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Kia Sorento Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior & Specs in Australia

The Kia Sorento is the small Korean carmaker's largest SUV, and serves as its flagship.

Its platform is based on the structure that underpins the company's Carnival seven seat people mover, and it's often cross-shopped against parent company Hyundai's Santa Fe, though the two are quite different in design and specification. The Sorento is Kia's only seven seat SUV, and comes with a choice of diesel or petrol engines and front- or all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations starting from $47,650 for the Sorento S 7 Seat. In AWD spec, it's reasonably competent off road, as well, thanks to a 50:50 drive lock, as available on the top-spec Sorento GT-Line 7 Seat Phev AWD at $81,080.

This vehicle is also known as Naza Sorento (Malaysia), Pyeonghwa Ppeokkuggi 2405 (North Korea).

Kia Sorento Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Kia Sorento varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $47,650 and going to $81,080 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP $47,650 $81,080
2022 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP $41,250 $87,230
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP $39,160 $79,640
2020 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $33,220 $67,100
2019 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $28,930 $56,540
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Kia Sorento Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Kia Sorento here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What's a good hybrid car to buy?

    The default purchase for somebody looking for a mid-sized hybrid SUV is the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But if that’s too big, there’s the Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, C-HR Hybrid and even the Corolla Cross Hybrid which sounds like the marketplace is getting crowded but is really just a reflection of the appetite right now for cars like these. And that’s the catch; the waiting times for a brand-new example of some of these cars is out to many months and even years. So your plan to shop second-hand makes plenty of sense, but don’t expect any bargains in a market currently being dominated by lots of demand and less supply.

    Beyond the Toyota brand (which has been doing hybrids longer than just about anybody else) there’s also the Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV Hybrid, Haval Jolion Hybrid, Kia Niro, Subaru Forester Hybrid, Nissan Qashqai e-Power, MG HS, Honda HR-V e and more. For something a bit bigger, try the Kia Sorento or Hyundai Santa Fe hybrids. There are others out there, too, that are probably bigger or more expensive than you need, but it's very much a growing scene in the Australian marketplace.

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  • With only 120,000km on the clock should Kia honour its warranty as compressors should never fail this early?

    There are two issues here. The first is that an air-conditioning compressor should not, according to your repair person, stop working at 120,000km. That’s probably debatable and would also be a function of how frequently the air-conditioning runs in your car.

    The second issue is that, from the way you’ve described it, this happened within days of the factory warranty expiring. At that point, I think you’d be within your rights to contact Kia’s customer service department and have a chat about the timing of this failure. There are no guarantees here, but it’s possible that Kia might offer some pro-rata assistance with the cost of repairs or parts, given the fault occurred just outside the warranty period. Some companies will do this in some cases as an act of goodwill, but don’t go to the bank on it.

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  • Why does my 2009 Kia Sorento Intermittently go into limp home mode?

    Before you do anything, take the car to a workshop with the correct diagnostic gear and have it scanned. This process will see the workshop’s computer have a deep and meaningful conversation with the computer in your car, and the result will probably be a fault code(s) that will tell the mechanic exactly what’s going wrong.

    Beyond that, you’re merely stabbing in the dark, as limp-home mode can be triggered for all sorts of reasons including dud sensors, poor wiring, a computer glitch, you name it. The fact that it’s an intermittent limp-home situation makes it even harder to diagnose without a computer scan. You cans start to replace components at random to see if they fix the problem, but you’ll probably wind up replacing a whole heap of perfectly working ones before you stumble on to the one that’s playing up. In the meantime, you’ll have spent heaps and wasted weeks.

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  • How do you remove a rear door panel on a 2016 Kia Sorento?

    The first piece of advice would be to obtain a workshop manual for your car. Within those pages, you’ll find all sorts of valuable information and tips on performing home maintenance. Compared with even the briefest trip to a professional workshop, a good workshop manual will pay for itself over and over again.

    As for the rear door panel on your Sorento, the tricky part is finding all the hidden screws and fasteners that locate things like the armrest. Sometimes the attaching screws are hidden in tiny pop-out panels under the armrest, some times the screw will be hiding under a rubber insert in the door handle’s recess. These will usually be Philips-head screws.

