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

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £44,985What Car? Target Price£41,985
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.

The PHEV uses the same engine as the self-charging Sorento but has 261bhp, a quicker 8.4sec 0-62mph time and it will travel (officially) for up to 35 miles on a single battery charge. It's a great option for company car buyers looking to save tax, but not our favourite because it's more expensive than the HEV. If you can keep the battery charged up all the time it will save you a lot on fuel, though.


Key information

Doors5
Seats7
0-62 MPH8.4 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
GearboxAUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

176.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

604

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

38

g/km

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