Kia Sorento Ground Clearance

Ground clearance (also acknowledged as Ride height) denotes the height from the minimum tip of the car’s undercarriage and the point of the tires’ contact with the horizontal road. But, the maker of the model might exploit little tweaks to the standard measure to come up with appealing outcome suggesting the actual length from the shock absorbers, the engine oil pan or the muffler to the ground is lesser than specified in the printed manual.

It is no wonder while reasonable car buyers chase an increased ground clearance to bypass issues when parking near the bumps or on trip through the rough area. The exact ride height of the model deviates from 180 to 210 mm based on the year of production and equipment. Don’t forget that a heavy- packed auto will easily miss about 1 inch of ground clearance.

Luckily, the model ground clearance can be gained via spacers for shock absorbers to make the auto sit higher off the ground. While enjoying a taller model, you forfeit a piece of the original stability and maneuverability in angled turns. Contrarily model ground clearance can be trimmed in the name of sharpened handling and stability.

There a number of ways to increase ground clearance. When it comes to lifting or lowering your Kia Sorento you can choose between bigger tires, a leveling kit, coil spring assisters, coilovers, airlift suspension, suspension lifts, etc.

08.2014 – 01.2018

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 AT EX 185
2.0 AT AWD EX 185
2.4 AT L 185
2.4 AT LX 185
2.4 AT AWD LX 185
3.3 V6 AT SX 185
3.3 V6 AT SX Limited 185
3.3 V6 AT EX 185
3.3 V6 AT LX 185
3.3 V6 AT AWD SX 185
3.3 V6 AT AWD SX Limited 185
3.3 V6 AT AWD EX 185
3.3 V6 AT AWD LX 185

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Kia Sorento. Tip 1 – Get Bigger Tires.

You can raise the ground clearance of your Kia Sorento by upgrading tires to the bigger size. This will earn you extra 0,5-1 inch of clearance.


07.2012 – 07.2014

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.4 AT 2WD LX 180
2.4 AT 4WD LX 180
3.3 AT 2WD LX 180
3.3 AT 2WD EX 180
3.3 AT 2WD SX 180
3.3 AT 2WD Limited 180
3.3 AT 4WD LX 180
3.3 AT 4WD EX 180
3.3 AT 4WD SX 180
3.3 AT 4WD Limited 180

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Kia Sorento. Tip 2 – Install Leveling Kit.

Leveling kits are designed to level out the uneven stance and increase the ground clearance of your Kia Sorento. In most cases, the slight lift will allow for bigger tires. Please refer to Plus Sizing Guides.


05.2009 – 06.2012

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.4 MT 2WD Sorento 180
2.4 MT 2WD LX 180
2.4 MT 4WD LX 180
2.4 MT 4WD EX 180
2.4 AT 2WD LX 180
2.4 AT 2WD Sorento 180
2.4 AT 4WD EX 180
2.4 AT 4WD LX 180
3.5 AT 2WD Sorento 180
3.5 AT 2WD LX 180
3.5 AT 4WD Sorento 180
3.5 AT 4WD EX 180
3.5 AT 4WD LX 180

How to raise Ground Clearance on your Kia Sorento. Tip 3 – install Suspension Lift Kit.

Kia Sorento Suspension Lift Kits (only available for trucks and SUVs) provide the proper clearance between the tire and chassis when going off-road. Normally, it increases the ground clearance from 2 to 8 inches.


04.2006 – 04.2009

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 CRDi MT 4WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 4WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 2WD Base 210
2.5 CRDi MT 2WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 2WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 4WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 4WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 2WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 2WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 2WD Base 210
3.3 AT 4WD LX 210
3.3 AT 4WD EX 210
3.3 AT 2WD Base 210
3.3 AT 2WD LX 210
3.3 AT 2WD EX 210
3.8 AT 4WD LX 210
3.8 AT 4WD EX 210
3.8 AT 2WD Base 210
3.8 AT 2WD LX 210
3.8 AT 2WD EX 210

