Early Review Of 2021 Kia Sorento Has Good Things To Say

The 2021 Kia Sorento was only just unveiled and already South Korean YouTuber Asian Petrolhead has had the opportunity to take a close look at the SUV and take it for a drive.

Kia’s designers had their work cut out for them making a Sorento that is actually appealing to the eye and at least to us, they’ve done a good job. The front end is dominated by the company’s tiger nose grille and includes sharp and aggressive headlights. At the rear, the Sorento is similarly eye-catching with upright taillights and bold body lines and creases.

The upgrades continue throughout the interior and fittingly, this review spends quite a lot of time focusing on the cabin. Things start in the third-row where passengers have access to a pair of climate control vents as well as their own control to adjust the fan speed, a very nice feature. Third-row passengers also have access to a USB port and a 12-volt charger.

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Up front, the new Sorento features a fully digital gauge cluster with appealing graphics and a simple design. One of the most interesting features of this gauge cluster highlighted in this video happens when changing lanes. In addition to the wing mirrors sporting blind-spot monitors, they also have little rear-facing cameras and when you flick on the turn signals, an image pops up on the dash showing you what’s behind (see at the 8:00 mark.)

The engine tested by the reviewer in this clip is the available 2.2-liter four-cylinder ‘Smartstream’ diesel that’s good for 198 HP and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque. In North America, buyers will have the option of a Smartstream hybrid with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a 44.2 kW electric motor, delivering 227 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). A 2.5-liter T-GDi with 277 HP and 310 lb-ft (421 Nm) will also be offered.