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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

Price
£32,375 - £53,495
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

Pros

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

Cons

  • Ride quality
  • Quite expensive
  • Diesel can tow more
Car typeFuel economyCO2 emissions0-62mph
Hybrid38-41mpg158-168g/km8.7s

The Kia Sorento and smaller Sportage are great examples of how far the South Korean brand has evolved its family SUV models over the years, from somewhat agricultural 4x4s to some of the most stylish and advanced cars available. The Sorento is now available as either a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or diesel for the first time – this review focuses on the petrol hybrid.

Although the plug-in hybrid is capable of the most headline-grabbing efficiency figures, the more affordable hybrid will still make sense for lots of buyers. That’s particularly the case if regular charging is difficult, as it never requires plugging in. Its 1.6-litre ‘T-GDi’ turbocharged petrol engine is paired with an electric motor and small battery, recharged as the car decelerates, and trim levels are simply named 2, 3 and 4.

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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