Kia Sorento Hybrid engines, drive & performance
The 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
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There's only one engine available with the Sorento Hybrid – a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol. It's paired with a single electric motor and a 1.49kWh battery pack. Combined, these give a total power output of 227bhp and 350Nm of torque, which is fed through a six-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive on all models.
For those who need to tow, the hybrid Sorento has a maximum braked towing capacity of 1,650kg. For a big SUV, that isn’t much to write home about – especially considering the 2.2-litre diesel Sorento is rated at 2,500kg.
Kia Sorento Hybrid 0-60mph, top speed and acceleration
Despite weighing more than two tonnes, the Sorento is quite sprightly off the mark. From a standing start, the Kia takes 8.7 seconds to haul itself to 60mph. It's worth noting that sharp acceleration brings with it a harsh engine note, so it's often best to take things easy in the name of peace and quiet.
One area where the Sorento struggles is ride quality: it isn’t as smooth as you’d expect a large family SUV to be. Even with the smallest (17-inch) available wheels fitted, the Sorento fidgets over the kind of broken road surfaces that are commonplace in the UK. Many rivals perform much better in this regard, including the Skoda Kodiaq and Land Rover Discovery.
There's a silver lining, though, as that firm suspension translates to good handling on twisty B-roads. In addition to this, body lean is managed well (for a car of this size at least) plus the steering is quick and direct. While this is all impressive, we can’t help thinking few typical Sorento buyers will prioritise focused handling over comfort.
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 costsThe big Kia Sorento offers reasonable running costs for its size, while being neither the best nor worst in its class
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingThe 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