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Kia Sorento

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 $46,850 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 at $64,070.

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 $34,900 and going to $64,070 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
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $34,900 $63,910
2021 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP $46,850 $64,070
2020 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $34,900 $63,910
2019 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $31,900 $58,300
2018 SUV 3.5L, ULP, 8 SP AUTO $26,900 $50,820
2017 SUV 3.3L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $23,600 $45,980
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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.

  • 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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  • Why does my 2017 Kia Sorento randomly lose power?

    It sounds like something electronic is randomly playing up and that’s causing the intermittent problem. Modern engines like these use a raft of sensors to keep the on-board computer informed of what’s going on and keep everything running smoothly and efficiently. If just one of those sensors stops working properly, all sorts of havoc can result.

    It’s a bit strange that the on-board diagnostics of the vehicle aren’t throwing up a relevant fault code when your mechanic interrogates the computer but, again, some of these modern electronic systems require some pretty specific software. Which means a trip to a Kia dealership might provide a more in-depth answer to what’s going on.

    The good news is that since 2014, Kias sold new in Australia have been covered by a seven-year warranty, so your Sorento is well and truly still under that factory cover. Which means it shouldn’t cost you anything to have the problem sorted out by Kia.

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  • Why is my 2013 Kia Sorento making a clunking noise?

    It sounds as though there’s some slack somewhere vin the driveline that is taking up suddenly with a clunking noise as the result. This is actually pretty common in cars as they age and relates to general wear and tear on the driveline components.

    What you haven’t told me is whether your car is a petrol or diesel model which will determine whether it’s a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle respectively. Why does that matter? Because, fundamentally, the all-wheel-drive version – which has a centre differential, a transfer-case and a driveshaft for each wheel – has more than double the driveline components of the front-drive Sorento. And, clearly, that means at least double the opportunity for a clunk or creak or groan to creep in as the vehicle ages.

    Regardless of the driveline layout, of course, any free-play in the driveline is bad news because it means there’s wear somewhere and that needs to be identified and fixed before it wears further and, ultimately, fails, leaving you stranded or even contributing to a crash. So have it checked by a workshop familiar with that make and model and nip any problems in the bud while they’re still annoyances rather than catastrophes.

    In the meantime, you can do a bit of detective work of your own: Many driveline clunks are caused by worn CV (Constant Velocity) joints which allow the wheels to turn (with the steering) as well as drive the car. Find a nice, deserted car-park and slowly drive in circles first with full left lock and then with full right lock. You’re listening for a clattering, clicking or rumbling noise as you do so. If you can hear such a noise, then you might just be well on your way to diagnosing the problem.

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  • Should I buy a Kia Sorento 2013 to 2017 or Hyundai Santa Fe 2013 to 2017

    Hi Nor, the Kia Sorento is generally reliable and robust, with only a few electrical problems being the main issues, but most should have been sorted out by now. As the Sorento is closely related to the Hyundai Santa Fe, the same would apply to that SUV too.

    The 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine you mention was only available in the UM model from 2009 to 2011. After that a 3.5-litre V6 took over. Both engines are known to be robust and dependable. We'd go for the V6 because it does not have to work as hard as the 2.4L hauling such a big and heavy vehicle around. Note, though, that the V6 is thirsty. 

    The diesel is the best choice out of all of the engines available, as it is strong and hard-wearing as well as much more economical. 

    In our opinion, the Sorento is a better buy than the Santa Fe, since it has more glass area and so is easier to see out of. The interior is pleasant, comfortable and easy to use. And, from the XM model launched in 2015, it is a nicer and quieter car to drive.

    Finally, the Kia has offered a seven-year warranty as opposed to the Hyundai's five-year warranty since October 1, 2014, meaning it is possible to buy an older Sorento and still be covered by the factory warranty. 

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Kia Sorento Seats

The Kia Sorento is a seven-seat large SUV. In base S form the seat trims are cloth as opposed to leather on higher grades. Adjustability is manual for the front passenger seats, with teloscopic steering adjust for the wheel.

The second row offers healthy amounts of room for adults of every size, and is on rails to allow for adjustability if you have third row passengers. The second row features two ISOFIX and three top-tether child seat mounting points.

Meanwhile the third row consists of two wide seats, each with its own ISOFIX and top-tether mounting points. Rear seat space is adequate for adults if the second row is moved forward roughly 30 per cent of its rail distance.

Kia Sorento Seats

Kia Sorento Colours

  • Clear White
  • Silky Silver
  • Steel Grey
  • Platinum Grey
  • Aurora Black
  • Gravity Blue
  • Snow White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the Kia Sorento 2019.

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
2021 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2020 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2019 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2018 SUV 2000kg 2000kg
2017 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
2021 SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
2020 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
2019 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
2018 SUV 1690x1890x4800 mm 185 mm
2017 SUV 1690x1890x4780 mm 185 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Kia Sorento Dimensions

Kia Sorento Interior

The Kia Sorento's cabin is modern, stylish and practical. There's the striking design with cheese-grater textures in the dash and doors, the large centre console with chrome trim and the rotary shifter. 

There's modern tech in the form of the giant 10.25-inch display on the Sport grade and above with its captivating menus. 

And the made-for-a-family cabin practicality with great storage and spacious seating. 

Kia Sorento Accessories

Standard fit even on the base Sorento S includes an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, manual air conditioning, a 4.2-inch multifunction display between the analog instrument cluster, leatherbound wheel and shifter, and four USB ports.

The Sorento scores 17-inch alloy wheels, LED head- and taillights, front and rear parking sensors, and a reversing camera. Its most notable spec omissions include climate control, push-start ignition, and keyless entry from higher grades.

Kia Sorento Boot Space

The Kia Sorento SUV has a boot space size of 616 Litres.
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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 Diesel and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.1L/100km for SUV /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
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
2017 SUV 7.8L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 9.9L/100km 3.3L ULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Kia Sorento Pricing and Specs for 2021

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 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2017 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 Australia does not offer an official 0-100km/h time for the Sorento.