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Naza Kia Sorento: A step above

Kia redesigned virtually every body panel when it facelifted the Sorento. — Pictures courtesy of Naza KiaKia redesigned virtually every body panel when it facelifted the Sorento. — Pictures courtesy of Naza KiaKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — In a marketplace crowded with sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), it is difficult to stand out, yet the Kia Sorento does so with remarkable aplomb.

Fully redesigned for the latest edition, the mid-sized SUV has gained a striking new aesthetic that adds a distinct dynamism to an already elegant design, with all the trappings of a crossover but none of the shortfalls.

The Sorento has been very well received by the international motoring press, getting a solid 5/5 from JD Powers for overall quality, and called “premium”, “practical”, and “economical” by CAR magazine that gave it five stars for usability and four stars overall.

The Sorento is also not just a pretty face. Under the sculpted hood is a robust 2.2L common-rail, direct injection four-cylinder diesel engine fitted with a variable-vane turbocharger that takes off with a bang and just keeps on pulling.

The engine output would not be out of place in a small performance car: 200PS and 441Nm pushed through a six-speed automatic transmission and the Dynamax all-wheel drive system.

Together, the combination will take you from a red light to a speeding ticket in no time. The torque that is available from just 1,750rpm also makes it a breeze to pass others safely, both on the highway or in town commutes.

To make the Sorento more manoeuvrable on city streets, it comes equipped with a motor-driven power steering along with hill-start assist to prevent it from accidentally rolling back when stopped on slopes.

The mid-sized Sorento seats seven comfortably in its premium cabin.The mid-sized Sorento seats seven comfortably in its premium cabin.Other driving conveniences include the adaptive headlights, electronic parking brake with an option to automatically hold the vehicle in place while stopped, and a built-in tyre pressure monitoring system.

It's also not just the driver that gets to enjoy the Sorento. With a total of seven spacious seats, the Sorento comes with a stylishly designed interior that is built using premium materials to ensure a luxuriant quality throughout.

The Sorento also impresses on the safety front. It is fitted with both electronic traction and stability controllers as well as anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brakeforce distribution features incorporated.

With the six airbags and standard fixtures to accommodate ISOFIX child seats inside, it's no wonder that the Kia SUV received five stars for safety in both the European and North American NCAP ratings.

If the Sorento sounds like your kind of modern SUV, Naza Kia is running its best-ever “Power Deals” right now, offering three years of free parts and labour as well as cash rebates of up to RM16,000 for selected Naza Kia models and a guaranteed trade-in value via the Kia Value 5 programme.

Further details of the Sorento are available at the your nearest Naza Kia showroom or via their website.

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