Kia Sorento review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Passenger & boot space

Available fuel types:diesel, hybrid
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

We doubt anyone will have an issue with the amount of head room in the Sorento, and the front seats slide back a long way to accommodate those with long legs. There’s also plenty of space between the driver and front passenger.

The door pockets are a decent size and there’s plenty of storage under the centre armrest. You also get a handy shelf in front of the gear selector that’s an ideal size for a mobile phone, some keys and a wallet. This is where you’ll find the wireless charging pad we mentioned earlier.

Rear space

Second-row leg room is plentiful (assuming you haven’t slid the bench all the way forward), so a six-footer will find a decent amount of fresh air between their knees and the front seatbacks. Head room is also unlikely to cause an issue, although the panoramic roof on 4 models does steal a little space. 

Sitting three across the rear bench is made easier by a minimal hump in the middle of the floor, although the central seat base isn’t all that comfortable to sit on. The Peugeot 5008, with its three individual second-row seats, is more accommodating.

All Sorentos come with seven seats as standard, with the third row proving more spacious than those of the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Peugeot 5008. Leg room is pretty good, although head room is a little tight if you sit back in your seat. In other words, kids will be happy, although taller adults are best only stuck there for short journeys.

2021 Kia Sorento third-row seats

Seat folding and flexibility

As we touched upon above, all Sorentos have sliding and reclining second-row seats with a 60/40 split, which isn’t quite as handy as the 5008’s three individual pews. We could also grumble about the lack of a ski hatch, but this is such a big car that it’s unlikely to prove a major annoyance. 

All versions have switches in the boot to remotely fold down the second row of seats, making loading a piece of flatpack furniture less of a faff. There’s also a button on the top of the second row that, when pressed, allows the seats to be tilted and slid forwards.

Boot space

There’s not much of a lip to contend with when loading items into the Sorento’s cavernous boot, and the load area is a usefully square shape, with recesses for extra width right at the back of the car. In five-seat mode, there’s even more space for luggage than you’ll find in the 5008.

There’s a bit of underfloor storage that remains accessible when the third-row seats are in use, although with bums on all seven seats, luggage capacity is more akin to a city car’s

 

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