Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV 3 5dr Auto Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

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Kia Sorento 2022
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RRP £44,490What Car? Target Price£43,194
Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors

The Kia Sorento is a brilliant seven-seat SUV for those who don’t want to shell out for a premium-badged alternative. With value 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.

Jumping up to 3 trim brings 19in wheels, ambient interior lighting, electric leather seats (with lumbar support), keyless entry, a powered tailgate and heating for the outer seats on the second row. The infotainment screen is upgraded to 10.3in (from 8.0in) with better graphics and you also get wireless phone-charging. This is the only trim available with the diesel engine so, combined with the self-levelling suspension, it’s the way to go if you’re planning to tow heavy loads.

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.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats7
0-62 MPH9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Electric Hybrid
GearboxAUTO

Available colours

MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

38.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

608

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

166

g/km