Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Even before it goes on sale, the experts at Euro NCAP have crashed tested the new car and rated Kia Sorento safety highly, giving it five stars.

Specifically it scored 90 percent for adult protection, 83 percent for child safety, 71 percent for its on-board safety aids and 67 percent for pedestrian protection.

High strength steel has been used extensively in the Kia’s construction allowing it to withstand impacts well – all seven passengers are well protected from whiplash injury and all-round airbags further keep everyone on board cushioned.

For those who transport younger children around, note that the outer two seats on the middle row are where the ISOFIX child seat mounting points are located.

Pedestrians benefit from an active bonnet mounting, popping it up and away from the harder parts of the engine in the event of a collision.

The latest Kia Sorento can also be specified with a suite of contemporary safety equipment such as dynamic headlights which direct the illumination in the direction of travel when cornering, blind spot monitoring, birds-eye view cameras for parking and a very effective adaptive cruise control system. Ensuring you’re even more visible at night time the lights both front and rear contain bright LED elements too.

These are all fitted on top of the safety systems we have come to expect such as electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes to name a few.

Larger than the outgoing model, with flexibility-boosting features added too, it’s no wonder customers appreciate the high levels of Kia Sorento practicality.

Like most seven-seaters, when all the positions are occupied, boot space isn’t great – in the Sorento’s case it’s 142 litres.

Fold them quickly and easily back into the floor (they split 50/50 if you require six seats) and the boot volume expands to 605 litres, a 74-litre increase over the outgoing model, and larger than the Santa Fe (516 litres) and X-Trail (550 litres).

The way the middle row folds has also been improved. Firstly, there are levers in the boot to fold them over in addition to the ones on the seats themselves. As the backrests tumble forwards the seat cushion drops just enough to give a flat load bay, perfect for heavy and difficult to move items.

Even more beneficial is the 40/20/40 splitting of the middle row of seats, replacing the previous 60/40 arrangement. This added flexibility allows four larger seats to remain in use while very long loads are carried within the Sorento.

Fold all of the big Kia’s rear seats down and the total loadspace on offer is 1,662 litres, representing a 137-litre improvement, and a little larger than Hyundai’s Santa Fe at 1,615 litres. Both are eclipsed by the Nissan X-Trail’s cavernous 1,982-litre capacity, though.

One gripe with the outgoing Sorento was that you needed to possess gymnast levels of suppleness to get into the back row of seats by clambering over the folded middle row ones. Not so with the latest model, where the middle row seats now lean and slide forwards, aiding ingress and egress significantly.

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

GT-Line equipment

GT-Line standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
GT-Line optional equipment
None available

GT-Line S equipment

GT-Line S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control
GT-Line S optional equipment
None available

KX-1 equipment

KX-1 standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
KX-1 optional equipment
  • CD
  • Traction control

KX-2 equipment

KX-2 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
KX-2 optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

KX-3 equipment

KX-3 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
KX-3 optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Traction control

KX-4 equipment

KX-4 standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
KX-4 optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Kia Sorento was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2014
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 83%
Vulnerable Road Users: 67%
Safety Assist: 71%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.