Driven: KIA Sorento – multivalent SUV

The new generation KIA Sorento has arrived in the the garage. The new generation came with new technologies, many other major changes and in a format that makes it more formidable in the fight with its competitors in the top of the SUV segment.

The redefined design of the Sorento SUV incorporates sharper lines and continuous, fluid surfaces, which makes it visibly more sculptural than its predecessor with rounded edges. With modern geometric details and longer proportions that extend to the back, having as a result a more confident, mature and more robust design. The imposing front of the Sorento is also evolving with a new interpretation of Kia’s iconic ‘tiger nose’ grille. Wider and more expansive, it wraps organically around the optical blocks integrated on each side. The headlights themselves have a new ‘tiger’s eye’ LED daylight, which draws extra attention to the design. In profile, the proportions of the Sorento model are subtly adapted to make it look longer, with shorter front and rear consoles and a longer wheelbase. Its new proportions also extend the length of the hood, moving the A-pillar 30 mm further back from the front axle, to provide a more rear-facing interior design. The low line of the floor wraps around the front wings and turns into a single strong line, which extends along the side of the Sorento and flows to the new taillights placed vertically.

The mild hybrid system

Under the hood, but also under its body, Sorento Hybrid is animated by the new ‘Smartstream’ electric propulsion system, coupled to a 1.6-liter T-GDi engine (direct injection petrol turbo engine), a lithium-ion battery pack 1.49 kWh polymer and a 44.2 kW electric motor. The intelligent structure of the new platform of the Sorento model makes it possible to place the battery pack under the floor of the passenger compartment, with a minimal impact on the space for passengers and luggage. The assembly offers a power of 230 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The new 1.6-liter T-GDi engine features the new CVVD technology – Continuously Variable Valve Duration, which adjusts the valve opening period according to running conditions, instead of operating for a fixed period. This improves performance at low and medium engine speeds and improves fuel consumption. Power is sent to the six-speed automatic transmission through an electrical device, allowing the total power of the heat and electric motors to be transferred in parallel, with minimal energy loss. The result is a fairly agile car with which you have a good fuel consumption even at highway speeds.

On the inside
The new Sorento offers comfortable seats that can accommodate up to five people on the version we tested and one of the largest luggage compartments in its segment (up to 910 liters, depending on the equipment and engine version). Comfort features include leather upholstery and premium BOSE® audio system. The interior design is very interesting and modern, and the demands of premium customers can be met by the new generation. The cabin has a fully digital dashboard, head-up display and a 10.25-inch navigation system that includes UVO Connect online services.
The fourth generation of the model is based on a completely new platform. The dynamic behavior of the model on asphalt and on the highway is very good. Despite the fact that it is a large SUV, the model fits very well on asphalt. An important feature for off-road travel is the SUV’s new Terrain Mode system, which helps it get better traction in mud, sand and snow. Even on the snow, the tested model did not encounter difficulties.
The wide range of innovative driver assistance systems offered by the Sorento model includes the Smart Cruise Control system that uses the navigation system and the assistance system while driving on the highway (Highway Driving Assist).
The new Sorento is also available with the active lane keeping system, a driver assistance technology that operates at speeds between 0 and 180 km / h. The LFA system aids drivers by tracking cars in front and detecting road markings to keep the car on its lane when driving on the highway. Along with the Smart Cruise Control system with Stop & Go technology, the LFA system can assist the driver by controlling acceleration, braking and steering depending on the group of cars in front, using radar sensors to maintain a safe distance.

Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV AT 4 × 4 Premium
0-100 km / h: n / a
Maximum speed: 193 km / h
Dimensions (L / L / W) mm: 4,810 / 1,900 / 1,695
Own weight: 1,741 kg
Luggage carrier volume (l): 910
Thermal engine
Displacement (cmc): 1,598
Power (CP / rpm): 180 to 5,500
Maximum torque (Nm / rpm): 265 to 1,600
Electric motor: 60 hp
Torque: 264 Nm
Power (HP): 230 combined
Average consumption: 6.5 l / 100 km
Automatic transmission – 6 gears

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