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Kia Sorento



  • cb70cb70 Posts: 226
    5 passenger Sorento.

    Maybe they will come out with the rear seats at a later date?

  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    The Korean webpage I mentioned in posting #13, which led to all the links yoonny checked out, just shows what KIA puts in a vehicle in their home market. The Santa Fe in Korea has a 7-seater configuration as well, and lots of other stuff, we did not see so far. And I'm pretty sure we won't. And in Europe neither. However, it shows what's possible in such a size vehicle. Even in larger SUV's in the US-market the room of a third row seating is debatable, as usually the leg room is pretty bad for larger than 6 footers. And most of us are. For the Sorento, the US will not get the 7-seater configuration. Nor the Navigation system or the headlight washers. The Sorento in Korea though does not have the side curtain airbags yet, which will be available here. And, and, and. But the good thing is that KIA will kick some serious butt with the Sorento in whatever configuration they will market here. And I can only repeat what I said in an earlier posting: The Sorento will be another important Milestone for KIA here and around the world.
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    I just found out, that the Sorento will be available in Europe with a 2.5l Common-Rail Diesel, a 2.4l 4-cyl., and 3.5l V6. At least the Diesel and the 4-cyl. will be available with manual transmissions! That might give "the manual tranny front" some hope for the US as well!
  • dookissdookiss Posts: 3
    i don't know why korean car maker doesn't make navigation system available here. actually i wanted to buy hyundai sonata last fall, since it looks good to me and i know korean car is good enough to drive. (i am korean student in us graduate school). but i needed the car with navigation system since i cannot find the location without it. so i bought acura tl. it is a good car, but not good enough for additional $12,000 and i don't want to pay over $30,000 for a car. kia optima, daewoo magnus, hyundai sonata and of course hyundai xg all have navi in korea. i heard even elantra will get one. sorento looks real good to me. i think i will buy this one 2 years later, if they make good navi available. i always keep the car 3 years.
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  • yeppyepp Posts: 5
    Why not just get a map?
    Offering luxuries such as navSYSTEMS may go against Hyundai's philosophy of offering a lot for less.
    Think about it: A 18k car with a navSYSTEM?
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    Dookiss, thanks for the posting. Great to have you. We are all "imports", aren't we? Somehow at least. And you are absolutely right: in Korea you find much more models with a navi-system of some kind. It's the same in Europe. The new Ford Fiesta (smaller than the Focus, guys!!!) will have a navi as an option, so do endless other French, Italian etc. brands, even GM's Opel Corsa - all smaller that the Elantra! We come out of highly populated countries, dookiss, and we are used to other things, but the systems will come over here, too. Just takes time. And for yepp, those things are cheaper than you imagine! And, yes, I believe a 18k car with a navi is absolutely possible. Hey, just wait, even though it's not planned yet for the US-Sorento, KIA and the Hyundai-group in general will surely surprise us with the face-lifted XG (already introduced in Korea) for 2003, and surely in a year or two with a Sorento Limited which will have the navi option! As always, stay safe!
  • Guys,

    It appears that the Sorento will be pretty popular in the US market. Here in Korea, it is a stunning sucess. I work for Hyundai on the diesel engine side so the common rail engine system is becoming the market standard here in Korea and in Europe.

    The price for the Sorento has not been decided for the US market, as of yet. With that said, maybe guys in product planning already figured out the price. Anyway, the fully loaded Sorento is about 29Million won, which is about $22,307. This is with the 2.5L common rail diesel engine. The US model will be equipped with 3.5L ,with different engine software than that of the XG350.

    Let see if the Sorento rocks..!!
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    discuss(or any of the other posters here)whether Kia will offer a Sorento model with manual transmission? It looks to be only electronically-controlled automatic transmission offered so far. Also, do you know any of the 2003 Sportage changes that are in the works? Body redesign or mechanical changes? Spill the beans if you feel free to!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • Hi..
    I guess some people are looking for the Sorento with manual tranny. However for your dissapointment, there will be no manual tranny for the Sorento.
    As far as the changes in the Sportage is concerned, there will be no major changes. There are rumors to upgrade the engine with the V-6 2.5 found in the Optima but then again that is just a rumor.

    Just for your info, here at HQ a black Sorento with is displayed. It looks really sweet..
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    Hope you can kind of understand the following:
    an=njong ha-shim-ni-kka, kiloserra? na nun han-gug-mar=ul mot ham-nida. dog=il mar=ul ha-shim-ni-kka?
    Thanks a lot for your input. I just need to find the pictures of the manual transmission for Europe of the Sorento - I have them somewhere...
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    Our friends in the Netherlands:

    Second picture on the right. Manual. You can enlarge it.

