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Kia Sorento SUV (2011-2015) - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Kia Sorento SUV isn’t cheap to run, but it’s pretty decent by large SUV standards

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A big SUV like the Kia Sorento is never going to offer the very last word in fuel economy and CO2 emissions, but given its size, it isn’t bad. The fact that Kia only offers one diesel engine isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it’s big enough to give the car a decent amount of power, yet strikes a reasonable balance with economy when you consider the Sorento’s heft. Simply put, a big diesel in a big 4x4 makes perfect sense.

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As for price, the Kia costs a similar amount to the Hyundai Santa Fe and four-wheel-drive versions of the Nissan X-Trail.

Kia Sorento MPG and CO2

The manual-gearbox Sorento offers the best fuel economy in the range. You can expect 47.9mpg and 155g/km CO2 emissions, which means road tax costs £180 a year. The automatic (which is available alongside the manual in the KX-2 and is the only transmission offered in the KX-3 and KX-4 models) returns 42.2mpg and emits 175g/km of CO2, for £205-a-year road tax, in the KX2. From the KX-3 and KX-4 models (which have larger alloy wheels that blunt fuel economy slightly), you can expect 41.5mpg economy and CO2 emissions of 178g/km, leading to road tax bill of £225 a year.

Kia Sorento insurance group

Insurance starts at group 21 for the KX-1 and KX-2 models and increases to group 22 for the KX-2 SAT NAV. The more luxurious KX-3 and KX-4 trim levels sit in groups 25 and 27 respectively.

Kia Sorento warranty

Kia’s warranty is one of the best in the industry and covers its cars for up to seven years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. There are a couple of competitors that offer similarly impressive warranties, such as Hyundai (with its five-year/unlimited-miles package) and Toyota, which offers five years or 100,000 miles of cover.

Kia Sorento servicing

Kia recommends servicing your Sorento every year or 20,000 miles, which is a long interval and makes budgeting easy. The company also offers a series of service plans, the first of which covers the initial three years of servicing and costs £349. The next one up does the same but adds the first MoT as well for £379. The top level includes the first five years of servicing for £649.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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