KIA Sorento R

The smarter SUV

From its early roots as a true 4X4 off-roader, Sorento has evolved into an intelligent city cruiser designed to cater for your every driving desire.


(2014) Kia Sorento EX R-SERIES (5dr 7 seat Wagon)

New next generation MY13 Sorento R arrives in NZ November 2012 at a lower price than the outgoing model. All-new platform, which has increased torsional rigidity by 18%, using more high tensile steel than most vehicles in this class. Features a new optional LCD instrument cluster, new dashboard & controls, with tactile surfaces & trim that impart a more luxurious feel. All Sorento R models include cruise control & steering wheel controls for the 6-speaker touch screen audio, dual zone A/C, trip computer, rain sensors, remote locking & reversing sensors with rear camera that now displays in the dashboard. Leather (with front seats heated) is standard from EX models-up. Detailed body changes deliver sharper & more aerodynamic styling.

Adoption of LED Daytime Running Lights, brings the Sorento into line with other Kia models. LED lights are part of a new headlamp cluster that angles in towards the more aggressive tiger nose grille & new front bumper, which contains vertical-axis fog lights. New tailgate with LED rear combination lamps, new rear bumper & an expanded range of wheels that include larger 19in alloys. Major upgrades include a stronger, yet lighter re-engineered bodyshell, enhanced powertrain for improved fuel economy with lower emissions & revised suspension.

MY13 Sorento R range offers a 2.4L petrol engine opt in the Urban 2WD & AWD models & a 2.2L diesel in both urban & AWD in various specs levels all with 3-rows of seating for 7-occupants & pricing starting from $46,490 + ORC, a reduction of $500. Kia also adds a new top-of-the range model to head the line-up, the Sorento R Premium, which comes with a full luxury package, including a 2-part panoramic sunroof & powered blind that runs almost the length of the roof, ventilated front seats & new adaptive headlights. For the 1st time in a Kia, there is a new Smart Park Assist function that auto parallel parks the vehicle, hands free (on Limited & Premium only).

Thanks to the powertrain upgrades & weight reduction of up to 141kg on some models (an 8% reduction), fuel economy in the combined cycle is down an average of 4%, to 7.1L-to-7.3L/100km (ADR), depending on model. R-series 2.2L 145kW/436Nm diesel engine, which powers all but one model in NZ, has been enhanced with CO2 emissions as low as 187g/km. 6AT with sequential manual shift, is now standard across the range. Fuel economy has been improved also through a Neutral Control, which automatically shifts the transmission from D to N when the car is stopped for more than a few seconds, reducing engine load.

The gear selector lever has also changed to a straight gate layout. Range for 2012 offers a 2.4L LX Petrol FWD or AWD, 2.2L R LX Diesel FWD or AWD, 2.2L R EX Diesel AWD, 2.2L R LTD Diesel FWD or AWD & a 2.2L R Premium Diesel AWD. A limited edition of Kia’s popular Sorento R launched in NZ December 2014, with only 31 models currently available nationwide. The 2.2L AWD diesel Sorento SX boasts larger 19in alloy wheels & a polished nudge bar, along with custom mats & interior features, all for $47,990 + ORC, a saving of more than $10,000 on a similarly equipped model from the regular Sorento line-up.

Leather upholstery, reversing camera & sensors, rain-sensing wipers, touch-screen audio, dual zone climate control, smart cornering lights, front and rear fog lights, & daytime running lights are all included in the limited edition SX. All models in the Kia Sorento range, including the limited edition SX, benefit from 3-rows of seating, allowing for up to seven occupants to travel comfortably. An intelligent 6-speed automatic transmission is standard across the range, & the AWD system featured in the SX makes use of intelligent technology that senses loss of traction on slippery surfaces & directs increased drive to those wheels with the most traction.

General Info

Price $58890
Shape Wagon
No. Doors 5
Seats 7


Wheelbase 2700
Turning Diameter 5
Minimum Clearance 15
Height 1700
Length 4685
Width 1885




Brakes Rear solid disc
Front disc, vented
Entertainment & Communication CD player
6-speaker audio system
RDS Radio Data System display
AM/FM tuner
AUX input with USB capability
Touch-screen display audio system
HFT Bluetooth Handsfree mobile phone system
Exterior Roof rails
Rear spoiler
Door mirror's with LED turn indicator lights
Door handles, chrome finish
Power adjustable door mirror's
Door mirror's, heated
Interior Steering wheel with leather trim
Cargo area shelf cover
Steering wheel mounted cruise control
Multi-function trip computer
2nd row centre armrest
Instrument cluster-panel with leather wrap
A/C dual zone
TFT colour display screen
Steering column, tilt/telescopic adjustable
Leather interior trim
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Gear selector with leather trim
Centre console sunglass holder
ECM rear view mirror, electrochromatic
Front cup holders
Rear cupholders integrated in rear armrest
Lighting Vanity mirror illuminated
Front fog lights
LED DRL's (daytime running lights)
LED rear tail lights
Dual map reading lights
Interior mood lighting
ACL Active Cornering Lights
High-mounted stop light integrated in rear spoiler
Rear fog lights
Auto Light Control with welcome/escort function
HID Xenon headlights
Safety EBD Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
BAS Brake Assist System
HAC Hill Start Assist Control
ABS Anti-lock Braking System
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Child safety rear door locks
Dual curtain airbags (1st row)
Dual curtain airbags (2nd row)
Reversing camera
Dual front airbags
Seatbelts rear, diagonal ELR x3
Active head restraints, front
ESP Electronic Stability Programme
ISOFIX child seat anchorage points x2, 2nd row seat
Parking sensors, rear
Dual side airbags


Engine Name Kia R-Series 2.2td
Engine Description DOHC, CRDI turbo
Drive Train AWD
Compress Ratio 16
Aspiration Turbo
Valve Train DOHC
Fuel Tank Capacity 70
Recomended Fuel Diesel
BasicFuelType Diesel
Capacity 2199
Cylinder Count 4
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Transmission Manufacturer Kia
Gears 6
Transmission Type Automatic Sportshift
Torque Nm 436
Torque Min RPM 1800
Torque Max RPM 2500
Power Kw 145
Power RPM 3800
Economy Combined 7.3
CO2 Emissions 192


Kerb Weight Min 1801
Kerb Weight Max 1817
Towing Capacity Braked 2000
Towing Capacity Unbraked 750

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