The 2021 Kia Sorento still shuttles people in 3 rows of seats, but it is not the biggest crossover SUV out there by the automaker any longer. That difference goes to the wonderful Kia Telluride, the Korean automaker’s breakout strike last year and our Most effective Automobile To Acquire 2020.
This year, the Sorento receives a makeover to discover alone between other crossovers Kia’s given that released, and most likely split out of the cookie-cutter crossover form it is been trapped with for the earlier couple of a long time.
Kia has not but said how significantly it will price, but the 2021 Sorento will likely arrive in the U.S. in late 2020.
Assessment carries on down below
Design and performance
The new Sorento’s huge continental electricity replaces its dowdier minivan styles from last year, entire with a creased hood, slim LED headlights, and sharper nose. The Sorento channels some of its look from the new Seltos, at minimum in the entrance. The decrease entrance bumper is complete of suitable angles and creases and it appears to problem the Toyota Highlander for the biggest chin in between family members crossovers.
Alongside the sides, the Sorento’s mostly the exact same as the outgoing variation other than for a fin-like tab in close proximity to the rear window sticking up like a lone bottom tooth that may perhaps be various for different’s sake.
Around back again, the Sorento flips its taillights ninety degrees and borrows liberally from the Telluride’s playbook. Upright taillights, a huge badge, and huge rear window all go through like Telluride Lite—not a terrible point.
Within, we see even extra similarities with the Telluride such as a huge ten.three-inch touchscreen for infotainment, an out there 12.three-inch electronic instrument cluster, and a terrain select knob. An eight.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Car compatibility is typical. The Sorento appears to have a rotary equipment selector in its place of the Telluride’s tall deal with, and some inside accent lights all over the doors and speakers.
Kia has not but in-depth all of the Sorento’s powertrains, but the automaker gave us hints on two. A 277-horsepower two.five-liter turbo-4 borrowed from the Genesis GV80 crossover will be out there and paired to an eight-speed twin-clutch computerized transmission. A one.6-liter turbo-4 paired to hybrid batteries and electric powered motors that will make 227 hp will be presented as perfectly, paired to a 6-speed computerized transmission. Kia confirmed a plug-in hybrid is in the is effective, but it is not distinct if it’ll be associated to the Sorento hybrid currently introduced, but with a even larger battery. Other engines, such as a base inline-4, may perhaps appear but Kia is mum for now.
Entrance-wheel generate will be typical on most Sorentos, whilst all-wheel generate will be out there (or typical) on other trims.
Consolation, safety, and options
Kia states the bones for the new 2021 Sorento are new, and the crossover rides with a a little longer human body than before—but still much less than 190 inches from bumper to bumper.
There is one particular additional inch concerning the wheels than the outgoing variation, and the cabin has been moved closer to the motor than prior to. That must result in extra inside area, which the Sorento lacked as opposed to direct rivals. We hope the 7-seat variation to have a brief 3rd row that is greatest remaining for little kids.
With all 3 rows in put, the old Sorento presented a scant 11.three cubic ft of cargo area, which was scaled-down than most 3-row crossovers. Kia said the new structure made extra leg room in the first two rows, extra head room in the 3rd row, and 32% extra cargo volume in back again.
We also never know if our gripes with the reduced seats in the next row have been addressed, we’ll update this area as soon as we see it in individual.
Kia has not but in-depth typical devices but, but the out there safety options include computerized crisis braking, adaptive cruise handle, active lane handle, and a highway driving assistant.
Other optional options include a head-up screen, 12-speaker Bose audio procedure, and an ambient audio maker as perfectly as temper lights. The 2021 Sorento will come with at minimum 7 USB ports, and the ability to pair two products by means of Bluetooth, so one particular can just take telephone calls and the other can perform music.
It is unclear how significantly the 2021 Sportage will price when it goes on sale late this year, but it is likely to be extra than the outgoing product that started out all over $26,000.