Kia Sorento (2015) Review

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Kia Sorento (2015) At A Glance

4/5

+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.

Insurance Groups are between 24–28
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure

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.

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Real MPG average for a Kia Sorento (2015)

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Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

73%

Real MPG

26–41 mpg

MPGs submitted

92

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What are the best medium-sized SUVs with 1800kg towing capability?
"Could you please advise me which are the best three medium SUV tow cars with 1800kg capability? I currently tow with a Kia Sorento, which is marvellous but is now too high off the ground for easy access by my wife who has developed mobility difficulties. I should be looking to buy secondhand with a budget of around £22,000. Many thanks."
We'd recommend a Skoda Kodiaq. It's a very capable tow car with all models capable of lugging up to 1800kg. Also consider another Kia Sorento or a premium alternative like the BMW X3.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a large car to replace my Discovery 3?
"I currently drive a Land Rover Discovery 3 (2004), which I'm looking to replace. I need something with a big boot for 2 large dogs and capable of towing a caravan. I love my Discovery not only for its capability but how comfortable and easy it is on a long journey. I'm looking at up to three years old with a max budget of £22,500 and assume a diesel is still the best option. I doubt there is an electric vehicle that can fulfil my needs but would be pleased if you can suggest one! Any suggestions welcome."
If it's a small, lightweight caravan and you regularly cover short journeys, a petrol or hybrid might be a better option. Otherwise, stick with a diesel. We'd recommend a Skoda Kodiaq – your budget will get a 2017 model with a 2.0-litre diesel engine and four-wheel drive. It's got a big boot and will be cheap to run, while its 2000kg towing capacity is enough for a fairly hefty caravan. We'd also recommend a Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a used, seven-seater that's ULEZ compliant?
"I have a 2015 Land Rover Discovery 4. I live in London and it does not comply with the ULEZ regulations coming into force in October 2021. I need a second-hand seven-seater that does comply. I like the Disco 4 as it is roomy. Are there other makes that are comparable and ULEZ compliant? My budget is around £32,000? "
Skoda Kodiaq, Volvo XC90 or the Hyundai Santa Fe. All are large, comfortable and available with seven-seats. I would also add the Kia Sorento to the shortlist, it's the only model to come with a seven-year-warranty. A budget of £32,000 would get you a near-new Sorento with the majority of its warranty still left to run: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Kia/Sorento/?l=0&p2=35000&s=PriceDesc
Answered by Dan Powell
I want a diesel SUV but the future looks grim in terms of resale value for diesels - do you suggest I go for petrol instead?
"I’ve just returned to the UK from New Zealand and planning to stay for three years. I was planning to buy a one or two-year-old Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento or Peugeot 5008 diesel. Good SUV with nice engines reviews. I would sell on when returning to New Zealand. Since I’ve arrived, I’m constantly being informed through the media not to touch diesels and the future looks grim from an on-sell perspective with higher than ‘normal’ depreciation likely. I’m fine buying petrol but I’m not seeing any good petrol engine reports on the mid-range, quality SUV. Your view would be welcomed."
Diesels often suit the size of SUVs you're looking at. It depends on the kind of mileage you do, though. Diesels are great for towing or for covering high motorway miles, but you'd be better with a petrol or hybrid if most of your miles are short journeys or around town.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Kia Sorento (2015) cost?

Buy new from £33,980 (list price from £39,165)