  • site815site815 Posts: 16
    Hello. I can't speak Korean. Can you speak German?
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    Thanks, site815! I knew by posting my message I will get some feedback from our Korean friends. I hope some more will reply! Are you ready for the soccer world cup? dog=il sa-ram im-ni-da! West! So, but please, guys, be diplomatic in your reply! OK, back to the Sorento... You can buy the Sorento now in Korea and you might have read my comments regarding the 7-seater configuration. What do you guys think of it? Anybody out there to give us some measurements in leg room, head and shoulder room in the 3rd row to confirm my thoughts?
  • All sorento's will come with a standard V6, the 3.5L which it comes from the Hyundai XG350/kia sedona van. 16" are supposed to be standard to set it apart from the ageing but dominat Kia sportage. The Sorento is still on body on fram and not a unibody construction chassie. The sorento has 192+ Hp and about 200+ tourqe. The sorento gets its styling Shape, size, and performance from the Mercedes-Benz ML-Series, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango (mostly the Grand Cherokee. The reson for me saying this is that parent Hyundai Corparation is desing and engineering Vehicles with Daimler-Chyrsler/Daimler-Mercedes-Benz, also Hyundai is trying to become partners as well as Build and design some of there vehicles. Also you proably can tell that if you've ever seen any of hyundai's and Kia's Korean cars in Asia/Europe which are Versions of Mercedes/Acuras. More to come when I find some more Gossip.
  • site815site815 Posts: 16
    First of all, we are beyond prepared for the world cup, there are all sorts of facilities for foreigners in place all over the country already. Most impressive is that there are hundreds computer terminals all around the stadiums for free internet access for everyone.

    The 7 seater configuration comes with all SUVs in Korea but most people take out the third row seats. They are too small to be practical for adults. The reason for their existance is that any car or truck that is designed for 7 passengers or more gets lower tax rates. Thats why manufacturers put almost useless seats in, in order to lower taxes. Once the vehicle is sold most people take them out. I guess that some people could find them useful though... But if you need to seat more than 5 on a regular basis, a minivan will be much better. But Koreans are on a SUV craze too so ..... :)

    I like the Sorento and thinking about getting one. One thing I don't understand is that it uses a truck ladder frame and it is more upscale than the Santa Fe. I think this should be more utilitarian in design.

    Hyundai/Kia has overlapping products.

    Hyundai Terracan(Truck)
    Kia Sorento(Truck)
    Hyundai Santa Fe(Car)
    Hyundai Galloper(Truck) - Soon to be discontinued
    Kia Sportage(Truck) - Soon to be discontinued

    If Terracan is to be the Luxury Truck based Suv, Sorento should take place of Galloper as a serious off-roader, but instead it tries to mimic Terracan.

    Besides the confusing product mix, I like the Sorento.

    I drive a BMW 525 now. Haha german cars are definetly better... just too expensive :(
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    Thanks a lot for your reply! I really appreciate it - not because most of it confirms my previous postings here and in the Townhall, but because you gave some good insights for everyone! I got some heat in the past for raising some of the overlap questions. Most of it still has to be seen under the product development cycle when Hyundai and Kia were seperate. But you are right - some things seem a little weird. Thanks. A friend of mine told me the "secret" behind the 7-seater configuration a while back. It is quite similar over here with some of the 2+2 seaters and insurance premiums! :-)
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    Sportage is soon to be discontinued? Say it isn't so! I drive a 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 and, although I see some real good things in Sorento, I love my Sportage and would prefer the Sportage model. I don't like the fact that Kia will not offer a manual transmission in Sorento. My Sportage has a 5-speed and I prefer it for the slightly better gas mileage and IMHO better overall reliablility than automatic transmissions. When I say that I mean ALL makes and models overall. I think manual tranny's are more reliable in the Long-Haul. Love that Long Haul Warranty. I heard that Kia is tweaking the Sportage a tad for 2003 but your post above is the first that I've seen where Kia is discontinuing Sportage. No! Don't do it Kia!
    Also, maybe Kia is making the Sorento with body on frame truck-loke design like Sportage in anticipation of discontinuing Sportge. They want to offer off-road capabilities still, because they always have with the Sportage and it's(may be)going away. That's cool that there's free Internet access available to all at the World Cup stadium. Most endearing!

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    site815: See, J, what you did to poor B (iluvmysephia1)? He is cying in his cereal! :-)Sorry, iluv, I could not resist, but don't worry, you will get a replacement for your Sportage. However, it might not be called Sportage...
  • site815site815 Posts: 16
    2003 6sp Manual Sorento
    2004 Cut-off Sorento a.k.a Sportage
    2003 Sonata Coupe with 3.0 and Sport Suspension.

    All in development.
  • carspy01carspy01 Posts: 137
    Hi, J! Thanks a lot. I knew of the first two. That's the reason why I tried to calm iluv down, but I did not know about the Coupe. Contrary, I heard something about a Sonata Wagon for Europe...?!?
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