Kia Sorento Hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
Plenty of standard equipment awaits anyone who travels by Kia Sorento and build quality is pretty good, too
Those with and without experience of modern-day Kias will be impressed by the build quality of the Sorento’s interior. Many will also be surprised by the sheet amount of technology offered as standard. All in all, the interior is a marked improvement over the last model's. Even so, there's still room for the South Korean SUV to improve. For example, the aluminium surrounds of the air vents look a little low-rent, but apart from that everything else you see and touch is high-quality.
Kia Sorento Hybrid dashboard
The Sorento’s dashboard manages to look classy (but perhaps not pretty) and features a good spread of buttons, switches and materials. In the middle of the dashboard there's an infotainment screen and in all but the entry-level 2 version, the driver gets a sharp digital display instead of traditional dials.
Equipment, options & accessories
Standard equipment for the 2 trim level includes an eight-inch infotainment screen, LED headlights, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. While there's an awful lot of equipment included with the 2, the lack of leather (or even faux leather) will be surprising to some. As standard, the 2 comes with black cloth upholstery.
Mid-range 3 spec brings additional equipment such as full leather trim, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch digital dashboard, power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats (the outer two), wireless phone charging and a powered tailgate. King-of-the-hill 4 spec includes ventilated front seats (which are also 10-way adjustable), a head-up display, panoramic sunroof and a 12-speaker Bose sound system.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Kia’s infotainment systems look nice and are slick enough. Happily, Kia decided to fit physical buttons for the climate control underneath the central touchscreen display, rather than integrating it into the software. Overall, the Sorento's cabin feels like it has been designed with ease of use in mind, which for many will be a real plus. Family buyers will be especially pleased to find there are seven USB ports available.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe 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 & comfort - currently readingPlenty 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