The new Kia Sorento is available to lease or buy.
A new seven-seater SUV has made its debut in the UK, and it's the stylish Kia Sorento which is the firm's new flagship offering.
There are two engines: a 1.6-litre petrol hybrid producing 226 bhp with torque of 225Nm and a 2.2-litre diesel engine producing 199bhp with torque of 440Nm. The diesel should return 43mpg while the petrol hybrid returns 41mpg.
Kia says that a plug-in petrol hybrid Sorento should be available in late 2020.
The specification level starts at 2 and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, USB charging points for the three rows of seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and dual-zone air conditioning. There's also an 8-inch infotainment system for smartphone compatibility and a reversing camera.
The Kia Sorento 3 trim offers much more with 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and ambient lighting.
The 4 spec for the Sorento is the range-topping version featuring a head-up display, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather and a Bose sound system.
The four-cylinder diesel engine uses an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver power to the front wheels, while the petrol hybrid utilises the engine and a 44kWh electric motor to deliver its combined output of 226bhp. The hybrid uses a six-speed automatic transmission.
Kia says that the plug-in hybrid Sorento will have a much bigger electric motor with a potential combined output of 265bhp. This will give the Sorento an all-electric range of around 40 miles.
There's also the option of four-wheel-drive and Kia is offering its new 'Terrain Mode' to offer more capability for travelling across rough surfaces.
Kia is also offering 10 exterior paint colours and options for larger alloy wheels.
Also, there will be various autonomous driver safety aids for the Sorento including blind spot monitoring, forward collision assist and smart cruise control.
The new Sorento is slightly larger than the model it replaces, so there's more space in the cabin - particularly for rear seat passengers.
The Kia Sorento has undergone exterior styling tweaks which makes it an attractive large SUV for those who want to lease or buy a car with seven seats.
The new SUV also comes with Kia's impressive seven-year/100,000-miles warranty.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.