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Kia Sorento SUV - Practicality & boot space

The Sorento’s seven seats and huge boot make an MPV look redundant

Carbuyer Rating

4.5 out of 5

We've already mentioned the Sorento's 35mm increase in wheelbase, and this has improved practicality in what was already a very big car. In fact, the previous Sorento topped the practicality section of our 2020 Driver Power survey, with high scores for its flexible seating and load-lugging ability. There's masses of space inside, seven seats come as standard and you can even fit adults in the third row for quick trips.

Kia Sorento interior space & storage

The first two rows in the Sorento offer plentiful headroom and legroom for adults, so there shouldn't be any complaints, even on long trips. Headroom for passengers in the third row has been improved too, and sliding the middle row forwards slightly even provides decent knee room, which is a rarity. Every passenger also gets their own cup holder and USB charging port. Even hybrid versions have their battery pack and electric motor placed beneath the floor, where they have minimal impact on passenger or luggage space.

Boot space

The diesel Sorento offers a huge 616 litres of boot space with the rearmost row of seats folded down. In the standard hybrid model, the boot is reduced to 608 litres, while the PHEV has 604 litres of cargo space. With both of the rear seating rows folded flat, storage space opens up to 2,011 litres for the diesel, falling to 1,996 litres and 1,988 litres in the standard hybrid and PHEV models respectively. For comparison, the Land Rover Discovery Sport has a 754-litre boot, extending to 1,794 litres.

Towing

Kia is proud of the Sorento's towing abilities - it has a loyal following amongst caravanners - and even the standard hybrid Sorento can pull a 1,650kg braked trailer. The diesel is even more capable, towing up to 2,500kg, and both can accept a tow ball weight of 100kg.

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