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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV
Production years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Kia unveiled the facelift for the Sorento's first generation in 2006, four years after the model's introduction.

The Korean carmaker already had some experience in building 4x4 vehicles, and it tried to get a more significant share of the market with the introduction of the Sorento lineup in 2002. It was built on a body-on-frame system, and it was Kia's first attempt to enter the mid-size SUV market. The result was more than satisfactory since the carmaker offered the vehicle at a price well below its competitors.

At the front, the main difference between the facelift and the non-facelift version was on the headlights. The carmaker moved the turn-signals on their lower outer side in a colored horizontal strip. Kia modified the grille, introducing a three-slat one instead of the previous one that featured one horizontal bar in the middle. In the rear, the taillights received a new design with smaller reversing lights. Depending on the trim level, the 2006 Sorento featured body-colored bumpers.

Inside, the carmaker offered more airbags than before, and that brought the car into the five-star crash-test rating performed by the NHTSA in frontal and side-impact. A major improvement was the dashboard, which was available in gray or tan with wood-trims on the center stack and door panels.

The most significant upgrade was under the hood. For the U.S. market, the Sorento replaced the older 3.5-liter engine with two new ones of 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter displacement. For specific markets, the Korean carmaker installed a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel.

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KIA Sorento 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  2 gasoline engines
  • 3.3L V6 5AT (240 HP)
  • 3.8L V6 6AT AWD (262 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.5L CRDi 5AT AWD (170 HP)
  • 2.5L CRDi 5MT AWD (170 HP)
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KIA Sorento 3.3L V6 5AT (240 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.3L V6 5AT (240 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3340 cm3
Power
180.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
245 HP @ 6000 RPM
242 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
226 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
307 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118.1 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/65R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
74.01 in (1880 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
31.7 cuFT (898 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4473.2 lbs (2029 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5621.8 lbs (2550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.6 mpg US (14.2 L/100Km)
Highway
26.4 mpg US (8.9 L/100Km)
Combined
21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
258 g/km

KIA Sorento 3.8L V6 6AT AWD (262 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.8L V6 6AT AWD (262 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3778 cm3
Power
195.4 KW @ 6000 RPM
266 HP @ 6000 RPM
262 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
260 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
353 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P245/70 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
73.3 in (1862 mm)
Height
68.1 in (1730 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
31.7 cuFT (898 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4290 lbs (1946 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15 mpg US (15.7 L/100Km)
Highway
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Combined
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)

KIA Sorento 2.5L CRDi 5AT AWD (170 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L CRDi 5AT AWD (170 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
125 KW @ 3800 RPM
170 HP @ 3800 RPM
168 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
289 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
392 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/70R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
74 in (1880 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)
0.4
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
209 g/km

KIA Sorento 2.5L CRDi 5MT AWD (170 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L CRDi 5MT AWD (170 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
125 KW @ 3800 RPM
170 HP @ 3800 RPM
168 BHP @ 3800 RPM
Torque
289 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
392 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
21.1 gallons (79.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113.1 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/70R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
180.7 in (4590 mm)
Width
74 in (1880 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)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4332.1 lbs (1965 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5820.2 lbs (2640 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
209 g/km
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