2023 Kia Sorento: Variants explained

2023 Kia Sorento: Variants explained

Kia has recently expanded its lineup in Malaysia with the launch of the all-new Sorento. The latest Kia model is a three-row SUV, which has been one of the brand’s best-known and best-selling vehicles globally since its global debut in 2002. It also has a number of prestigious awards under its belt, including the Car and Driver 2022 Editors’ Choice award and the 2021 Red Dot awards. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How many variants of the 2023 Kia Sorento are offered?

    Dinamikjaya Motors Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, offers the Sorento in three variants, 2.5L 2WD 7-seater, 2.5L AWD 6-seater, and 2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater.
  • Which Kia Sorento variant should you buy?

    All the variants of the new Kia Sorento are kitted with advanced features, thus the selection boils down to the seating capacity and the powertrain you prefer.
  • In today’s story, we are going to shed light on the Kia Sorento variants on sale in Malaysia to offer prospective buyers a better understanding of what each trim brings to the table. Before diving into the specifications, let’s first check out their pricing. 

    2023 Kia Sorento

    Price

    Dinamikjaya Motors Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, offers the Sorento in three variants, 2.5L 2WD 7-seater, 2.5L AWD 6-seater, and 2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater. Prices are as follows -

    Kia Sorento variants

    Price (on-the-road, without insurance)

    2.5L 2WD 7-seater

    RM 211,498

    2.5L AWD 6-seater

    RM 235,498

    2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater

    RM 255,229

    Included in the price are a five-year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty and a five-year/100,000 km complimentary scheduled maintenance package.

    2023 Kia Sorento

    Dimensions

    While all the variants of the Korean SUV are equal in length, height, and width, there is a difference in their weight. Let’s have a look at the exact dimensions -

    Dimensions

    2.5L 2WD 7-seater

    2.5L AWD 6-seater

    2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater

    Length

    4,810 mm

    4,810 mm

    4,810 mm

    Width

    1,900 mm

    1,900 mm

    1,900 mm

    Height

    1,695 mm

    1,700 mm

    1,700 mm

    Wheelbase

    2,815 mm

    2,815 mm

    2,815 mm

    Ground clearance

    176 mm 

    176 mm

    176 mm

    Curb weight

    1,719 kg

    1,771 kg

    1,856 kg

    Tank capacity 

    67 litres

    67 litres

    67 litres

    2023 Kia Sorento

    Engine 

    As the name suggests, the base-spec and mid-spec variants of the SUV are powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine, which comes paired with a 6-Speed automatic transmission. The power is sent to the front wheels in the base-spec 7-seater model, while the mid-spec 6-seater version houses an all-wheel drive setup. 

    The top-spec 2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater, on the other hand, gets energy from a 2.2-litre turbo diesel mill hooked with an 8-Speed DCT gearbox and all-wheel drive system.

    2023 Kia Sorento

    The detailed specifications are as follows -

    Specs

    2.5L 2WD 7-seater

    2.5L AWD 6-seater

    2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater

    Engine

    Smartstream 2.5L MPi, 4 Inline Cylinders, DOHC, Petrol

    Smartstream 2.2L Turbo CRDi, 4 Inline Cylinders, DOHC, Diesel

    Max Power

    177 hp at 6,000 rpm

    199 hp at 3,800 rpm

    Max Torque

    232 Nm at 4,000 rpm

    440 Nm between 1,750 rpm - 2,750 rpm

    Drivetrain

    2WD

    AWD

    AWD

    Transmission

    6-Speed automatic

    8-Speed DCT

    Features

    2023 Kia SorentoBoth 7-seater and 6-seater iterations of the Malaysia-spec Kia Sorento are loaded with top-notch features inside and out. However, it's worth noting that the higher trims offer even more advanced features taking comfort and convenience to the next level. Here’s a detailed comparison of the variant-wise features -

    2023 Kia Sorento

    Features

    2.5L 2WD 7-seater

    2.5L AWD 6-seater (over 2.5L 2WD 7-seater )

    2.2L Diesel AWD 6-seater (over 2.5L AWD 6-seater)

    Exterior

    • Dual LED Projector headlights with auto on/off function
    • LED daytime running lights
    • LED rear combination lights
    • LED front fog lights
    • LED rear fog lights
    • Rain sensing wipers with variable intermittent function
    • Smart keyless entry
    • Power-adjustable and power folding side mirrors with turn indicators and heated function
    • Smart Power tailgate
    • Four front and four rear parking sensors
    • Roof rails
     

    Interior

    • 4.2 inch instrument cluster
    • Engine start/stop button
    • Electronic Parking Brake
    • Cruise control
    • 8-way powered driver seat with 2-way lumbar adjustment
    • 8-way powered front passenger seat
    • Metal accelerator pedal
    • Auto dimming rear view mirror
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Drive mode selection
    • Dual-zone auto air conditioning
    • Sun visors with vanity mirrors
    • Interior lighting (Map light, cabin light & cargo area light)
    • 60:40 split-fold with remote folding
    • Fabric seat material
    • Wireless charger  
    • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
    • Heads-up display
    • Rear sunshade
    • 50:50 separated seats with remote folding
    • Leatherette seat material
    • Paddle shifters
    • Terrain mode

    Infotainment

    • 10.25 inch touchscreen display
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 6 USB ports
    • Standard Audio system with 6 speakers
    • Reverse camera
    • Bose audio system with 12 speakers
    • Surround view monitor
     

    Safety

    • 6 airbags
    • High Beam Assist
    • Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Avoidance Assist
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist
    • Lane Keeping Assist (Line and Road)
    • Driver Attention Warning
    • Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Junction Turning support
    • Lane Following Assist
    • Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go support
    • ABS with EBD and BA
    • Electronic stability control
    • Traction control
    • Multi-collision brake control
    • Auto hold function
    • Rear occupant alert
    • Hill start assist 
    • Blind-spot view monitor
     

    2023 Kia Sorento

    Which Kia Sorento variant should you buy?

    Overall, the all-new Kia Sorento is a versatile SUV that meets the needs of a variety of buyers, as it is available in both 7-seater and 6-seater configurations, as well as petrol and diesel mills. Consider your family’s requirements and the power and efficiency you need based on your driving habits and choose the one that suits you best.

    Also read: Kia introduces its first three-row electric SUV, the EV9

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