Kia Sorento review - Practicality, comfort & boot space
Lots of space and features focused on everyday usability make the Sorento a fine family car option
Cabin space is a real strength of the Kia Sorento, it makes good use of its sizable exterior dimensions, translating them into a spacious and user-friendly cabin. There’s generous space for four adults, and the two extra seats in the back are more comfortable than you’ll find on many rival seven-seaters.
Storage space isn’t in short supply, either, because there’s plenty of room in the centre console with cup-holders and a large area for charging devices. Speaking of charging, there are loads of USB sockets all over the cabin, with one for every occupant to keep their device topped up.
In the middle row, occupants get individual cup-holders in the door plus a second cubby lower down that could hold a drinks bottle. The centre armrest has more cup-holders, too, but because the middle seat is a little narrow this is probably best used as an armrest. The hybrid models position their batteries under the cabin floor, so there’s minimal boot-space penalty on these Sorentos compared with the diesel.
This is a big vehicle, but it’s not up there with the largest seven-seat SUVs on the UK market. The Kia Sorento is 4,810mm long and 1,900mm wide, which is longer and slightly wider than a Skoda Kodiaq (4,699mm and 1,882mm). It’s also significantly longer than the 4,597mm Land Rover Discovery Sport, but smaller than the full-size Land Rover Discovery (4,956mm long and 2,000mm wide).
Legroom, headroom & passenger space
The cabin generally feels spacious, and there is plenty of head and legroom for adults in the second row, even sitting behind a tall driver. The floor is flat, so there’s space for the feet of a middle-seat occupant, but the centre seat itself is narrow meaning only small children could use it for any length of time.
The third-row seats pull up out of the floor easily, and are fine for kids. Adults wouldn’t want to spend too long back there, but they can fit in an emergency – the experience would be more comfortable than in a Skoda Kodiaq. Kia has included ventilation controls and USB charging points third-row occupants to use.
There’s a 616-litre boot in the diesel Kia Sorento with the third-row seats folded down, and that drops to 608 litres in the hybrid models. The amount of space is competitive for the class, and if you drop all the seats in the second and third rows, you’re looking at 2,011 litres (1,996 in the hybrids).
Even with the Sorento’s third-row seats raised, there’s still luggage space behind measuring 187 litres in the diesel or 179 litres in the hybrids. You could fit a couple of holdalls back there, or a row of shopping bags. It’s also still possible to make use of the plastic-lined compartment under the boot floor that would be handy for muddy boots or similar. The second-row seats can be flooded down at the touch of a button from the boot area.
If you want to tow with a Kia Sorento, the diesel model offers a 2,500kg braked-trailer towing capacity with a maximum towball weight of 100kg. The petrol-hybrid models can manage significantly less, with the standard 1.6 T-GDi capable of towing 1,650kg and the plug-in hybrid 150kg down on that at 1,500kg. A Trailer Stability Assist function is standard on all models.
In this review
- 1Kia Sorento reviewThe Kia Sorento is a top-class family SUV with plenty of kit and space as well as a varied, efficient engine range
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Sorento serves up a tidy driving experience through a strong and varied engine range, but the ride is on the firm side.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsEfficiency is a real strong point for the Sorento, with all the powertrains turning in strong numbers. You just need to pick the right one for your needs.
- 4Interior, design and technologyA lot of standard kit and a simple control interface impress, but material quality could be better.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingLots of space and features focused on everyday usability make the Sorento a fine family car option
- 6Reliability and safetyThe level of standard safety equipment is as good as you’ll find in the sector, while Kia’s seven-year warranty is a further draw