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Kia Sorento SUV - Practicality & boot space

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

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4.3 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space 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 to keep them and their devices topped up. Even hybrid versions have their battery pack and electric motor placed beneath the floor, where they have minimal impact on passenger or luggage space. When the plug-in hybrid arrives, it will also be offered as a seven-seater.

Boot space

There's a huge 821 litres of boot space when the rearmost row of seats is stowed (813 litres for the hybrid), extending to around 2,000 litres with all seats folded. For comparison, the Land Rover Discovery Sport has a 754-litre boot, extending to 1,794 litres.


Kia is proud of the Sorento's towing abilities - it has a loyal following amongst caravanners - and even the Sorento Hybrid 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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