Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Seating for up to seven on all models
  • Middle row passengers are very well catered for
  • Plenty of boot space

With the Kia Sorento sitting on a new platform, those sat on the first two rows benefit from increased legroom, with improved headroom for those on the rearmost seats.

Yes, it’s still best to place children back there, but those sat in the middle row won’t have their knees so bunched up when they slide their seats forward to free up some legroom behind them. There’s certainly more space on offer than both a Mercedes-Benz GLB and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

When it comes to storage space up front, you get two cupholders on the centre console, a sunglasses holder, a tall storage box beneath the armrest, a large tray for smartphones - with a wireless charging pad on 3 models and up - and three USB ports.

Those sat in the middle row have map pockets on the front seat backs and drinks holders on the doors as well as the fold-down centre armrest. There’s a USB port and 12V socket in between the front seats, while the person sitting behind the front passenger seat also has a seat-mounted USB port and side-mounted controls to adjust the seat in front of them for more space. This might be the seat the family will be fighting for the most.

To make access a little easier, the middle row seats can also slide forward and tip electronically with the press of a button beside the headrest.

Those sat in the third row seats also have their own cupholder storage tray and a USB/12V charging point.

Will it fit my luggage?

Boot space in five-seat mode ranges from 608 litres for the hybrid and 616 litres for the diesel. Fold all five seats and this jumps up to 1,996 litres for the hybrid and 2,011 for the diesel.

The only slight quirk you might discover at first is the location of the exterior boot button – it’s not above the number plate, but hidden in the deliberately large panel gap at the bottom of the tailgate. You also have a powered tailgate on 3 models and above to make life a little easier, too.

Will it fit in my garage?

Considering the 4,810mm length and 1,900mm width of the Sorento, it’s easy to manoeuvre.

The turning circle’s quite big, though, and the spring-loaded rotary gear lever needs a firm twist when switching between reverse and drive, otherwise you awkwardly have to nudge through neutral each time.

Otherwise, all models come with front and rear parking sensors as well as a rear-view camera.


The 2020 Sorento comes with a raft of standard safety features. All models get (deep breath):

What that means, in short, is that the Sorento’s well up-to-date for a 2020 SUV, and should perform well in the Safety Assist portion of the Euro NCAP crash safety tests.

Debuting on this car is Kia's clever new Blind-Spot View Monitor - this uses a camera hidden in each door mirror and the 12.3-inch digital dial screen to show you cars lurking in your blind spots.

It's activated when you use the left or right indicator, and projects an image on the screen where the tachometer or speedometer would normally be located. This clever tech is part of a package including a Surround View Monitor and Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Better yet, there’s Safe Exit Assist – which will prevent the rear doors from opening if the vehicle detects an approaching hazard. Perfect for families with young children.

When it comes to fitting child seats, there are Isofix points on the outer two middle row seats and rearmost seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the .

Equipment by trim level

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