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Sorento SX 2020 USA

3rd Generation facelifted KIA Sorento (2019 to 2020)

KIA Sorento is Also Expected to be Launched in Pakistan by the company

KIA has the nicest range of SUV vehicles and also expected to become the biggest seller of the SUV in the market for upcoming years after beating Toyota. Just like many other well designed and impressive vehicles of KIA Company, Sorento is also in the product lineup of the company for more than 15 years. KIA Sorento was displayed first in 2002 as a compact SUV that turned to become a mid-sized crossover after 2009. Before 2020 three generations of Sorento has already passed and the 4th generation of KIA Sorento has recently unveiled in March which is expected to start selling at the beginning of 2021. KIA Sorento has now become an important play card in SUV’s lineup of KIA.

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This particular vehicle may not have performed very well with its previous generations but from last couple of years it is progressing consistently, and other than becoming a solid performer it has also become the major competitor in SUV market.

3rd Generation Kia Sorento Title image
3rd Generation Kia Sorento Title image

Trims & Versions:

KIA Sorento 3rd generation model is available in five different versions having different drive trains and features respectively.

The version includes L, LX, S, SX and EX.

L Version is the base trim of KIA Sorento equipped with 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive system paired with six speeds automatic transmission. It generates 181 horsepower and Gives fuel economy of 22/29 miles per gallon in city/ Highway. It has a long list of standard features, some important to mention here include; 17-inch alloy wheels, Android auto, ABS Brakes, Apple Car Play, Brake Assist, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, fabric seats and vehicle stability control, a complete list of standard features available in features tab.

LX Trim:

Equipped with same engine configuration as base L trim and includes the all-wheel-drive system as optional with extra spending. List of additional features other than standard features of Base trims includes;

Everything in the L trim, plus:
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Front Seats Back Pockets
  • Power Windows with 1st and 2nd-Row One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
  • Sound-Absorbing Windshield Glass
  • USB 2.1 Charger Ports
Choosing the LX trim removes:
  • Power Windows with Driver One-Touch Auto-Up/Down

S Trim: of KIA Sorento equipped with a 3.3-litre v6 engine with front-wheel drive system paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. With V6 engine Sorento generates 290 horsepower and give the fuel efficiency of 19/26 on city/highway. Other than having all features of LX trim it includes;

Everything in the LX trim, plus:
  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels, Black Finish
  • 3rd Row Air Conditioning w/ Controls
  • Blind Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA)
  • Glossy Black & Heated Outside Mirrors w/ LED Turn Signal Indicators
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Gearshift Knob
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Low Profile Roof Rails, Black Finish
  • Park Distance Warning – Reverse (PDW-R)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance (RCCA)
  • Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start and Immobilizer
  • Smart Welcome
Choosing the S V6 trim removes:
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels

EX Trim: Sorento EX has same power train as previous S trim but increases the list of features even further with additional features including;

Everything in the S V6 trim, plus:

  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Body-Color & Heated Outside Mirrors w/ LED Turn Signal Indicators
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) w/ Auto-Hold
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA), w/ Pedestrian Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Front Grille, Gloss Black
  • Illuminated Door Handle Pockets
  • LED Map and Room Lights
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
  • Leather Seat Trim
  • Low Profile Roof Rails, Silver Finish
  • Lower Bumper Accents, Silver
  • Panoramic Sunroof w/ Power Sunshade
  • Programmable Liftgate Height Adjustment
  • Projector Beam Front Fog Lights
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go (SCC)
  • Smart Power Liftgate™
  • Supervision Meter Cluster w/ 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Color LCD Display
Choosing the EX trim removes:
  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels, Black Finish
  • Cloth Seats with YES Essentials® Fabric Treatment
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance (FCA)
  • Front Grille, Matte Black
  • Glossy Black & Heated Outside Mirrors w/ LED Turn Signal Indicators
  • Low Profile Roof Rails, Black Finish
  • Remote Keyless Entry

SX Trim:

It is the most expensive and also the fully equipped trim of KIA Sorento again have same 3.3-litre v6 engine that generates 209 horsepower.

Additional features:
Everything in the EX trim, plus:
  • 14-Way Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat, w/ 4-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Driver’s Seat Integrated Memory System (IMS)
  • Front Grille, Dark Metallic
  • Harman/Kardon® 10-Speaker Surround Sound Audio w/ Clari-Fi™, External Amplifier & Subwoofer
  • LED Rear Combination Lamps
  • Lower Bumper Accents, Chrome and Stainless-Steel
  • Lower Door Moulding, Body Color
  • Park Distance Warning – Forward (PDW-F)
  • Perforated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Rear Bumper Protector, Stainless-Steel
  • Reverse Tilt-Down Outside Mirrors
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Stainless-Steel Door Sill Scuff Trim
  • Stainless-Steel Liftgate Trim
  • Surround View Monitor (SVM)
  • UVO link w/ 8-inch Touch-Screen Display, Voice-Command Navigation System, SiriusXM® Traffic, HD Radio™
  • Wheel Arch Moulding, Body Color
  • Wireless Phone Charger
Choosing the SX trim removes:
  • 10-Way Power Adjustable Driver’s Seat, w/ 2-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • 6 Speakers
  • 7.0-inch Touch-Screen Display
  • Front Grille, Gloss Black
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Low Profile Roof Rails, Silver Finish
  • Lower Bumper Accents, Silver
  • 19-inch Alloy Wheels, Black Finish

Other Power trains of KIA Sorento and Power:

3rd Generation Kia Sorento engine view
3rd Generation Kia Sorento engine view

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Hybrid:

Other than having gasoline engine, upcoming 4th generation KIA Sorento will also have a hybrid powertrain which is expected to start selling at the start of 2021. The hybrid power train of Sorento is paired with a 1.6-litre turbo engine plus 44.2 KW electric motor; combine produces 227 horsepower with 350 nm of torque.