02.2002 – 03.2006

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.4 MT 4WD LX 210
2.4 MT 4WD EX 210
2.4 MT 2WD EX 210
2.4 MT 2WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 4WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 4WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 2WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi MT 2WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 4WD LX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 4WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 2WD EX 210
2.5 CRDi AT 2WD LX 210
3.5 AT 4WD LX 210
3.5 AT 4WD EX 210
3.5 AT 2WD EX 210
3.5 AT 2WD LX 210

08.2014 – 07.2017

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Deluxe 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Luxury 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Prestige 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse Special 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Prestige 7 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse 7 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse Special 7 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Prestige 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse Special 5 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Prestige 7 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse 7 seats 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse Special 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse Special 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Prestige 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse Special 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Prestige 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Luxury 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse Special 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Prestige 7 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse Special 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Prestige 5 seats 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Luxury 5 seats 184

07.2012 – 07.2014

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 VGT AT 2WD LX 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD TLX Special 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD TLX 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD LIMITED Special 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD LIMITED 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Prestige 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Prestige 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD LIMITED 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD TLX 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD TLX Special 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD LX 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse 184
2.0 VGT AT 4WD LIMITED Special 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Noblesse 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD LX 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD TLX Special 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD TLX 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD LIMITED Special 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD LIMITED 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD Prestige 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Prestige 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD LIMITED 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD LIMITED Special 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD TLX 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD TLX Special 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD LX 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD Noblesse 184

05.2009 – 06.2012

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.0 VGT AT 2WD LX Premium 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD TLX Premium 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD TLX Premier 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD TLX Maximum Premium 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD LIMITED Premium 184
2.0 VGT AT 2WD TLX LIMITED Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD TLX LIMITED Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD LIMITED Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD TLX Maximum Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD TLX Premier 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD TLX Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 2WD LX Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD TLX LIMITED Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD LIMITED Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD TLX Maximum Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD TLX Premier 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD TLX Premium 184
2.2 VGT AT 4WD LX Premium 184
2.4 MPI AT 2WD LX Premium 184
2.4 MPI AT 2WD TLX Premium 184
2.4 MPI AT 2WD TLX Premier 184
2.4 MPI AT 2WD TLX Maximum Premium 184
2.7 LPI AT 2WD LX Premium 184
2.7 LPI AT 2WD TLX Premium 184
2.7 LPI AT 2WD TLX Premier 184
2.7 LPI AT 2WD TLX Maximum Premium 184

04.2006 – 04.2009

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 MT 4WD LX 210
2.5 MT 4WD LX Premium Type 210
2.5 MT 4WD TLX Premium 210
2.5 MT 4WD Type TLX Premium Type 210
2.5 MT 2WD LX 210
2.5 MT 2WD LX Premium Type 210
2.5 MT 2WD TLX Premium 210
2.5 MT 2WD Type TLX Premium Type 210
2.5 AT 4WD Type TLX Premium Type 210
2.5 AT 4WD TLX Premium 210
2.5 AT 4WD LX Premium Type 210
2.5 AT 4WD LX 210
2.5 AT 2WD Type TLX Premium Type 210
2.5 AT 2WD TLX Premium 210
2.5 AT 2WD LX Premium Type 210
2.5 AT 2WD LX 210
2.5 AT 4WD Limited 210
2.5 AT 4WD Premium 210
2.5 AT 2WD Limited 210
2.5 AT 2WD Premium 210
2.5 AT 4WD Type TLX Premium Type 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD TLX Premium 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD LX Premium Type 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD LX 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD Type TLX Premium Type 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD TLX Premium 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD LX Premium Type 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD LX 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD Limited 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 4WD Premium 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD Type TLX Premium Type 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD TLX Premium 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD LX Premium Type 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD LX 7 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD Type TLX Premium Type 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD TLX Premium 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD LX Premium Type 5 seats 210
2.5 AT 2WD LX 5 seats 210

02.2002 – 03.2006

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
2.5 MT 4WD Base 210
2.5 MT 2WD Base 210
2.5 AT 4WD Base 210
2.5 AT 2WD Base 210
3.5 AT 4WD Base 210

How to lower the Ground Clearance on your Kia Sorento.

Option 1 – Install Lowering Springs.

Option 2 – Install Coilovers

Option 3 – Install Air Suspension Kit


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