Kia is a well established name in the SUV segment and since the launch of face lifted version of Sorento, the company has set another benchmark for auto market of Indonesia. The refreshed and refined looks of the SUV are refreshing and well acknowledged by the customers. Kia has a kind of dominance in the SUV segment in Indonesia as the company gives distinct options to the customers in the form of Sportage and Sorento. Launched in 2002, Sorento is one of the key players in the segment, especially in the Indonesian market.
Indonesian market is offered with two engine variants to meet different power and performance needs of the customers. The 2.2-Diesel Engine churns out the maximum power of 197 PS at 3800 rpm and maximum torque of 436 Nm between 1800 – 2500 rpm. The Theta II 2.4 L MPI Engine on the other side delivers maximum power of 176 PS at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 226 Nm at 3750 rpm. The 6 speed automatic transmission engine of 2.4-Litre engine helps in reaching 0 to 100 km/h mark in a time span of 10.5 seconds and a top speed resting at 190 km/ h. Sorento offers a fuel economy of 11.9 km/L that is fair to say the least.
The current Sorento is way better than its predecessors and stating the older version ugly would not be offensive. The looks may not clearly state that it is a serious off-roader but, the performance will really do. The wide open honeycomb radiator grille toned with mat black finish enables sufficient gasping of air to the engine bay, auto leveling projector headlamps, muscular silhouette of the front are revamped and have improved the design in a significant manner. The overall dimensions of the car measures 4685mm X 1885mm X 1700mm (LX W X H) and a wheelbase of 2750mm makes enough room for the cabin space. This 18 inch alloy accommodates a tyre specification of 235/55 R18 that gives better stability.
The refined features and elegant aesthetics has lend a superior level of comfort for the occupants. Smart Key entry, push button engine start/ stop, chilling zone in the glove box adds to the feature list of the car. The cabin design and specification is fundamentally fine, and shows evidence of Kia cutting corners in the final execution. The significant wheelbase gives effective 7 seater arrangement with enough leg room, head room, and shoulder room to the occupants. The 4.3 inches LCD screen is accompanied with 6 speaker sound system that is effective enough to convert the car into a concert hall. The boot space of 258 litres can be further enhanced to 1047 litres by folding the third row making enough room for luggage.
Sorento is a robust, masculine and capable of ensuring its occupants in an effective manner. Flex steer system along with the combination of McPherson Strut suspension at front and multi- link rear suspension with gas shock absorber improves the driving experience in a significant manner. The ventilated disc brakes in front and solid disc brakes is further accompanied with Anti- Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Force Distribution System (EBD) to prevent skidding in harsh braking conditions. The 6-Airbag system (Dual front, side and curtain), Vehicle Stability Management System, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill assist control (HAC), and Traction Control System (TCS) further enhances the safety list of Sorento.
Sorento is a stylish and capable SUV that KIA has presented in the Indonesian market. The cabin arrangement, comfort and overall drive experience is sublime. The ambitious pricing for it might be the only hindrance for pitching it among the customers.