New 2020 Kia Sorento goes on sale as UK prices are announced

The new seven-seat Kia Sorento SUV is available to buy in the UK now, with prices starting from £38,845

The new Kia Sorento has gone on sale in the UK, with a choice of three trim levels and prices starting from £38,845. The Korean brand’s latest SUV flagship is being launched with a choice of two powertrains – a 226bhp/225Nm 1.6-litre petrol hybrid, and a 199bhp/440Nm 2.2-litre diesel – but a plug-in petrol hybrid is expected to join the range later this year.

All versions of the car will have seven seats, and even the entry-level ‘2’ spec (which comes only with petrol power) includes LED headlights and tail-lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, USB charge ports for all three rows of seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and an eight-inch infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reversing camera. However, the 2 model is only available with the 1.6-litre petrol hybrid engine option.

Stepping up to ‘3’ trim gives you the choice of diesel or petrol hybrid powertrains, priced from £41,245 and £42,725 respectively, and brings 19-inch alloys, a 10.25-inch infotainment display, leather upholstery, and ambient lighting in the cabin.

The range-topping ‘4’ spec is petrol-hybrid only, costing £46,945 and featuring Nappa leather, ventilated front seats, a head-up display and a BOSE sound system.

New Kia Sorento: engines and drivetrain

The fourth-generation Sorento will be offered with diesel and hybrid engines initially, while a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model will follow before the end of the year.

A 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel acts as the entry point to the Sorento line-up, sending 199bhp to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the hybrid powertrain combines a 1.6-litre engine and a 59bhp electric motor for a combined 226bhp, delivering its power through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

When it arrives, the plug-in hybrid variant is expected to use a larger 89bhp motor, offering a total output of 265bhp and around 35-40 miles of pure-electric range.

All cars will be optionally available with four-wheel drive, with a new Terrain Mode designed to make the car more capable on rougher surfaces. Fuel efficiency and emissions figures are set to be confirmed later in the year.

New Kia Sorento: design and technology

The new Kia Sorento takes its styling cues from the larger, US-only Telluride SUV, but the design has been toned down for the European market. There’s the brand’s familiar tiger-nose grille flanked by new LED lights, connected to a sharp shoulder line that runs around the entire car. The split, vertical tail lights also allow a wide, square boot opening.

Inside, the new Sorento takes a leap towards its German rivals when it comes to quality, fit and finish. In Europe, buyers will be offered a choice of black cloth, single- or two-tone leather or quilted Nappa leather seats. The rest of the cabin will feature metallic trim pieces, leather upholstery and satin-effect surfaces.

The fully digital 12.3-inch driver’s display will be standard across the range, while an eight-inch infotainment screen will offer wireless smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional 10.25-inch central touchscreen will use Kia’s second-generation UVO app interface.

10 exterior paint finishes will be offered on European cars, as well as 17-, 18-, 19- and 20-inch alloy wheel options. UK availability will be confirmed at a later stage, however.

Depending on specification, the Sorento will offer various autonomous driver safety aids. 

These include forward collision assistance with cyclist and pedestrian detection, blind-spot view monitoring, surround view monitoring, intelligent speed limit assistance and smart cruise control with stop-go functionality. Lane follow assistance, driver attention warning and highway driving assistance will also be offered.

New Kia Sorento: dimensions and boot space

The new Sorento is around 10mm longer, wider and taller than the outgoing vehicle, while the wheelbase has grown by 35mm. This has allowed Kia to claim improved legroom  throughout, as well as increased headroom in the third row on seven-seat models. These offer 821 litres of boot space, rising to 910 litres with the rear seats folded flat. Kia says each seat will have access to a USB port, allowing simultaneous charging of up to seven devices on the move.

The plug-in hybrid will also get a seven-seat option, with Isofix points on each of the five rear seats.

What does the new Kia Sorento have to beat? These are the best large SUVs on sale right now...

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

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox
Dacia Duster gear lever
News

Driving test update to preserve the manual gearbox

With more drivers learning in autos and electric cars, the DVSA is looking to update the driving test so people can still drive manuals in future
16 Jun 2021
Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services
Tesla Model 3 police car - front
News

Tesla Model 3 police car all set for evaluation by UK emergency services

Tesla hopes to offer UK police forces a new zero-emission emergency responder option with the Model 3 police car
17 Jun 2021
New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power
Vauxhall Astra render
Vauxhall Astra

New 2021 Vauxhall Astra to offer plug-in hybrid power

The new Vauxhall Astra will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a more premium image - here’s how it could look
17 Jun 2021
Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review
Ineos Grenadier prototype
Ineos Grenadier 4x4

Ineos Grenadier prototype 2022 review

Can the Ineos Grenadier really fill the mud-splattered void left by the old Land Rover Defender? We take a first drive in a prototype to find out...
15 Jun 2021
Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police
police speed gun
News

Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police

Lack of road traffic police officers in the UK is making it easy for drivers to break the law, according to a survey of 15,500 British motorists
16 Jun 2021
New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review
Nissan Qashqai 2021
Nissan Qashqai

New Nissan Qashqai 2021 review

We get behind the wheel of the larger, more comfortable and higher-tech Nissan Qashqai SUV in the UK
16 Jun 2021
Dacia unveils new badge design
Dacia badge
Dacia

Dacia unveils new badge design

The new Dacia branding will feature on the company’s cars from 2022, with the Bigster being the first candidate
17 Jun 2021
New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review
Audi Q4 e-tron 2021  front
Audi Q4 e-tron

New Audi Q4 e-tron 2021 review

We get involved with the new all-electric Audi Q4 e-tron SUV on UK roads for the first time
17 Jun 2021
'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'
Opinion Genesis Hyundai Ioniq
Opinion

'I was cynical about Hyundai's aim to be the world's 2nd biggest carmaker, not now'

Steve Fowler is impressed by Hyundai's electric cars, its N division and now its luxury Genesis brand
16 Jun 2021
UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars
Electric car charging
News

UN report highlights ethical problems with electric cars

Analysis reveals lithium refining takes 65 per cent of Chilean region’s water, while 40,000 child miners dig for cobalt in DRC
14 Jun 2021
Mazda to launch 10 new hybrids and three new EVs by 2025
Mazda electric plan
Mazda

Mazda to launch 10 new hybrids and three new EVs by 2025

The electrification push forms part of Mazda’s goal to become a completely carbon neutral company by 2050
17 Jun 2021
New Renault Arkana 2021 review
Renault Arkana - front
Renault Arkana

New Renault Arkana 2021 review

Does an eye-catching coupe-SUV body give the new Renault Arkana the edge over other mid-size SUVs? We find out...
16 Jun 2021
'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'
Toyota Mirai opinion
Opinion

'The hydrogen underdog disruptor is back in town'

Mike Rutherford says hydrogen-powered cars could still be a frequent sight on UK roads
13 Jun 2021
New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review
Skoda Enyaq iV 80 Sportline - front
Skoda Enyaq

New Skoda Enyaq iV 2021 review

The new Skoda Enyaq iV is the Czech firm’s first bespoke electric car and we've tested the full range on UK roads
10 Jun 2021