Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
We seriously doubt anyone will find a shortage of head room in the Kia Sorento, and the front seats slide back a reasonably long way to accommodate those with long legs. There’s also plenty of space between the driver and front passenger; that's because this car has one of the broadest interiors in the class.
The door pockets are a good size and there’s a load of storage under the front centre armrest. You also get a handy shelf in front of the gear selector, which is an ideal size for stowing a mobile phone, some keys and a wallet. It's also where you’ll find the wireless charging pad we mentioned earlier.
All Sorentos – including the plug-in hybrid version – come with seven seats as standard and there's more space on the third row than there is in a Land Rover Discovery Sport, Toyota Highlander or 5008. Even adults will fit, thanks to head and leg room similar to what you'll find in the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Sorento's sliding and reclining second-row seats have seatbacks that split 60/40. That's not quite as handy as the Peugeot 5008’s three individually reclining and folding rear seats, or those in cars such as the Audi Q5, which are available with a 40/20/40 split. There's no ski hatch in the Sorento, either.
What is very handy, though, is that all versions have switches in the boot to fold down the second row of seats remotely, making loading a piece of flatpack furniture less of a faff.