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Kia Sorento 2021 review: Fortuner, Everest’s stalwart rival

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Kia Sorento 2021 was officially launched in Vietnam on September 14 at THACO factory. This launch event marked a spectacular breakthrough in both the appearance and interior of the Sorento. In particular, the 4th generation of Sorento is confident to be a formidable opponent of the Hyundai Santa Fe. Let’s review the Kia Sorento 2021 with Mazetti to see the highlights that this model brings.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Kia Sorento 2020

When we first approached the Kia Sorento 2021, our review team was immediately impressed with the design of this SUV. No longer the shape of an outdated car, instead a youthful appearance to every design detail.

In terms of overall size, the Kia Sorento All New has the parameters of Length x Width x Height 4,810 x 1,900 x 1,700 (mm) respectively, wheelbase reaches 2,815 mm and ground clearance is 185 mm.

Despite the comprehensive refresh of the Sorento, but Kia still did not forget to put its very own mark on the brand’s distinctive tiger nose grille. In the new generation, the grille is neatly and sharper and the sporty glossy black paint for Sorento.

Attached to the grille is a Full LED lighting system with the headlights with the ability to automatically turn on / off. The LED daytime positioning strip on the 7-seat SUV from Korea also brings youthfulness when stretching from the sides to the steering wheel.

For the version we experience, Sorento has many high-end safety equipment. In particular, the 360-degree camera, the front sensor and the Radar system in the safety package will be useful equipment for drivers when traveling in tight roads.

Seen from the body, the Kia Sorento 2021 has a relatively elegant design, the roof is gradually lowered to the rear, giving the user the feeling that this is a coupe hybrid SUV. However, in essence the Sorento is still just a pure SUV.

On the body, the rearview mirror of the Kia Sorento 2021 will use 2 black tones and the exterior color of the car to create a sporty effect for a fresh car from Korea.

Not difficult to recognize, the car’s mirror is integrated with an LED turn signal light with a side camera with electric adjustment, automatic folding. This SUV’s door handle has a built-in smart unlock button, a very familiar item in today’s cars.

In the latest generation, the Kia Sorento 2021 will use a set of 19-inch single-color 5-spoke wheels with 235 / 55R19 tires from the Michelin brand. To make the car stronger and stronger, Kia also added black painted wheel arches, Sorento side panels.

A square look overall and angular when going into the details is what our review team can feel on the Kia Sorento All New when approaching from the rear end.

The 4th generation rear lights on the Kia Sorento have a vertical design with sharp LED lines that provide a higher level of recognition and more impressive than the old one. Another equally attractive detail of this SUV is that the car name “SORENTO” has been placed to help users think of luxury car design.

In the rear area, the Kia Sorento is also equipped with a large overhead spoiler combined with LED brake lights, shark fin antenna to create a modern. Not only that, the Korean-origin SUV also has a high bumper created by fake exhaust to bring a balanced look to the overall design.

INTERIOR DESIGN

The faded silhouette in the interior design of the 2nd generation disappears when you enter the cabin of the new Kia Sorento. Sorento’s interior design style has a lot of influence from the large SUV Kia Telluride and makes many people think of luxury cars.
In the dashboard area, the new Kia Sorento has a floating entertainment screen connected to the central instrument cluster. Although this is a no longer new design, it is still the style favored by car manufacturers in recent years and most often appear in luxury cars.

The air conditioning adjustment cluster is located just below and snuggled between the two air-conditioning doors, showing the neat arrangement of the Kia engineers. One of the impressive details in this version comes from the central control area that no longer needs a gear, but instead is a knob that shows the look of Kia’s “big brother” SUV in Vietnam.

Kia Sorento 2020

At the rear of the steering wheel, the clock displaying operating information is one of the most sympathetic details on the Kia Sorento. Not only large in size to 12.3 inches, this screen also incorporates the ability to synchronize with a 360-degree camera to alert blind spots right on the speedometer or revs when the driver turns the turn. So far, the vehicle’s blind spot display is “unique” and we rate the Kia Sorento 2021 very highly in this feature.

Kia Sorento 2021 is a true 7-seater SUV, so users can be assured of the space on the car. In all versions (6 or 7 seats), the Sorento’s rows of seats bring comfort to the majority of Vietnamese users.

FACILITY AND SAFETY

With the new generation Kia Sorento, the car’s entertainment space will be through a 12.3-inch screen that is responsive and accurate. The screen on the car can connect smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with a high-end 12-speaker Bose surround sound system.

ENGINE

The Kia Sorento 2021 version that our review team experienced uses a Diesel – 2.2L engine that produces a maximum power of 198 hp at 3,800 rpm, and 440 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The above machine will be paired with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a full-time AWD 4-wheel drive system.

Currently, because we have not had a chance to experience the practical performance of the Kia Sorento 2021, we will meet you in the near future with a detailed experience of this brand new SUV.

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