Diesel engine:

Existing 3rd generation also available with Diesel option which is a 2.2-litre engine paired with 8-speed automatic transmission and generates 220 hp@440nm of torque but this option may be removed with next generation.

Performance and Driver:

KIA Sorento may not be fun to drive car, but with its 3.3-litre v6 engine it falls in highly competitive sport utility vehicles category. It has good acceleration as well, with its 2.4-litre base engine it takes 9 seconds to accelerate 0-60 miles per hour while with v6 it takes 7.2 seconds to accelerate 0-60 mph.

Because of its body size most often it leans around the turns. The steering wheel does not give much pleasure, but the comfort of the vehicle overcomes its shortcomings. The comfortable refined drive is the strong factor of KIA vehicles so does the KIA Sorento. Despite having v6 engine with different driving modes like (Normal, Eco and Sport) that make Sorento more responsive to the acceleration and transmission shifts, the relaxing environment and Character of Sorento, do not change.

While cruising, Road and engine noise not felt inside that makes the interior of Sorento even quieter. Finally, comfort and Ergonomics are KIA’s strong points and you may seldom have a grievance against Sorento.

Exterior changes to Sorento facelifted: ?

 The exterior of 3rd generation KIA Sorento gets a fresh look in 2009 with important up gradations to its front; to the headlamps with the addition of day time running lights and three luminous lamps inside instead of two. Fog lights size has decreased, with the addition of chrome surroundings that enhance its appearance better than before, the front grille is also wide than before. The overall stance of the vehicle has improved a lot in comparison with the previous designs, specifically to the 2nd generation that was last manufactured in 2015.

Interior Design & features:

Interior of 3rd generation KIA Sorento has decent visibility all because of its extensive windows those cover a wider area, and with the availability of a sunroof, fresh air becomes the part of the vehicle. The high-quality interior is composed of high-quality materials and everything inside has laid very logically that makes it very friendly. Seven inches infotainment screen with android auto and apple car play is standard in all trims but the quality of touch screen gets enhanced in higher trims. Head and legroom up to 2nd row are enough while the 3rd row is tight and more often could only be used for children only, other than that 3rd-row safety is not optimized as 1st and 2nd row. The base version of KIA Sorento has six speakers while higher trim SX has 10 Harman/Kardon speakers.

Verdict:

Facelifted 3rd generation KIA Sorento is a nice choice and has great value for the money. Sorento is a well competitive both for two rows and three-rows category SUV’s moreover the v6 engine accelerates 0-60 in 7.2 seconds that matches the sport model of CX-9.

Major Competitors:

Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, Volkswagen Atlas, Dodge Durango, Subaru Ascent, Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave

Pricing:

  • Base L Trim Starts: 26,990 dollars
  • LX trim Starts at: 28,090 dollars
  • S trim starts at: 33,190 dollars
  • EX trims starts at: 35,490 dollars
  • SX trims starts at; 40,090 dollars.
  • 12V Power Outlets
  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • 2.4 liter DOHC 16-valve I-4
  • 2nd-Row Adjustable Headrests
  • 2nd-Row Center Arm Rest w/ Cup Holders
  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions
  • 40/20/40 Split-Folding 2nd-Row Seats
  • 50/50 Split-Folding 3rd-Row Seats
  • 6 Speakers
  • Air Conditioning
  • Android Auto™
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Auto Light Control
  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Body-Color & Heated Outside Mirrors w/ LED Turn Signal Indicators
  • Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Center Console w/ Armrest
  • Cloth Seats with YES Essentials® Fabric Treatment
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
  • Dual Front Advanced Airbags
  • Dual Front Cup Holders
  • Dual Front Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • EcoMinder® Fuel-Efficiency Indicator
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Electronically Controlled 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Front & Rear Door Bottle Holders
  • Front Grille, Matte Black
  • Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
  • Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
  • Height-Adjustable Front Seat-Belt Anchors
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Industry-leading Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program
  • Interior Accent Illumination
  • LED Positioning Lights
  • Locking Fuel-Filler Door
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
  • Overhead Sunglasses Holder
  • Power Door Locks with Speed Sensing Lock and Impact Sensing Unlock
  • Power Windows with Driver One-Touch Auto-Up/Down
  • Privacy Glass
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • Rear Child-Safety Door Locks
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Rollover Sensor
  • Side Curtain Airbags (1st & 2nd Rows)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Sliding & Auto-Folding 2nd-Row Seats
  • Smart Shift & Drive
  • Solar Control Glass
  • Sportmatic™ Sports Shifter
  • Steering-Wheel-Mounted Audio, Hands-Free Phone, and Cruise Control Buttons
  • Temporary Spare
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Trip Computer
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • UVO play w/ 7.0″ Touch-Screen Display
  • Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

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