Running costs aren't as huge as you may imagine - especially if you stick with the diesel. At around 35mpg, it's far more economical than the petrol V6. Depreciation isn't too much of an issue in terms of actual cash lost (as opposed to a percentage of the car's original list price). Kia dealers offer value-for-money servicing and insurance groups are reasonable at between 12 and 14.
The Sorento performs fairly badly on the eco front, with an average of 232g/km CO2 across the range. The manual diesel is the better choice - it emits 209g/km of CO2 and is capable of 36mpg.
The vast majority of owners have reported no problems whatsoever. There have been some niggles - rectified under warranty - and a handful of breakdowns, but nothing to cause major concern. The build quality certainly feels impressive and a different league to Kia models built before 2003.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£2,238 - £2,530 *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,654 - £1,921 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.5 CRDI Diesel||204 g/km (Min)||£325|
|3.5 V6 Petrol||286 g/km (Max)||£325|
Ongoing running costs
|Road tax (12 months)||
£325 - £570
See tax rates for all versions
26 - 32
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.