Kia Sorento Review 2022

Kia Sorento At A Glance

5/5
Honest John Overall Rating
The Kia Sorento is an excellent all-round large family SUV that's very spacious, crammed full of useful tech and features and has a variety of powertrains to suit most needs. It's decent to drive, too, although not quite the best-in-class, while there are better value propositions out there.

+It's a proper seven seater with a big boot. Very well equipped with neat practical touches. Strong range of engines including full and plug-in hybrids.

-High-end models aren't exactly cheap. Not quite as plush inside as premium rivals. Ride could be a little better despite modest wheels.

New prices start from £40,060
Insurance Groups are between 30–32

The new Kia Sorento we're reviewing here is yet another product that shows how far both Kia and Hyundai have come in a pretty short space of time. Gone are the days where the Korean brand options were notable for a low list price and little else, and you'll have often heard people utter the phrase "it's pretty good...for a Kia."

You've only got to look back two decades to find the original Sorento, an unsophisticated five-seat SUV with a crude (but rugged) ladder chassis and very little in the way of surprise and delight bar an appealing showroom price. 

Over the years the Sorento became less of a 4x4 workhorse and gained more style, greater refinement and a feeling of quality that took a noticeable leap with each generation. That culminated in the third-gen Sorento of 2015, which was the car most able to banish the "for a Kia" chatter and become a genuinely competitive family SUV in its own right. 

The latest model pushes the boundaries further, with arguably the most showroom appeal to date. With the added desirability comes more technology, comfort and luxury features than ever, but the key shift is the move away from the sole reliance on diesel.

Sure, you can still have the Mk4 Sorento with an oil-burning motor if you wish - large SUVs are likely to be the last bastion of the fuel – but the marketing focus is on the two new hybrid options. The 'self-charging' full hybrid aims to offer diesel-like economy with added smoothness, while the PHEV will allow many with easy charging capability to commute entirely on electric power.

Kia hasn't forgotten the basics with the latest Sorento, though. Unlike rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq it's a seven-seater in which adults could easily tolerate the third row, while there's a wealth of neat touches and versatility to make family life less stressful than it otherwise might be. 

And yes, you still get Kia's industry-leading seven-year warranty for added peace of mind. What's not to like? 

Looking for a second opinion? Why not check out heycar's Kia Sorento review

Ask Honest John

What should I replace my Honda CR-V with?
"I'm looking for a shortlist of possible options for a used (up to 3 years old) replacement for an ageing Honda CR-V. The Honda has been very practical, but it is now over 10 years old and I would like to try something different. I would still like my wish list to include the best features of the Honda, including good reliability, high driving position, automatic transmission and large luggage carrying capacity, but as it will be used for mainly local journeys with occasional longer trips, I would definitely like much better efficiency, so a petrol/hybrid option would also be preferred."
The Toyota RAV4 is the obvious choice. Both the current and the last generation RAV4 came with a hybrid option that makes them very cheap to run and you don't need to charge them. Both versions are known for their reliability and are also spacious. The Lexus NX is another option but it's quite small, while the RX is big but expensive. If you fancy a plug-in hybrid – which I'd only recommend if you have somewhere to charge the car at home – I'd suggest the new Kia Sorento. You can get PHEV versions of cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, but they're more expensive and not as spacious. Reviews of all these cars, below: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav-4-2018/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav4-2013/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/nx-2021/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/rx-2015/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/kia/sorento-2020/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/land-rover/discovery-sport-2015/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/bmw/x3-g01-2018/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mercedes-benz/glc-class-2015/
Answered by Russell Campbell
Should we buy a hybrid car?
"Should we buy a hybrid vehicle now or wait for technology and prices to improve? We are considering the Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid, but the price is almost double what we would pay for a Skoda Kodiaq petrol equivalent. "
Plug-in hybrid models are expensive compared to equivalent petrol cars. They make a lot of sense for company car drivers who save money in tax, but not all private buyers will benefit enough to justify the price. Can you charge at home and do you cover a lot of short journeys? If so, you'll be able to save money on petrol by travelling under electric power a lot of the time (the Sorento PHEV has a 35-mile electric range). Consider whether you cover enough short journeys to justify the price hike – and how important the improved refinement is to you.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I have four children. Can you suggest a large, good value family car?
"I have four children, three of which are teenagers. We currently have a BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer - which has been excellent. However, we are now at the stage of needing a bigger car/van. Having looked around there is so much choice: Ford Tourneo Custom, Peugeot Traveller and its variants, and of course the Volkswagen Transporter. I'm looking for the best value for money and economy. Which vehicle is best for such things, plus road tax, monthly payments and resale value? Should I buy new or secondhand? Thanks."
Cars registered after 1 April 2017 are taxed against a flat VED rate of £150 per year. This means you can get a decent sized seven-seater with low running costs, as long as you avoid models that were priced above £40,000 when new (which attracts an additional £325): https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cheap-road-tax/ My recommendations would be the Kia Sorento or the Skoda Kodiaq. Both get three rows of seats that will accommodate your four children. They are also good to drive and finished to a high standard inside.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best tow car?
"Which is better for towing, a Land Rover Discovery Sport or Kia Sorento?"
I'd go with the Kia Sorento. You get self-levelling rear suspension as standard on most versions of the Sorento. Kia's latest eight-speed automatic gearbox is excellent and the Sorento's 2.2-litre diesel produces 200PS (compared to the 150/180PS engines found in the Discovery Sport) - this means the Sorento is easier to drive up hills, when lugging a heavy caravan behind it. But the biggest plus for the Sorento is Kia's seven-year/100,00-mile warranty - something Land Rover won't ever match.
Answered by Dan Powell
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