Kia Sorento Hybrid GT-Line FWD 2022 Review

Is the Kia Sorento Hybrid any good

Kia Sorento Hybrid – For the second time in as many weeks I have driven to Melbourne and back. This time in a HEV KIA Sorento.

Kia Sorento Hybrid- driving 2 Kia now has four different powertrains for the Sorento, diesel, petrol, hybrid electric and plug in hybrid electric.

Now I have taken many a long trip over the years in the Kia Sorento, It’s an excellent long distance cruiser, but this was the first in a hybrid and I was curious to see how it went.

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Kia Sorento Hybrid GT Line middle row seats

This particular vehicle was a front wheel drive version and as usual for KIA they packed a heap of luxury, comfort and safety features in there. I especially appreciated the heated electric seats with additional lumbar support as the trip was cold and wet and long.

Sorento Hybrid is powered by a 1.6l petrol engine that produces 132kW and 265Nm from 1600rpm. The electric motor adds another 44kW and interestingly 264Nm from 0-1500rpm. That’s instantaneous torque.

The beauty of hybrid engines is that there is no range anxiety, they drive like a normal petrol engine but with better economy. We ran at around 7.9l/100k over the trip which was ok. However long distance trips don’t showcase the hybrids qualities best.

Priced from $66,750 the Kia Sorento HEV GT-Line is good value as a family SUV

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Interior comfort and features
  • Excellent family cruiser
  • Ride and handling

Kia Sorento Hybrid third row seats

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Kia Sorento Hybrid engine

Model   

Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) GT Line FWD

Model Price$66,750 MLP*
Engine1.6L 4 Cyl Hybrid Turbo Petrol
DrivetrainFWD 8 Sp AT
Power132kW @ 5,500rpm
Torque265Nm @ 1,500-4,500rpm
Safety5 Star ANCAP (Tested Aug 2020)
CO2 Emissions121 g/km Euro 5
Economy ADR/ Capacity5.5L/100km / 7.5L/100K on test / 67L
0-100kmh/Top SpeedN/A
Servicing12 Mths / 10,000km Capped Price (7 years)
Warranty7yr/ Unlimited km with 7 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

Kia Sorento Hybrid interior

Overall Rating    

87/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment9
Performance8
Ride and Handling9
Practicality9
Fit for Purpose9
Style / Design9
Technology / connectivity8
Value for Money8

Kia Sorento Hybrid GT Line boot space

Dimensions

 
Overall Length4810mm
Wheelbase2815mm
Width / Height1900mm / 1700mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depthUp to 176 mm / N/A
Approach / RO / DepartureN/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle67 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Boot Space Min / Max179L / 1996L
Kerb Weight /  GVM / GCM / Payload1,883kg / 2,580kg / 4230kg / 630kg
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating1650kg / 100kg

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Kia Sorento Hybrid roadside rest stop

Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) Model Details

Released in April 2022, the Hybrid (HEV) GT-Line FWD and AWD has joined the Sorento range locally. This addition sees Sorento as the only vehicle available in Australia to offer naturally aspirated petrol, diesel, PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid) and HEV variants.

“Sorento already provided one of the most versatile, practical and spacious large SUVs on the market and now in an industry first, it also offers Australian buyers the most diverse powertrain lineup to choose from within a model range,” said Kia’s Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith.

“The addition of PHEV and HEV options to the popular Sorento range is another example of Kia’s progress in vehicle electrification. Along with the recently launched and award winning EV6, and the next-generation Niro range of electric vehicles arriving in the very near future, Kia Australia is offering a variety of choices in its contribution to a greener future.”

Kia Sorento Hybrid screen

 Sorento Hybrid engine details

The Sorento Parallel Hybrid System is comprised of a Smartstream 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine offering optimal fuel efficiency with impressive power (132kW) and torque (265Nm). 

An electric motor producing 44kW and 264Nm of torque is mounted between the petrol engine and transmission.  This arrangement allows the full output of both the petrol engine and/or electric motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal energy loss.

Kia Sorento Hybrid economy

Combined Petrol + Electric output is 169kW and 350Nm.

Combined Fuel Consumption is 5.3L/100km (FWD) and 5.8L/100km (AWD) respectively on the ADR 81/02 combined fuel cycle.Energy storage is managed by a high voltage 1kWh Lithium-Ion polymer battery located under the vehicle floor.

Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Sorento HEV FWD and AWD are available in GT-line specification only and offer a wide array of safety, comfort and convenience features, including an intelligently designed, customisable 12.3” Driver Digital Cluster providing the status of the hybrid charging system. Its high-resolution screen makes it easy to read with a wealth of information at a glance.

Kia Sorento Hybrid front

 Sorento Hybrid Features

Designed to improve visibility for blind spots, the Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM) uses the side cameras so that when you indicate left or right, the cluster will show the view of the road in your blind spot.

The 10.25” Audio Visual Navigation unit displays charging station locations and information.  The screen can be split in two for easy access to different apps, vehicle information and multimedia content, and allows the control of the 12-speaker BOSE® premium surround system, which is compatible with wired Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM.

Features
HEV

GT-LINE

FWD & AWD

 

(1.6 T-GDI Smartstream with 6AT)

  • 19” Alloy Wheels (Machine Finish) with Full Size Spare
  • 12.3” Driver Digital Instrument Cluster
  • Blind Spot View Monitor
  • Shift-by-wire Knob (Dial-type)
  • Quilted Nappa Leather Appointed Seats
  • Interior Mood Lighting
  • BOSE® Premium Sound Systems (12 Speakers)
  • 8” Colour Head Up Display
  • 360°Camera View
  • Smart Remote Engine-Start
  • Parking Collision Avoidance Assist
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Fast Wireless Smartphone Charger
  • Heated 1st/2nd Row Seats
  • Ventilated 1st Row Seats
  • 14-way Driver’s Power Adjustable (including 4-way Lumbar Support) with Integrated Memory Seat
  • 10-way Front Passenger’s Power Adjustable Seat (including 2-way Lumbar Support)
  • Rear Occupant Alert
  • Sunshade Blinds (2nd Row)
  • Passenger Talk In-Car Intercom

Kia Sorento Hybrid driving

 Kia Sorento Range Pricing

Body StyleTrimRRP*Drive Away*
Diesel AWDS$50,650$53,790
Sport$53,270$56,790
Sport+$57,850$61,390
GT-Line$65,070$68,990
Petrol FWDS$47,650$50,790
Sport$50,270$53,790
Sport+$54,850$58,390
GT-Line$62,070$65,990
PHEV AWDGT-Line$80,330N/A**
HEV FWDGT-Line$66,750N/A**
HEV AWDGT-Line$69,750N/A**

*MLP (RRP) Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

**Due to the complexity of drive away pricing which varies state by state, particularly when it comes to electric vehicles, national drive away pricing is not available on Sorento HEV and PHEV variants. A drive away price estimation, calculated by state, is available on the Kia website.

 

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Summary

Kia Sorento Hybrid – For the second time in as many weeks I have driven to Melbourne and back. This time in a HEV KIA Sorento.

Kia now has four different powertrains for the Sorento, diesel, petrol, hybrid electric and plug in hybrid electric.

Priced from $66,750 the Kia Sorento Hybrid (HEV) GT-Line is good value as a family SUV

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.