0345 811 9595

Mon-Fri 9am to 5.30pm

Why Lease The Sorento?

Photo of Donna Kelly by: Donna Kelly

Donna Kelly has over 12 years of experience in the motoring industry, writing, test driving and tweeting about cars. Her weekends are spent trackside, covering racing events.

Kia Sorento Review 2021

Since its launch in 2002, the Kia Sorento has been causing a stir in the large-SUV market. Now in its fourth generation, this practical family SUV continues to impress with its quality, design and technology, making it a popular choice against other seven-seat rivals such as the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq

Our Kia Sorento review covers:

Kia Sorento Key Features

  • Refreshed exterior design with new body shape and integrated LED headlights
  • Stylish interior with soft-touch materials and chrome/piano-black trims
  • 187-litre boot, expanding to 2,011 litres with rear seats folded
  • Choice of diesel, full hybrid or PHEV engines 
  • Three trims levels are available, including the 2, 3 and 4

Design and Practicality

Recently updated, the new Kia Sorento still looks tough out on the road, but sharper styling such as a new body shape, integrated LED headlights, tall taillights, and deeply sculpted lines help to add extra road presence. 


As expected from a car of its size, interior space is more than generous, with loads of head and legroom for driver and passengers. All models come with seven seats as standard, with more space on the third row than in the Land Rover Discovery Sport or Peugeot 5008. Storage space isn’t decent, with decent-sized door pockets, storage under the front centre armrest and a large tray for charging devices. 

At the rear, the Sorento offers 187 litres of boot space with all seats in place, which is enough space for a couple of holdalls or a row of shopping bags. This expands to 616-litres, with the third row of seats folded down or 608 litres in hybrid models. This increases to 2,011 litres (1,996 in the hybrids) if you drop all the rear seats. 

The second-row seat slide, recline and split 60/40 at the touch of a button, allowing for extra space when required, although the Peugeot 5008 and Audi Q5 offer more flexibility with their seat configuration. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Sorento boasts a stylish interior with soft-touch materials and chrome and piano-black trims. Build quality is on a par with the Hyundai Santa Fe, although the Peugeot 5008 interior feels slightly more upmarket. Higher spec models also come with leather trim to make the interior look and feel plusher. 

Three trims levels are available, including the 2, 3 and 4. The entry-level 2 models get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated front seats, reversing camera, LED headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The mid-spec 3 model adds a more impressive 10.25-inch touchscreen, leather trim, keyless entry, wireless phone charging, a powered tailgate and 19-inch alloy wheels. Top-of-the-range 4 models include Nappa leather trim, a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, Bose 12-speaker stereo and a 360-degree Around View Monitor. 

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the Sorento is available with a 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine, a full hybrid with a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine, or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) with a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine. All models are four-wheel drive.


The 2.2-litre CRDi diesel engine is the least powerful option in the range at 199bhp, making the full hybrid the pick of the bunch with its 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor offer a combined output of 226bhp. The PHEV has the same engine and gearbox as the full hybrid but offers a 90bhp boost for a 261bhp combined and run up to 35 miles of electric-only travel.

In terms of drive, the Sorento steers confidently on the road, handling as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and feels more agile than the Toyota Highlander. The hybrid is good to drive around town but sounds a bit noisy at higher speeds. 

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Kia Sorento start from £39,315.00 OTR* or to lease from £355.88 per month.

Fancy yourself behind the wheel of the new Kia Sorento? Lease with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts and take advantage of low monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible contract and mileage terms. All our car lease deals include the full manufacturer’s warranty (from date of registration), road tax, breakdown cover and free mainland GB delivery, direct to your door.

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer. 

Customer Reviews

Kia Sorento
Average Rating Based on 14 reviews
4.3 out of 5

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.4 out of 5
Christopher Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi HEV 4 Auto

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.9 out of 5
Andrew Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.7 out of 5
Christopher Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2

Easy to drive and great boot space

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
5.0 out of 5
Derek Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2 Auto

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.4 out of 5
Christopher Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2 Auto

This is my second Kia Sorrento. The vehicle is a very practical SUV in terms of load capacity and passenger space and comfort. The interior trim and spec are good with leather seats, satnav, reversing camera, heated seats etc. Compared with similar full-size SUVs from other manufacturers such as Toyota, VW, Honda, Jeep, Volvo, the Sorrento is excellent value for money. This and my previous Sorrento reliability has been excellent, with a 7 year warranty back-up just in case.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.3 out of 5
Ramesh Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2

👍👍👍👍

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.9 out of 5
Christopher Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2

Quality car great driving excellent boot capacity just the right level of equipment without been too complicated

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
1.9 out of 5
Richard Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-1

It drives like a big slug. It has no real throttle response and just kind of wallows when pushed. drivers seat is not very comfortable compared to the many many other vehicles I have driven but this pales in insignificance to the dis-comfort experienced in the passenger seat or any of the rear seats. Yes, there is plenty of room in the rear but it's just horrible to be in there, feeling every tiny twist and bump in the road. We had a hand brake failure after only owning it for a week, Kia (local dealer and National call centre) where absolutely appalling to deal with and claimed that there was no fault. We still have issues with the handbrake to this day and are never confident that it will do its job and we always have to park it in gear for fear of it causing another problem. The electrics seem to have a mind of their own and don't always do what they're supposed to. The Bluetooth feature of the radio is almost useless as it doesn't matter what phone or device you pair with it, it constantly drops the connection with devices. It's fuel consumption is no where near what was suggested for it. In just over 10,000 miles and a year of owning it we have averaged 35 mpg. City driving is more like 20 mpg and motorway driving is around the 45 mpg at most. I get the chance to drive a lot of new vehicles and was persuaded towards this by my partner as she really wanted one. I wasn't sold on it at test drive but again, it was what my partner wanted. After owning it for a year, I can honestly say that this car is the least impressive of any new vehicle I have ever driven. Can't wait for the lease to end if I'm honest. I must add that these comments do not reflect in Nationwide as the service I received from them was excellent.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.9 out of 5
Andrew Kia Sorento

Really excellent vehicle, surprised how good it is. Great value for money!

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.6 out of 5
Ruth Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-1

I'd get built in satnav

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.9 out of 5
Patrick Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-3 Auto

A first rate practical vehicle, plenty of space and easy to handle.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
4.6 out of 5
Edward Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-3 Auto

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
5.0 out of 5
Charles Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-2

as a family car goes this is the most practical car ive ever driven

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
2.0 out of 5
George Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi KX-3 Auto

Fuel Economy was shocking for a brand new vehicle and a far cry from what Kia stated it should be. I felt that they had acted fraudulently publicising such figures and did not act responsibly when I questioned them, or when they tested the vehicle for any faults, therefore returned the car and purchased different vehicle. The gentleman who collected the car stated we were not the only unhappy customer yet we still had to pay early termination costs. Will not use this option of finance again.

  • Practicality
  • Performance
  • Running Costs
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
Top