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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Kia stepped up its game and entered the mid-sized SUV market with the Sorento in 2002, a vehicle sold worldwide under the same nameplate.

The Korean carmaker was not new to the world of body-on-frame 4x4 vehicles. It already had the first generation of the Sportage. In its history, several other vehicles followed the same construction. However, after its marriage with Hyundai in 1997, the company was upgraded, and the results followed. The Sorento was one of the most important vehicles in the carmaker's lineup and showed the world that it could produce good quality, affordable SUVs.

Born in the middle of the new-edge design trend, the Sorento sported a front fascia dominated by curved lines and sharp angles, especially on the headlights. Moreover, to emphasize its off-road capability, the car featured a gray, unpainted lower bumper area, depending on the trim level. From its sides, the greenhouse offered a profile similar to a station wagon, just higher. In addition, the curved tailgate was extended all the way to the bumper to ease up the loading and unloading.

Inside, the high seating position was appropriate for an SUV. Even though the materials used were average, the layout was clean and logical. On the center stack, Kia installed the audio system on top, which was easy to reach by the driver. Moreover, there were controls on the steering wheel. At the back, there was room enough for three passengers.

Kia installed a front independent suspension on the Sorento that enhanced comfort, while the back was supported by a live axle. Power went to the rear or in all corners via a two-speed transfer case activated by a rotary knob on the dashboard. Depending on the market, the carmaker installed a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine or a choice of two gasoline-fed powerplants.

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KIA Sorento 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.4L 16V 5MT (139 HP)
  • 3.5L V6 4AT awd (195 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.5L CRDi 4AT AWD (140 HP)
  • 2.5L CRDi 5MT AWD (140 HP)
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KIA Sorento 2.4L 16V 5MT (139 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 16V 5MT (139 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2351 cm3
Power
102 KW @ 5500 RPM
139 HP @ 5500 RPM
137 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
145 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
196 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104.4 mph (168 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
13.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/75R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.92 in (4570 mm)
Width
73.22 in (1860 mm)
Height
67.71 in (1720 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/62.2 in (1,580/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
106.69 in (2710 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.2 in (208 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.2 cuFT (487 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4052.1 lbs (1838 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5412.3 lbs (2455 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.9 mpg US (14.8 L/100Km)
Highway
27.3 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
259 g/km

KIA Sorento 3.5L V6 4AT awd (195 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 4AT awd (195 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3497 cm3
Power
143 KW @ 5500 RPM
194 HP @ 5500 RPM
192 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
217 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
294 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
119 mph (192 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/70R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/62.2 in (1,580/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
106.7 in (2710 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.2 in (208 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.2 cuFT (487 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4226.3 lbs (1917 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5643.8 lbs (2560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.8 mpg US (17 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
19.8 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
286 g/km

KIA Sorento 2.5L CRDi 4AT AWD (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L CRDi 4AT AWD (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 3800 RPM
140 HP @ 3800 RPM
138 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
253 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
343 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
15.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/75 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/62.2 in (1,580/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
106.7 in (2710 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.2 in (208 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.2 cuFT (487 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4312.2 lbs (1956 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5754 lbs (2610 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Combined
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
204 g/km

KIA Sorento 2.5L CRDi 5MT AWD (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L CRDi 5MT AWD (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 3800 RPM
140 HP @ 3800 RPM
138 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
253 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
343 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
106 mph (171 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/75 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
73.2 in (1859 mm)
Height
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.2/62.2 in (1,580/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase
106.7 in (2710 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.2 in (208 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.2 cuFT (487 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.42
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4312.2 lbs (1956 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5732 lbs (2600 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
Highway
36.2 mpg US (6.5 L/100Km)
Combined
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
204 g/km
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