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Kia Sorento UM (2015-2020) Questions & Answers

Also referred to as: Kia Sorento UM 2019 and Kia Sorento UM 2021. 2WD Petrol, AWD Diesel
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Roger

Rogerasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

Hi, I am seriously considering a Sorento. It was mentioned previously that it has a DPF. I understand that the Santa Fe with an identical drive train does not have a DPF. Would someone please clear this up for me please? Furthermore, does any one know if the Hyundai Tucson has a DPF?

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Anthony

Anthonyasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

I keep hearing about serious diff issues in the santa fe but none whatsever in the sorento. Don't both of them share the same drivetrain? I'm referring to model post 2012

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Luke
Luke

Apparently there were diff issues with the Sorento prior to the 2015 update when Kia engaged some Aussie engineers to change the suspension to our conditions. Since then it's been fine, hence one of the many reasons they now back it with the 7 year warranty.

Mee

Meeasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

I have a 2018 sorento limited edition and I’m thinking of getting a caravan. Can I get some feedback on anything I need to know before I get going. For example, it’s an auto so how will I do with fuel consumption, do I need to upgrade the springs etc.
Really appreciate any help I can get. Thanks

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BPT
BPT

Forget it. I have a 2018 GT line and although it has a 2000kg tow capacity, it only has a 100kg limit on the tow ball which means you can pull a box trailer or a jet ski. The only camper in all of the Jayco range that you can legally tow is the JPod. VERY disappointed with this aspect of the car.

Josh4571
Josh4571

I have a 2017 GT-Line, and have towed a small van with a tow ball weight at or around 100kgs. It towed it fine, no issues whatsoever. In saying that I wouldn’t tow anything heavier. Fuel consumption was heavier as you’d expect but nothing outrageous.

Aaron

Aaronasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

I purchased a 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum which unfortunately only has a tow ball weight of 100kg. This rules out any caravan or even some camper trailers.Its pointless being able to tow 2000kg but only having a 100kg tow ball weight. does anyone know a way of increasing the tow ball weight. i understand Hyundai have an upgrade kit but Kia doesnt seem to?

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Boris Yasminsky
Boris Yasminsky

Ball weight and towing weight are very different.
We tow a lot and our ball weight limit is 150kg and our caravan weighs 1700kg. The down force or ball weight is 142kg.
Each rig you tow will have a different down force to the ball and it can usually be measured with good bathroom scales (150kg) and a piece of wood about 100 x 100mm square/round and about 450mm long placed between the hitch and scales.
Cheers

PeterJ
PeterJ

Kia do offer a rear spring upgrade which increases the ball weight to 150Kg. This should be a lot closer to the towing limit of 2000kg.

"Jurgens" brand caravans have a 16ft Sungazer model which has a tow ball download weight of only 75 kgs. The maximum allowable loaded weight of the van is 1650kgs. The Sorento should tow it with ease.

Reggie_Downunder

Reggie_Downunderasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

Hi my knowledge with Diesel engines is very limited would anyone know if the 2016 Kia Sorento 2.2 Diesel engine has a timing belt or timing chain or does it not have one because it's a Diesel engine? Just would like to know as I just bought one and love it. I just don't want to make the same mistake I did many years ago with my car which was not Diesel??

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Emms
Emms

I don't know answer to this question, you might have to call KIA for an answer

Reggie_Downunder
Reggie_Downunder

@ Emms. Thanks for your response. I'm very happy with the Kia Sorento....Great Family Car!, However To my disappointment I have asked people at the service/parts desk and the response I've gotten (Twice) Is......Please wait a minute and I'll ask the mechanic...and both instances when the person returns.....The answer is our head mechanic hasn't had to changed a timing belt or chain on the Sorento so he's not sure. Hopefully when you come in for the next service we will have an answer for you.

I think because dealership service centres are combined with makes of cars such Kia, Ford, Honda & Subaru and fall under the same service centre they have mechanics that are 'Jack of all trades and experts of none'!.

Grazier
Grazier

It has a chain that should last the life of the engine.

Kevbigy

Kevbigyasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

I would like to mount a led light bar to my um platinum sorento 2015. I am told that because of the smart (radar) cruise control and front parking sensors this is not possible. Any one achived this successfully? I am not interested in roof mounting.

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Mount it from the underside not the topside - always best to ask an auto electrician to be sure

Ariel C
Ariel C

Yeah the smart sensor is located on the left side of the smooth black piano finish area. If you have one that's small and doesn't cover that. It's worth giving it a try. Worse case is you just take it off if the smart cruise radar isn't working. Otherwise roof is the best area. You could also experiment on mounting it higher or lower to see if it interferes. I'll have a look at that area next time I open up the bumper. It's relatively easy to take out the whole bumper to do install work like this. Do let us know if it works please. I have a 27" light bar but yet to attempt It as mounting location is a little tight in that area.

Ren

Renasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

What drive away price are people paying for the Kia Sorento 2015 model?

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Ren
Ren

Anyone?

Josh
Josh

We bought the SLI Diesel for $49K, but have heard people haggle for less. Platinum's have been sold for around $55-$56K with a few extras. Good negotiators can do well at KIA.

Josh4571
Josh4571

We just went through a broker and negotiated on a brand new 2017 Sorento GT-line for $55950 drive away.

Harry

Harryasked

Sorento UM (2015-2020)

Hi Thank you for reading this, we are about to purchase a Kia Sorento platinum in the platinum graphite colour and I am wondering if you have the two tone interior because I was wondering how dirty it gets and is the air conditioning good on hot days? Just wondering how the engine is performing also Thank you Enjoy

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davew
davew

We have the 2011 Platinum with the dark charcoal leather so can't answer your first Q. Our vehicle air con struggles if the vehicle has been sitting in the sun. It gets quite hot inside even though the exterior colour is silver and it has factory tinted windows. particularly if the front seats have been in the sun, and noticeably more so than our last vehicle, a Nissan X Trail with similar specs. We try and make sure we use a sun shade when parked. The dual climate system works well on a longer run but i can,t answer for the 3rd row as we havn't used it back there. I had it re-gassed recently which helped slightly. The engine is operating well and has plenty of grunt despite age, although I haven't run it on a dyno to check specs against factory. Oil usage has been insignificant between changes. It does have a rough spot / vibration at low revs below 1300rpm but is otherwise typical diesel and works well with the 6 speed auto. The fuel economy is excellent for the size and performance.
All the best with your purchase.

Lesley Sullivan
Lesley Sullivan

We have the 2015 Kia Sorento Platinum in sunset red. We have the two tone upholstery - no probs. Air con is very very efficient. Love the heated and cooler seats. Read my earlier post on product review re e gone missing.
Lesley

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