Fourth-gen Kia Sorento embraces comfort and style

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Kia has unveiled the fourth generation of its Sorento, saying it raises standards in the midsize SUV class.

The Korean car builder says the interior represents a major change in quality and design, moving from a utilitarian space in the first generation to something more desirable and comfortable.

The new Sorento has a next-generation designed based around twin digital displays in the dashboard.

A 12.3in digital driver instrument cluster is twinned with a 10.25in touchscreen infotainment and navigation system at the center of the dashboard.

Many functions can be controlled with haptic buttons on either side of the screen, which also feature further down the dashboard for the climate control system.

The cabin includes an optional Mood Lighting System emitting a soft ambient downlighting from beneath the dashboard and door trim.

A wireless smartphone charger sits at the base of the center console while a Bose surround-sound system is available.

The cabin blends metallic trim, leather upholstery and embossed satin-effect surfaces, with Kia promising a more sophisticated appearance and ambience.

European customers will be offered a choice of black cloth, leather or black quilted Nappa leather.

Emilio Herrera, chief operating officer for Kia Motors Europe, said, “While the car was initially launched in 2002 as a utilitarian all-terrain vehicle, the fourth-generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable.”

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