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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 $80,330.

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 $80,330 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
2022 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP $47,650 $80,330
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP $37,000 $80,960
2020 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $34,900 $68,420
2019 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $31,900 $58,300
2018 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $26,900 $50,820
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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.

  • 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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  • What is the longevity of diesel-powered SUV and Passenger vehicles in Australia?

    Of all the technology you’re considering right now, the only one that sounds any real alarm bells is that of the double-clutch transmission. It’s not that Kia’s version of the DCT is worse than many others – nor is it the worst of the lot – but there have been complaints over the operation and lifespan of these units generally. Sometimes the fault is a software glitch, but in other DCTs – particularly the dry-clutch variety – the problems are mechanical and can lead to catastrophic failures.

    With that said, it’s also true that Kia in Australia offers a fantastic factory warranty, so you should have no worries for at least the first seven years. It’s also the case that Kia Australia takes its reputation very seriously and is one of the better companies when it comes to sorting out faults and problems with its products. We’re pretty big fans here at Carsguide of the current Toyota hybrid technology, and it’s looking like the new Kluger Hybrid will be just as popular as Toyota’s other hybrid offerings. Perhaps more so as the non-hybrid Kluger can be thirsty.

    As for the requirement for premium ULP, when you consider that the Kluger Hybrid will, around the city and suburbs where most of them will spend the vast majority of their lives, use about two thirds of the fuel of the V6 Kluger (maybe even a bit less than that) then the extra cost per litre is more than compensated for by the reduced cost per kilometre. And in case you were worried about Toyota’s hybrid tech, the new Kluger Hybrid comes with up to 10 years of warranty on the battery-pack provided the vehicle is serviced correctly and inspected once a year.

    The other thing you might consider is the next-size-down Toyota hybrid, the RAV4. This is quite a spacious vehicle these days and offers excellent fuel efficiency and driveability. It’s cheaper than the Kluger, too. Definitely worth a look. Overall, the broader view is that a petrol hybrid vehicle is more future-proof than a conventional turbo-diesel.

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  • Are caps to stop petrol being used in diesel vehicles reliable?

    This is a real problem and many road service call-outs are, in fact, caused by this very problem. It’s vastly more common for petrol to be put into a diesel vehicle than the other way around, simply because a petrol bowser nozzle will fit into the diesel car’s filler neck, but not the other way around. But should you mistakenly put petrol into a modern, common-rail diesel engine, the entire fuel system needs to be cleaned as a result. And that’s the best-case scenario, because if you drive any distance with petrol in the system, repairs can top $10,000 in some cases.

    The devices you have listed usually work in the same way; they replace the car’s standard filler neck and act as a physical barrier to an unleaded petrol nozzle being inserted into the car. Unless the nozzle being presented is a diesel-sized nozzle, you won’t be able to put anything into the tank. Installed correctly, they should present no problems, but as with any part of a car’s fuel system, the installer needs to know what they’re doing. But they’re popular with fleet vehicles (which are driven by a variety of people who may or may not know the vehicle is diesel-powered) and families with a fleet that uses more than one type of fuel.

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Kia Sorento Seats

Every Sorento variant in Australia offers seven seats, with the first and second row on rails to maximise the available space for adults. Seats can be had with either cloth or leather trim, and with or without electrical adjust depending on the variant. Higher variants offer heated seats for the first and second row, and ventilation for the first row.

Kia Sorento Colours

The Sorento is available in a total of seven colours, including two whites, two blues, a silver, a grey, and black. Premium shades wear an extra cost of $695.

  • Snow White Pearl
  • Mineral Blue
  • Gravity Blue
  • Clear White
  • Silky Silver
  • Steel Grey
  • Aurora Black 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
2022 SUV 1350kg 2000kg
2021 SUV 1350kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 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
2022 SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
2021 SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
2020 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
2019 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
2018 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sorento Dimensions

Kia Sorento Interior

The Sorento interior is a versatile space, offering sufficient room for adults across all three rows. Every Sorento variant in Australia has seven seats, even the PHEV, with little extra room lost to its underfloor battery. The standard interior offers cloth manually adjustable seats in every row, while top-spec grades offer quilted Nappa leather with electrical adjust for the front passengers.

Kia Sorento Interior

Kia Sorento Accessories

Standard gear on top-spec GT-Line grades includes a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital dash, 8.0-inch head up display, Quilted Nappa leather interior trim, full electrical adjust for the front seats with both heating and ventilation, dual-zone climate control, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, keyless entry with push-start ignition, ambient interior lighting, a 360-degree parking suite, and a motorised tailgate.

Kia Sorento Boot Space

The Sorento normally has VDA boot capacities of 2011L with the second and third rows down, 616L with the second row up, and 187L with the third row up. However, the plug-in hybrid variant loses a small amount of space, offering 1988L with the second and third rows down, 604L with the second row up, and 175L with the third row up.

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Kia Sorento Fuel Consumption

The Kia Sorento is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/ULP, Diesel and ULP 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
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 ULP 8 SP
2021 SUV 1.6L/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
2018 SUV 7.2L/100km 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 10L/100km 3.5L ULP 8 SP AUTO
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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 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2018 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.