Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy a Kia Sorento?

If you value space and technology in a seven-seat SUV, then yes, Kia’s Sorento is easy to recommend. The sheer number of USB ports, clever touches (like that blind-spot camera), and huge levels of room for passengers will make it a must-buy for many.

However, there are plenty of rivals out there if you want other things from an SUV. 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.

Then you have the Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco with much stronger finance offers, making them cheaper on a price-per-month basis.

What we like

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. The plug-in hybrid works well if you’re a company car driver because of the low benefit-in-kind cost.

Offering a diesel may not be fashionable, but it still makes an awful lot of straightfoward sense for many people.

What we don’t like

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 (or more) on a Kia.

The diesel lacks refinement and makes the Sorento feel quite old already when compared with rivals that are far more hushed.

Which version is best for you?

An entry-level 2 with the self-charging hybrid engine is the best overall value-for-money choice right now because of its lower starting price. 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 hybrid technology would barely see over 30mpg.

The diesel is still a sound all-round choice if you frequently cover long-distance journeys, carry a car-full of passengers or cargo, or need to tow. It still makes sense for many, it’s just not as up to date as rivals.

The plug-in hybrid is the most expensive, but also offers the lowest benefit-in-kind rate. Plus it’s quick, refined, and offers part-time zero-emission running.

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