Kia Sorento Sport Plus AWD SUV 2021 Review

We drive the Sorento Sport Plus on a road test review

Kia Sorento Sport Plus – Last week we drove the Kia Sorento PHEV, this week we are driving the diesel Sport Plus version and it’s interesting to experience the differences.

Kia Sorento Sport Plus exterior

Perhaps the Sport plus is the sweet spot in the Sorento range with enough luxury and safety features to keep everyone happy and what it misses out on you can easily live without.

Also the 2.2L diesel engine and eight speed auto provides more than enough power and torque as well as outstanding economy. We averaged around 6-7 l/100k over the week and that is a little more than we used in the PHEV but not by much I have to say.

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Kia Sorento Sport Plus exterior interior

The interior is very comfortable with leather seats, well laid out driver instruments and central screen, plenty of storage and electronic adjustment for the driver’s seat.

Rear seats are spacious for passengers and the two fold up seats will take early teens for short trips. The luggage area is great as we found out when we put a latex king size mattress in the PHEV we had last week.

The best feature of the Sport Plus though is that it can be bought for around $59,690 drive away and that is outstanding value. The Sorento is just such an easy car to live with and own.

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Kia Sorento Sport Plus exterior interior

What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Value for money
  • Quiet and economical
  • Interior space

Kia Sorento Sport Plus exterior rear

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Kia Sorento Sport Plus engine

Model   

Kia Sorento Sport+ AWD SUV  

Model Price From $56,690 RDAP*
Engine 2.2L Turbo 4 Cyl Diesel
Drivetrain 8 speed Auto AWD
Power 148kW @ 3800rpm
Torque 440Nm @ 1750 – 2750rpm
Safety 5 Star  ANCAP (tested 2020)
CO2 Emissions 159g/km
0-100kmh / top speed 9.6sec/TBC
Economy ADR / Tank 6.1 L/100km ADR, 7.8 L/100km over our test / 67L
Servicing 12 months / 15,000 km
Warranty 7yr/ 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 is a recommended drive away price.

Kia Sorento Sport Plus exterior interior

Overall Rating    

86/100

Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride and Handling 9
Practicality 9
Fit for Purpose 9
AWD Ability / Towing 7
Technology / connectivity 8
Value for Money 10

Kia Sorento Sport Plus exterior driving

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 4810mm
Wheelbase 2815mm
Width / Height 1900mm / 1700mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 176mm / TBA mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles N/A
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 67 Litres / 11.6mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM 1908kg / TBA/ 2610kg / 4610KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 2000kg / 200kg

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Equipment - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ride and Handling - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Practicality - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 7/10
    AWD Ability / Towing - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Technology / connectivity - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Value for Money - 10/10
8.6/10

Summary

Kia Sport plus is the sweet spot in the Sorento range with enough luxury and safety features to keep everyone happy and what it misses out on you can easily live without.
The best feature of the Sport Plus though is that it can be bought for around $59,690 drive away and that is outstanding value. The Sorento is just such an easy car to live with and own.  

About Brianna Fraser 26 Articles
Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her. Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed. In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.