Kia Sorento (2015) Review

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Kia Sorento (2015) At A Glance


+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.

New prices start from £28,850
Contract hire deals from £310.20 per month
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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Average performance


Real MPG

26–41 mpg

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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:
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.
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My car doesn't meet the Ultra Low Emissions Zone standards - what car do you recommend I buy to tow a 1420kg caravan?
"I live in London within a mile of the proposed new extended boundary of the South/North Circular for the ULEZ, due to start in October 2021. I drive a 2013 Kia Sorento CRDi, which I need to tow my caravan (1420kg). As my Kia does not conform to the Euro 6 Emission standards, I need to change it to a car that does. However, if the goalposts change and even more stringent diesel standards are introduced, I'll be back to square one and out of pocket again. Could you perhaps suggest a suitable petrol engine car that will tow my van comfortably (preferably an automatic) and be within a budget of around £20k. Or will a newer diesel meet the current standards?"
You'll need a large petrol SUV to tow 1420kg. And a budget of around £20,000 will limit your choices to used versions of the Kia Sorento 1.6 T GDi, SEAT Ateca 1.5 TSI and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Alternatively, if you opt for a Euro6 diesel, the Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi would be worth looking at. Especially given the number of cut-price offers that are currently available for nearly new diesels: The SEAT Ateca can be picked up for under £20,000 with delivery mileage too, but can't quite match the value of the Qashqai:
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I need help narrowing down my options for a car purchase?
"I'm looking for a 4WD car to tow two large horses, so towing capacity must not be less than 2.5 tonnes. I travel some 12,500 miles per year, most of it towing and usually reasonable distances (100 miles +), so I want something comfortable too. I find the process of narrowing down my options bewildering, but am trying to compare value for money and fuel economy. I wish to buy new or nearly new. My must haves are the towing capacity, heated front seats, reversing camera, parking sensors, Bluetooth, digital radio and in-built sat nav. I wonder if you could give your recommendations."
The Kia Sorento has a towing capacity of 2.5 tonnes if you spec the manual gearbox. It's a popular choice for towing and is well equipped - all models bar the entry-level KX-1 will meet your requirements. Review here: Alternatively, the Toyota Land Cruiser ( is one of the best tow cars on the market, capable of lugging 3 tonnes. It's old school, though - while you'll be able to get one with your required equipment, it feels old-fashioned and won't be as frugal as the Kia.
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What does a Kia Sorento (2015) cost?

Contract hire from £310.20 per month