clutch; cambelt; various belts; globes and fuses.

The all-new Sorento range is on sale across Kia South Africa’s national dealer network immediately, with SXL models available from March 2022.

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