The Sorento X-Line is a slightly tougher take on Kia’s all-new SUV

Looking for a little extra ride height?
by Drei Laurel | Sep 23, 2020
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Earlier this year, Kia gifted the car world the all-new Sorento. The Korean-made SUV intrigued with its new turbo hybrid powertraina 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine working with a 44.2kW electric motor to make 227hp and 350Nm. That it looks drop-dead gorgeous helps, too.

Now, the brand is expanding on the all-new Sorento’s proposition by offering it in X-Line form for the US market. This version retains the same overall package but flaunts improvements meant to give the vehicle a little extra versatility off the beaten path.

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The biggest upgrades in the Sorento X-Line SX-Prestige is its advanced all-wheel-drive management system, center locking differential, and downhill descent control. This version of the SUV also rides 211mm off the ground—a 25mm improvement over the standard version.

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Kia has also thrown in a handful of aesthetic changes to go with the added capability, namely: revised bumpers, a bridge-type roof rack, as well as different 20-inch alloy wheels in a stealthy black finish. These build on the regular Sorento’s tough look, which features a macho profile and what might be the most solid face in the brand’s lineup.

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Besides the aforementioned hybrid setup, the all-new Sorento is also available with a 2.5-liter gasoline capable of 191hp and 247Nm, and a 2.5-liter turbo with 281hp and 421Nm. A more potent 1.6-liter hybrid setup has also been announced, though this won’t be available at least until 2021. Features worth mentioning include the availability of a premium 12-speaker Bose sound setup, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a host of driver-assist tech.

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Again, the X-Line doesn’t offer that much more over the regular Sorento. For those who often find themselves driving on less-than-stellar surfaces, though, the upgrades it offers may just change their minds. What do you think?

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