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Kia Sorento 2021

The 2021 Kia Sorento range of configurations is currently priced from $46,850. Our most recent review of the 2021 Kia Sorento resulted in a score of 8.3 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Deputy News Editor Justin Hilliard had this to say at the time: Much like the wider Sorento range, the GT-Line petrol is an absolute knockout and therefore should be on top of the shopping list of any family looking for a seven-seater.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Justin Hilliard liked most about this particular version of the Kia Sorento: Serious value for money, Brilliant packaging, Chiselled good looks

The Kia Sorento SUV competes with similar models like the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-9 in the Under $50k category category.

The 2021 Kia Sorento carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2000 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

The Kia Sorento is also known as the Naza Sorento (Malaysia) and the Pyeonghwa Ppeokkuggi 2405 (North Korea) in markets outside Australia.

Kia Sorento 2021 Price and Specs

The Kia Sorento 2021 is currently available from $46,850 for the Sorento S 7 Seat up to $79,330 for the Sorento GT-Line 7 Seat Phev AWD.

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Kia Sorento Model Body Type Specs Price
GT-Line 7 Seat SUV 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $64,070
GT-Line 7 Seat SUV 3.5L ULP 8 SP $60,070
GT-Line 7 Seat Phev AWD SUV 1.6L Hyb/ULP 6 SP $79,330
S 7 Seat SUV 2.2L Diesel 8 SP AUTO $49,850
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Kia Sorento 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Seats

Kia Sorento 2021 Towing capacity

The Kia Sorento’s towing capacity ranges from 1350kg to 2000kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Kia Sorento Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
S 7 Seat SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP 2000kg
Sport 7 Seat SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP 2000kg
S 7 Seat SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
Sport 7 Seat SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 2000kg
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Kia Sorento 2021 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2021 Kia Sorento are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1900mm x 1700mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Kia Sorento 2021 Dimensions  include 1700mm height, 1900mm width, 4810mm length.
Kia Sorento Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
S 7 Seat SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
Sport 7 Seat SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
Sport+ 7 Seat SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
GT-Line 7 Seat SUV 1700x1900x4810 mm 176 mm
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Kia Sorento 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Boot Space

The Kia Sorento 2021 SUV has a boot space size of 616 Litres.
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Kia Sorento 2021 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2021 Kia Sorento is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Kia Sorento currently offers fuel consumption from 1.6 to 9.7L/100km. The Kia Sorento is available with the following fuel types: Diesel, ULP and Hyb/ULP.

Kia Sorento Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
GT-Line 7 Seat SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.1L/100km
GT-Line 7 Seat SUV 3.5L,ULP,8 SP 9.7L/100km
GT-Line 7 Seat Phev AWD SUV 1.6L,Hyb/ULP,6 SP 1.6L/100km
S 7 Seat SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.1L/100km
Sport 7 Seat SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.1L/100km
Sport+ 7 Seat SUV 2.2L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 6.1L/100km
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Kia Sorento 2021 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2021 Kia Sorento will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Kia Sorento Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
S 7 Seat SUV 235x65 R17 235x65 R17
Sport 7 Seat SUV 235x60 R18 235x60 R18
Sport+ 7 Seat SUV 235x55 R19 235x55 R19
GT-Line 7 Seat SUV 255x45 R20 255x45 R20
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Kia Sorento 2021 Speed

Kia Australia does not offer an official 0-100km/h time for the Sorento.