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 is one of the best illustrations yet of the brand's evolution from a bargain-basement offering in the early 2000s to a genuine alternative to the best established premium brands today. As well as boasting up-to-date looks, the 2021 model ushers in big changes under the metal, where previously diesel was the only engine choice.
You can still get a diesel Sorento (albeit in the 3 trim level only), but Kia expects greater customer interest in the new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options that are now available. The latter isn't on sale just yet, so for now we're focusing on the non-plug-in hybrid Sorento, which is known as the 1.6 T-GDi and is available in full range of 2, 3 and 4 trim levels.
Even the 2 is priced fairly steeply, though – more than comparable seven-seater SUV rivals such as the SEAT Tarraco and Skoda Kodiaq. As it's a Kia, though, you do get a lot of standard kit for your cash: there's an eight-inch infotainment system, heated seats and steering wheel, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels. The only thing you might feel short-changed by is the lack of leather upholstery.
Mid-range 3 costs an additional £3,900 and for that you get 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 range is topped off by the 4, but its near-£47,000 price tag may give pause for thought. Only you can decide if it's worth it to enjoy (among other features) 10-way powered seat adjustment for the driver, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a head-up display, 12-speaker Bose stereo and additional active safety kit, such as blind-spot camera, 360-degree camera and parking collision avoidance system.
Overall, the Kia Sorento Hybrid ticks a lot of important boxes for the family SUV buyer: it's massively spacious, reasonably efficient, looks good and (in 2 or 3 trim at least) gives you a lot of equipment for your money. Those with a big horsebox, caravan or boat trailer to tow are still better served by the diesel, while the ride quality may also disappoint some, but there's still a lot to like about the Sorento Hybrid. 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 costsThe big Kia Sorento offers reasonable running costs for its size, while being neither the best nor worst in its class
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe 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 & comfortPlenty of standard equipment awaits anyone who travels by Kia Sorento and build quality is pretty good, too
- 6Practicality & boot spaceWhether it's transporting people or cargo, the Sorento should have you covered – even if rivals can carry more
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Sorento scores highly for crash protection and safety equipment, plus the South Korean manufacturer is rated well by owners