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  • Launched in 2020
  • SUV
  • Hybrid, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2020
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Hybrid, Diesel, PHEV

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Spacious, comfortable seven-seat SUV

Best bits

  • One of the best seven-seat SUVs for space and comfort
  • Available as diesel, petrol hybrid or PHEV
  • Well-equipped and backed by Kia's seven-year warranty 

Not so great

  • Rivals from Peugeot and Skoda are cheaper to buy
  • The driving experience could be better
  • High-spec models are pricey

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Overall verdict on the Kia Sorento

"The Kia Sorento is a large and likeable SUV that delivers lots of space and comfort. Car badge snobs may baulk at the premium price tag but it’s difficult to deny that Kia’s seven-seat 4x4 delivers where it matters on quality and spec."

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Kia SUV fans will be pleased to hear that the fourth-generation Sorento remains true to the values that made the first model such a hit when it blazed onto the ‘sport utility vehicle’ scene in 2002. 


The Sorento is a sturdy 4.8-metre-long SUV with four-wheel drive, three rows of seats and a huge boot. It’s a great tow-car, too, backed by strong engines and Kia’s famous seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.


That said, while the fundamentals are broadly the same,  the fourth-generation Sorento does get some important upgrades under the metal. For example, you now get the choice of diesel or electrified petrol hybrid power, while the car's wider and longer body provides better space and comfort for passengers. The fit and finish of the interior is better, too, which means Kia's large SUV doesn't feel out of place alongside its premium rivals from Land Rover, Audi and Volvo. 


Importantly, all versions of the Sorento are easy to drive, comfortable and well-equipped. The entry-level ‘2’ model is filled with lots of useful tech that includes LED headlights, touchscreen infotainment, heated front seats and ventilation controls for the occupants in all three rows of seats. You also get a space-saver spare wheel as standard on all models. 


Large SUVs are not known for their sharp or engaging road handling, and the Sorento is no exception in this respect. The steering is light and accurate but lacking in any meaningful feedback. This means the Sorento feels less engaging than the Skoda Kodiaq and Audi Q5. 


We doubt many Sorento drivers will care too much about the lack of sharpness in the handling department, because the Sorento is smooth and relaxing to use, with its sophisticated suspension ironing out all but the worst lumps and bumps in the road. 


When it comes to engines, we rate the Sorento's 1.6 T-GDI HEV petrol-hybrid as one of the best in the large SUV market. It pairs punchy performance with affordable fuel costs. If you yearn for a diesel, don't fret. The fourth-generation Sorento is also offered with Kia's trusty 2.2 CRDi engine. Both the petrol and diesel get a fully automatic transmission as standard.


The only real criticism that can be levelled at the fourth-gen Kia Sorento is its price.  Both the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 can be bought for less. However, while the Sorento may not be the used-car bargain it once was, we think it’s a very fine large family car. It’s also one of the few used seven-seater 4x4 SUVs that can be bought with a petrol hybrid or plug-in hybrid. 


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Kia Sorento (2015-2020) review.

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  • 2018
  • 28,513 miles
  • Perrys Kia Preston
  • Lancashire, PR25PD
Price:£29,495
PCP: £579.06/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £579.06, Customer Deposit: £4,424.00, Total Deposit: £4,424.25, Optional Final Payment: £11,175.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,950.41, Total Amount Payable: £36,445.41, Representative APR: 12.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.61%, Excess Mileage Charge: 15ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Kia Sorento right for you?

Comfortable and well-equipped, the Kia Sorento is an easy car to recommend. We rate it as one of the most practical cars in its class, with its large interior and three rows of seats making it one of the best seven-seat SUVs for space and everyday usability. 


Unlike some of its rivals, the Sorento will carry seven full-size people. Admittedly the third row of seats is a snug fit for adults, but there is enough space for six-footers to get reasonably comfortable for a short journey. When not in use, you can fold the third row of seats flat into the boot floor.


All versions of the Sorento use four-wheel drive, and both the petrol and diesel models are strong tow-cars. We rate the 1.6 T-GDI HEV petrol hybrid as the best, owing to its impressive performance and fuel economy. However, if you cover lots of miles, the  2.2 CRDi diesel is a good choice. The four-cylinder has been carried over from the old Sorento and pairs low fuel costs with good performance and heavy-duty towing ability. 


In recent times, Kia has looked to transform itself from a budget to a premium brand. That's reflected in the pricing of the Sorento, with a shiny new 1.6 T-GDI HEV model exceeding £38,000. However, while nearly new models can be pricey, it’s easy to see where the money has been spent - we think the fourth-generation Sorento is the best large SUV Kia has ever built.

What's the best Kia Sorento model/engine to choose?

If you are in the market for a seven-seat 4x4 SUV then your engine choices have traditionally been limited to diesel. However, Kia has broken away from this oily tradition by offering this Sorento with a range of electrified petrol engines. 


The 1.6 T-GDI HEV hybrid is a real peach, developing 202PS and 350Nm of torque. This means it has lots of low-gear acceleration, while its hybrid system allows the vehicle to run in near-silence at low speeds with the electric motor driving all four-wheels on battery power.  


The hybrid Sorento is a capable tow-car, too. The 1.6 T-GDI HEV will tow up to 1650kg, while its max tow ball capacity is a caravan-friendly 100kg. Advertised fuel economy for the 1.6 T-GDI HEV hybrid is 40.9mpg


Fans of the old Sorento will be pleased to hear that Kia's trusty 2.2 CRDi engine is also available. It develops more power and torque than the hybrid - 202PS and 440Nm, but is less refined with more noise at start-up and under hard acceleration. The four-cylinder diesel is slightly better on fuel economy, though, with Kia claiming 42.2mpg. 


The Sorento is offered in three equipment trim levels - ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’. We think the mid-spec ‘3’ trim level is the sweet spot in the range, it includes 10-inch touchscreen navigation, leather upholstery, electric adjustment for the front seats and self-levelling rear suspension.  

What other cars are similar to the Kia Sorento?

The Sorento rivals a wide range of seven-seat SUVs, from the popular Skoda Kodiaq - one of our favourites - to the SEAT Tarraco, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the impressive Peugeot 5008. There is also its sister car, the Hyundai Santa Fe of course.


Given the price you could even say it competes with premium cars like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Land Rover Discovery Sport


Kia has improved the all-round refinement and luxury of the Sorento, which means it feels like a genuine premium car. It is also one of the few in the large SUV market to be offered as a diesel, petrol hybrid or PHEV. 

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Does the Kia Sorento come with four-wheel drive?

All versions of the Kia Sorento get four-wheel drive as standard. The SUV also features off-road driving tech which optimises the 4x4 system for sand, snow or mud.

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Is the Kia Sorento a good family car?

The Kia Sorento is a very good family car. The interior is large, comfortable and well-equipped as standard. All versions of the Sorento come with seven-seats and the third row can be folded into the boot floor when not in use. The Sorento is backed by Kia's seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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Which Kia Sorento is best?

We rate the 1.6 T-GDI HEV petrol hybrid as the best, owing to its impressive performance and fuel economy. We think the mid-spec ‘3’ trim level is the sweet spot in the range, it includes 10-inch touchscreen navigation, leather upholstery, electric adjustment for the front seats and self-levelling rear suspension. 

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