Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV 2 5dr Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £39,350What Car? Target Price£37,633
Review

The Kia Sorento is a brilliant seven-seat SUV for those without the wherewithal or inclination to shell out for a premium-badged alternative. With that in mind, we reckon entry-level 2 trim makes the most sense, although 3 trim is also worth a look. Most buyers will be best served by the hybrid (HEV) model, although the plug-in (PHEV) will appeal to company car drivers.

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No Sorento is badly equipped, with even 2 models getting 17in alloy wheels, seven seats, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and adaptive cruise control. Front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, LED headlights and lane-keeping assist are also bundled in. Infotainment is taken care of by an 8.0in touchscreen with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It’s a shame you can’t add any options apart from metallic paint, but it’s still our pick of the range.

This hybrid HEV model combines a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a small battery pack and electric motor. The electric-only range is only for short distances in stop-start traffic, but fuel economy is reasonable for such a big SUV – in our real-world testing, it averaged nearly 38mpg. Performance is perfectly adequate too, with 0-60mph in 8.7sec, and it’s the cheapest way into a Sorento.


Key information

Doors5
Seats7
0-62 MPH8.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

40.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

608

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

158

g/km

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