2018 Kia Sorento upgrade Video Review

2018 Kia Sorento road test

2018 Kia Sorento, GT (Front), SLi (mid), Sport (rear). Kia has decided to make improvements to it’s already excellent Sorento range. While the multi award winner has been a sales success for Kia, especially the GT Line, Kia decided to throw even more money and make it better value for money for buyers.

Kia has called it a significant product enhancement. There are 2WD and AWD versions.

They focused on four key areas

• Safety
• Driveability
• Comfort and Convenience
• Design and Styling

To show how in tune with their market, a lot of what has been enhanced has come directly from feedback from customers and some is what they felt needed to be improved themselves.

Kia Sorento Product Enhancments

Key changes include

• Addition of Kia’s in-house eight-speed automatic across the range,
• a new larger capacity long-stroke petrol engine, which to be honest is neither her or there
• a higher and longer body for increased internal space, which is noticeable, especially in the rear half of the vehicle
• revised and improved ride and handling characteristics to even better suit Australian conditions,
• Some exterior streamlining and changes to LED lights
• Revised and tuned suspension to improve handling and noise reduction
• a new 8 inch multi-media cluster incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,
• Improved Harmon Kardon sound system on some models
• Improved safety features including: AEB across the range, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, a 360-degree camera on GT-Line and advanced cruise control for all grades.


The Kia Sorento is bloody good!

Kia tells us that the majority of fleet sales is in the Si or Sport range and the private sales is skewed towards the SLi and GT Line and 70 % diesel. That makes sense. If I was looking to buy I would buy the GT Line in diesel! It only comes in diesel.

Given the Kia’s main competition is the Mazda CX-9, Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe and the rest of the also rans,  Kia should be justifiably proud of its product and how it compares.  We will be running more in depth reviews over the next few months so please keep an eye out for them. We have reviewed the previous model HERE

Have a look at what some of our other writers have said about the upgrade Alan Zurvas reviews the Kia HERE  and David Brown reviews the Kia and talks about the history of the Blue Mountains HERE

All Kia’s come with their outstanding full factory 7-year warranty, 7-year capped price servicing and 7-year roadside assist.

Pricing for the petrol variants is:
• Si $42,990 (+$2000);
• Sport $44,990 (previously Si Limited +$1000);
• SLi $46,990 (+$1000).
Diesel pricing is:
• Si $45,490 (+$1000);
• Sport $48,490 (previously Si Limited +$1000);
• SLi $50,490 (+$1000);
• Platinum discontinued; GT-Line $58,990 (+$500).

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