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Kia Sorento Hybrid review

The Kia Sorento Hybrid offers everything a great seven-seat family SUV needs to: it's well equipped, stylish and practical

Kia Sorento Hybrid
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

£38,465 - £53,145
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol


  • Great in-car tech
  • Massively practical
  • Strong performance


  • Ride quality
  • Quite expensive
  • Diesel can tow more
Car typeFuel economyCO2 emissions0-62mph

The latest Kia Sorento proves how far Kia has come in recent years, from an interesting alternative to a major player in the seven-seat SUV market. There are hybrid, plug-in hybrid and diesel versions, and it’s the first of those three that we’re focusing on here.

Although the plug-in hybrid version posts some impressive on-paper efficiency numbers, if you're not able to plug it in to top up the battery regularly, you're probably better off sticking with this non-plug-in model. It uses a 1.6-litre ‘T-GDi’ turbocharged petrol engine coupled to a small battery and electric motor, and is available in the straightforwardly-named 2, 3 and 4 trim levels.

Rivals include the SEAT Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq, although the Sorento is a little more expensive than those options, even in its entry-level form. Standard kit is a strong point, though, as you get an eight-inch infotainment system, heated seats and steering wheel, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels from the get-go. There’s no leather upholstery in the 2 model, though.

Moving up to the 3 get you 19-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch dashboard screen, full leather trim, seat heating front and rear, power-adjustable front seats, ambient lighting, wireless phone charging and a powered bootlid. The 4 adds 10-way electric seat adjustment for the driver, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, 12-speaker Bose stereo and extra active safety kit including a blind-spot camera, 360-degree camera and parking collision avoidance system.

Practicality is a strong point, as there’s loads of space inside the cabin for passengers and a big 608-litre boot with the second row of seats in place and the third row folded flat. With the rearmost seats up, there’s enough space even for adults – but they’re not ideal for long trips. Kids will fit fine, though.

The Kia Sorento scores highly on the key areas you look for in a family SUV – it’s roomy, well-equipped, safe and efficient. It’s not ideal for towing, so those with a caravan or horsebox might want to look at the diesel version, but the Hybrid model’s quiet running and efficiency are very appealing for most other buyers. For a more detailed look at the car, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…

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