New Kia Sorento launched in London 2011

Now your wait came to end and you can own new Kia Sorento. Kia has launched new Seven-year warranty and five-star crash rating version of Sorento.

Kia might not immediately spring to mind when it comes to looking for a 4x4, but with the Sorento the Korean firm hopes to repeat the success it's had in the MPV market with its Sedona. In typical style the Sedona is priced in a category below its size, which means you get a lot of 4x4 for your money. It's not bad looking either, with more than a hint of the Lexus RX300 about its styling. The smart exterior lines are complemented by an interior that is a vast improvement over Kia model's of old. All apart from the tacky wooden trim that is, but that aside it's pleasant enough, and, rather unsurprisingly, very well equipped too.

There are 7 Kia Sorento versions available

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.0 CRDi 1 2WD 5dr                        £22,990      

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi 1 2WD 5dr                        £23,755

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-1 4WD 5dr                £24,825

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-2 4WD 5dr                £26,970      

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD 5dr                £30,160

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD Sat Nav 5dr    £31,155

Kia Sorento 4x4 2.2 CRDi KX-3 4WD Auto 5dr       £31,640 

You can have a Sorento with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, but the 2.2-litre diesel makes far more sense because it’s stronger, cleaner and a lot cheaper to run.
Despite the butch looks, the entry-level car is front-wheel drive. In fact, even the four-wheel-drive models send all of their power to the front wheels until sensors detect slip (or you manually select four-wheel-drive).
If you’re prepared to do without four-wheel drive, you’ll not only save money up front, but also on your fuel bills because the manual front-wheel drive five-seater averages 43.5mpg to the four-wheel-drive model’s 42.5mpg. However, both attract a 25% company car tax rating.
Every Sorento comes with alloys, four electric windows, a seven-year warranty and some form of air-conditioning. Meanwhile four-wheel-drive versions also have hill-start assist and a downhill speed-limiter that helps you keep the car under control when you’re tackling challenging terrain

Diesel engines offer plenty of punch and cornering is average for this class

Sorento buyers can choose between an entry-level 2.0-litre diesel engine or a 2.2-litre diesel unit.  The former is only available in the most basic trim level and as a two-wheel drive model. If you can stretch to the larger engine, it's certainly worth doing. On the move it feels surprisingly spritely, offering acceleration from 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds. Through the corners, the Sorento struggles but it's really not that bad – especially for a high-riding SUV. The body rolls in tight corners and the light steering fails to deliver any feedback to the driver but most rivals will suffer the same faults.

Ride is comfortable and diesel engines are mostly quiet
Thanks to softly-sprung suspension and a finely tuned set-up the Sorento is very comfortable on the move – even on the roughest of roads. All the more impressive is this model's refinement, with both diesel engines quiet unless you venture into the upper limits of the rev range. Thankfully you won't be doing that too often as the engine feels punchiest at the low and middle range. Wind and road noise are also kept to a minimum.
Seven-year warranty and five-star crash rating give piece of mind

Kia themselves are so confident in the reliability of their vehicles that they offer a seven year/ 100,000 miles warranty that will cover almost anything that can go wrong. It's safe too, having been awarded a full five-stars in the EuroNCAP crash safety test. All models get six airbags, ESP and ABS as standard.

Automatic four-wheel drive models seriously dent fuel economy

Cheapest to buy and cheapest to run are the two-wheel drive manual models, with the 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesels claiming combined fuel economy of 44.1mpg and 43.5mpg. Opt for the all-wheel drive automatic 2.2-litre car and this figure drops to 38.2mpg. CO2 emissions for all models, except the existing 2.4-litre petrol engine, are comfortably under 200g/km allowing for relatively low road tax in this segment. 

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