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Kia Sorento (4th, MQ4) Review Rundown

KiaPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Comfortable seven-seat family SUV
  • Plenty of tech to choose from
  • Nothing in particular


The new Kia Sorento is the first model to sit on Kia's latest mid-size crossover platform. Soft-touch materials and silver and glossy-black plastic trim finishers look smart enough and feel like they've been solidly assembled. Even smaller adults can fit into its third row – which is clearly far from an afterthought.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The all-new Kia Sorento goes on sale in the UK from £38,845. The seven-seat Korean SUV has long been one of the best-value, most family-friendly SUVs around. It's now packed with tech you won't find anywhere else. It also looks better than ever and, although its price is creeping into genuine premium territory, it's a difficult package to fault.
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  • Fantastic looks
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of tech
  • Not the prettiest cabin
  • No automatic gearbox or four-wheel drive


Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Sorento is Kia's fourth-generation family SUV. Powered by an all-new 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain. Prices start at £38,845 for the entry-level '2' trim. Most buyers are likely to step up to mid-spec '3' trim, which adds £3,900.
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  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good range of hybrid powertrains
  • Too firm for a seven-seat SUV


Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
nto PHEV can do up to 35 miles on electric power alone. The result is a fleet-pleasing 38g/km of CO2 emissions – and a Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax rating of 11 per cent. Kia is currently offering the PHEV with a £2,500 ‘Kia plug-in hybrid' discount.
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  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Good range-topper
  • Pricier than standard PHEV


Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Kia Sorento offers three rows of seats, in both six- and seven-passenger configurations. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with that 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. The steering is smooth but unremarkable, like just about any other crossover available these days.
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  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
  • Lack of refinement
  • No automatic transmission


Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sorento Hybrid seats seven, with third-row seating that places the passenger low to the floor with knees tucked up. With all three rows occupied, there's limited cargo space behind the third row and in underfloor storage. Kia's infotainment system is intuitive and responsive, allowing you to easily access details beyond the home menu.
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  • Gorgeous interior
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Comfortable ride
  • Lack of cargo space
  • No electric-only option


1. ^ New Kia Sorento 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-08-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ New Kia Sorento HEV 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-09-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New Kia Sorento PHEV 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-03-24 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
4. ^ 2021 Kia Sorento first drive review: Another home run. cnet. 2020-12-14 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Review. pcmag. 2021-02-17 Retrieved 2021-03-24.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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