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
- Great in-car tech
- Massively practical
- Strong performance
- Ride quality
- Quite expensive
- Diesel can tow more
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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…
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Kia Sorento Hybrid offers everything a great seven-seat family SUV needs to: it's well equipped, stylish and practical
- 2MPG & CO2 emissionsThe Kia Sorento Hybrid’s official fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are well ahead of those for diesel-engined rivals
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe big Kia Sorento offers reasonable running costs for its size, while being neither the best nor worst in its class
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe latest Kia Sorento is an undeniably large and heavy car, but the petrol engine and electric motor in the Hybrid work together to deliver decent performance
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortPlenty of standard equipment awaits anyone who travels by Kia Sorento and build quality is pretty good, too
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWhether it's transporting people or cargo, the Sorento should have you covered – even if rivals can carry more
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Sorento scores highly for crash protection and safety equipment, plus the South Korean manufacturer is rated well by owners