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Updated Kia Sorento range: Spec up, price down

 Published 28th June 2024
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Whichever car you happen to be leasing at the moment, we’re pretty certain that if someone offered you basically the same car, with more ‘stuff’, and for less money, you’d probably say ‘yes please’. The updated Kia Sorento range does exactly that.

Alongside the seven seats, the updated range features refreshed design inside and out, a new and highly specified line-up, and a price tag that is actually smaller than the model it replaces.

The Kia Sorento celebrates its 21st birthday this year, and it has been one of the brand’s most consistently popular models for many of those years. The Sorento is one of Kia’s most popular models in the UK, and it’s unlikely you’ll need us to explain the appeal of a big comfortable SUV with seven seats and a high driving position. The current model is the fourth-generation and, having first gone on sale in August 2020, it’s now been updated.

To keep the Sorento fresh and contemporary, the new model takes a lot of design inspiration from Kia’s flagship SUV, the all-electric EV9.

new kia sorento interior

That means new vertical headlights, new daytime running lights, new alloy wheel designs, and a rugged and chunky bonnet to match the Sorento’s rugged and chunky look. There’s also a redesigned gloss black front grille, black sills and wheel arch mouldings, and a light dusting of chrome details to give the updated Sorento a more premium and refined feel.

In the UK, the new Kia Sorento is finished in striking Mineral Blue as standard. Five other colours appear on the options list: White, Black, and Grey will probably prove most popular, but you could also choose the Cityscape Green previously only available on the Kia Niro, or a completely new Volcanic Sand option.

The interior of the Sorento has also been updated to bring it into line with Kia's newer SUV models.

The Kia Sorento was already one of the best-equipped models in its segment, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Updated models feature several new premium features, such as fingerprint recognition, dual curved 12.3-inch displays, ambient lighting, and a customisable head-up display. The new Kia Sorento also benefits from artificial leather and recycled PET cloth throughout the cabin and upholstery.

The Kia Sorento model line-up has also been refined and simplified, and now features just three trim levels: ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ variants.

Regardless of trim level, the new Sorento offers an exceptional level of standard equipment. Automatic LED lights, rain-sensing wipers, dual zone air conditioning, heated front seats, and keyless entry are all there. In terms of technology, you also get a 12.3-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and voice recognition, six USB-C sockets, and reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors.

new kia sorento rear

That is by no means the entire list, but it should be enough for you to get the idea. On top of that, each of the three trim levels builds on that impressive base with a range of alloy wheels, privacy glass, Bose speaker upgrades, panoramic roof, head-up display, and a whole host of safety and driver assistance systems.

In line with the simplified trim range, the new Kia Sorento keeps the engine options equally straightforward too.

As already mentioned, Kia will offer the new Sorento in three grades, each with a choice of just three powertrain options. Whichever variant you opt for, ‘2’, ‘3’ or ‘4’, you’ll be choosing from the same list of engine options: a diesel, a petrol hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid. Each powertrain delivers power and performance while maintaining optimum fuel efficiency. Each one is also fitted with all-wheel drive as standard.

The entry-level option is the 190bhp, 2.2-litre diesel engine coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The hybrid option combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with the electrical system to generate a total of 212 bhp. The plug-in version uses the same 1.6-litre petrol engine but offers a little more power with 249 bhp. Both hybrid systems are connected to the wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. The PHEV version offers a 35 mile electric-only range.

Kia has already revealed the pricing and specifications for UK versions of the new Sorento range and order books are already open. If you’re on the hunt for a seven-seat family SUV to lease, you may as well take advantage of Kia’s offer of more car for less cash. You can lease one here.

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