Kia Sorento (2010 – 2015) Review

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Kia Sorento (2010 – 2015) At A Glance


+Strong diesels including impressive 2.2-litre. Comes with seven seats. New six-speed automatic. More premium feel than previous Sorento. Great value for money.

-Entry level model is two-wheel drive and five seats. 4WD automatic models only tow 2,000kg.

Insurance Groups are between 21–30
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

The original Kia Sorento built up a good reputation as an affordable, strong and neatly designed large 4x4. It was certainly good value for money and a great tow-car too, but it's fair to say sophistication wasn't its forte. With the new Sorento, Kia is aiming to re-invent its big SUV as a more premium car with a sleeker design and better road manners.

From the outside it certainly looks smarter, especially at the front with its angled headlamps. It has a less rugged appearance that the previous Sorento, although the back end is still quite chunky and perhaps not as neat as the front with those huge rear light clusters. But it's inside where the biggest change has taken place. The cabin now has a much more sophisticated look with a good quality feel. There are some areas where it could be better - the dated indicatior stalks for instance - but overall it's well finished.

Practicality is a big strength. All models come with seven seats as standard (aside from the entry-level Sorento 1 2.0 CRDi model), loads of onboard storage and a mammoth boot. This Sorento is longer than the previous one which means better room for all passengers, particularly those in the third row. The raised driving position means great all round visibility too.

Most models come with the new 2.2-litre CRDi engine which developes 194bhp and 422Nm of torque. Although not the quietest diesel around is strong and works very well in the Sorento - especially with the new six-speed automatic gearbox that's available. It's available with two or four-wheel drive and compared to the outgoing 2.5-litre CRDi engine it's more powerful yet considerably more efficient.

On the road the Sorento is comfortable and reasonably refined, with decent road holding in corners for such a large vehicle. It's also a very safe car with a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. But perhaps the clincher for many will be the excellent seven-year/100,000 mile warranty that comes as standard and is also transferable to to subsequent owners.

Kia Sorento 2010 Road Test and Video

Kia Sorento 2013 Facelift Road Test and Video

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Real MPG average for a Kia Sorento (2010 – 2015)


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Average performance


Real MPG

24–43 mpg

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I want to buy a hybrid but they're being phased out in 2030. Should this stop me?
"Up until last night, I was set upon selling my eight year old diesel Kia Sorento and going a bit greener by buying a one year old Toyota C-HR Dynamic Hybrid (approx £25,000 from main dealer). Two friends told me that this would be a bad move as "hybrids are to be phased out by 2030" and it's a much more sensible option to buy an adblue diesel. I've never heard of these and don't know if I should be dissuaded from buying the Toyota - which I fancy more because of its style. Can you please comment? Thanks."
You should buy whichever engine currently suits your needs best. If you cover a lot of motorway miles (more than 12,000 a year), a diesel would be better. For lots of short journeys or more town driving, go for a hybrid.
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What 4x4 is best to replace our Mitsubishi L200?
"We have £15,000 to replace our 2008 Mitsubishi L200. We need four wheel drive, an integral boot rather than truck body, seven seats, reliability and plenty of rugged boot space. My husband would love a Land Rover Discovery but i’m not keen in terms of reliability. What do you suggest?"
I think you're right to avoid the Discovery on reliability grounds. A Mitsubishi Shogun would be a good choice - they're reliable and make an excellent workhorse, but they feel very old-fashioned - especially compared to a Discovery of the same era. The Kia Sorento might be worth looking at. They're practical and your budget will get you one still inside its original warranty. Also consider a Volvo XC90, but do your research first.
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Which seven-seater SUV would you recommend for around £10,000?
"Which seven-seater SUV would you recommend for around £10,000?"
We'd recommend the Kia Sorento. Your budget will get you a good example from around 2011. They're practical for the family and the diesel engines are pretty robust. Access to the rear seats is easy and the interior's pretty hardwearing. Alternatively, look at the Nissan Qashqai+2, although space is the rear is tight.
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Should I swap my Kia Sorento diesel for a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid?
"My current car is a 2014 Kia Sorento 2.2 CDI. However, I am concerned about the present issues with regard to diesel and am now considering a switch to a petrol hybrid. The question is which one? I am attracted by the present Toyota 0% finance offer on the 2.5 RAV4 hybrid auto. What are your thoughts about this from a performance and comfort point of view? The vehicle will be used for occasional caravan towing, weight 1633kg, carrying a gun dog, with occasional trips off road. Can you suggest any alternatives? I did try the Subaru Forester and was impressed with performance. However, research advises that it is expensive to run and it also has a diesel engine, so have decided not to pursue this. "
The RAV4 hybrid AWD has a towing capacity of 1650kg, with Toyota’s Trailer Sway Control system providing added security and peace of mind. It weights 1710kg so its weight is slightly below what the Caravan Club regards as the safe weight to tow a 1633kg caravan, which they say should be 1921kg. But could be that the permanent AWD makes up for that. The 18-inch wheels come with 235/55 R18 tyres, which work better than the 17-inch wheels with 225/65 R17s on which the RAV4 rolls about a bit. There will be a new RAV4 and RAV4 hybrid with a new engine and hybrid drive system at the end of the year and that explains the 0% finance offer on the present one. I think you're probably better sticking with the Sorento for the time being, especially if its a manual with a towing weight of 2500kg and a 1923kg kerb weight, both of which satisfy the Caravan Club recommendations.
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