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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
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For those that havnt seen it yet what do you think???
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
I'm not convinced this is an improvement KIA seem to have gone to the wrong market place with this new model. It does not look to be such a capable off roader as its predessessor thelast thing I need towing a caravan is a front wheel biased drive system.
I hope to be proved wrong

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I checked out a road test site in the usa by accident really and it looks really nice, all thesuspension has altered from the last model, the down side and I fully agree with the comment about towing, it will be no better than a normal car having theelectronic gizzmo's fitted and when that is all very well on the odd bit of wet grass, is totally rubbish if u have at least 1700kgs on your backside trying to reverse.....hmm plus it won't be self leveling...... the very two reasons why I opted to go for the sorri in the first place!!



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new model tows 2500kg has hill decent esp 4x4 lock up
true to say its lower, that because it no longer has independent chassis but you can hardly class pulling your caravan across the wet grass as off road use

now seen car in the flesh and its going to turn some heads the new 2.2 diesel engine has 28bhp more combined with low emisions well worth a look

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Viking Paul said:
new model tows 2500kg has hill decent esp 4x4 lock up
true to say its lower, that because it no longer has independent chassis but you can hardly class pulling your caravan across the wet grass as off road use

This new KIA looks fantastic but we tend to caravan most of the year round and sometimes that nice green wet grass becomes 8 - 10 inches of mud - I also tow a glider trailer which apart from needingto be towed around the airfield often needs to access the odd farmers feilds, and with the recent snow in this area which has been axle deep in places - My Sorento has been a fantastic rugged 4x4 very capable in all situations.

As great as the new model looks and boy it does look stunning
It will not match the ability of the existing model off road which I think is why most users brought it in the first place. I look forward to driving the new model but maybe it should be called something else and not try to be a replacement.

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Why?? How can Kia trade of the multiple awards the old Sorento won as a tow car?? Thats why they have done it. They are not yet in a position to do away with what little history they have in the UK.

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let you all know how good it is as were going off roading in one at the end of the month suspect its going to be much like sportage good 4x4 lock up but no low range. never had any problems towing my van (1650kg) with my various sportage models wish we could get images on this site and i could show you my sportage in 8 inches of sloppy mud towing my van out of Santa Pod last yr

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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
I Think you can
I use photobucket this is my sorento at work last week

Would love to see some pics on here - perhaps we should start a gallery

You can open a free account on store your photo's there and just provide the image link in your post here - Simples

Edited by: UncleMart

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The new generation of
Sorento, designed by Peter Schreyer, has numerous exterior and interior
design refinements; resulting in a fresh, modern and truly premium SUV
for today's competitive marketplace.

In recent years, the
market trend for large SUV's has diminished slightly under cost of
ownership and environmental pressures. The new Sorento breaks new
ground offering one of the lowest CO2 road tax brackets in its sector,
in combination with exceptional fuel consumption and performance. In a
sector with a number of established premium brands, the significant
improvements in ride and handling, design and finish quality and both
on- and off-road performance ensure the new Sorento is unquestionably
amongst class-leaders for luxury, versatility, technology and


Slightly longer and lower than
the outgoing Sorento, the new model has a sleek, stylish profile more
in-keeping with a thoroughly modern, urban SUV, with its longer front
overhang, dynamic wedge profile, sharply defined glasshouse and
accentuated wheelarches. Sporting the new Kia family grille, robust
bumpers and stylish black bezel headlamps, the elegant model is
similarly capable both as a 2WD or 4WD vehicle.


cabin concept focuses on innovation of technology and spaciousness. The
tall doors and high seating position make for easy access and excellent
all-round visibility, while the ergonomic dashboard and well-laid out
instruments and switchgear maximise driver comfort.

The main
feature of the dash is a stylish centre console and audio system
featuring CD/MP3 capability with RDS radio and USB/AUX ports for
external MP3 connection. The high-tech look is followed through to the
sporty 3D-style instrument cluster and thick-rimmed steering wheel.
Also instrumentation and information displays feature the latest
Kia-family red illumination, as showcased on Soul, new cee'd and Venga.

added versatility, the new Sorento is available as either a 5-seat
petrol model or 7-seat diesel versions. The third row seats are 50:50
split flat-folding seats which fold easily and directly into the
luggage area floor for maximum practicality and space when needed.


longer bodyshell created for Sorento ensures that cabin space is
maximised, with class-leading third row passenger space; whilst the
lowered height promotes a more stable ride without sacrificing headroom

Entry/exit has been made easier by the lowered hip point
(-37mm) versus the old model, and also by the lowered floor level

The 7-seat model 3rd row seating is accessed via the
2nd row seating row, which features a double folding entry mechanism,
similar to that on current Sedona models.

