Kia Telluride 2020 SUV
Kia is all set to launch its biggest and first proper three-row full-size SUV into the American Market named as the Kia Telluride. Kia Telluride was first put out as a concept back in 2016, however over the course of years it developed and received major front redesign and finally put to display in 2019 North American International Auto show. Before the launch of Telluride say if you wanted a Kia that wasn’t a minivan and it could accommodate 7-8 people, the only option you had was a Sorento crossover. However in spite of the fact that Sorento received major redesign, the third row seating wasn’t spacious enough to be used on daily bases or on longer drives. Therefore the Kia Telluride comes as the biggest SUV Kia has ever manufactured with most amount of room inside. Henceforth the Kia Telluride is a ride for families who’ll like to travel in one SUV with all the passengers happy about their legroom. Kia Telluride 2020 is all set to launch in the American market in couple of weeks as of the time this article is being published.
Engine & Power:
Enough with the chit chat, Kia Telluride 2020 comes with a 3.8L V6 engine with 291HP and 262 lb-ft of torque from the wheels. The 8-speed automatic transmission is responsible for shifting the gears smooth and efficiently. Despite of the boxy appearances, the Kia Telluride 2020 is not made on a truck frame rather it shares the unibody platform with Hyundai Palisade. The Telluride is 8-inches longer than Kia Sorento crossover and has a 5-inches wider wheelbase. Surprisingly enough the Kia Telluride 2020 is few inches bigger than the Honda Pilot and new Toyota Highlander yet smaller than Ford Explorer.
Kia Telluride is being offered in 4 trims at different price points and options. The lowest trim starts at $33,690 and the highest one goes up to $43,490. Let’s talk about the trims offered.
Kia Telluride LX:
Starting at $33,690 the LX is lowest trim offered in Telluride. It comes with 18-inches alloy wheels, DRLS, 3.5-icnhes master cluster info screen, seats made out of SOFINO leatherette, 5 speakers, 6 USB ports and 8-inches audio infotainment system.
Kia Telluride S:
Telluride S brings 20pinches alloy wheels with machine finish, a single SUNROOF in addition to all the existing options in the LX trim. The S trim starts at $35,990.
Kia Telluride EX:
EX downsizes to 19-inches alloy wheels, a single sunroof. However the infotainment system on EX is upgraded to 10.25-inches audio display with navigation. The seating on EX trim is also leather whereas the USB ports increase from 5 to 6 in number. The EX trim starts at $39,090.
Kia Telluride SX:
SX is the most expensive and equipped trim in the Telluride lineup. It has all the upgraded features and options as compared to the lower trims. First off you get 20-inches alloy wheel with black finish. The next big thing on the list is DUAL SUNROOF (instead of single on previous trims) and the leather seats are actually Nappa Leather. The infotainment system is upgraded to 10.25-inches audio display with nav and a treat to that is 10 speakers with Harmon/Kardon Branding. The Kia Telluride SX is priced at $43,490.
Now that we are clear on the trims and packages of the Kia Telluride 2020. Let’s dive into the driving and overall experience of the beautiful Telluride. Being the Korean brand, Kia lacked in the styling department back in the day. However with the vehicles such as Kia Stinger and Sorento it is evident that Kia actually has improved drastically in terms of quality, styling and overall looks that everyone desires. Apart from that, the Kia Telluride 2020 handles well on the road and has enough power to get you through the highway gracefully. Now obviously during the testing on tracks it felt a little heavy with some understeer and boxy which you might expect with this sized vehicle however once you turn the stability control off, it gets you what you desire. In simple words, driving the Kia Telluride 2020 you seldom would feel the need to turn of stability control and spin slide off a corner (because that’s not what you do with your kids in back of your family hauler). The interior is spacious enough with easy access to third-row and good space to accommodate 2 adults in third row and even 3 in case of LX or EX trim. The seats have their own respective USB charging ports and seating is comfortable as a mini-van configuration. Kia Telluride 2020 is one the best and newest standing out SUV out there. With that being said the Telluride is such fine example of what Kia has accomplished over the course of years, on its way to the success in American market.