4.3 out of 5 4.3
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Full-sized SUV is smart, refined, and filled with clever touches

Kia Sorento SUV (20 on) - rated 4.3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £45,945 - £54,195
Lease from new From £527 p/m View lease deals
Used price £35,370 - £46,420
Used monthly cost From £883 per month
Fuel Economy 176.6 mpg
Road tax cost £480
Insurance group 32 - 34 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Flexible cabin space for up to seven passengers
  • Reasonable running costs
  • Plug-in hybrid works well in cities

CONS

  • Top models remain pricey
  • Hybrid models can struggle out of town
  • Two-wheel drive option could lower running costs further

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Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Is the Kia Sorento any good?

The behemoth you see above is the largest SUV Kia sells in the UK. It offers up seven-seats, reasonable running costs, and MPV levels of space without the mini cab image.  It's central to Kia's ambitions to be seen as a premium player on the market, with a myriad of models available and a starting price of close to £40,000.

The Sorento certainly looks the part, echoing the sharp styling and design that's central to Kia's appeal across the range. Despite it being a full-sized SUV, you get bold, angular lines front and rear, with the largest incarnation of Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille to date. It definitely stands out, even if it's not conventionally good looking.

All of these things combine to make a likeable product. But what else is out there vying for your monthly PCP payment?

If you're interested in a Sorento, you're likely to be also looking at the Peugeot 5008, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan AllspaceSkoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco.

If you’re considering a higher-spec model, there’s the equally pricey Mercedes-Benz GLB and Hyundai Santa Fe as well – which might also present the Sorento’s biggest problem. With a top-spec model costing close to £54,000, would you choose a Kia over a premium brand?

Read the Kia Sorento verdict

What's it like inside?

As you'd expect for a full-sized SUV, it’s not short on space. Space for up to seven passengers is a given, but 187 litres of boot space with all seven seats in place is impressive. There's also more room for middle row passengers than a Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes-Benz GLB.

All models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Sorento also offers Kia’s connected telematics system – known as UVO. This features live services such as traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest and parking details, as well as connectivity with a smartphone app allowing certain functions to be operated remotely.

Read more about the Kia Sorento interior

What's it like to drive?

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model is the fastest and most frugal, on paper at least. It's powered by a 1.6-litre petrol T-GDI engine that's combined with an electric motor and a 13.8kWh battery pack that, according to Kia, has up to 35 miles of electric-only range. It joins the standard hybrid version that uses the same petrol engine. That develops 230hp compared with 265hp for its PHEV cousin.

If diesel's your thing, then don't worry - the Sorento is also available with a tweaked version of the familiar 2.2-litre CRDi diesel from the previous generation model. This one develops 202hp, and offers similar performance as the hybrid model, although it lags behind the PHEV (assuming the battery pack is charged up).

Read more about how the Kia Sorento drives

What models and trims are available?

Kia describes the car’s three trim levels as ‘gloriously equipped’. We wouldn’t go quite that far, but standard kit is definitely generous.

All models, starting from 2 feature full LED lights all-round, roof bars, alloy wheels, electrically folding and heated door mirrors and a space saver spare wheel. Inside, you’ll find seven seats on all models, USB charge points in all three rows, dual-zone climate control heated front seats and steering wheel, and a brand-new 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle.

It's pretty much par for the course compared with its rivals, but with the additional benefit of Kia's excellent seven-year warranty and highly-regarded dealer network.

Click through to read everything you need to know about the Kia Sorento

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