The fourth-generation 2021 Kia Sorento looks way more modern in terms of exterior styling as compared to the current model offered in the local market. The fourth-generation Sorento made its global debut in September 2020. Speaking of which, Kia Philippines has yet to release any word as to when will the new Sorento arrive in the market.
So, while waiting for further announcements, Korean car brand Kia has given something to Sorento fans that will make them want the fourth-generation even more aside from its new styling. The 2021 Kia Sorento both bagged a five-star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Euro NCAP.
The 2021 Kia Sorento
The Sorento variant tested by ANCAP is the 2.2-liter turbo diesel AWD. It was awarded an 82 percent score in the adult occupant protection category, 89 percent score in the safety assist category (the highest since the introduction for stricter criteria in 2020), 85 percent in the child occupant protection, and 63 percent in the vulnerable road user protection.
However, ANCAP notes that the 2021 Sorento has weak protection of the driver’s chest and upper legs, as well as of a pedestrian’s pelvis and head. Nonetheless, the Sorento’s safety features such as eight airbags, driver attention monitoring, autonomous emergency braking system, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring assist help it earn the five-star rating.
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The all-new fourth-generation Sorento is off to a good start
Meanwhile, the entire Kia Sorento lineup received a five-star rating from the Euro NCAP. The midsize crossover was awarded an 82 percent score in the adult occupant protection category, 85 percent score in the child occupant protection category, 63 percent score in the pedestrian protection category, and 87 percent score in the safety assist category.
According to the Euro NCAP, part of the 2021 Sorento’s maximum rating is the integration of the Advanced High Strength Steel bodyshells. This helped the Sorento score higher than any vehicles in its respective segment.
Owners could not only expect a good design, but also optimum safety
Director of Product Planning and Pricing at Kia Motor Europe Pablo Martinez commented on the Sorento’s five-star rating by saying, “The new Kia Sorento is spacious, efficient, and high-quality SUV for up to seven passengers and owners can be reassured that it offers a high level of safety too.”
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Know more about Kia Sorento
If you are looking for a vehicle fitted with the right amount of technological innovations, the Kia Sorento is suitable for you. Aside from the latest enhancements, this midsize crossover is built with a classy exterior and interior, making driving a pleasurable experience. Locally, the available variants are the Kia Sorento 2.2L EX FWD AT and the Kia Sorento 2.2L EX AWD AT. You can have it in Snow White Pearl, Silky Silver, Platinum Graphite, Metal Stream, Aurora Black Pearl, and Imperial Bronze.