New Kia Sorento revealed: Price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
March 18, 2020

The new Kia Sorento has been revealed. Read on for full details on this seven-seater SUV, sue to go on sale in late 2020.

  • New Kia Sorento revealed
  • Bold new design
  • Revamped interior
  • Seating for seven
  • Dual-screen infotainment
  • Full smartphone mirroring 
  • Hybrid and plug-in variants
  • Upgraded four-wheel drive
  • Advanced active safety tech
  • On sale in late 2020

Kia has revealed the all-new Sorento – a seven-seat, SUV and alternative to the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

New Kia Sorento design 

The new Kia Sorento sports a design so unashamedly boxy that makes you wonder if Kia’s designers were paid by the angle. The front end, specifically, is awash with sharp corners, square details and angular edges. It certainly looks more aggressive than the old Sorento. 

From those vents to that spoiler, the new Sorento is covered in sharp angles.

It doesn’t stand out from other seven-seat SUVs quiet so easily from the side, but the chrome shark-fin detail behind the back doors (shared with the Kia ProCeed) is a neat touch. Plus, you can now get the car with massive 20-inch wheels – a first for the Sorento.

At the back, you’ll spot a pair of stocky two-piece vertical brake lights that exaggerate the Kia Sorento’s already impressive height. There’s also a contrasting bumper trim that mimics the shape of two large exhaust pipes. 

New Kia Sorento interior

The new Kia Sorento‘s cabin shares very little with the outgoing car’s. Now, there’s a 10-inch touchscreen on the dashboard and a customisable 12-inch display in front of the steering wheel. The dash’s screen gets some shortcut buttons either side of it, so it should be relatively easy to use on the move. 

The new Sorento’s interior has undergone a near-total overhaul.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard with the new Sorento, so you’ll be able to mirror your preferred navigation and music-streaming apps through the built-in screens. 

Below the two large displays are the heating and ventilation controls – handily grouped together – and a pair of large air vents with a shiny metal-effect finish. There are more shiny trims on the centre console and doors, and Kia’s ditched a conventional gear lever in favour of a small rotary switch. You can also get some slick mood lighting on the dashboard and doors with 64 customisable colour options. 

Kia Sorento practicality

The Kia Sorento is longer and taller than the model it replaces, and there’s more space between the front and rear wheels to help offer more leg-room in the rear two rows and greater headroom in the rearmost seats.

Fully grown adults should be far happier in the rear and middle rows of seats than in the old car.

The middle row of seats now slides 45mm further forward to help passengers climb into the back and there’s an extra grab-handle behind the back doors to make getting in and less of a hassle. 

With all seven seats up, the Kia Sorento can carry 187 litres of luggage. This grows to as much as 910 litres with the back seats folded and a massive 2,100 litres if you flip all but the front seats down. So, more than enough for trips to the tip, then. Hybrid versions lose out on no more than 15 litres of space across the board thanks to their batteries being stored under the car’s floor rather than in the boot. 

New Kia Sorento engines

You’ll be able to get the new Kia Sorento with a diesel engine, or as a petrol-electric hybrid. The diesel option comes with a 2.2-litre engine producing 202hp and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as standard. The hybrid version comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor that together produce 230hp. This model comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox. Kia will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the Sorento later in 2020. 

Whichever model you pick, you get front-wheel drive as standard but you can pay extra to get your Kia Sorento with four-wheel drive. Kia hasn’t announced fuel-economy figures for any version of the new Sorento, but you can expect four-wheel-drive versions to be a little thirstier. 

The new Sorento comes loaded with safety features.

New Kia Sorento safety

The Kia Sorento will come with a range of high-tech safety kit – although some features will be reserved for high-spec cars. In addition to automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, you’ll be able to get blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance to stop you drifting out of your lane on motorways. 

There’s also a feature that will automatically apply the brakes to stop you reversing into obstructions in a parking space and a rear-cross-traffic alert to help prevent you reversing out into the path of oncoming cars.  

New Kia Sorento price and release date

Kia hasn’t confirmed how much the Sorento will cost, but you can expect entry-level diesel models to cost from around £35,000. Hybrid versions will set you back closer to £40,000, however. Full pricing and specifications will be released before the Kia Sorento goes on sale in autumn 2020. 

If you can’t wait for this new car to appear in showrooms, head over to our Kia Sorento deals page to see the latest deals on the outgoing model or watch our in-depth Kia Sorento review for more information.