New-generation seven-seat SUV arrives with segment firsts in safety and technology, but higher prices and carryover engines.
Australian pricing and specifications for the 2021 Kia Sorento seven-seat SUV have been released online ahead of the model’s arrival in local showrooms in the coming weeks.
As reported last week, according to preliminary pricing, the 2021 Kia Sorento range will increase by up to $3880 depending on the model.
However, more detailed information has since been published on the Kia Australia website. It shows pricing for the 2021 Kia Sorento seven-seat family SUV across all four model grades: S, Sport, Sport+ and GT-Line.
Each model is available with a choice of two engines: a carryover 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6 producing 200kW and 332Nm, or a revised version of the previous 2.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel developing 148kW and 440Nm.
Both powertrains are mated to eight-speed automatic transmissions as standard, with the petrol featuring a traditional torque-converter type unit and the diesel scoring a more-efficient dual-clutch gearbox.
Petrol models are front-wheel-drive only, while diesel variants send power to all four wheels. Unlike main rival Toyota and its upcoming 2021 Kluger seven-seater, no hybrid powertrain will be offered with the new Kia Sorento in Australia at launch, even though a petrol-electric option is available in the US.
Opening the local Sorento range is the ‘S’ variant, priced from $46,990 drive-away with the petrol V6 or $49,990 drive-away with the four-cylinder diesel.
It’s worth noting the aforementioned prices form part of Kia’s launch drive-away offer, and are valid for private buyers only.
Standard equipment from the Sorento S includes an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED headlights and fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a full-size spare wheel – the latter of which is offered across the range, regardless of wheel size, a rarity in the class but a welcome inclusion given Australia’s vast distances.
As reported by CarAdvice earlier, the new Kia Sorento will be among the first cars on sale locally with a ‘centre’ airbag between the front seats – a first for the segment and one of eight airbags included.
There’s also autonomous emergency braking with support for oncoming vehicles in intersections, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and ‘Multi Collision Brake’ technology that automatically maintains brake pressure after airbags are deployed in an accident to prevent a potential secondary impact.
Sitting above the S in the Sorento range is the Sport, priced from $49,990 drive-away for the petrol or $52,990 drive-away for the diesel.
Equipment additions over the S include a larger 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, 18-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation with 10 years of free map updates, dual-zone climate control, automatic window defogger, tyre pressure monitoring and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with two-way adjustable lumbar support.
Moving further up the lineup is the Sorento Sport+, priced from $54,390 drive-away with the V6 petrol engine or $57,390 drive-away when equipped with the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel.
Compared to the lower-grade Sport, the Sport+ comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, two rear USB charging ports, an electrically-operated tailgate, heated steering wheel and front seats, leather seat trim and ‘Remote Engine Start’, which allows owners to start their vehicle’s engine from outside via the key fob.
Sitting on top of the range is the GT-Line, priced from $61,990 drive-away for the petrol or $64,990 drive-away for the diesel.
Headlining the equipment additions over the Sport+ is the segment-first Remote Smart Parking Assist feature, which – as reported exclusively by CarAdvice in May – allows Sorento GT-Line buyers to move their vehicle forwards and backwards in a straight line directly from the key fob while standing near the car.
Other standard equipment additions include 20-inch dark chrome alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 8-inch head-up display, quilted Nappa leather trim, panoramic sunroof, a segment-first gear selector dial (as opposed to a traditional lever), heated and ventilated front seats, heated back seats, a Bose premium sound system and rear occupant alert.
Exclusive safety features to the range-topping Sorento GT-Line include low-speed autonomous braking at crawling carpark-like speeds, blind-spot cameras in the instrument cluster and, according to a leaked dealer bulletin – though not officially confirmed by the Korean carmaker – a feature known as Safe Exit Assist, preventing rear passengers opening their doors if a cyclist, car or other hazard is approaching.
The 2021 Kia Sorento will touch down in Australian showrooms in the coming weeks.
2021 Kia Sorento pricing (drive-away):
- Sorento S petrol: $46,990
- Sorento S diesel: $49,990
- Sorento Sport petrol: $49,990
- Sorento Sport diesel: $52,990
- Sorento Sport+ petrol: $54,390
- Sorento Sport+ diesel: $57,390
- Sorento GT-Line petrol: $61,990
- Sorento GT-Line diesel: $64,990
All prices listed above are drive-away. Source: Kia Australia website.
2021 Kia Sorento price and specs