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Kia Sorento Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

The Kia Sorento Hybrid’s official fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are well ahead of those for diesel-engined rivals

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£32,375 - £53,495
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economy (combined)Fuel economy (high)Fuel economy (low)CO2 emissions
38-41mpg46-49mpg39-40mpg158-169g/km

Compared to the sky-high fuel economy figures that plug-in hybrid cars claim, the hybrid Sorento’s numbers might seem pretty ordinary. It's important to remember though, that without charging as often as possible, most plug-in hybrid drivers rarely see numbers anything like the official figures. Also, around 40mpg for such a large (and largely petrol-powered SUV) is still quite impressive. For context, the diesel Sorento has an equivalent fuel economy figure of 42mpg.

Kia Sorento Hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions

Due to its smaller wheels, the 2 trim level is the most economical and emits the least CO2 in the entire range; official figures are 41mpg and 158g/km. Moving up to 3 trim adjusts these to 39mpg and 166g/km respectively, while range-topping 4 trim has claimed consumption of 38mpg and CO2 emissions of 169g/km. 

As the Sorento Hybrid only has a relatively modest 1.49kWh battery, it's unable to support extended running on electric power alone. Instead, the battery and electric motor are there to assist the petrol engine rather than take over from it entirely.

This is especially useful when accelerating from a standing start, and it also allows the petrol engine to turn off early when coming to a standstill. This philosophy is similar to cars such as the Toyota Prius and Kia Niro hybrids. Those who want to be able to travel greater distances on electricity alone are better off waiting for the plug-in hybrid Sorento.

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