One of Australia's best
seven-seater SUVs

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The Kia Sorento is a defining vehicle for Kia - it's the right styling package on top of the right powertrain. It's loaded with equipment, and the price is ... definitely not cheap, but certainly good value. It's the vehicle that Kia can show you, look you straight in the eye and say: 'Look what we've become.'

It's also serious competition with arch-rival Hyundai's Santa Fe - with a couple of big advantages there: it's 80mm longer in the wheelbase, and it comes equipped (in Platinum specification) with blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control - features which, at the time of writing, the Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander lacked, but have since been added to level the playing field.

Check out Hyundai Santa Fe >> 


Sorento is an outstanding performer on safety, easily earning a five-star safety rating from ANCAP. The combined safety score for Sorento was 36.62 out of a possible 37 points. Full ANCAP Kia Sorento safety assessment >> or
download the detailed technical report >>


  • Longer wheelbase makes 3rd row seating access significantly better than Santa Fe
  • Strong diesel with great six-speed auto transmission
  • Good comfort, refinement and dynamics
  • Moderate off-road capability
  • 2000kg maximum tow capacity
  • Brilliant value (but not cheap)
  • 7yrs warranty (unlimited kilometres) in a segment where the norm is 3yrs/100,000km
  • Capped price service for 7 years, with 12mth/15,000km service interval (where most Japanese offer 6mth/10,000km service interval)
  • 7 years complimentary roadside assist
  • Full-size alloy spare wheel and tyre (where the likes of Nissan X-TRAIL and Mitsubishi Outlander offer a half-baked space-saver)
  • Feels and looks 'Euro'


  • V6 petrol is very thirsty and available in 2WD only - and breaks traction at the front too easily
  • Santa Fe has auto parking and auto tailgate features, which the Sorento lacks
  • No manual transmission to reduce entry-level price
  • Standard max. towel download just 100kg - out of kilter with Aussie expectations (and no load assist kit is available to increase that limit)
  • Still can't match the Carnival people mover if you need to transport seven people frequently
    My full Kia Carnival review & video >>

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My full Kia Sorento review >>


Engine: 2.2-litre 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel or
3.3-litre petrol V6
Fuel: Diesel or regular unleaded
Power: 147 kW @ 3800 rpm (diesel)
199 kW @ 6400 rpm (V6 petrol)
Torque 441 Nm @ 1750-2750 rpm (diesel)
318 Nm @ 5300 rpm (petrol)
Transmission: 6 sp auto
Economy: 7.3 L/100km (diesel)
9.9 L/100km (petrol)
Preferred models: SLi & Platinum, both diesels
Manufactured: South Korea
Length: 4780 mm
Width: 1890 mm
Height: 1690 mm
Kerb weight: 2036 kg
Maximum tow capacity: 2000 kg
Maximum towball download: 100 kg
Seating Capacity: Seven
Safety: Five-star ANCAP
Warranty: 7 years / unlimited kilometres
Service: capped price for 7 years
Service interval: 12 months or 15,000 km (whichever comes first)
Roadside assist: 7 years
Spare wheel: Full-sized alloy spare wheel and tyre

Kia Australia has an excellent model comparison tool >> on its website. Great for drilling down into the granular detail of this specification grade versus the next one up, etc. Simply tick the Kia Sorento model variant(s) that are of interest to you, and select the 'highlight differences' check box to shed some light on the higher model's additional features.

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