Luggage space
(extended by 67mm) is also amongst the class-leaders providing a
maximum 1,525 litres of space with the rear seats folded flat. All
models come with an additional luggage tray for added convenience and


All engines are Euro
IV compliant and feature technical advancements that translate into
improved durability and power, yet less maintenance. State-of-the-art
engineering allows customers to enjoy more power and torque without
having to compromise fuel efficiency or refinement. All diesel models
feature a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) for enhanced eco-credentials.

There are two engines available from launch ""“

litre petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. This
efficient powertrain is offered as a 2WD 5-seat model only, and
delivers 172bhp with 226Nm of torque. CO2 emissions for this model are
203g/km translating into VED Band K at £215.

2.2 litre CRDi
engine mated to a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
transmissions. This advanced powertrain will make up over 95% of UK
sales, and is offered as both 2WD and Intelligent 4WD 7-seat models.
Delivering 194bhp with 422Nm of torque, this powerful engine is one of
the most efficient engines in its class. With CO2 starting from just
171g/km (manual 2WD) this model falls into Band H of VED, with an
annual road tax of just £175.

The Sorento is extremely
competitive on CO2 emissions, with quoted figures as low as 171g/km
which equates to Band H road tax at just £175 ""“ one of the lowest VED
bands available on a large SUV. Road tax is set to increase from April
2010, as announced in the last Government Budget Statement.

6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions are available on
Sorento for the first time. Featuring advanced technologies, the
refined transmissions enhance fuel efficiency and driving performance.
The state-of-the-art 6-speed automatic is the first in-house
transmission to be developed by Kia and is the lightest, most advanced
gearbox available in the market. With its smooth and responsive
changes, coupled to a sporty manual mode option for a more involved
driving experience, it is a particular highlight of the new Sorento and
will be a popular choice for customers in this sector.


for all modern SUV's is robust driving performance and capability
without sacrificing ride and handling comfort. The new Sorento has been
revised with vastly improved on-road manners, whilst retaining the
majority of its off-road abilities. Described as a ""˜highline cruiser'
by designers and engineers at the Kia R&D centres, new Sorento
offers refined and luxurious ride and handling akin to a sophisticated
passenger car.

Fully independent suspension, tested specifically
for UK roads and conditions, improve steering sensitivity and movement
whilst also translating into a smoother ride. The construction is also
lightweight and innovatively positioned to enhance interior space.


announced in Rotherham, the UK line-up is comprised of 3 trim levels
and 8 derivatives ""“ entry, volume and high-value top-spec. Each grade
is a compelling and competitive offering, showcasing different items of
specification to cater for all customer tastes, lifestyles and budgets.


entry grade model Sorento is available as either a 2WD or 4WD model.
The 2WD versions are badged ""˜1' in line with traditional front-wheel
drive passenger cars, while the 4WD versions gain the added
nomenclature ""˜KX' so they are instantly recognisable as those with the
Intelligent 4WD system. Entry models are priced from just £20,495 and
are available in either petrol 5-seat or diesel 7-seat.

levels are by no means typical of an entry-level car, with many new
innovative features. Highlights include 17""� alloys, air conditioning,
all-round electric windows, remote central locking with folding key,
ESP with Brake Assist and Traction Control, Hill-start Assist Control
(HAC) and Downhill Brake Control (DBC), 6 Airbags, front fog lamps and
a hi-tech CD MP3 player with USB and AUX. The entry grade interior
upholstery is black cloth, whilst the dash and door trim is accented in
black wood-grain.

Sorento 1/KX-1 is available in a choice of
Ebony Black solid paint, or Bright Silver or Inky Blue metallic paints.
Metallic paint is a chargeable option priced at £424 inclusive of VAT.


mid-grade Sorento is available as a 4WD model only, and is available in
diesel 7-seat versions only. Offered as a manual or automatic, this
grade is competitively priced, very well-specified, and tailored to
cater for the majority of customers. This model provides a great sales
opportunity and is typically where most customers will look to

Priced from £25,495 OTR, this is an excellent model
with which to conquest sales, as well as providing a convincing means
of ""˜selling-up' the range from the entry grade.

KX-2 gains the
following items over and above 1/KX-1 models ""“ full black leather
upholstery, privacy glass, cruise control, heated front seats,
reversing sensors, LED integrated mirror indicators, auto light
control, heated & folding mirrors and steering wheel audio controls.

Featuring a full black leather interior, the dash and door accents are finished in a metallic effect trim.

KX-2 also gains two additional colours over and above the three
available on the entry grade. One solid ""“ Clear White, and one metallic
""“ Metal Bronze, chargeable at £424.


The KX-3
marks the luxurious flagship in the range, featuring unique colour and
trim combinations as well as an extensive equipment list. This model is
available as a 4WD 7-seat model, with the advanced 6-speed automatic
transmission only and is priced at £29,795.

