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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Full-sized SUV brings tech and smart interior over its predecessor

Kia Sorento SUV (20 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £44,995 - £53,095
Lease from new From £495 p/m View lease deals
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £465


  • Flexible cabin space for up to seven passengers
  • Reasonable running costs
  • Well-equipped on all models


  • Top models remain pricey
  • Hybrid models can struggle out of town
  • Two-wheel drive option could lower running costs further

Kia Sorento SUV rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

You’re looking at the fourth generation Kia Sorento. This is the biggest SUV Kia sells in the UK offering seven-seat capacity and reasonable running costs.

The Sorento takes its new styling cues from its larger North American sibling – the Telluride - and that means bold, angular lines front and rear, with the largest incarnation of Kia’s ‘Tiger Nose’ grille.

Since the car you see here is also sold in America, the styling also appears to have been influenced that way, so if you fancy something slightly different from the Peugeot 5008, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and the closely-identical Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco, this might be for you.

If you’re considering a higher-spec model, there’s the equally pricey Mercedes-Benz GLB and Hyundai Santa Fe as well – which might also present the Sorento’s biggest problem – with a top-spec model costing just under £47,000, would you choose a Kia over a premium brand? In terms of monthly finance, that’s also more than £400 per month.

Simple engine range

The Sorento is available from launch with a tweaked version of the familiar 2.2-litre CRDi diesel from the previous generation. There’s also a self-charging hybrid, which utilises a 1.6-litre petrol engine and electric motor. Both engines come with all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox.

There’s a big emphasis on the hybrid engine in this Sorento. In fact, the whole of the Sorento’s line-up - consisting of 2, 3 and 4 models - is available with this engine, while the diesel is solely fitted to mid-range 3 spec.

A plug-in hybrid model using the same petrol engine arrives later in 2020, fitted with a more powerful 66.9kW electric motor and larger 13.8kWh battery. Electric-only range is expected to be above 30 miles, but this and CO2 emissions are yet to be confirmed.

Generous equipment across the range

Kia’s describes the car’s three trim levels as ‘gloriously equipped’. We wouldn’t go quite that far, but standard kit is definitely generous.

All models, starting from 2 feature full LED lights all-round, roof bars, alloy wheels, electrically folding and heated door mirrors and a space saver spare wheel. Inside, you’ll find seven seats on all models, USB charge points in all three rows, dual-zone climate control heated front seats and steering wheel, and a brand-new 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle.

It’s also not short on space, though that’s to be expected for a family SUV. Space for up to seven passengers is a given, but 187-litres of boot space with all seven seats in place is impressive. That expands to 821 litres with the third row folded.

All models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but the Sorento will also offer Kia’s connected telematics system – known as UVO. This features live services such as traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest and parking details, as well as connectivity with a smartphone app allowing certain functions to be operated remotely.

The Sorento also offers pairing for two phones simultaneously – ideal if you want to play music from your personal phone but take calls through your work phone, for example. There’s also a USB charging point for every passenger in the car.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Kia Sorento including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Kia Sorento SUV rivals