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Kia Sorento (4th, MQ4) Review Rundown

Kia MotorsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Kia Sorento Mid-Size Crossover (MQ4)
Neoscore* 69%
  • Comfortable seven-seat family SUV
  • Plenty of tech to choose from
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

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.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The Sorento is the first model to sit on Kia's latest mid-size SUV platform. It's now available with a hybridised petrol engine and there will be a plug-in hybrid. The 1.6-litre T-GDi four-pot engine mates a 59bhp electric motor that draws its drive energy from a 1.49kWh lithium ion battery housed beneath the front seats.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard kit
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The new Kia Sorento has been launched as a trendy petrol-electric hybrid. It will soon become available as a plug-in hybrid too. What might raise an eyebrow is that the diesel option has survived. Sales of diesels won't stop plummeting, not just due to the bad taste left in the public's mouth from the Volkswagen scandal.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful diesel engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
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 based on a new monocoque chassis and, although it's only 10mm longer and wider overall than the outgoing model, the wheelbase has grown by 35mm. Initially there are only two powertrain options to choose from: a 226bhp 1.6-litre petrol hybrid and the 199bhp 2.2- litre diesel.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Comfortable and comfortable to drive
  • Lots of safety tech
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Sorento is Kia's first SUV to come with a 1.6-litre hybrid powertrain. It's quick enough for a large family SUV of this size, hitting 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds. There's enough space in the middle row for three adults, while the third row of seats aren't just a token gesture. But the ride is too firm for a seven-seat family SUV.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful hybrid powertrain
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of practicality
Cons[**]
  • Too firm for a seven-seat family SUV
  • Poor towing capacity

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Sorento SUV has followed Kia through its transformation from budget brand to upmarket disrupter. Now there's a plug-in hybrid version. It pairs a 13.8kWh battery with the standard car's 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine. The result is a fleet-pleasing 38g/km of CO2 emissions – and a Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax rating of 11%.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredibly quiet
  • Powerful petrol engine
  • Impressive fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Sorento is much more rugged-looking than its rounded predecessor. The interior is quite excellent, at least in high-end SX Prestige trim. Its front buckets are excellent, and so are the second-row chairs. In city driving, this vehicle is rated at 22 mpg, and on the highway it should return 29 mpg.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Kia expects pure electric vehicles to make up 40% of its sales by 2030. The Sorento Hybrid pairs a turbocharged 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine with a 44-kilowatt electric motor and a 1.5-kWh lithium battery. The base S trim starts at $33,590 and comes standard with 17-inch wheels.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent fuel econonmy
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Lacks standard driver-assistance tech
  • Limited cargo space

references

  1. 1. ^ Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDi Hybrid 2020 UK review. Autocar. 2020-09-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Kia Sorento 2.2 CRDi AWD 2020 UK review. Autocar. 2020-11-03. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ New Kia Sorento 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-08-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ New Kia Sorento HEV 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-09-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ New Kia Sorento PHEV 2021 review. Autoexpress. 2021-03-24. Retrieved 2021-03-24.
  6. 6. ^ 2021 Kia Sorento first drive review: Another home run. Cnet. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ 2021 Kia Sorento Hybrid Review. Pcmag. 2021-02-17. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. *. 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.
  9. **. 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.
  10. ***. 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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