Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Kia Sorento?

Yes, the 2020 Kia Sorento is a practical SUV that’s done well. It’s smart, competent, offers plenty of space, and comes with the latest tech and safety kit available, with the prospect of affordable running costs.

It’s not the most exciting SUV in the world and badge snobs will continue to need convincing when it comes to spending around £40,000 on the brand. It’s hard to argue against the desirability of the Skoda Kodiaq and, at the time of writing, the SEAT Tarraco has fantastic finance offers for much less than the Sorento per month.

The more compact Mercedes-Benz GLB is easier to pilot at the cost of interior space, and the facelifted Land Rover Discovery Sport is worth looking at for its luxurious ride quality and off-road capability.

As a practical family SUV, however, the Sorento certainly ticks a lot of boxes and should be fitting for those who simply need a practical vehicle with flexible space for cargo and passengers.

A sportier GT-Line model hasn’t been confirmed yet, but even the entry-level 2 is well equipped. Opt for mid-range 3 if you want the smarter looks and the best balance of kit.

It wasn’t long ago when the favourite would be the diesel, but now the expected winner is the 2 with the hybrid engine and its CO2 emissions of 158g/km. We'd hope the fuel economy will be a little better than what we achieved, but at the same time, a Discovery Sport with mild bybrid technology would barely see over 30mpg.

For those who potter around town, there is a case for the self-charging hybrid, but we’d be tempted to hold out for the beefier plug-in when it arrives later, for that stronger 66.9kW electric motor. The diesel is still a great choice, especially if you frequently cover long-distance journeys. Plus, if you need to tow, the diesel still makes the most sense.

Further reading

>> Best seven seater SUVs

>> Best hybrid SUVs

>> These alternative seven-seat SUVs go head-to-head

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained