The third generation of Kia’s large SUV, the Sorento, has made landfall in Malaysia as part of Kia's renewed assault at the growing SUV market. The seven-seater SUV was launched today together with the smaller five-seater Sportage, which we are covering in a separate story.
Noteworthy is the decision to finally make diesel power available for selection alongside the 2.4-litre petrol model. Both engines are familiar units to our market; the 2.4-litre Theta II petrol is a carry over powerplant from its predecessor, whilst the 2.2-litre R turbodiesel has been in use for two model generations of the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Both engines are mated with Hyundai and Kia’s in-house 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, with drive going to all four wheels. Outputs are rated at 171PS / 224.6Nm for the petrol model and 200PS / 441.3Nm for the diesel. Auto start/stop is fitted in the diesel engine only.
Contrasting the line-up fielded by its sister car from Hyundai, the Santa Fe, Kia offers the Sorento with a selection of three variants with the more powerful diesel engine positioned as entry variant of the range. Pricing starts at RM155,888 on-the-road (with insurance and GST) for the 2.2 LS diesel varant with the following equipment:
Further up comes the 2.4-litre petrol model in two guises, starting at RM168,000 for the MS trim variant, which carries the following additional equipment in addition to what’s offered in the diesel LS model:
Topping the range off is a higher grade HS version of the 2.4 petrol model at RM178,000 with the following additional equipment:
Being underpinned by a monocoque frame, the Sorento competes directly against its sister car, the Hyundai Santa Fe, which comes with the same pair of engines. The 2.4-litre petrol variants also go against Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail 2.5.
As with all Kia models on sale in Malaysia, the Sorento is covered by a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.