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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Engines, drive & performance rating

3.5 out of 5

Price
£37,665 - £52,445
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
0-62mphTop speedDriven wheelsPower
8.7s119mphFour227bhp

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.

Handling

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.

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