NEW Kia Sorento finally hits SA

After much hype around the Hyundai Santa Fe, its sister vehicle is finally available on the local market. But, it’s not a brand new model. The facelift includes changes to the styling, LED lights, bumpers and wheels (greater choice now available) and a “re-engineered bodyshell”. The drive train is also said to have been optimised for fuel economy as pressure mounts for SUVs to be more efficient in the face of ever increasing fuel prices and environmental awareness.

On the inside the Sorento’s entertainment system has been upgraded to an 8 inch display/instrument cluster. The display is still LCD, but is touch capable. Besides the layout change and the new “satin chrome finish”, changes include electronically adjustable driver seats across the range, heated and ventilated seats on the all-wheel drive model, rear-view safety cameras, keyless start and a Bluetooth hands-free system.

As with its Korean brother, the Sorento has been dropped, with the ground clearance now 10mm lower. The focus more on comfort and handling than off-road capability, comfort changes include more legroom, better noise insulation, less steering vibration and more comfortable seating.

Under the hood, however, nothing has changed. The 2,2 litre turbocharged, inter-cooled diesel engine remains, with 146kWpower output and 436Nm of torque which peak between 1800 to 2500 r/min.

Transmission choice is limited to the six-speed automatic gearbox, with AWD vs two-wheel drive the only decision buyers have to take. The latter is lighter and more on-road orientated, whereas the all-wheel drive system electronically diverts engine torque to the rear by up to 50% when additional grip is needed. A 50/50 lock is also available for speeds up to 40km/h.



Sorento All-Wheel Drive: R479 995


Standard Equipment

18-inch alloy wheels with 235/60 R18 tires

Roof rails

Projection-style headlights

LED front positioning lamps

LED high-mounted stop light and rear light cluster

Manual-adjustable headlamp levelling

Full size spare wheel and tire

Rear spoiler

Comfort & Convenience

Automatic dual zone climate control with ionizer

Cruise Control

Dusk-sensing automatic light control with “Welcome Home” function

Tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering wheel

Front and rear park assist system

Two 12 V power outlets

Active ECO fuel-saving program

Electro-chromic interior rear view mirror


Steering-wheel mounted audio controls

Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear lever shroud

Leather trim seats upholstery

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Driver seat adjustable lumbar support

Powered six-way adjustable driver seat

Radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and AUX/USB connectivity

Bluetooth hands-free system

Overhead sunglass storage

Map-reading lamp

60/40 split 2nd row seats

Four door-mounted and two front tweeter audio speakers

Safety & Security 

Dual front, side and curtain airbags

Active front headrests

Anti-theft alarm

Front fog lamps

Front cornering lamps

Isofix child seat anchors in rear seats

Anti-theft immobiliser

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)

BAS (Brake Assist System)

EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)

CBC (Cornering Brake Control)

ESC Electronic Stability Control

TCS (Traction Control System)

HAC Hill-start Assist Control

ROP (Roll Over Protection)


Kia Sorento AWD

Additional factory-fitted standard equipment over the 2WD model


19-inch alloy wheels with 235/55 R19 tires

HID Xenon headlamps

Comfort & Convenience 

Smart entry with engine start/stop button

Optional panoramic glass sunroof with electric roller blind

The FlexSteer™ system


TFT LCD instrument cluster display

Alloy foot pedals

Powered 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with two built-in memory functions

Heated/Ventilated front seats

50/50 split 3rd row seats

Safety & Security 

Rear view safety camera

Self-levelling suspension