The 2018 Kia Sorento has gone on sale in Australia and brings with it extra equipment, a new eight speed auto, but also higher pricing.
The 2018 Kia Sorento range has now been simplified and comes in four flavours: Si, Sport, SLi, and GT-Line.
The V6 petrol engine has been uprated, going from a 3.3-litre to 3.5-litre capacity, which will be driving the front wheels only. Power has jumped to 206kW (up 7kW) and torque has lifted to 336Nm(up 18Nm). Fuel use has actually gone up, to 10.0-litre/100km.
Remember, this is using the old six-speed auto, which is why the fuel economy is actually worse.
The 2.2-litre “R” diesel continues on unchanged, with 147kW and 441Nm and drives all four wheels, with fuel use dropping (thanks to the eight-speed auto). Unusually, you can’t buy a front-wheel-drive diesel version of the Sorento.
From the outside, the 2018 Kia Sorento can be picked by the new, darker finish on the grille, new front and rear bumper designs, LED headlights on the GT-Line and LED tail-lights on the SLi and GT-Line.
The bodywork remains the same, as does the front and rear bumpers, which normally come in for a refresh.
The body has been widened and lengthened to liberate more interior space, the suspension has been overhauled to better suit Australian roads, and there’s a new 8.0-inch infotainment screen which gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
Active driver aids also feature, with AEB and what Kia calls “advanced cruise control) as standard across all grades. Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Alert, and a 360-degree camera can also be had on the GT-Line model.
The revised 2018 model Sorento is on sale now.
2018 Kia Sorento pricing
Petrol (FWD only)
Si – $42,990 (+$1000)
Sport – $44,990 (+$1000)
SLi – $46,990 (+$1000)
Diesel (AWD only)
Si – $45,490 (+$1000)
Sport – $48,490 (+$1000)
SLi – $50,490 (+$1000)
GT-Line – $58,990 (+$500)
All prices exclude on-road costs.