The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A fabulous 7 seater that we couldn’t fault!

Starting price: £37,665

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Enormous boot

4 x rear ISOFIX points

10.5″ large touchscreen

360° camera

Cubby holes and USB points everywhere

Cons

Couldn’t find any!

Intro

What a car!  The Kia Sorento has won “What Car? Car of the Year 2021” and Best Large SUV 2021 at “Woman’s World Car of the Year” and my goodness we can see why.  We honestly could not fault the car!

Where do we start?  There are 3 trims in this model, simply named “2,” “3” and “4” (no idea what happened to 1!)  We drove the plug-in hybrid “3” in midnight blue.  This colour is only offered by Kia on the Sorento and we loved it.  A refreshing change from black, the midnight blue adds an element of sophistication and allows you to stand out from the crowd. It is worth noting, the starting price for the plug-in hybrid jumps to £45,945. It is an incredibly easy and comfortable drive and we love feeling high up on the road in an SUV.  

Interior

Kia have gone all out with the interior, it feels so luxurious! The 10.5 inch touchscreen is enormous and much bigger than most cars.  It sits nice and high on the dashboard and is very easy to navigate around.  The all important smartphone integration is there, allowing you to access your phone’s apps easily.  There’s even a “Sounds of Nature” option where you can try to keep things calm in the car by listening to the tranquil sounds of the outdoors! 

The Sorento features a “digital cockpit” which means the speedometer and rev dial and anything else directly in your eye line behind the steering wheel is all digital. This adds to the sleek finish of the car and makes it feel much more superior than other cars in this class. 

The large mirrors provide great visibility and whilst there are parking sensors and a rear-view camera on trims “2” and “3,” a 360° area view camera comes as standard on the “4” trim.”  We love these cameras as they make parking in any space such a doddle allowing you to see everything surrounding the car from a bird’s eye view.

The heating and air con in the Sorento is on another level, yes there is dual climate control in the front like many cars, but there are also vents in the rear and even in the 3rd row of seating.  If long journeys are something you regularly do, you’ll know the children in the very back are often too hot or too cold.  Vents for them may seem logical, but you’ll be surprised how many 7 seaters don’t have them.  

For winter days, the whole of the steering wheel is heated – such a luxury not to have cold hands in a morning and for sunny days, not only are the rear windows tinted but Kia have recognised that this does not always provide enough shade and have added integrated blinds in the passenger doors that clip up at the top of the windows – genius!

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats in the Kia Sorento are leather – yay! Perfect for little kiddies and sticky fingers. These come as standard from the 3 model upwards.  There is plenty of leg room in the front for the driver and passenger and it is the same in the back.  You’ll have no problem seating 3 adults comfortably on the rear seats.  

There are 4 ISOFIX points – 2 in the rear and a further 2 in 3rd row.  Space in the 3rd row is somewhat limited.  For children it is perfect, but we don’t think an adult would necessarily find a long journey comfortable. The doors open nice and wide, so manoeuvring a rear facing baby seat in and out is also easy. 

For added comfort, the front and rear leather seats are heated for those cold winter mornings and if you go for the “4” trim, you can even cool your seats down in the summer!  

Cups & Cubby

The storage is unbelievable in the Kia Sorento, there are cupholder holders and storage spaces everywhere!  The central cupholders are well located and there are cupholders in the back and in the 3rd row seats, as well as little cubby holes.  This car has definitely been designed with children in mind.  They have provided USB ports in every possible place! There are 2 perfectly positioned on the side of the driver and passenger seats, meaning that whilst the little ones are being entertained by iPads, they can keep them constantly charged with no fear of them running out of battery on longer journeys. 

Boot Space

The boot – it’s enormous, a whopping 813 litres! We had no problem fitting in our pushchair and in all honesty, it seemed lost in there.  When the 3rd row is in place, the boot drops down to 142 litres, but this still provides plenty of space for a few shopping bags and school bags.  There is a powered tailgate (boot button) for convenience, and you can fold the unneeded seats down at the touch of a button with very little effort.  

Summary

To put it bluntly, the Kia Sorento is the perfect 7 seater, we could not fault the car.  It is simply fabulous and ticks all the boxes and more.  They have included lots of lovely surprises that you didn’t know you needed!  It has been perfectly designed with families in mind and we would challenge you to find a better car, enjoy!!

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

813 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4810 mm (L) x 1900 mm (W) x 1700 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

38.2 – 40.9

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

35

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 8.4 secs