Tuesday, 12 March 2013 18:50

Driving the Kia Sorento

Kia has not gone out on a limb to replace the Sorento. The changes are profound and important finding to cheapen the product but without reducing equipment and attractive. Everything is brand new. Input grows in length, but all growth is dedicated to increasing the front overhang decreasing wheelbase. Despite having grown in length, the new Sorento is nothing less than 215 kilos lighter.


And now adopting safer monologue structure instead of the traditional side and cross. This change, and other interior elements of security, has allowed getting the five stars in the Euro NCAP test demanding.

Another of the highlights of the new Kia Sorento is the simplification of the AWD system. Previously available to all-wheel drive versions, with automatic gearbox or connectable. Now offering a basic version with a sophisticated front-or all-wheel drive automatic, but removing the gearbox. However incorporates a key which locks the center differential 30 km / h, passing, from this speed traction axis with greater adhesion automatically. The transmission completes with manual gearbox six relations for both versions unless equipped with an automatic transmission or six-speed also for superior finish Emotion.

A single motor

It allows a lot of variety in the beginning of its launch in choosing engines, although the only mechanics available now provides excellent results. This is a new four-cylinder diesel course, 2.2-liter, four-valve technology and variable geometry turbo. Power is 197 HP announced a pair of 421 Nm between 1,800 and 2,500 rpm.

According to figures the new Kia Sorento homologated combined cycle consumes 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers, reaches 190 km / h top speed and 9.4 seconds needed to reach 100 km / h from standstill. These figures correspond to the version of manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. With AWD rise slightly but remain fairly bright located in securities. To be added after the summer a new two-liter diesel engine and 150 hp, also with two drive systems, which logically will be below 2.2 liters per price?

The new Kia Sorento is available in three versions. All, as already discussed, they share the same engine. The input, it expects to receive 40% of sales, is responding to the name Concept provided with manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. It costs 29,500 euros. The next option get better equipment and four-wheel drive, called Active and has already driving all four wheels for 34,800 euros. The more refined is the Emotion, which also includes four-wheel drive and automatic transmission, bringing its price to 38,500 euros. Only two options are available, the seven seats for 500 euros and metallic paint, for 442 euros.

From lowest finish, Concept, Kia Sorento offers a generous level of equipment. The highlight of the Active versus Concept is the presence of steering wheel, rain sensors and lights, rear parking sensor, climate control and cruise control. The Emotion also adds 18-inch wheels, automatic transmission, xenon headlights and leather upholstery as distinctive elements.

Roadside highlight the benefits of increased power and lighter the vehicle, resulting in a significant improvement in performance and lower consumption compared to the previous 2.5 CRDI 170 hp. The cruise keeps are high quality with a propeller power delivery very high. The ride comfort breaks only when we move through regular little firm, and noise levels are more than acceptableScience Articles, as is the interior space and the overall quality feel.

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