10,004 reasons to buy a Kia Sorento SX Right This Very Instant

A no-strings attached $10k discount, plus four more reasons why Kia’s seven-seat SUV, the Sorento, is so hot right now


If you’re interested in a Kia Sorento, we can say you’re probably looking for a very complete set of features in one car.

CarBuyer tested the latest model and came away impressed. Not surprising, since the Sorento is a car that can do just about anything, but also pull it off with style, efficiency, and all without breaking the bank when it comes to price.

Yet signing the dotted line on a brand new automobile isn’t a small thing, so some clear planning and understanding of the subject is certainly required before you seal the deal.
But with the Sorento, there are some very substantial reasons as to why waiting longer won’t get you a better deal than the one Kia Singapore is already offering.


Reasons 1-10,000: Buying now means getting $10,000 dollars off

We made the most important reason(s) the first one, naturally.

The short version: Come July 1, 2018, the Kia Sorento SX will see a $10,000 rise in price, so if you buy one before that deadline, you’ll have saved $10k.

The long version: Because of the nature of the current Vehicular Emissions Scheme (VES), cars are currently rated on four pollutants (carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides). The fifth pollutant, particulate matter (PM), will apply to cars after June 30, 2018.

Currently the Kia Sorento SX has a neutral rank in VES, but with PM scores taken into account, it’ll be subject to VES band C1, or a $10,000 penalty. But again, that only comes into force on July 1 this year, so get thee down to the Kia showroom now.


Reason 2: Space and grace

If you’re strapped for time: The key reason to buy a Sorento is because it’s not a sedan or an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle).

Yet, to sum it up like that wouldn’t be doing the car justice. We all know Kia’s been doing a bang-up job of pushing the envelope for design, as its very full trophy shelf of awards show.

I mean, just look at it. If you were to take the new Sorento 10 years back in time and tell everyone it’s a Korean car, you’d be labelled delusional. With sporty, attractive and dynamic lines like these, it adds a big dose of fun and fashion, proving that you needn’t sacrifice cool factor for the flexibility of seven seats and masses of space (142 to 1,665-litres of cargo room, to be precise).

Reason 3: Continental-level luxury and technology without the premium price

What sort of technology would you expect from an East Asian (that is, Japanese or Korean) SUV in 2018?

A turbocharged diesel engine, for grunty torque and excellent fuel consumption, plus something no rival can boast – an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Excellent safety with a five-star NCAP rating and six airbags.

Automatic tailgate, smart self-parking, ventilated front seats, keyless entry, second and third-row AC vents, drive modes, powered front seats…the list goes on and on.

If you peek at the Sorento’s list of attributes, you might think you’re look at the spec sheet of a European SUV, one that costs much, much more. It’s sort of mind-boggling to think that all this is crammed into a car that costs less than $150,000 with COE.

Reason 4: Reliability and industry-leading warranties

The Sorento is the highest ranked car in its segment for initial quality by J.D. Power. In Singapore, it’s backed by one of the most generous warranties around – a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty for the entire vehicle, and a 10-year unlimited mileage engine warranty. Not to mention that with Kia Singapore, taking care of your Sorento is a breeze with a wide range of service packages, service types, and four service centres spread out across Singapore for the ultimate convenience, affordability and reliability.

about the author

Jon Lim
CarBuyer's staff writer was its fourth historical Jonathan. Old-fashioned in all but body, he thinks car design peaked in the '90s and is enthusiastic about vintage cars and old machinery.