NEWS:

Revised Kia Sorento UK Details

(Friday 5 October 2012)

Kia Sorento.

We previewed the much-modified Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV in a news story last week (here it is), and now Kia has issued pricing and specifications of the versions that will be sold in the UK.

Worldwide, Sorentos are available with three different engines, but the only one coming to the UK is the 194bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel. Somewhat modified from before, it drives all through wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. Either way, the top speed is 118mph and the 0-62mph time a little under ten seconds.

In manual form, the Sorento has combined fuel economy of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 155g/km. The automatic, which adds £1500 to the price, manages 42.2mpg and around 175g/km, depending on model.

All Sorentos have seven seats and a luggage volume of up to 1530 litres if five of those seats are folded down. There are four trim levels according to Kia, three according to us, but either way the range starts with the KX-1, which costs £26,495 with manual transmission and features 17" alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, powered folding door mirrors and reversing sensors.

Kia Sorento Interior.KX-2, priced from £28,895, adds ambient interior lighting, aluminium scuff plates, a luggage net, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-trimmed instrument panel and a 4.3" LCD touchscreen. The KX-3, available only with automatic transmission and by far the most expensive model at £35,095, comes as standard with Flex-Steer (Kia's name for driver-adjustable steering assistance), a panoramic sunroof, automatically levelling xenon headlights, ventilated front seats with powered adjustment (eight-way for the driver, four-way for the passenger), heating for the front seats and the outer ones in the middle row, a heated steering wheel, satellite navigation and a 7" LCD display in place of the analogue instruments used on the other models.

So, three trim levels, then. But Kia says four, because satellite navigation is also available for an extra £1100 in the KX-2, and rather than simply saying that this is an option Kia insists that it creates a new model, which reasonably enough it calls the KX-2 Sat-Nav.

The usual seven-year/100,000-mile Kia warranty applies, and customer deliveries are due to start in December.

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