HERE at Phoenix, we’re supremely confident in the quality, value and style of our marques, a confidence we’re always happy to shout about.
So it’s great to see Kia come out in equally good voice on the new Sorento, their all-wheel-drive, seven-seater SUV, that they’re describing as the best car they’ve ever brought to market.
It’s a big claim, but one that more than holds up on first, second and umpteenth glance, with the latest generation being hailed by customers and the motoring press as better equipped, more refined and more stylish.
Starting at £28,795, it’s longer, lower and wider than the previous model thanks to an all-new platform, while an extended wheelbase creates greater room in all three rows of seats. This means that despite the huge internal space and practicality, it enjoys a sleek, muscular aesthetic.
Minutely detailed body and chassis engineering work has resulted in a car which is not only more engaging to drive, but also much more refined to travel in.
Refinement is inherent inside as well. It’s clear from the look and feel of the cabin that Kia have spared no expense on the build quality front.
It's bursting with technology too. Safety and convenience features new to the model include Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Advanced Cruise Control, Around View Motoring and Speed Limit Information.
Powered by an EU6-complaint 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, it’s more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Existing Kia customers will also benefit from more than just the best ever version of their favoured brand, with a £2000 customer saving available on list price for current Kia customers.
Phoenix Kia Paisley Dealer Principal Mark Murphy said the manufacturer is more than living up to the claim of the Sorento being their best ever model.
He added: “I’ve got the pleasure of driving the new model as my company car and the leap forward from the previous generation, and sector competitors, it represents cannot be overstated.
“As well as the car itself being a triumph, the brilliant loyalty offer Kia are offering to existing customers is another fantastic indicator of the importance they, like Phoenix, place on their customers.
“But whether you already have a Kia, or are considering one for the first time, the Sorento is fantastic value. We’ve already had great interest in it and look forward to welcoming more people to our showrooms for test drives.”
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Here are some first impressions gathered from What Car? readers in the video below.