Kia Sorento: An SUV with head-turning style and next-gen tech

Looking for the ideal family car that perfectly blends comfort, technology, and versatility?

Grand Motors recently introduced the refreshed Kia Sorento – strikingly confident exterior redesign, an uplevel premium interior with next-generation technology.

The exclusive distributor of Kia is bringing in three 2WD trims into the local market: G, GL and GLS. All trims are equipped with 2.5L DOHC D-CVVT MPI and a six-speed Automatic Transmission petrol engine.

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The updated and upgraded Sorento has really raised the bar in the SUV segment in terms of advanced technology and rugged appeal.

Bold, powerful and futuristic design

The Sorento is definitely a head-turner on the road; based on Kia’s “Opposites United” design philosophy with the concept of “Bold for Nature”, the Sorento is the perfect balance of nature and modernity.

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At first glance, the upright front hood and squared off edges are reminiscent of the award-winning Telluride, with its distinctive amber daytime running lights reimagined on the Sorento for a sleek and modern aesthetic.

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Around the back, vertical tail lamps are unmistakably Telluride. From the EV9’s playbook, the Sorento boasts a broad and rectangular front grille, complemented by vertically stacked LED projector headlamps that emphasize the front end.

The constellation-inspired Star Map lighting elements in the front and rear lend the Sorento a futuristic edge, while the front and lower bumpers incorporate a wider skid plate garnish for extra rugged appeal.

The SUV is available in 10 stunning and earth-toned colours; Clear White, Snow White Pearl, Silky Silver, Steel Gray, Interstellar Gray, Gravity Blue, Cityscape Green, Volcanic Sand Brown, Mineral Blue and Aurora Black Pearl.

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Tech-savvy and futuristic interior

Inside, the interior of the Sorento matches its futuristic look.

Within the cabin, horizontal features such as the air vents and controls give the interior a streamlined and modern aesthetic, creating a sense of openness.

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The upscale cabin of the Sorento impresses with its premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies and a striking new design.

Aside from easy-to-spot high-quality materials, at the heart of the interior’s transformation is an available panoramic curved display that integrates dual 12.3-inch screens (panoramic panel with 4.3-inch TFT and 12.3-inch screen is standard).

Moreover, the centre console and layout have a clean design and accessibility making it easier for the drivers to be connected and in control.

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As part of the new system, the Sorento is now equipped to receive over-the-air updates. USB-C ports conveniently located throughout the cabin help ensure mobile devices stay charged for passengers in all three rows.

In addition to that, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on all trims.

The seven-seater features best-in-its-class spaciousness and versatility that has characterised the Sorento over its 18-year existence.

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The model provides both the driver and passenger ample space for headroom and legroom.

Furthermore, the seats are nicely sculpted for both the driver and passenger’s comfort and high-seating position that gives the ultimate SUV feel to it.

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Advanced Technology and Safety

When it comes to technology, the upgraded Kia Sorento has a wealth of innovation that provides every passenger with peace of mind.

The family SUV comes equipped with innovative safety functions that offer the ultimate confidence and maximum comfort in all journeys.

All variants and specifications come with 10 standard ADAS features including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), and more.

Notable features added to the new Sorento include Smart Cruise Control, which is designed to adapt to and match the driver’s driving style with certain inputs like accelerating and braking patterns.

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Other available features include Digital Camera Mirrors and Surround-View Monitor (SVM), designed to provide a wider picture in reversing and parking scenarios, using cameras around the Sorento to display a 360-degree view.

Power and Performance

As for performance, the new Sorento delivers a refined and composed journey.

The Bruneian team had a chance to test out the Sorento from Toast and Roast at Setia Kenangan II complex to the busy Kiulap area.

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The Sorento provides an enthusiastic acceleration combined with impressive sharp handling and agility on the road.

During the short journey around the hustle-bustle of Kiulap, the SUV handles well around corners, with its confidence-inspiring steering and accurate response.

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Throughout the journey, the Sorento was perfectly stable and composed which inspired confidence from behind the wheel

The overall impression is that the Kia Sorento satisfies both in its style and everyday practicality. It is comfortable, versatile and easy to drive, perfect for long journeys with a big family.

To see the vehicle up close, visit their showroom in Beribi or call them at 2613888 or follow their Instagram @kiabrunei for updates.

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