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The Kia Sorento 2020 goes on sale

12th August 2020 | Steve Lumley

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.

Kia Sorento 3 trim

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.

Plug-in hybrid Sorento will have a bigger electric motor

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.

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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.

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