Kia Sorento Review 2023
Kia Sorento At A Glance
It's big and it's clever, and it's everything that's great about Kia - welcome to the Sorento. This is a great value large SUV that can take all of its mainstream rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Hyundai Santa Fe with ease, as well as giving the likes of the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90 something to think about. Read on for our full review of the Kia Sorento.
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