Kia Sorento updated with new gearbox and sporty GT-Line trims

Two new trim levels introduced for the Kia Sorento SUV, plus a new eight-speed automatic gearbox

Kia sorento GT-Line

Kia has kicked off 2018 with an update to the Sorento SUV range, introducing two new, sporty trim levels and a fresh eight-speed automatic gearbox, replacing the six-speed transmission previously used.

GT-Line and GT-Line S variants of the Sorento inject a racier look into the firm’s flagship SUV. Both feature 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, alongside stainless steel side steps, red brake calipers, new foglamps and twin exhaust pipes. GT-Line models get projection headlights, while GT-Line S features LED headlights as standard.

Best SUVs on sale 2018

The new GT-Line car is based on the mid-range KX-2 Sorento, but gains a stop/start button, eight-way adjustable electric seats, a 7-inch LCD instrument display, lane keep assist, and a driver attention warning system. GT-Line S builds on this with a park assist feature, a top-down look 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, a ten-way adjustable electric driver's seat, a panoramic roof, additional driver assists including autonomous emergency braking, and a premium Harman & Kardon sound system. 

In the cabin, both cars feature black leather upholstery with light grey stitching, a perforated leather trimmed steering wheel, and a GT-Line gear selector. GT-Line and GT-Line S models are priced from £36,495 and £41,995 respectively, and come equipped with the new eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

The new transmission is optional on KX-2 and KX-3 trim level cars, and Kia claims it improves fuel economy over the outgoing six-speed. With the new gearbox in place an official figure of 43.5mpg is quoted, with 170g/km CO2. No changes have been made to the Sorento’s 2.2-litre, 197bhp turbodiesel engine. 

Elsewhere, one minor change across the range has been introduced for 2018; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now installed as standard on KX-1, KX-2 and KX-3 models. The refreshed Sorento is on sale now. 

What do you make of the Kia Sorento GT-Line and GT-Line S? Tell us your thoughts in the comments...

Recommended

New Kia Sorento PHEV 2021 review
Kia Sorento PHEV 2021
Kia Sorento

New Kia Sorento PHEV 2021 review

Can plug-in hybrid power increase the Kia Sorento's appeal?
24 Mar 2021
New Kia Sorento recalled for eCall system update
Kia Sorento recall
News

New Kia Sorento recalled for eCall system update

Kia has found a problem with the Sorento’s eCall SOS system, which renders it inactive in the event of an accident
2 Feb 2021
Best used large SUVs and 4x4s 2021
Used Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento

Best used large SUVs and 4x4s 2021

The best used large SUVs and 4x4s in the business offer space, practicality, performance and low running costs
18 Jan 2021
Used Kia Sorento review
Kia Sorento

Used Kia Sorento review

A full used buyer’s guide on the Kia Sorento covering the Sorento Mk2 (2010-2014) and the Sorento Mk3 (2014-2020)
4 Jan 2021

Most Popular

Land Rover unveils limited-run Defender Trophy Edition
Land Rover unveils limited-run Defender Trophy Edition - front
Land Rover Defender

Land Rover unveils limited-run Defender Trophy Edition

Just 220 examples will be built to honour past Camel Trophy Land Rovers, all of which have been reserved for the North American market
30 Jul 2021
New 2021 Volkswagen Taigo coupe-SUV breaks cover
Volkswagen Taigo R-Line - front
Volkswagen Taigo

New 2021 Volkswagen Taigo coupe-SUV breaks cover

The new VW Taigo is a sportier, more aggressive looking version of the brand’s T-Cross and is aimed at lifestyle buyers
29 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021