2021 Kia Sorento price and specs

The all-new Kia Sorento will kick off at just under $48,000 drive-away when it arrives later this month, with new more space and new tech across the range.

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The all-new Kia Sorento has been detailed further ahead of first arrivals later this month, set to take on the likes of the related Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Kluger.

As is common practice for the Korean brand, the new Sorento will launch with national drive-away pricing, with increases of around $2000-$4000 across the board compared to the outgoing model.

Kia will use the Sorento as its technological showcase, with brand- and segment-first features available like the standard front-centre airbag for front occupants, Blind Spot View Monitor – which projects a live feed of the blind zone into the instrument cluster – as well as a remote parking assistant which allows owners to finish a park or retrieve a vehicle from its spot from outside the car.

Pricing

  • Sorento S: $46,990/$49,990 drive-away (petrol/diesel)
  • Sorento Sport: $49,990/$52,990 drive-away (petrol/diesel)
  • Sorento Sport+: $54,390/$57,390 drive-away (petrol/diesel)
  • Sorento GT-Line: $61,990/$64,990 drive-away (petrol/diesel)

If you are looking for a more accurate idea of pricing, you can build and price one of these up on the official website to determine drive away pricing. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the Kia offers page to see if there are any deals on at the moment.

Engines

Petrol versions of the Kia Sorento use an updated 3.5-litre V6 petrol driving the front wheels only via an eight-speed torque converter automatic. Outputs for the petrol engine are rated at 200kW/332Nm.

Meanwhile, the more expensive 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel sends drive to all four wheels via a new eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission. Outputs for the revised oiler are rated at 148kW/440Nm.

Following the initial launch, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models will join the range in 2021.

If you’re looking for details on different engines offered, you can find a side by side comparison of these within the official brochure, or visit the Kia Sorento specifications page.

Fuel Economy

The updated 2.2-litre turbo-diesel claims to use just 6.1L/100km on the combined cycle, an improvement of 1.1L/100km over the previous model.

Kia Australia hasn’t details fuel consumption figures for the updated 3.5-litre petrol V6. We’ll update when these figures become available.

Safety

ANCAP and Euro NCAP are yet to issue a safety rating for the new Sorento line-up, though Kia’s all-new SUV promises to be as safe as ever.

Standard equipment includes autonomous emergency braking with Junction Assist – essentially front cross-traffic AEB – blind-spot and rear cross-traffic assists, Multi Collision Brake system, and a suite of airbags including a segment-first front-centre airbag.

You can find more details and highlights on all the safety features on the official Kia Sorento page.

Dimensions

The new Sorento measures 4810mm long (+10mm) with a 2815mm wheelbase (+35mm). It’s also 10mm wider at 1900mm.

Shorter front and rear overhangs feature in the new design, giving it a longer and ‘faster’ look.

It’s also now 10mm taller than before, and the A-pillar is 30mm further back from the front axle.

In standard seven-seat guise, the new Sorento claims to offer up to 821L of cargo space in five-seat layout depending on variant, with 187L available with the third row in place.

Kia says the second row slides up to 45mm further forward than before, opening up more legroom and toe room for third-row occupants.

You can view the official specifications page to get a visual idea of dimensions

Standard Equipment

Sorento S features:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with Junction Assist
  • Blind-spot assist
  • Rear cross-traffic assist
  • Multi Collision Brake
  • LED headlights and fog lights
  • 17-inch alloys with full-size spare
  • Front centre side airbag

Sorento Sport adds:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite navigation with up to 10 years of map updates
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Auto defogger
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat with two-way lumbar

Sorento Sport+ adds:

  • Smart key with push-button start
  • 19-inch alloys with full-size spare
  • Electric tailgate with height adjustment
  • 2 x USB rear seat charge ports
  • Remote engine start
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats

Sorento GT-Line adds:

  • Blind Spot View Monitor
  • Remote Smart Parking Assist
  • Parking Collision Avoidance Assist
  • 20-inch dark chrome alloys with full-size spare
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 8.0-inch head-up display
  • Quilted nappa leather-appointed seats
  • Bose premium sound system
  • Rear occupant alert
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats

You can see a side by side comparison of all the various options and inclusions across the various trim levels by downloading the official brochure or visiting the official Kia Sorento Page.

Servicing

Kia Australia is yet to confirm service pricing for the all-new Sorento, we’ll update when those details are available.

Like the wider range, however, the Sorento will be covered by the Korean brand’s seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty with capped-price servicing and roadside assistance.

If you’re interested in the Sorento, you can book yourself in for a test drive via their website. Or find your local Kia showroom here.

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