There are 'KX-1', 'KX-2', 'KX-3', 'GT-Line' and 'GT-Line S' trim levels. Prices start in the region of around £29,000 which is still excellent value for money. To put that figure into perspective, the similarly-sized Volvo XC90 will require you to dig in for another £20,000. In fact, Kia's asking for the sort of money you'd normally budget for something much smaller, such as a Toyota RAV4 or a Honda CR-V. At those prices, we'd forgive the Sorento for being a bit rough round the edges. The fact that it looks very well-appointed only makes its rivals' task even tougher.
All the well appointed trim grades have seven seats, with a 40:20:40 split in the middle row and a 50:50 split in the rear. The new eight-speed automatic gearbox is optional in place of the six-speed manual at the KX-2 and KX-3 levels and standard with the plush KX-4 model. From KX-2 upwards, buyers have the choice of ordering the car without the self-levelling suspension feature at a saving of £500.
This improved Sorento debuts a number of technologies to improve convenience and further enhance the ownership experience. For a start, there's Kia's latest 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom. The new set-up offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enabling full smartphone integration. Buyers can upgrade their Sorento with a new 640-watt, 10-speaker surround-sound Harman/Kardon sound system.
Safety improvements include the addition of a 'Driver Attention Warning' system that combats distracted or drowsy driving, plus there's a 'Lane Keeping Assist System', 'High Beam Assist' and full LED headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light technology.