KIA Sorento (2015–)

Last updated 7 March 2018

Easy to drive. All-wheel drive as standard. Well-equipped. Capable tow car. Seven seats. Five star Euro NCAP rating. Excellent 8-speed auto from 2018.
KX-1 models lose some of the best equipment. Old 7-speed automatic has higher emissions than manual.
Updated 7 February 2018

Horsebox tower unhappy that clutch of manual Sorento KX1 strongly smalling of clutch when manoeuvring the horsebox or reversing up a slope. Doubts the official 2.5 ton towing weight.

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Introduction

The Sorento epitomises Kia’s progress over the past 10 years. What was once a drab, unsophisticated but cheap SUV is now as quiet, refined, capable and well-made as any one of the competition. It might not be cheap anymore, but nor is it expensive, instead offering good value by providing excellent levels of standard equipment. Factor in seven seats and a fantastic warranty and the Sorento looks very appealing indeed.

The Sorento has a very spacious, comfortable cabin with space for seven. The middle row of seats is more than capable of seating three adults and, while the two flip up seats in the third row are best suited to children, you could seat adults in them at a push. The same can’t be said for many seven-seat MPVs – so the Sorento is a great choice for a large family.

With the rear row of seats folded down there is a flat, wide load floor with room for more or less anything – but the load deck itself is quite high up, which means getting heavy items in and out might prove challenging. There is an underfloor storage bin for small items and for stowing the load cover when the rearmost seats are in use, or when the middle row is folded flat.

Up front the Sorento is plush, well-made and comfortable, with a good driving position. On the road it’s relaxed, quiet and refined whether fitted with the manual or automatic transmission. For long distance or countryside roads it’s ideal, but it does feel somewhat unwieldy in tight urban areas or multi-storey car parks, due to its size.

All Sorento models have all-wheel drive as standard, giving impressive off-road and poor weather capability. This isn’t a fully-fledged, hardcore off-road machine with selectable low range and locking differentials, but for towing trailers up muddy tracks or coping with slippery, slushy roads it’s perfectly fine.

Just one engine is available. It’s a 2.2-litre diesel with 200PS and 440Nm of torque, giving official economy of 49.5mpg and emissions of 149g/km in the manual with 17-inch wheels. Opting for larger wheels pushes emissions up, while opting for the smooth automatic transmissions increases them further, to 177g/km.

If you’re happy to have a Kia badge on your car – and these days there’s no reason not to be – then the Sorento is a great choice of large SUV. It offers excellent value for money with no real compromise when it comes to quality, plus it offers owners peace of mind thanks to a long warranty. 

Kia Sorento 2015 Road Test

Kia Sorento KX3 Long Term Test 

Kia Sorento 8-speed auto 2018 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Excellent in every way
4
Good car. Some poor dealers.
5
Great family car with huge space; big; thirsty, but no more than you should expect.
5
Seriously impressed...
2
7 year warranty is definitely a headline without real backup
3
Over-rated
 

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