Over and above the
mid-grade, the KX-3 features standard items such as ""“ 18""� alloys, full
panoramic sunroof, start/stop smart key technology, climate control,
xenon headlamps & LED rear light clusters, 6CD auto-changer with
centre-dash top speaker, external amp and sub woofer, electric driver's
seat, rain sensor and high-tech supervision instrument cluster.

are 3 exterior colours available on the range-topping KX-3. Ebony Black
is the solid paint offering and is available with a choice of either
full black leather or full cream leather upholstery. The two remaining
colours are both chargeable metallics at £424. The first is Bright
Silver, which is available with full black leather upholstery only. The
second is Titanium Silver, which is available with full cream leather
upholstery only.


As with
all Kia models, the Sorento benefits from an exceptional range of
safety and security features which combine to create a true
peace-of-mind package for customers. As such, it has already been
awarded the highest Euro NCAP 5* award for its safety package ""“ a feat
unmatched by many competitors.

All safety features are fitted as
standard across the entire range, with no differentiation across trim
grades. This is to ensure that the Sorento is designed to meet the
highest expectations of today's safety-conscious drivers.

usual highlights of ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD),
6 airbags (a first for Sorento) with passenger airbag cut-off switch,
impact-minimising chassis, and advanced power steering are offered.

addition, electronic stability control (ESC), incorporating Brake
Assist and Traction Control technologies, is standard on every Sorento
model to improve stability under heavy braking and restore directional
control during a potential skid in hazardous driving conditions.

included on this rugged model are Downhill Brake Control (DBC) and
Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) technologies. The DBC assists engine
braking to improve directional control during descent on steep or
slippery surfaces. Meanwhile the HAC system increases control on steep
hills, as well as stopping/starting on slippery surfaces by controlling
the brakes.

For those models equipped with 4WD, this
intelligent system optimises driving performance by actively
distributing the driving force to front and rear wheels depending on
road and driving conditions. For the majority of driving, the system
remains in 2WD mode, perfect for the majority of usage particularly
urban driving. When needed for certain terrain or poor conditions the
4WD system is applied automatically. The added option of 4WD lock is
available via a dash-mounted switch should customers wish to select the
mode manually.

Completing the full safety and security features
are front active headrests, seatbelt reminders, front seatbelt
pre-tensioners and load-limiters, ISOFIX anchors, rear child door
locks, remote central locking with deadlocks and an engine immobiliser
and an advanced intrusion protection alarm system.


announced on January 4th, all Kia models are now available with a 7
year/100,000 mile manufacturer warranty and the new Sorento is no
exception. The longest warranty offered in Europe, this exceptional
guarantee demonstrated the confidence Kia has in the design, build and
quality of all its vehicles.

The 7 year warranty is also the
longest warranty ever offered on a large SUV, and is class-leading in
all SUV sectors of the market.

Each model also benefits from the
traditional 1 year RAC roadside assistance package, which includes
coverage of mainland Europe.


on a sold order basis only, Self-Levelling Suspension is available as a
factory-fit option charged at £500 inclusive of VAT. This feature is
particularly useful for those customers requiring the Sorento as a
towing vehicle, as it allows the vehicle height to be adjusted
depending upon the number of passengers and luggage weight in order to
improve stability during driving.

This option is available on
4WD models only ""“ KX-1, KX-2 and KX-3. Please note that the lead-times
for delivery on these models will be approximately 3 months from point
of order.


Each grade will receive a unique chrome
badge to the rear tailgate. The position of the badge will be directly
underneath the model name badge on the left-hand side of the tailgate.
All badges feature a chrome and black design. The 2WD entry ""˜1' trims
features a plain square numerical badge, in line with the rest of the
Kia passenger car range. All 4WD models with ""˜KX' badging feature a
chrome bar badge, in similar style to those featured on Soul and
special edition models.

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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Let the tyres down a bit - will come out of there no problem............

Good pic though obviously sorted out photobucket was that a one off or did anyone else make it through that swamp ?

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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
either you have removed the photo's or moved them into a diffrent folder in photo bucket

you may need to redo the links.

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Took a KX3 for a drive today, nice car, ok it's not got
the towing ability, but it really is a huge leap forwards in terms of
spec, quality and refinement.
Lots of nice little touches, sorento
logo illuminated on kick panels, mood lighting in cabin. the 6th and
7th seats are a token gesture, fold them down and have a nice huge
boot, keyless entry and start is a nice novelty, xenons, well it is
about time really.
2.2 pulls like a train makes the 2.5 feel like a tractor I'm afraid, very nice unit.
6 speed auto, as found in sedona, totally seemless.

of things I personally don't like, ride is still to hard on them, maybe
the non 18" 1/2's will be better, got a KX2 aswell, will try that.
gate is 'backwards', and to close to your leg, Starts in P, then all
moves to the right as a jaggered selector no lock button, and +/- gate
on the the right.
Not sure about the park brake, foot operated, with
press on, then press it again to get off, hopefully the manuals are
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