Sorento PHEV – When it comes to family sized SUVs the Kia Sorento is amongst the best and now comes in a choice of petrol, diesel and the one I am driving this week a Plug in Hybrid Electric version.
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With a fully charged battery pack, you can drive up to 68 kilometres on electric power alone. This means that if I plugged the Sorento in each night I could pretty much drive around every day without using petrol. That’s pretty cool.
The real benefit of a PHEV is that you get the daily savings of all electric power but can still take longer trips without having to think about it too much as you can simply fill up at a petrol station, but still get the excellent economy of the Hybrid power.
The latest Sorento models offer enhanced all-terrain capability thanks to a new Terrain Mode where drivers can choose from ‘Mud’, ‘Snow’ and ‘Sand’ modes.
The one downside with the Sorento PHEV though is price. It’s around $81,990 drive away and that’s about $15,000 more expensive than the GT Line diesel and you can buy a lot of diesel for that.
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Mazda CX-8 Asaki LE
|Model Price||From $69,290 MLP*|
|Engine||2.2L Twin Turbo 4 Cyl Diesel|
|Drivetrain||6 speed Auto AWD|
|Power||140kW @ 4500rpm|
|Torque||450Nm @ 2000rpm|
|Safety||5 Star ANCAP (tested 2018)|
|0-100kmh / top speed||9.6sec/TBC|
|Economy ADR / Tank||6.0 L/100km ADR, 7.8 L/100km over our test / 74L|
|Servicing||12 months / 10,000 km|
|Warranty||5yr/ Unlimited km with 5 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 is a recommended drive away price.
|Behind the Wheel||9|
|Ride and Handling||8|
|Fit for Purpose||9|
|AWD Ability / Towing||8|
|Technology / connectivity||8|
|Value for Money||8|