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Kia Sorento Hybrid reliability & safety

The Sorento scores highly for crash protection and safety equipment, plus the South Korean manufacturer is rated well by owners

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

£37,665 - £52,445
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2020)82%85%87%

Being a family-focused SUV, the Kia Sorento needs to ensure its occupants (both big and small) will be safe should the worst happen. Happily, according to the crash-test experts at Euro NCAP, the Sorento is worthy of a full five stars out of five for crash protection. 

Kia Sorento Hybrid reliability & problems

While the latest Kia Sorento has yet to appear in the Driver Power car-ownership survey, the previous generation finished top of the 'best cars to own' list in 2020. Kia itself finished second out of 30 car manufacturers in the same survey. Even so, despite Kia’s seven-year warranty suggesting drivers will have many a year of trouble-free motoring, the previous-generation Sorento didn’t score all that highly for reliability and build quality. 


Euro NCAP awarded the Sorento a full five out of five stars for crash safety after evaluating it in 2020. The four main areas Euro NCAP rates cars on are adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, vulnerable road user protection and safety assistance. The Kia scored 82%, 85%, 63% and 87% in these categories respectively. 

As standard all Sorentos come with electronic stability control, trailer stability assistance, seven airbags, four ISOFIX child-seat points and impact-sensing door unlocking. Even so, there are a couple of extra features only standard on 4 trim. These include blind-spot monitoring and parking collision avoidance assistance.

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