    Once you’ve removed those screws, it comes down to a gentle game of popping each of the clips that secure the perimeter of the door panel to the actual door. You’ll gain a feel for this job, but be careful; if you’re too aggressive, you might break or snap the little plastic clips which would then need to be replaced before you could re-fit the door panel. A steady but firm force on the door panel, rather than a sudden shock is the best way to achieve this without damaging anything. Once all those clips have been freed, you should find that the whole door panel will be resting on a groove at the bottom of the window. Lift the panel clear of this and you’re done, although watch out for electrical wires that could still be attached to the power windows and courtesy lights.

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Kia Sorento Seats

The Sorento Hybrid comes with seven seats (2/3/2). The second row is a 60/40 split fold and have a ‘slide’ function, allowing access to the third row. There are ISOFIX child seat mounts on the outboard seats plus three top tethers anchor points. With the right seats, you should be able to fit three child seats side by side. The third row is a 50/50 split fold and fold flat when not in use. Interestingly, these seats both boast ISOFIX child seat mounts and top tether anchor points.

Kia Sorento Colours

The Sorento has seven standard colours - ‘Clear White’, ‘Silky Silver’, ‘Steel Grey’, ‘Mineral Blue’, ‘Aurora Black’, ‘Gravity Blue’, and ‘Snow White Pearl’.

  • Clear White
  • Silky Silver
  • Steel Grey
  • Mineral Blue
  • Aurora Black
  • Gravity Blue
  • Snow White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Kia Sorento Towing Capacity

The Kia Sorento has maximum towing capacity of 2000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 SUV 1350kg 2000kg
2022 SUV 1350kg 2000kg
2021 SUV 1350kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
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Kia Sorento Dimensions

The dimensions of the Kia Sorento SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
2022 SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
2021 SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
2020 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
2019 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sorento Dimensions

Kia Sorento Interior

The Kia Sorento has a pleasing mix of soft touchpoints, cloth as well synthetic and Nappa leather trims (varying by model).

Kia Sorento Interior

Kia Sorento Accessories

Standard equipment in all Kia Sorentos (at a minimum) includes: air conditioning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, active cruise control, alloy wheels, LED headlights and DRLs, front and rear LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, six-speaker audio, an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen and a full suite of active (crash-avoidance) safety tech.

Kia Sorento Boot Space

With the third row in use, the boot space is 187L but pop those seats away and it jumps to 616L. That’s not as big as some others on the market but with the level load space and squared shaping, it appears larger than what it is. If you do need extra space, you can bump it to a massive 2011L with just the front seats in use.

Kia Sorento Boot space

Kia Sorento Fuel Consumption

The Kia Sorento is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, Diesel, ULP and — fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.3L/100km for SUV /Hyb/ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 SUV 5.3L/100km 1.6L Hyb/ULP 6 SP
2023 SUV 6.1L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2023 SUV 9.7L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP
2022 SUV 5.3L/100km 1.6L Hyb/ULP 6 SP
2022 SUV 6.1L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 9.7L/100km 3.5L 8 SP
2022 SUV 9.7L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP
2021 SUV 5.3L/100km 1.6L Hyb/ULP 6 SP
2021 SUV 6.1L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 9.7L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP
2020 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 10L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 10L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Sorento Pricing and Specs for 2023

Kia Sorento Engine

Sorento engine options are a 3.5-litre (200kW/300Nm) petrol V6 on FWD models and a 2.2-litre (148kW/440Nm) four-cylinder turbo-diesel on AWD versions.

The Kia Sorento Hybrid has a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with a maximum output of 132kW/265Nm. It also has an electric motor which produces 44kW/264Nm (169kW/350Nm total combined).

The PHEV (plug-in hybrid) version features the 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine matched with a 67kW/300Nm electric motor (195kW/350Nm total combined).

Kia Sorento Engine

Kia Sorento Wheel Size

The Kia Sorento has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 235x65 R17 for SUV in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 SUV 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
2022 SUV 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
2021 SUV 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
2020 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
2019 SUV 235x65 R17 17x7 inches 235x65 R17 17x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sorento Wheel Sizes

Kia Sorento Speed

Kia does not offer official 0-100km/h times for any Sorento variant. Independent testing places sprint times between 7 - 9 seconds depending on variant.

Kia Sorento Range

Using Kia's official combined cycle fuel figure the V6 petrol Sorento has a range of around 690km. The turbo-diesel sits at 1100km, the hybrid FWD at more than 1200km, the hybrid AWD at around 1150km, and the PHEV at more than 4000km. Bear in mind the PHEV number is predicated on the battery being charged regularly.