Kia Sorento (2015 – 2022) Review
Kia Sorento (2015 – 2022) At A Glance
If you’re after a big SUV to carry seven people, tow a trailer or travel in comfort, the Kia Sorento is a sound bet. It has four-wheel drive as standard and most models are very well equipped. It’s not the sharpest family SUV to drive – the SEAT Ateca and its VW Group stablemate, the Skoda Kodiaq, both have the edge here – but the South Korean contender is refined. Read on for our full Kia Sorento review.
The Kia 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, they can accommodate adults at a push.
With the rear row of seats folded down, there is a flat, wide load floor that offers plenty of room – 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 Kia 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 in a way the Ford Edge doesn't.
All Kia Sorento models have all-wheel drive as standard, giving impressive off-road ability 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 version with 17-inch wheels under the previous testing regime.
Opting for larger wheels pushes emissions up, while choosing 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 previous-generation Kia Sorento is a great choice of large SUV.
It offers excellent value for money with no real compromise when it comes to quality, plus gives owners peace of mind thanks to a long warranty.
You can read our review of the latest Kia Sorento here.